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Medicare Fund Given 12 Years - Maybe

August 6, 2010 6:01 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Stephen Ohlemacher, AP Medicare is in better shape and could stay afloat a dozen years longer than earlier projected, trustees forecast, but that depends on cuts in care that the system's top analyst says are highly doubtful. The annual report by the trustees who oversee Medicare and Social Security, led by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, gives backers of the new health care law evidence of a positive impact on government entitlement programs, but it also undercuts the findings with a host of caveats.

Lasers Can Reduce Sexual Side Effects Of Prostate Surgery

August 6, 2010 5:44 am | News | Comments

One of the challenges of prostate cancer surgery is removing the cancer-affected gland without side effects. The procedure is estimated to cause long-term sexual dysfunction in half of men. Now, new published research by urologic surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center presents evidence that a new laser technology used with robotic prostate cancer surgery may reduce the risk of damaging the crucial nerves necessary for erections and urinary continence.

Lubricating Cartilage After ACL Surgery Can Prevent Osteoarthritis

August 6, 2010 5:26 am | News | Comments

An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament is fairly common, especially among young athletes. While it can often be corrected through surgery, the injury can lead to increased risk of developing degenerative joint diseases, including osteoarthritis (OA). The problem is that fluid in the knee joint, which lubricates the cartilage, is impacted by the trauma of the injury and begins to deteriorate.

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Robotic Surgery For Cancer

August 5, 2010 7:28 am | Videos | Comments

Minimally invasive surgery takes advantage of advances in computer imaging and robotics to provide effective surgical cancer treatment with a much smaller impact on the patient. Robotic surgery systems consist of one or more robotic arms, precisely controlled by surgeons seated at a console, which enlarges 3-D views of the surgery site.

Surgeon Fixes Ruptured Aneurysm In Pregnant Patient

August 5, 2010 7:27 am | Videos | Comments

Los Angeles Brain and Spine Institute Neurointerventional surgeon George Rappard uses a new tiny brain balloon to fix a ruptured aneurysm in a pregnant woman.

Using The iPad In Surgery

August 5, 2010 7:27 am | Videos | Comments

DICOM viewer OsiriX helps surgeons to understand the patient's anatomy and cancerous lesion by pinching to zoom, rotating, and changing window level of the DICOM volume data on an iPad through latex gloves. We applied a new educational system using stereo-3D anatomy generated by OsiriX.

Total Hip Wound Closure With Absorbable Skin Staples

August 5, 2010 7:27 am | Incisive Surgical, Inc. | Videos | Comments

This surgical video shows Dr. David Fisher of OrthoIndy Research Foundation (Indianapolis, IN) closing a hip incision with INSORB Absorbable Skin Staples. Dr. Fisher's technique is demonstrated, as well as patient photos at surgery, 2 weeks and 6 weeks.

Man Grateful For Having Toe Chewed Off

August 4, 2010 7:52 am | News | Comments

AP – A Michigan man says he's grateful his dog ate most of his toe while he was passed out drunk. Jerry Douthett of Rockford says Kiko's action helped uncover an undiagnosed diabetic condition and led to treatment that could save his life. The Grand Rapids Press reported that the 48-year-old musician knew for a while something was wrong with his foot.

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Chemo Can't Be Forced On Patient

August 4, 2010 7:42 am | News | Comments

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AP A state juvenile court judge has rejected the request of a Christian convert's Muslim parents to order their daughter to continue chemotherapy for uterine cancer. The request from the parents of Rifqa Bary does not meet the legal requirement of a medical emergency needing immediate treatment, Franklin County Juvenile Court Magistrate Mary Goodrich said during a hearing.

FDA Moves Toward Tighter Device Oversight

August 4, 2010 7:29 am | News | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Makers of medical devices would have to submit more safety information to win federal approval under a proposal designed to tighten regulation of thousands of products reviewed each year. The Food and Drug Administration has released recommendations designed to improve oversight of the U.

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Quality Years Lost To Obesity More Than Doubles

August 4, 2010 7:17 am | News | Comments

Although the prevalence of obesity and obesity-attributable deaths has steadily increased, the resultant burden of disease associated with obesity has not been well understood. A new study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicates that Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) lost to U.

Physician Social Networks And Liability Risk

August 4, 2010 6:51 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Articles | Comments

Study Confirms Quality, Safety Of Nurse Anesthetist Care

August 4, 2010 6:51 am | News | Comments

There are no differences in patient outcomes when anesthesia services are provided by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), physician anesthesiologists, or CRNAs supervised by physicians, according to the results of a new national study conducted by RTI International. The study, titled "No Harm Found When Nurse Anesthetists Work Without Supervision by Physicians," appears in the August issue of Health Affairs.

HD Medical Grade LCD Displays

August 4, 2010 6:50 am | Panasonic | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic has expanded its line of HD camera and recording systems designed specifically for medical applications with the introduction of the 32-inch EJ-MLA32U-W and 37-inch EJ-MLA37UJ-W HD LCD Displays. The new units offer advanced technology and a host of features to meet the most demanding medical imaging requirements.

Brain May Age Faster In People Whose Hearts Pump Less Blood

August 3, 2010 7:03 am | News | Comments

Keep your heart healthy and you may slow down the aging of your brain, according to a new study reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. In the study, people whose hearts pumped less blood had brains that appeared older than the brains of those whose hearts pumped more blood.

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