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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | CONCUSSIONS

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | CONCUSSIONS

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found the area of the brain that may be most effected by concussion and brain injury. This new information can be used in the future to protect athletes of all sports.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | BRAIN MAPPING

Stimulation brain mapping, with millimeter accuracy, can map the surface of the brain and allow surgeons to perform delicate operations much more effectively.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | TCAR

A potential complication of both surgery and stenting for stroke prevention in patients with carotid artery disease is a stroke occurring during the procedure itself. Studies have shown a higher risk of stroke during conventional stenting as compared to surgery.

The new minimally invasive transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) procedure that uses a special transcarotid neuro-protection system (NPS) is designed to reduce the risk of stroke during the insertion of the stent.

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Concussion / Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

UPDATE APRIL 2013: a newer version of this animation is now available! Watch it here:

- This 3D medical animation shows and explains the mechanism for mild traumatic brain injury, which includes concussion injuries. Two types of coup-contrecoup injury are shown: low-speed coup-countrecoup injury, and high-speed coup-contrecoup injury. The high-speed coup-contrecoup injury creates apparent contusions. The low-speed coup-contrecoup injury has damage from shifting layers within the brain at the microscopic level. This animation shows axonal-shearing or how axons rip away from the cell bodies of neurons during coup-contrecoup, and the degenerative damage that occurs later.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | SIMULATION SURGERY

Fabricated organs that actually bleed?! That's what physicians at the University of Rochester Medical Center have developed. These replicated organs look, feel and act like the real thing and were created to help doctors practice complex surgeries.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | SLEEP APNEA

Tired of wearing a CPAP machine? This FDA approved obstructive sleep apnea treatment works inside your body to treat the root cause of sleep apnea.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | FLUORESCENT NANOPARTICLES

Fluorescent nanoparticles have demonstrated enormous potential to advance breast cancer treatment.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | IMPROVING THE FLU VACCINE

The seasonal flu is a year-round disease burden, causing illnesses that can be severe enough to lead to death and hospitalization.
Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center are studying how the flu shot can be improved and are hoping to create a universal influenza vaccine.
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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | SPINAL CORD STIMULATION

Spinal cord stimulation is an approach to use electricity to turn the dials of the nervous system up and down in terms of pain intensity. This procedure can replace medications like opioids for the management of pain.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | LVAD SURGERY | BCBS

A left ventricular assist device or LVAD is a mechanical pump that is implanted inside a person's chest to help a weakened heart pump blood. Previously, the surgery required cracking the chest but these doctors have combined forces and found a way to perform the surgery in a way that is minimally invasive.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | 3D TISSUE ENGINEERING | BCBS

By using 3D printing and stem cells, this new technique has the potential to grow new bone and alter the way reconstructive surgery is being performed.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | BIONIC EYE

For decades, patients with retinitis pigmentosa were told that there was nothing for them and they would have to live with little to no vision. The bionic eye has changed that.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | FLUORESCENT NANOPARTICLES| BCBS

Fluorescent nanoparticles have demonstrated enormous potential to advance breast cancer treatment

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | 3D IMAGING | BCBS

The use of 3D imaging for head and neck cancer allows doctors to predict and plan surgery before going into the operating room. Saving time and more importantly, improving outcomes for patients.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | SCHIZOPHRENIA & THE MICROBIOME |

Gut microbiome refers to the microbes that live in the intestines. While people share some of the same microbiomes, most of the organisms differ from person to person.
Through genetic sequencing of the gut microbiomes of healthy individuals and people with schizophrenia, found a vast difference in the makeup of the microbiomes found in people with schizophrenia. There were far fewer different gut microbiomes in people with schizophrenia.

This research may impact how patients with Schizophrenia are treated in the future.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | DOPAMINE RESEARCH AND ADDICTION

Spikes of dopamine in the brain lead to the reinforcement of needing a drug. See how this researcher is studying the effects of dopamine and blocking the desire for drugs like opioids and alchohol.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | FLUORESCENT ILLUMINATION AND ROBOTIC SURGERY

Patients who have had previous surgeries or endometriosis have scar tissue which can be an issue when performing surgery. By using fluorescent light, this doctor found a way to make better surgical decisions in real-time.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS | BCBS

The Artificial Pancreas is new technology that gives Type 1 diabetes patients a little more freedom in their day to day lives. By eliminating multiple daily tests, patients now have a device that keeps an eye on blood sugars for them.


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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | HIV VACCINE RESEARCH |BCBS

HIV remains a very big public health problem. An effective HIV vaccine may be the only way to end the global epidemic.

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | BUPRENORPHINE IMPLANT

The buprenorphine implant can help treat addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin and narcotic painkillers, by eliminating the daily reminder to take the prescription.

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