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9/18/2014
Robotics Used in Everyday Surgery
Robotics are entering our lives and now our bodies. Doctor Miles Howard says it's like working with "RoboCop." Doctor Howard used the "Da Vinci Xi" robot to perform a hysterectomy as the first surgery at West Valley Hospital in Goodyear, Arizona. Dr. Howard says this technique allows for smaller incisions, less nerve and tissue destruction, less pain and bleeding and a quicker recovery time.
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9/17/2014
New Alzheimer's Drug Coming On The Market
Two major drug makers are partnering up to bring an experimental Alzheimer's drug to the market. AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly struck a deal worth as much as 500-million dollars. The drug is currently in the late-stages of development. The company's will share the cost for development and marketing of the drug.
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9/16/2014
Statins May Cut Recovery Time For Heart Surgery Patients
Heart surgery patients may be able to cut their recovery time if they take statins. The popular medication is usually prescribed to reduce high cholesterol but researchers are now investigating how it could be used to improve other conditions. A team of researchers in Dublin, Ireland analyzed data from 20 previous studies and found heart patients who took statins after surgery could reduce the time it took for their incisions to heal from nearly 19 days to 13 days on average.
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9/15/2014
Scientist Make Transparent Organs
Researchers in California say they have developed a new way to treat cancer and other diseases. Scientists at Caltech in Pasadena devised a method to make animal organs transparent, with the hopes of better understanding how diseases cause damage. They say the process is tedious, but the potential of the discovery is exciting.
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9/11/2014
Anxiety and Sleep Meds May lead To Alzheimer's
Those who take anxiety and insomnia medications may be more at risk for Alzheimer's. A new study published by the British Medial Journal revealed that Alzheimer's was 51% more common in older adults who took drugs like Xanax, Ativan and Valium. Drugs used to treat anxiety and sleep deprivation contain benzodiazepine, a psychoactive drug, but researchers did not prove a direct cause-and-effect link between the drug and dementia. 
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9/10/2014
URC Students Invent Diaper Pad That Detects Infection
A team of Southern California college students is touting an invention they say could save lives. The U.C. Riverside students from Bourns College of Engineering have created a pad that you insert into your child's diaper. The group says that pad can detect bacterial infections, dehydration and other issues with infants and give early warning to parents that their children should go to the doctor. It operates like a home pregnancy test with chemical indicators that change color. The team's "Diaper Detective" recently won third prize at a national engineering design contest. The students have decided to patent the concept and are now working on ways to try and sell it.
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