New Procedure for Enlarged Prostate

A new procedure called the UroLift System treatment is a new, minimally invasive approach to dealing with an enlarged prostate, or BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), that lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.

Clinical data has shown that the UroLift System treatment is safe and effective in relieving lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH without compromising sexual function as sited by practicing surgeons. The goal of the UroLift System treatment is to relieve symptoms so you can get back to your life and resume your daily activities.

How Does UroLift Work?

The UroLift System treatment is a straightforward procedure that is performed by a urologist. The urologist places tiny implants to hold the prostate lobes apart (like open curtains on a window), to relieve compression on the urethra. This allows urine to flow normally again. The UroLift System treatment can be done in the physician’s office under local anesthesia. Typically, patients return home the same day without a catheter.

Enlarged Prostate

An enlarged prostate can narrow or even block the urethra.

Step 1

The UroLift Delivery Device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate.

Step 2

Small UroLift Implants are permanently placed to lift or hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way and increase the opening of the urethra. The permanent Implants are delivered through a small needle that comes out of the UroLift Delivery Device and into the prostate.

Step 3

The UroLift Delivery Device is removed, leaving an open urethra designed to provide symptom relief.

The UroLift System is an alternative for patients looking for something other than drug therapy or more invasive surgery. Treatment might be right for the patient if any of the following apply:

• You do not want to take another pill everyday
• You have tried BPH medication but are unhappy with the side effects
• You do not want to undergo major surgery due to potential surgical risks of side effects and complications
• You want a BPH solution that preserves your sexual function
• You want to regain your quality of life with minimal downtime

Benefits of the UroLift System include:

• Straightforward procedure
• Minimally invasive
• Minimal downtime
• Typically no catheter or overnight stay required after treatment
• Preservation of sexual function
• Durable results
• Rapid symptom relief, as early as 2 weeks post procedure

According to patient feedback, most common adverse events reported include hematuria, dysuria, micturition urgency, pelvic pain, and urge incontinence. Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.

R.M. Hochella
Modern Health Perspectives

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IBM’s Watson and Cancer

Watson Oncology is a cognitive computing system designed to support the broader oncology community of physicians as they consider treatment options with their patients. Memorial Sloan Kettering clinicians and analysts are partnering with IBM to train Watson Oncology to interpret cancer patients’ clinical information and identify individualized, evidence-based treatment options that leverage our specialists’ decades of experience and research.

As Watson Oncology’s teacher, we are advancing our mission by creating a powerful resource that will help inform treatment decisions for those who may not have access to a specialty center like MSK. With Watson Oncology, we believe we can decrease the amount of time it takes for the latest research and evidence to influence clinical practice across the broader oncology community, help physicians synthesize available information, and improve patient care.

Every year Sloan Kettering treats more than 130,000 people with cancer, contributes to premier oncology organizations, and leads groundbreaking clinical trials. MSK also utilizes their subspecialized oncologists and applying their unique expertise — integrating the latest published research with decades of longitudinal data into clinical practice. This is to teach Watson Oncology.

IBM Watson and Quest Diagnostics

IBM and Quest Diagnostics have launch genomic sequencing service using data from MSK. IBM Watson Health and Quest Diagnostics announced the launch this new service that helps advance precision medicine by combining cognitive computing with genomic tumor sequencing. Memorial Sloan Kettering will provide data from OncoKB, a precision oncology knowledge base, to help inform individual treatment options for cancer patients.

These two companies are defining the field of cognitive computing. Its core capabilities — reading natural language, evaluating cases with evolving machine-learned models, and rapidly processing large volumes of data — are being leveraged to help address some of the challenges facing oncologists today.

By combining their world-renowned cancer expertise with the capabilities of IBM Watson, Watson Oncology will offer oncologists and people with cancer individualized treatment options that are informed by medical evidence with highly specialized experience. Since Watson Oncology is a learning system, IBM has a unique opportunity to continually improve based on users’ experiences.

Modern Health Perspectives believes that by combining attributes from the patient’s file with clinical expertise, external research, and data, Watson for Oncology identifies potential treatment plans for a patient. This means doctors can consider the treatment options provided by Watson when making decisions for individual patients.

R.M. Hochella
Modern Health Perspectives

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Major Breakthrough Gives Paralyzed Man Sense of Touch!

Through cutting-edge research, scientists have given a paralyzed man the sense of touch through his robotic arm.
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According to the Washington Post, no previous robotic limb has ever allowed a paralyzed individual to gain a natural sense of touch. That limitation has made it difficult for individuals with robotic arms to gauge how much pressure to apply when attempting simple tasks, such as grasping a coffee cup without breaking it, NPR reports.

A medical breakthrough

After a car accident damaged his spinal cord more than a decade ago, Nathan Copeland found himself paralyzed in all four limbs. Like others with paralysis who lack a functioning peripheral nerve system, Copeland was unable to experience a sense of touch in his paralyzed areas.

Five years ago, Copeland volunteered for a research project at UPMC. The Pittsburgh-based health system’s team believed they could one day help Copeland feel again.

Robert Gaunt, a UPMC researcher involved in Copeland’s case, explained that while a spinal cord injury has “disconnected” Copeland’s hand from his brain, his brain “hasn’t lost its ability to feel.”

First, the team used magnetoencephalography to “see the parts of his brain that became active when he was watching videos of a hand being touched,” Gaunt says.

Then, in March 2015, surgeons implanted four electrodes into the part of Copeland’s brain connected with touch in the right hand and fingers. The newly implanted electrodes receive signals from a mind-controlled robotic arm, a configuration that “effectively bypasses a damaged spinal cord.”

R.M. Hochella
Modern Health Perspectives