Saving Breath: Diagnosing and Managing COPD

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Luca Paoletti, M.D., a pulmonologist at the Medical University of South Carolina, discusses best practices for diagnosing (eg, spirometry, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency testing) and managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Pulmonary rehabilitation is recommended for all COPD patients. Bronchodilators are the mainstay of medication therapy, and, for patients with medication-refractory COPD, lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplant are options.

Surgical periodontal therapy with and without initial scaling and root planing in the management of chronic periodontitis: a randomized clinical trial

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Aim: To compare the outcomes of surgical periodontal therapy with and without initial scaling and root planing. Methods: Twenty-four patients with severe chronic periodontitis were enrolled in this pilot, randomized controlled clinical trial. Patients were equally allocated into two treatment groups: Control group was treated with scaling and root planing, re-evaluation, followed by Modified Widman Flap surgery and test group received similar surgery without scaling and root planing....
Authors: Manar Aljateeli

BMI and all-cause mortality in older adults: a meta-analysis

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Background: Whether the association between body mass index (BMI) and all-cause mortality for older adults is the same as for younger adults is unclear. Objective: The objective was to determine the association between BMI and all-cause mortality risk in adults ?65 y of age. Design: A 2 stage random-effects meta-analysis was performed of studies published from 1990 to 2013 that reported the RRs of all-cause mortality for community-based adults aged ?65 y. Results: Thirty-two studies met...
Authors: Jane Winter, Robert MacInnis, Naiyana Wattanapenpaiboon, Caryl Nowson

Leipzig Loop Mitral Valve Repair

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This surgical video illustrates a minimally invasive approach to mitral valve repair--the Leipzig Loop technique. For more information, see http://www.muschealth.com/pn/yir/clinical-innovation/hvc/cords/ Voiceover narration is provided by Mario Castillo-Sang, M.D., a cardiothoracice surgeon at the Medical University of South Carolina who specializes in minimally invasive mitral valve repair.

Repair of Degenerative Mitral Valve Regurgitation

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Video showing cases of mitral valve degeneration, before (via imaging used in diagnosis) and after repair using the minimally invasive Leipzig Loop technique. For more information, see the sister article "Restringing the Heart's Cords" at http://www.muschealth.com/pn/yir/clinical-innovation/hvc/cords/ Voiceover narration is provided by Mario Castillo-Sang, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Medical University of South Carolina who specializes in minimally invasive valve repair.

Making Muscle: Tissue Engineering in MUSC's Department of Surgery

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Samir Fakhry, M.D., Chief of MUSC's Division of General Surgery, and Michael Yost, PhD, Associate Chair of Research in MUSC's Department of Surgery, discuss the promise of engineered tissues for the treatment of surgical and trauma patients. Engineered tissue can instruct the body to regenerate native tissue instead of generating scar, improving cosmetic and functional outcomes. Bioprinters, 3D printers for living tissue, will help realize the promise of engineered tissue for clinical care.k