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A Novel Way to Steady a Tremor
At age 78, keen and lively Blanche Matthai, who lives alone in her Baltimore apartment, found last year that an increasing trembling in her hands was affecting her fine motor control. Within months, she was no longer able to write, drive or even eat with...

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Hour-Long Procedure Repairs Battered Knees
Two years ago, plastic surgeon A. Lee Dellon, M.D., became the first Hopkins part-time faculty member to receive a promotion to full professor. Dellon has made something of a mark for himself...

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Brief Procedure Repairs Knees
For athletes or accident victims with damaged knees, or people suffering from focal arthritis in the knee, typically the only way to restore mobility has been through a colossal operation to replace the ragged joint. Physicians, however, have been well aware that when the injury is limited to one area, surgery could be avoided if...

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Understanding George III’s Ailment
King George III had it, and it caused madness. When epilepsy patients suffer from it, it’s often triggered by seizure drugs. The disease is porphyria, an uncommon genetic disorder that can be latent in some people. But when it’s sparked, porphyria causes severe build-up of toxins...

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Bringing Angioplasty to the People
“Corner any cardiologist and ask, ‘How would you treat your father if he had an acute MI?’ and in nine out of 10 cases, the answer focuses on angioplasty at a center that knows how to do it well,” maintains cardiologist Thomas Aversano, M.D....

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Kidney Stones in Children Are More Problematic
Kidney and bladder stones are much rarer in children than in adults,” says pediatric urologist Steven G. Docimo, M.D., “and they’re also frequently linked with an underlying anatomical abnormality such as spina bifida, a reconstructed urinary tract or ...

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Saving the Uterus in Endometrial Cancer
A 43-year-old woman who has put off motherhood in favor of a career now wants to bear a child. She’s been in relatively good health, but when she visits her local gynecologist for an examination...

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When Gallstone Removal Goes Awry
There’s no doubt that laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the best way to get rid of gallstones,” declares gastrointestinal surgeon Keith Lillemoe, M.D. “It’s simple, doesn’t cause a lot of pain and gets patients back on their feet sooner than open surgery. “But,” he warns...

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MRI Identifies Heart Attack Risk
One of the most effective ways to predict whether a person who’s had a heart attack is still at risk of suffering life-threatening cardiac problems turns out to be through magnetic resonance imaging. That’s the result of a...

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