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Z-shaped incision enhances minimally invasive surgery

A novel surgical technique allowing doctors to operate on patients by making a Z-shaped incision inside the stomach could potentially replace certain types of conventional surgery in humans, according to Penn State medical researchers who have successfully demonstrated the procedure in pigs.

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Researchers Discover Virus Using Same Tools As Host Cell

Researchers have discovered that the virus which causes Kaposi's Sarcoma encodes a molecule for controlling gene regulation nearly identical to one found normally in human cells. Both versions of the molecule, known as a microRNA, appear to play a role in the development of cancer.

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Survey Examines Global Perceptions Of Health Problems, Priorities, Donors

In recent years, wealthy countries, multinational organizations, and philanthropies have increasingly mobilized to address global health issues such as the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases. To help inform these efforts, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Pew Global Attitudes Project today released findings from their new report from a 47 country survey that provides information about how people around the world perceive and prioritize health in their countries and gauge the efforts of donor nations.

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