After suffering a severe cervical spinal cord injury from a bad fall at work, Scott McConnell had little function remaining in his hands and arms. Loyola Medicine orthopaedic surgeon Michael Bednar, MD, was able to restore key functions with a series of operations called tendon transfers.
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Earth germs could be contaminating other planets. Despite extreme decontamination efforts, bacteria from Earth still manages to find its way into outer space aboard spacecraft. A biologist is working to better understand how and why some spores elude decontamination.
Scientists are studying Earth germs that could be contaminating other planets. Despite extreme decontamination efforts, bacterial spores from Earth still manage to find their way into outer space aboard spacecraft. Researchers are examining how and why some spores elude decontamination.
Pairing an online patient dashboard with "nudges" to doctors tripled statin prescribing rates in a clinical trial led by Penn Medicine researchers. Estimates suggest that tens of millions more should be taking them.
British Society for Rheumatology researchers report in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases that at least 6% of all patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who had ever received a biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (bDMARD) had a bDMARD-refractory disease
Football scores from all angles for untrained middle-aged and elderly women and men with prediabetes. This is the conclusion from a study carried out in the Faroe Islands by football researchers and physiologists from the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of the Faroe Islands.
Researchers showed that the traditional way of defining death, in terms of the loss of cardiorespiratory function, the committee suggested a new definition of death from brain death that focused on the loss of neurological function. The report provided a foundation for the eventual adoption of legislation that established brain death as legal death in all 50 states. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Increased frontal brain activity in healthy older adults reflects reduced efficiency rather than a way to maintain cognitive function, finds a study of two human samples. The findings contradict a leading theory in the neuroscience of aging.
An open-source movement simulator that has already helped solve problems in medicine, paleontology, and animal locomotion has been expanded and improved, according to a new publication in the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology. The software, called OpenSim, has been developed by a team and the new paper reviews the software’s wide range of applications and describes the improvements that can increase its utility even further.
Researchers reported that patients with advanced cancer who spoke with a trained nonclinical worker about personal goals for care were more likely to talk with doctors about their preferences, report higher satisfaction with their care and incur lower health costs in their final month of life. The study was published in JAMA Oncology.
Self-treatment of acute paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) with a nasal spray containing a short-acting calcium-channel blocker is likely to be possible with a high rate of conversion to sinus rhythm, suggests a phase 2 study.
A study examines the Conscious sedation is associated with a higher risk for poor functional outcomes and mortality compared with local anesthesia for intra-arterial treatment (IAT) for acute ischemic stroke. The study was published in Sedation.