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Image: The Perc NCompass nitinol stone extractor (Photo courtesy of Cook Medical).

New Extractors Expand Kidney Stone Removal Options

Two nickel-titanium (nitinol) stone extractors offer urologists new options for kidney stone extraction when performing percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL). The Cook Medical Perc NGage and Perc NCompass... Read more

Women's Health

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Women with PTSD Face Higher Pregnancy Risk

Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) significantly increases a pregnant woman's risk of premature birth, according to a new study. Researchers at Stanford University (CA, USA) conducted a study to identify antenatal PTSD status and spontaneous preterm delivery in a retrospective cohort (2000-2012).... Read more

Health IT

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Image: A screenshot from the 'cat and mouse' game designed to treat amblyopia (Photo courtesy of Ohio State University).

Video Games Help Improve Vision Training

New video games add an important element of entertainment to the repetitive training needed to improve vision in people with ambylopia (lazy eye) and poor depth perception. Developed by researchers... Read more

Hospital News

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Unused US Medical Supplies Could Support Hospitals Abroad

Major hospitals across the United States collectively throw away at least USD 15 million a year in unused operating room (OR) surgical supplies that could be salvaged and used to ease critical shortages, improve surgical care, and boost public health in developing countries. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH;... Read more

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HealthSouth Expands Home Health and Hospice Portfolio

Inpatient rehabilitation hospitals operator HealthSouth (Birmingham, AL, USA) has signed an agreement to acquire Encompass Home Health and Hospice (EHHI; Dallas, TX, USA) for USD 750 million. Encompass, the fifth largest provider of Medicare-focused, home health services in the United States, operates in 140 locations... Read more
 

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