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Health News Archive - April 01, 2005

Neurofibromatosis type-1 (NF-1), also known as von Recklinghausen disease, is a common autosomal dominant condition occurring in approximately 1/3000 births. NF-1 is known to be associated with gastrointestinal neoplasms in 2-25 per cent of patients.

We present a patient with chronic renal insufficiency who developed a massive posttraumatic abdominal wall hematoma after a single therapeutic dose of enoxaparin administered during workup of chest pain. Surgical evacuation of the hematoma was required to control life-threatening hemorrhage.

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Instead of just managing the ill effects of a heart attack, as happens now, researchers hope to create a new approach that actually would repair heart muscle damaged by a heart attack. This new therapy might revolutionize treatment of heart patients.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.