August 23, 2010
“There Is Life After Cancer”
Spare the Sphincter
In more cases than ever, colorectal surgeons can preserve function.
Johns Hopkins colorectal surgeon Jonathan Efron says a multidisciplinary approach has been making great strides. “Full colostomies are becoming a rarity,” he says, now occurring in less than 10 percent of cases. Read story
OTOLARYNGOLOGY–HEAD AND NECK SURGERY
New Reach for the Robot
Surgical teams are advancing with smaller incisions in head and neck procedures.
When a surgical robot first entered the minimally invasive surgery scene in the late 1990s, it quickly became the preferred tool for operating on patients with prostate conditions. But for the minimally invasive procedures performed by head and neck surgeons, robotic surgery proved far trickier. Read story
Big Step in the Middle East
Wilmer agreement could speed breakthroughs in blinding eye diseases.
Back when Colin Powell served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush, Dean and CEO Edward D. Miller wrote to Bush suggesting the United States might achieve more in the Middle East if the U.S. focused on showing what Americans can do for people instead of flexing its military might. Powell responded that this was a great idea. Read story
Health Innovations for Maryland’s Future
Medical research drives much of Maryland’s economy, and the state can produce new jobs through efforts to upgrade its education system, seek federal help in focusing more state resources on innovation, and head to Washington to make the case for medical innovation. A new report illustrates how much the state stands to gain. Read it and an article about its contents.
Under the Dome
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Driving Away Distractions Two Hopkins teams devise ways to block the interruptions that can lead to medication errors. Read story
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