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Half of German Hospitals Unable To Invest In New Treatments, Equipment

June 30, 2014 10:24 am | by Accenture | News | Comments

Due to increasing financial challenges, one-in-two German hospitals were unable to make investments in new initiatives during 2012, according to new research released at the 2014 Capital Congress in Berlin...             

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It May Take Guts To Cure Diabetes

June 30, 2014 10:16 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

By switching off a single gene, scientists at Columbia University's Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center have converted human gastrointestinal cells into insulin-producing cells, demonstrating in principle that a drug could retrain cells inside a person's GI tract to produce insulin...

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One-Third Of Knee Replacements Classified As Inappropriate

June 30, 2014 10:07 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

The study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), highlights the need for consensus on patient selection criteria among U.S. medical professionals treating those with the potential need of knee replacement surgery...

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Improved Tracking May Be Key To HAI Prevention

June 30, 2014 9:55 am | by Mikhaila Friske, Editorial Intern, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Achieving a low healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rate seems simple until challenges arise. No quick, one step solution exists for hospitals. Only multiple strategies working together reduce the risk of error and lower HAI rates...       

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Variants Found That Increase Pain After Childhood Surgery

June 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

In the first genome-wide analysis of postsurgical pain in children, pediatric researchers identified variations in genes that affect a child's need for pain-control drugs. The findings suggest that at some point physicians may calibrate pain-medication dosages according to a child's individual genetic makeup...

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New Protocol Could Extend Preservation Of Donor Livers

June 30, 2014 9:14 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | News | Comments

A system developed by investigators at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Engineering in Medicine allowed successful transplantation of rat livers after preservation for as long as four days, more than tripling the length of time organs currently can be preserved...

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Another Dancing Breast Cancer Surgery Patient

June 27, 2014 12:16 pm | Videos | Comments

Doreta Norris, 52, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2013. While at the airport to visit her mother-in-law, Norris saw video of a woman dancing in the operating room before a double mastectomy. That video inspired Norris to dance her cancer away as well. Norris danced with doctors and nurses to "Gangham Style" as she made her way to the operating room

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Women With "Ugly" Feet Turning To Cinderella Surgery

June 27, 2014 11:56 am | by KMTV 3 in Omaha, NE | Videos | Comments

Some women are going to new extremes to realize their appearance goals, including a new trend being termed "Cinderella surgery." Women are having their feet altered to better fit into designer shoes. The surgeries can involve changing the length of toes or removing bunions and corns. There's even something called "toe lipo," which is used to make a chubby toe slim.

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RealTcut Offers Advanced Materials For Surgical Training

June 27, 2014 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new research objective could offer another virtual training option for surgeons. The long-term aim is to develop real-time simulators tol help train surgeons and enhance surgical planning. By constructing virtual, ‘in silico’ replicas of the patients, such tools have the potential to reduce errors and post-operative complications, and could eventually lead to robot-assisted and robot-led surgery.

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ER Patient Attempts To Smuggle Medical Supplies

June 27, 2014 11:12 am | News | Comments

A 60-year-old man treated in the emergency room is suspected of trying to walk out with bed sheets, latex gloves, a bloody syringe, oxygen tubing, towels, washcloths, medical wrap, pulse oximeters, alcohol wipes and 15 packages of lubricant. He was confronted by hospital security before the police were called.

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New Pain Relief Drug Could Reduce Consumption, Costs & Recovery Times

June 27, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

Pacira Pharmaceuticals recently announced results designed to compare post-surgical narcotic use and outcomes associated with EXPAREL (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) as the foundation of a multi-modal analgesic regimen, versus a standard opioid-based pain management regimen.

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Increased Nearsightedness Linked To Higher Education Levels And More Years Spent In School

June 26, 2014 10:32 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

German researchers have found strong evidence that attaining a higher level of education and spending more years in school are two factors associated with a greater prevalence and severity of nearsightedness, or myopia...         

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Revisions Needed To Safeguard IVs Against Bloodstream Infections

June 26, 2014 9:41 am | by American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) | News | Comments

Current guidelines to help prevent bloodstream infections during intravenous feeding may need revisions to strengthen protections for patients, a new study finds. Researchers at the United Kingdom's University of Southampton found that current guidelines do not account for other independent factors that can affect the growth of potentially deadly microorganisms...

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Doctors Overlook Positive Impacts Of Healthy Building Design, Construction, And Maintenance

June 26, 2014 9:36 am | by McGraw Hill Construction | News | Comments

The critical connection between a healthy building environment and patient health is often missed by the one group of professionals who may matter most - physicians, according to a new SmartMarket report by McGraw Hill Construction, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and United Technologies...

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Continued Use Of Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk

June 26, 2014 9:12 am | by American Association for Cancer Research | News | Comments

The longer a person took low-dose aspirin, the lower his or her risk for developing pancreatic cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research...

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