Nerve allograft saves war veteran's leg
During an ambush in Afghanistan, Navy corpsman Edward Bonfiglio was shot in his left leg and sustained injury to his sciatic nerve. Doctors told him that he would need either an amputation or a nerve graft, and Bonfiglio opted for the latter. Using AxoGen's Avance Nerve Graft, Bonfiglio's leg was saved. Although rehabilitation took about a year, Bonfiglio can now walk and jog, and he is hoping to qualify for the Paralympics in track and field events including discus, shot put and javelin. FoxNews.com/Insider blog
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Lower diabetes, heart risk seen with modest weight loss in women
Middle-aged women who maintained a weight loss of 10% or more over two years attained significant declines in total cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, and glucose and inflammation markers, reducing their risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, a study indicated. The results were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Nurse.com
Experimental injection may one day reduce need for mastectomies
Harvard University researchers were able to block HoxA1, a specific gene strongly associated with breast cancer, when they injected mice with an RNA agent. The treatment could potentially block the effects of genes that predispose women to certain breast cancers and reduce or eliminate the need for such invasive treatments as mastectomies. The findings appeared in the journal Science Translational Medicine. MedicalDaily.com
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