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2009-07-30 12:56:09

New research shows that the risks from obesity-related surgeries has dropped dramatically, and is now no riskier than having a gall bladder out, a hip replaced or most other major operations, The Associated Press reported. Safety results for gastric bands and stomach stapling at 10 U.S. hospitals specializing in these procedures from 2005 through 2007 showed that for every 1,000 patients, three died during or within a month of their surgery, and only 43 had any major complication. But only a...

2009-01-01 15:20:55

Pre-operative screening of patients for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) may be an effective way to reduce infection rates following otolaryngic surgeries, according to new research published in the January 2009 issue of Otolaryngology "“ Head and Neck Surgery. The study, conducted by researchers at the Massachusetts Ear & Eye Infirmary, is the first to review otolaryngic procedures, and reviewed the medical records of 420 patients. Of the 241 non-pre-screened...

2008-08-07 18:01:53

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Anesiva, Inc. today reported financial results and accomplishments for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2008. "The 2008 second quarter marked a significant advance for Anesiva as we introduced Zingo(TM) in the U.S. pediatric hospital market," said Michael L. Kranda, president and chief executive officer. "In addition, I'm pleased to report that our Phase 3 trials of Adlea(TM) for the management of acute pain...

2008-07-08 15:00:00

The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against using Medtronic's Infuse bone graft product in surgeries on neck bones, an off-label practice the agency never approved. The warning issued this week also covers OP-1 brand bone graft products from Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Stryker Corp. For unknown reasons, using these products in the neck can cause dangerous complications, the FDA says. Infuse is a genetically engineered protein that causes the body to grow its own bone. It is meant...

2008-07-04 15:00:41

By Daniel Connolly The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against using Medtronic's Infuse bone graft product in surgeries on neck bones, an off-label practice the agency never approved. The warning issued this week also covers OP-1 brand bone graft products from Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Stryker Corp. For unknown reasons, using these products in the neck can cause dangerous complications, the FDA says. Infuse is a genetically engineered protein that causes the body to grow...

2008-07-02 12:00:00

Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) continue to develop treatments to help the more than three million Americans with glaucoma. The July issue of Ophthalmology includes a large, national study of outcomes of incisional surgeries, used to reduce pressure inside the eye, in Medicare patients. Also covered is research that may brighten the outlook for patients with end-stage glaucoma. All types of glaucoma damage the disc of the eye's optic nerve, compromise the transmission of images to the...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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