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2009-08-12 11:31:36

Hormonal changes during pregnancy increase the lithogenicity of bile and impair gallbladder emptying, which create a favorable environment for gallstone formation. Choledocholithiasis and consequent complications such as pancreatitis and cholangitis are potentially fatal diseases for the mother and fetus. During pregnancy, the treatment is usually conservative since surgery is associated with an increased rate of complications such as preterm labor and spontaneous abortion. In...

2009-07-06 07:10:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First-time mom Brandi Phare thought she was all alone when she began suffering postpartum ailments. She experienced pain as a result of multiple tears on her body from giving birth, and also faced severe incontinence. Unbeknownst to Phare, she was in the majority. "Easily over half of women who have vaginal birth, at least their first birth, will have some problem in terms of bowel, bladder or sexual dysfunction that can occur," said Dee...

2009-05-28 06:00:00

Proteon also receives orphan drug designation for its lead product candidate, PRT-201 WALTHAM, Mass., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Proteon Therapeutics, Inc., announced today that it has completed a second closing of its Series B equity financing, securing an additional $12 million and increasing the total equity capital raised in this round to $50 million. The additional equity investment came primarily from two new investors, Bessemer Venture Partners and Devon Park Bioventures, as well as from...

2009-05-01 08:56:02

 After surgery to remove the head of the pancreas, invagination of the pancreas into the small intestine resulted in a lower rate of pancreatic fistula, according to researchers at the Jefferson Pancreas, Biliary and Related Cancer Center. The research was published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. It was performed as a randomized trial "“ the gold standard for studies.Removing the head of the pancreas, a procedure called pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD), is a common...

2009-04-13 15:48:00

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The cost to Medicare for managing chronic kidney disease (CKD) is high; however, IPRO is urging health care providers in New York to work together to both improve patient care and reduce costly complications from the disease. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080725/DC28791LOGO) Medicare costs for CKD and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) exceed $70 billion annually according to United States Renal Data System (USRDS) data....

2009-03-26 09:40:00

10,000 Women with Fistula Receive Life-Changing Surgery WASHINGTON, March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and EngenderHealth announced today that 10,000 women have received surgery for fistula with U.S. support since 2005. Fistula, a devastating vaginal injury affecting millions of women in developing countries, can be surgically repaired, but most of those with the condition lack access to a skilled surgeon or health center, making...

2009-03-12 13:21:49

For chronic kidney disease patients, both young and old, arteriovenous fistulas (AV) is the top choice for maintaining access to a patients circulatory system during life-saving dialysis. An estimated 27 million people suffer from chronic kidney disease. Nearly half a million are being treated for kidney failure and need dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. In dialysis, a machine filters the blood outside the body to rid it of toxic waste products. An AV fistulas is a connection...

2009-03-09 08:00:00

Preferred Access at Any Age: Comparison by Interventional Radiologists Shows No Difference in 'Patency' or Openness of Arteriovenous (AV) Fistulas SAN DIEGO, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study shows that for those individuals with chronic kidney disease, it doesn't matter if you're young or old: arteriovenous (AV) fistulas remain the gold standard for maintaining access to one's circulatory system to provide life-sustaining dialysis. Interventional radiologists found no...

2009-03-05 07:00:00

WALTHAM, Mass., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Proteon Therapeutics, Inc., announced today that it has successfully completed a $38 million Series B equity financing, led by MPM Capital on behalf of the MPM Bio IV NVS Strategic Fund L.P. This announcement follows the initiation of a Phase 1/2 human clinical study of its lead product, PRT-201, in patients with end stage renal disease undergoing surgery for arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creation. Additionally, Proteon further bolstered its cash...

2008-12-18 11:14:00

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Campaign to End Fistula was today recognized as a model for championing collaboration between countries in the Global South, receiving an award of excellence from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The award committee of UNDP's Special Unit for South-South Cooperation highlighted the Campaign's innovative approach in the prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula and the rehabilitation of fistula survivors. UNFPA was...


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