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Study: Radiation Boosts Prostate Cancer Survival

June 8, 2010 7:29 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors are reporting a key advance in treating men with cancer that has started to spread beyond the prostate: survival is significantly better if radiation is added to standard hormone treatments. Results of the study were given Sunday at a cancer conference, where other research showed that an experimental drug boosted survival for women with very advanced breast cancer.

Overtreated: Time May Be Best Treatment For Back Pain

June 8, 2010 7:28 am | by Lauran Neergaard AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Why did they cut you?" The shocking question came from a respected spine surgeon tracked down by Keith Swenson, who was still in severe pain after an earlier back operation. He didn't know what to believe. Two other surgeons had urged more operations, different ones.

Doctor Who Took Out Wrong Organ Fined

June 8, 2010 7:27 am | News | Comments

Health News Florida reports Monday that the board said Bernard Zaragoza is a good doctor, but he had bad luck. A state hearing officer recommended a penalty of a $5,000 fine and 50 hours of community service. Zaragoza has to reimburse the state $25,000 for the state's costs of investigation and prosecution.

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New Treatment Helps Babies Smile

June 7, 2010 7:35 am | by Bob Cramblitt | Articles | Comments

Using 3D scanning technology, engineers have developed a new treatment for severe cleft lip and palate that reduces the cleft width before surgery without inhibiting upper-jaw growth. June 7, 2010 One of the first babies to receive the new cleft lip and palate treatment, during his initial visit to Shriners Hospital.

Bringing Doctors To The Dying Patient’s Bedside

June 7, 2010 7:34 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

When D., a woman in her mid-30s, learned that she was dying from complications of AIDS, she fully expected that her life would end in much the same way it had been lived: homeless, alone and among strangers. If it hadn’t been for Dr. Jason K. Alexander, a medical student at the time, she might have been right.

Semi-Rigid Canisters

June 7, 2010 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

DeRoyal SafeLiner Semi-Rigid canisters boast a safe design and offer a reduction in red bag waste. Patented adhesive on the disposable lid keeps fluids secure, preventing costly clean-ups, and providing a spill safe product for all clinicians. A filter technically proven to prevent backflow of aspirated fluids into hospital vacuums is innovative and a part of every canister created by DeRoyal.

Laparoscopic Smoke Filtration System

June 7, 2010 7:30 am | Pall Medical | Product Releases | Comments

  The Laparoshield Laparoscopic Smoke Filtration System is a passive smoke evacuation system which removes particulate, cells, virus and odor causing chemicals from surgical smoke generated in laparoscopic procedures while maintaining a clear field of vision.

Blowing The Whistle Or Inciting A Panic?

June 7, 2010 7:29 am | News | Comments

An NYU Medical Center doctor phoned her bosses' weight-loss surgery patients on the eve of their operations to warn them they could end up dead. Surgical resident Neelu Pal was so spooked after a lap-band surgery patient died in 2006 that she spent the weekend anonymously phoning patients scheduled for surgery that Monday.

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Wrong Back Surgery Nets $2 Million Ruling

June 7, 2010 7:16 am | News | Comments

A Roanoke, NC jury awarded a 38-year-old woman $2 million in a malpractice judgment against Carilion Clinic after hearing claims that a neurosurgeon performed the wrong type of surgery on her herniated discs, prolonging her pain. Carilion has asked that the verdict be reduced to a reasonable sum or that the court grant a new trial.

Surgeons Fined For Overbilling Medicare By More Than $1 Million

June 7, 2010 6:52 am | News | Comments

The Oregon Medical Board has fined four Eugene heart surgeons for allegedly overbiling Medicare. The doctors agreed to each pay a $10,000 fine and serve 100 hours of community service. The Register-Guard newspaper reports the action comes more than two years after Drs. David Duke, Warren Glover, Richard Hicks and Stanley Baldwin reached a settlement with the federal government in which they agreed to pay $2.

Pulmonary Embolism Pioneer Recognized

June 7, 2010 6:42 am | News | Comments

Lazar J. Greenfield, MD, FACS of Ann Arbor, MI, was the recipient of the 16th Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons. The Jacobson Award, which honors living surgeons who have been innovators of a new development or technique in any field of surgery, was presented to Dr. Greenfield during a dinner that was held in conjunction with the ACS Board of Regents meeting.

H1N1 Experts Linked To Pharmaceutical Industry

June 7, 2010 6:09 am | News | Comments

Key World Health Organization personnel who advised on the stockpiling of pandemic flu drugs had financial ties with companies which stood to profit, an investigation has found. The British Medical Journal says these individuals had openly declared these interests, yet WHO made no mention of the links.

Listening To Nurses Is Key To Being A Good Doctor

June 4, 2010 7:05 am | by Doctor Grumpy | Articles | Comments

I’m a doctor. We get all the glory. And credit. And guess what? We only deserve part of it. I started out in medicine in the mid-80’s, volunteering at an ER. And the biggest shock to me was learning how much of what happens in a hospital is nurse territory. Doctors will see you anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes a day, depending on how sick you are.

Male Sling For Stress Urinary Incontinence

June 4, 2010 6:37 am | Coloplast Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Coloplast introduces a new male sling, Virtue. Virtue offers treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) because it both elevates and compresses the urethra, a key step toward reducing urine leakage occurring, for example, after prostate cancer surgery. With the launch of Virtue, men suffering from SUI can look forward to improved relief from incontinence.

Backloading Biopsy Forceps

June 4, 2010 6:34 am | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Urologists treating patients with suspicious ureteral or kidney lesions now have a tool to help them more effectively make diagnoses. Cook Medical has introduced the BIGopsy Backloading Biopsy Forceps, a device designed and engineered to obtain large renal or ureteral tissue specimens up to 4 mm3 for cancer diagnosis.

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