UT Dallas Researchers Say They’ve Doubled The Movement Recovery Rate for Stroke Victims

UT Dallas researchers have good news for the 800,000 people who suffer strokes in the United States each year. A new therapy technique is doubling the recovery rate for stroke victims’ upper limbs, according to the UT Dallas news center. The treatment is called targeted plasticity therapy, which stimulates the vagus nerve and accompanies traditional physical therapy, and UT Dallas researchers say it has proved to be twice as affective as traditional methods. A device implanted on the nerve of the neck sends electrical stimulus to help aid recovery. The vagus nerve controls the parasympathetic nervous system, which oversees unconscious… Full Story

Medical City Plano Adds Single-Dose Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients

A new treatment at Medical City Plano is reducing breast cancer treatment from eight weeks to eight minutes. For early-stage breast cancer patients, the new procedure involves surgery and radiation using iCAD’s Xoft Electronic Brachytherapy System. The FDA-approved treatment uses a miniaturized x-ray to deliver a precise, concentrated dose of radiation to a tumor site directly after surgery, or lumpectomy. The radiation treats the remaining tumor that wasn’t removed during the surgery. The treatment isn’t limited to breast cancer, but can be used for non-melanoma skin cancer and gynecological cancer as well. Worldwide, more than 10,000 patients have been successfully treated.… Full Story

Richardson Man Convicted By Federal Jury In Scheme to Defraud Dallas Medical Center, Others

A 50-year-old Richardson man was convicted for his role in a scheme in which several co-conspirators impersonated Cerner Corp. employees to bilk millions of dollars from victims including the Dallas Medical Center, which paid more than $1 million for a new MRI system that never came. Suresh Mitta, who also went by Suresh Reddy or Mitta Suresh, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Albert Davis, 57 and also of Richardson, pled guilty to taking the lead role in a separate case and was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison a year ago. Davis… Full Story

FDA Grants Expanded Approval for Medtronic’s Catheter

Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital supports research on new medical devices and treatments, most recently using a catheter developed by Medtronic. The Freezor Xtra Cryoablation catheter was approved by the Food and Drug Administration Thursday to treat patients with atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia, commonly known as abnormal heart rhythm. Full Story