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Study: Blood Poisoning Increases The Risk Of Blood Clots

March 14, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

"We have followed more than 4,000 people who have been admitted with blood poisoning. The study shows that the risk of suffering a blood clot in either the brain or the heart is twice as high for patients with blood poisoning in relation to other patients who are also admitted with acute illnesses," says Michael Dalager-Pedersen , PhD student at Aarhus University and Registrar at Aalborg University Hospital...

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Man's Face Rebuilt With 3D Printer After Crash

March 14, 2014 10:30 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A man seriously injured in a motorbike crash had his face reconstructed using a 3D printer. In a one-of-a-kind procedure, surgeons repaired Stephen Power’s cheekbone and eye socket using the cutting-edge technology in an eight-hour operation...

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Healthcare.gov Sign-Ups All But Guaranteed To Fall Short Of Goal

March 14, 2014 10:20 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Tuesday it's making steady progress on healthcare sign-ups, but the White House needs something close to a miracle to meet its goal of enrolling 6 million people by the end of this month. It could happen with a sustained surge in consumer demand and a foolproof website. But they're not seeing it yet, and time is running out...

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FDA Chief Defends Controversial Painkiller As Criticism Intensifies

March 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told Senate lawmakers that the recently-launched Zohydro fills an "important and unique niche" for treating chronic pain. Her agency has been under fire for clearing the drug since December, amid concerns from lawmakers, addiction specialists, and others that the drug will exacerbate the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse...

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Back Surgery Offers Long-Term Societal Benefits, According To New Study

March 13, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

Past research has found herniated disc surgery to be an effective treatment option to ease the extreme back pain associated with herniation of a disc. However, until now, none of these studies accounted for lost productivity in the workplace. A new study, commissioned by AAOS and conducted by health economists, found surgery to be a cost-effective option for patients who used it, particularly because of its effect on productivity...

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Healthcare Industry Still Lacking In Cyber Threat Preparedness

March 13, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

The number of cyber attacks targeted at healthcare industry organizations of all types and sizes continue to increase, while research indicates that most healthcare organizations are not adequately addressing cyber threat preparedness and response...

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FaceGuard Head Shield/Instrument Trays

March 13, 2014 10:03 am | by Dan Allen Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Dan Allen Surgical introduces FaceGuard Head Shield/Instrument Trays. The table-mounted device offers innovative patient safety and user-friendly features...

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Questions About A Popular Heart Procedure

March 13, 2014 9:57 am | by Paula Span | Blogs | Comments

Our great-great-grandparents probably didn’t have to think much about the way the heart’s aortic valve slowly stiffens and narrows over decades, a condition called aortic stenosis. Most of them died before they could experience its distressing symptoms...

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Same-Day Double Knee Replacement Safe For Select Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

March 13, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

In a new study, "Rheumatoid Arthritis Does Not Increase Perioperative Complications Following Same-day Bilateral TKA," to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Orleans on March 13, Dr. Figgie and colleagues found that select patients with RA do just as well with same-day bilateral knee replacement as OA patients, and with no higher complication rate...

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Trauma Center Closures Linked To Higher Odds Of Death For Injured Patients

March 13, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers. "This study confirms that when trauma centers close, people who live in the surrounding areas are more likely to die following an injury," said lead author Renee Y. Hsia, MD, an associate professor of emergency medicine at UCSF...

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Study Generally Finds Comparable Outcomes For Outpatient, Inpatient Orthopedic Surgeries

March 13, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

As the effectiveness of anesthesia, pain management, and rehabilitation continues to improve, more orthopaedic procedures are being done on an outpatient basis. In a new research study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons...

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NY Hospital Alerts Patients Of Possible Blood Contamination From Insulin Pen

March 13, 2014 9:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A New York hospital is going to great lengths to contact its patients and recommend they seek immediate testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. South Nassau Communities Hospital is sending out 4,247 letters to patients to notify them of potential risk of a serious infection from an insulin pen...

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Liver Transplant May Arrest Neurological Damage In A Rare And Progressive Form Of Autism

March 12, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

A patient with a rare metabolic disease that causes liver failure and autistic behavior experienced significant improvements in both her physical and mental health after receiving a liver transplant, according to a new case report published this week...

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Three Stories That Highlight What's Wrong With The Medical System

March 12, 2014 9:51 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

To me, the Affordable Care Act seems like a windfall for insurance companies and hospitals. Until we do something about controlling costs and unnecessary procedures like those I mentioned, the ACA will be a money pit...     

Obama Pitches Health Plan In 'Funny Or Die' Web Sketch (With Video)

March 12, 2014 9:50 am | by David Bauder, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

Zach Galifianakis brought the ferns, and President Barack Obama opened a new avenue of presidential communication. The president urged young people to sign up for the new healthcare plan through an appearance posted Tuesday on the comic website "Funny or Die"...

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