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Man-made blood vessels could soon be available ‘off-the-shelf’

Do you need a new blood vessel? Well, just pick that one off the shelf. This might sound bizarre, but scientists have now been able to engineer artificial blood vessels which can be available ‘off-the-shelf’. You may no longer need to sacrifice blood vessels from any other part of your body.

Bret Michaels recovering well following heart surgery

Bret Michaels is doing well following heart surgery. The rocker had surgery on Monday to repair a hole in his heart.

35-year-old Florida woman dies after liposuction

Lidvian Zelaya would have never thought that her decision to look fabulous in 2011 would end her life. In a tragic end to a New Year's resolution, a Florida woman died after liposuction surgery to move fat from her waist into her bottom.

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Jennifer Grey to have back surgery

Los Angeles -- U.S. actress Jennifer Grey says she will soon undergo surgery to repair a disc she ruptured in her back while competing on TV's "Dancing with the Stars."

Grey, 50, won the show's coveted mirror ball trophy last week. She is best known for her work in the films "Dirty Dancing" and "Red Dawn."

"It's just going be like a little surgery where they take out the ruptured disc thing, and you know, it won't be a big deal," she told "Access Hollywood." "Compared to the other surgeries I had on my neck, my doctor says it won't be a big deal. I'll be home that night." said Grey previously had operations to help relieve neck pain that resulted from a 1987 car accident. She also had her thyroid removed after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Boy with deformed face robbed of donation, support still pours in

The efforts have certainly not gone waste for the Sullivan family! Though they have been robbed of money they had collected for their 9-year-old son, Aidan Sullivan's surgery, support is still pouring in for them.

Scott Hamilton on rebound from cancer

Franklin, Tenn. -- Olympic skating champion Scott Hamilton says he is getting as back to normal as possible as he recovers in Tennessee from brain tumor surgery earlier this year.

The 52-year-old Hamilton raised more than $1 million for cancer research this month despite being on the mend for surgery on both the tumor and a later aneurysm that cost him much of the sight in his right eye.

"I tried to stay positive through all this," Hamilton told People magazine. "But in the back of my mind, I felt, 'I'm getting knocked down and I'm not sure if I can get back up.'"

Country singer Brad Paisley, a longtime friend of Hamilton, told People, "He's a hero to me in the way he handles adversity and his positive outlook on life, no matter the circumstances."

Portis out for the year

Washington -- The Washington Redskins announced Wednesday they had placed running back Clinton Portis on injured reserve with a groin injury that requires surgery.

Portis, who needs 77 rushing yards to reach 10,000 for his career, has had a season cut short for the second straight year. He missed the last eight games in 2009 because of a concussion.

Washington Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday Portis, 29, would have surgery to repair his latest injury and the running back would have to refrain from all football activities for several months.

The season-ending groin injury occurred during Washington's game with Tennessee last Sunday. He had suffered a groin strain in Week 4 against Philadelphia.

Lightning's Lecavalier out for a month

Tampa, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Monday that captain Vincent Lecavalier had surgery for a fracture on his right hand and will be sidelined up to five weeks.

Lecavalier was injured in a 6-3 Lightning loss to the Washington Capitals Thursday.

A team statement said Lecavalier "underwent a successful procedure on his right hand" Monday at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland.

"The procedure revealed an unstable fracture in the hand. It was fixated with a plate and screws to properly stabilize the fracture and promote optimal healing," the statement said.

Lecavalier, a 30-year-old center, has three goals and six assists in 14 games this season.

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Hockey player who broke neck walking

St. Paul, Minn. -- University of Denver hockey player Jesse Martin, who suffered a broken neck when hit during a game, is up and walking after surgery, doctors said Tuesday.

Martin, 22, collapsed after the blow by the University of North Dakota's Brad Malone during an Oct. 30 game in Grand Forks, N.D. He was transported to a St. Paul, Minn., hospital, where he was diagnosed with three broken vertebrae in his neck.

Doctors said Tuesday Martin was walking around his hospital room after an operation that included inserting a screw into one of the broken vertebra and realigning the other two, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

The physicians added the procedure went so well a return to the game for Martin couldn't be ruled out.