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First Ever Plastic Meniscus Implanted In The U.S.

FDA trial will see if artificial cartilage can protect against arthritis, knee replacements

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – For the first time in the U.S., surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have implanted a plastic device designed to help patients with injured or deteriorating meniscus cartilage.  The meniscus is located between the thigh and shin bones and once it’s damaged can’t heal on its own.

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Study Links The Liquid Used In E-cigarettes To An Increased Risk Of Viral Infections

Researchers say whether the liquid contains nicotine or not, inhaling its vapor can damage epithelial cells from human airways and increase the risk of infections

DENVER, CO -- The liquid used in electronic cigarettes has been linked to a significantly higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not, according to a published study by researchers at National Jewish Health in Denver.

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Warning: Not All Doctors Qualified To Do Plastic Surgery

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Together with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons, patients are sharing their stories to warn consumers that not all “doctors” are qualified to perform plastic surgery.

Just in time for New Year’s, a time when many people begin considering ways to improve their appearance, ASPS is launching a new public safety campaign designed to help consumers understand how to make informed decisions about plastic surgery.

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Browns Eat Breakfast With Kids & Celebrate Love Of Play

School wins $10,000 grant to encourage play every day

CLEVELAND -- Browns players and some lucky Cleveland area school children have at least one important thing in common - they love to play. In fact, the kids at Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School are being recognized for their commitment to healthy play by Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas, team mascot Chomps and the American Dairy Association Mideast.

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Study: Video Game May Help More With Duchenne

Game measure patients’ abilities, hope is data will get more into clinical trials

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)  – In an effort to increase the number of patients who are allowed take part in clinical trials for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have developed an innovative video game.  “The object of the game is to use your arms and hands to ward off attacking aliens, but the benefits of this game could be far-reaching,” said Linda Lowes, PhD, co-developer of the game.  “This approach allows us to accurately and consistently track the upper body abilities of these patients, which we’re hoping will make more of them eligible for medical studies,” she said.

Currently, the FDA only allows patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy to participate in clinical trials if they can pass a six-minute walk test.  “The problem is, that excludes most of these patients, many of whom are teenage boys who are confined to wheelchairs” said Lindsay Alfano, a physical therapist and co-creator of the game.  “We think they could add a lot to clinical trials, and possibly get a lot from them, if only they were allowed to participate,” she said.

A new study underscores the effectiveness of the video game approach, information experts are hoping to share with the FDA.  To learn more, click on the video box on the left or “click to read more” below.

 

 

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