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Landmark transplant uses stemcell-coated artificial windpipe

STOCKHOLM — An international team of surgeons have successfully carried out the world’s first transplant of a synthetic windpipe, the Swedish hospital where the groundbreaking operation took place said Thursday. On June 9, a 36-year-old man suffering from late stage tracheal cancer, received a new trachea, or windpipe, made from…

ACLU defends cancer patient fired for legal marijuana use

The American Civil Liberties Union urged a U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday to reinstate a lawsuit against Wal-Mart and a manager in Michigan for firing an employee who used medical marijuana in accordance with state law. Thirty-year-old former Wal-Mart employee Joseph Casias used marijuana to treat the…

Scientists grow blood vessels for human surgery

WASHINGTON – Scientists can grow blood vessels in a lab for use in coronary bypass or dialysis, a promising alternative to harvesting from the patient, said a study published on Wednesday. The process involves taking smooth muscle cells from a human cadaver and grafting them onto tubes made of the…

Doctors turn X-Box game into PTSD therapy

US doctors are treating soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder by plunging them back into combat using a virtual reality game that simulates scenes from Iraq and Afghanistan. The therapeutic game, called Virtual Iraq or Virtual Afghanistan, was developed from the X-Box game Full Spectrum Warrior, a combat tactical simulation…

Giffords moves from ventilator to breathing tube

TUCSON, Arizona - Doctors performed a tracheotomy on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday, inserting a breathing tube through a hole in her neck and removing her from a ventilator, hospital officials said. It was the first time Giffords was removed from the ventilator since last Saturday, when she arrived at University Medical Center after a…

Blood test for cancer gets US boost

WASHINGTON — Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson said Monday it is partnering with US doctors to improve a blood test for cancer that could do away with biopsies and transform the field of cancer treatment. The Circulating Tumor Cell (CTC) microchip technology, which inventors describe as a “liquid biopsy,” has…

Medical marijuana poses problems for parents in custody disputes

Nicholas Pouch runs an organic farm and a glassblowing studio on a 20-acre spread in southwest Washington’s timber country. Spicy mustard greens, tomatoes and corn sprout in humid greenhouses as chickens and sheep roam nearby. It would be an ideal place for children to romp, Pouch thinks. But his children…

12,000+ Minnesota nurses walk off jobs in show of union force, solidarity

Organizers, hospitals call 1-day event the largest nurse strike in America’s history More than 12,000 nurses walked off the job Thursday for a one-day strike at 14 Minnesota hospitals, a show of force being watched by many across the country as a test of how fiercely a new national nurses’…

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