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News From The American Journal Of Pathology, February 2010

Environmental Cues Lead to Breast Cancer A group led by Dr. Peter Lloyd Jones at the University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland; the University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO; and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA has demonstrated that tenascin-C affects proto-oncogene function in breast cancer. Their report can be found in the February 2010 issue of The American Journal of Pathology. Breast cancer causes over half a million deaths annually worldwide. Much research has focused on the role of cancer-causing oncogenes and their precursors, non-carcinogenic proto-oncogenes, within the breast epithelium, the tissue from which most breast cancers are derived.

Effectively Relieving Pain After Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Fibrin sealant has been an extremely effective and widely used adjunct to surgical procedures to control diffuse slow bleeding over large surfaces. In addition, fibrin sealant has been used as a carrier for other compounds. Thus, it has been used to release medicines slowly at a fixed site and is therefore effective for a long time. A study led by Jian-Zhu Fu from the Department of General Surgery, Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, has recently been published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. Pain after LC includes three components, visceral, parietal, and shoulder pain. This study concluded that implanting fibrin sealant combined with ropivacaine in the gallbladder bed is effective in controlling both visceral and shoulder pain after LC.

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What Is Tendinitis Tendonitis ? What Causes Tendinitis?

Tendinitis, also known as tendonitis, is the inflammation of a tendon. Tendinitis is a type of tendinopathy - a disease of the tendon. Tendinosis is similar to tendinitis, but requires different treatment. Tendinitis refers to larger-scale acute (sudden, short-term) injuries with inflammation. Usually tendinitis is referred to by the body part involved, for example, Achilles tendinitis which affects the Achilles tendon, or patellar tendinitis which affects the patellar tendon (jumper's knee). Tendinitis can occur in various other parts of the body, including the elbow, wrist, finger, or thigh. It is caused by overusing a tendon or injuring it, as may happen during sport.

St. Jude Medical Announces Approval And Launch Of Neurostimulation System In Japan

St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) announced regulatory approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) for the Genesis(TM) spinal cord stimulation system for the management of chronic pain. Spinal cord stimulators are small implanted devices that are used for managing chronic pain of the back, arms and legs, including pain associated with back surgeries that have failed. Spinal cord stimulators - also known as neurostimulators -- deliver mild electrical pulses to leads placed in the epidural space to interrupt or mask the transmission of pain signals to the brain. "The launch of the Genesis system in Japan is a significant step in our continued international growth, " said Chris Chavez, president of the St.

Veteran Meetings And Exhibits Director Joins American Society Of Anesthesiologists

Christopher J. Wehking, CMP has been hired as the new Director of Meetings and Exhibits at the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Wehking will join the ASA January 25. Wehking currently serves as Director of Meetings and Exhibits for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). During his four years at ASPS, Wehking successfully introduced a new Annual Meeting and Exhibit Program, solidifying the event as the premier educational and exhibit event for the plastic surgery specialty. "Christopher brings to ASA a diverse set of association experiences, knowledge of best practices, and a proven leadership track record will help expand ASA's already-growing Annual Meeting" said ASA Executive Vice-President John Thorner, J.

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GE's Anesthesia Solution Certified For Use In US Department Of Veterans Affairs Facilities

On behalf of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Document Storage Systems (DSS) has completed the certification process of GE's Centricity® Perioperative Anesthesia solution, making it the industry's first to be certified under the new process. Certification indicates the solution is fully capable of integration and compatibility with the VA's clinical information system, VistA. The VA serves the country's estimated 23.4 million United States veterans of the armed services. It operates 153 hospitals and 768 outpatient centers across the US and in Puerto Rico. Recently recognized as the top anesthesia information management solution in the industry analyst KLAS1 special report "The Growing Market for Anesthesia Software: Liability, Integration and the Benefits of Adoption" (11/13/09), Centricity Perioperative Anesthesia is part of the electronic health record that helps anesthesia care providers improve patient care while documenting their perioperative experience.

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