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A heart surgeon and an electrophysiologist operate on a heart with persistent AFib.

The Convergent Procedure: Doubling Up Against Persistent AFib

Feb 05, 2020

Have you ever looked out a dirty window on an upper floor of a building and decided it needed a good cleaning? After wiping down just one side, you’ll find that you still can’t see out of the window, and reaching the outside would require a ladder. The same concept applies to treating certain types...

Cardiovascular Care
Dr. Kenneth Liao performs robotic cardiovascular surgery.

Why Robotic Heart Surgery Is Becoming More and More Popular

Jan 31, 2020

Open-heart surgery, a traditional therapy for severe cases of heart disease, begins with a doctor making a large incision in the chest and splitting the breastbone in two to reach the heart. Minimally invasive procedures have gained popularity as less traumatic alternatives since they only require...

Cardiovascular Care
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Women vs. Men: Surprising Differences in Heart Health

Jan 21, 2020

You probably already know your diet and activity level can influence your heart health, but did you know your gender plays a role as well? While cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in America, both sexes experience this in vastly different ways. These disparities...

Women's Health
Cardiovascular Care
X-ray of an external fixator with a cable-pulley system for limb reconstruction.

This Revolutionary Approach Regrows Bone to Prevent Amputation

Jan 14, 2020

Historically, patients with fractures that failed to heal or healed incorrectly in their extremities have had few treatment options available to them. The same goes for patients with bone defects or patients who required bone resection due to significant infection; their course of treatment often...

Bone & Joint Health
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
A doctor helps a patient move their hand.

4 Methods to Manage Parkinson’s Disease

Jan 02, 2020

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that prevents the body from creating adequate amounts of a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Symptoms like tremors and limb rigidity can appear gradually over many years. There currently isn’t a cure for this condition, but innovations in...

Neurology
A doctor examines a tumor visible in a breast x-ray,

How This Technology Is Improving the Accuracy of Breast Cancer Surgery

Dec 19, 2019

If you’re a woman over 40, chances are your doctor has probably advised you to begin getting annual mammograms. As these screenings have become the norm, doctors are now more likely to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. However, these tumors tend to be smaller, and surgeons have a more...

Oncology
Breast Cancer
A surgeon uses the MasSpec pen to test tissue,

It Only Takes 10 Seconds for This Pen to Detect Cancer

Dec 04, 2019

Researchers are continually looking for new ways to treat cancer more efficiently and effectively. Through innovations and clinical trials, they see what works and what doesn’t. Currently under evaluation is the MasSpec Pen, a device that can detect cancer within 10 seconds.  How the MasSpec Pen...

Oncology
A doctor looks at x-rays of a pair of lungs.

New Technology Gives Patients With COPD More Treatment Options

Nov 20, 2019

Chronic lower respiratory disease, or CLRD, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or COPD, is a form of CLRD. And while no cure exists for COPD, there are a number of effective treatments to help patients manage their symptoms, from...

Lung Care
Transplant
A surgeon holds an endoscope as he operates on a patient.

Advanced Endoscopic Procedures: More Than Imaging

Nov 18, 2019

Endoscopic procedures are a useful way to see inside the body and collect images that help your doctor gain a greater understanding of your health. There are several different types: colonoscopies focus on the colon and rectum, upper endoscopies focus on the esophagus and gastrointestinal tract,...

Digestive Health
Imaging
Acid Reflux
An image of a brain made out of lights on a circuit board.

Can Deep Brain Stimulation Effectively Treat Depression?

Nov 13, 2019

About 33% of people with depressive symptoms experience treatment-resistant depression, meaning they don’t receive significant relief from common therapies like medication or counseling. Doctors have used deep brain stimulation to treat movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, and seizure...

Neurology