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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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Designer T Cells Fight Viruses After Transplants

June 26, 2014 9:08 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Bone marrow transplants save thousands of lives but patients are vulnerable to severe viral infections in the months afterward, until their new immune system kicks in. Now scientists are developing protection for that risky period...    

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Early Surgical Follow-Up Can Cut Hospital Readmissions

June 26, 2014 8:59 am | by University of Utah Health Sciences | News | Comments

Patients who have post-operative complications following high-risk surgery have a significantly lower risk of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days if they go see their primary care physician soon following discharge, a new study in JAMA Surgery shows...

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New Material Improves Wound Healing, Keeps Bacteria From Sticking

June 25, 2014 10:06 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

As many patients know, treating wounds has become far more sophisticated than sewing stitches and applying gauze, but dressings still have shortcomings. Now scientists are reporting the next step in the evolution of wound treatment with a material that leads to faster healing than existing commercial dressings and prevents potentially harmful bacteria from sticking...

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French Doctor Acquitted For Helping Seven Patients Die

June 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

A French doctor was acquitted Wednesday of poisoning charges after giving lethal injections to help seven terminally ill patients die, adding urgency to the growing debate on who can decide when a person is beyond treatment...        

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Current Standard Of Care For Flesh-Eating Bacteria Is "Tragically Inadequate"

June 25, 2014 9:47 am | by National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation | News | Comments

The National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation (NNFF) today announced a campaign to raise awareness of the tragic inadequacy of the current standard of care for necrotizing fasciitis, or 'flesh-eating' infection —and to push for the adoption of new treatments for this deadly condition...

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Patent Issued To Exthera Medical, Whose Seraph Technology Is Designed To Combat Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’

June 25, 2014 9:37 am | by ExThera Medical | News | Comments

ExThera Medical Corporation announced today that U.S. Patent No. 8,758,286 has been issued to the Company relating to its Seraph Microbind Affinity Blood Filter (Seraph). ExThera Medical also announced that it has listed an executive summary of its business at www.HealthiosXchange (H/X), an equity-based portal for accredited investors that raises funds under Rule 506 (b)...

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Successful Surgery After Wrong Cancer Diagnosis

June 25, 2014 9:24 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kentucky medical team has painstakingly repaired the disfiguring injuries to a woman's face, caused by radiation treatments for a cancer she never had that caused a gaping hole in her cheek and made her an outcast in a former Soviet republic...

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3-D Computer Model Helps Refine Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy

June 25, 2014 9:06 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Although deep brain stimulation can be an effective therapy for dystonia – a potentially crippling movement disorder – the treatment isn't always effective, or benefits may not be immediate. Precise placement of DBS electrodes is one of several factors that can affect results, but few studies have attempted to identify the "sweet spot," where electrode placement yields the best results...

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To Advance Care For Brain Metastases: Reject These 5 Myths

June 25, 2014 9:03 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

A blue-ribbon team of national experts on brain cancer says that professional pessimism and out-of-date "myths," rather than current science, are guiding -- and compromising -- the care of patients with cancers that spread to the brain...

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$800,000 HIPAA Settlement In Medical Records Dumping Case

June 25, 2014 8:56 am | by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | News | Comments

Parkview Health System, Inc. has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR)...

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Safe And Sound

June 24, 2014 11:23 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

It's impossible to provide quality care to patients if hospitals fail to provide a safe environment for their caregivers. That’s what Kent Wilson tells hospital administrators who voice a desire to improve patient and staff safety, increase efficiency, and prevent unnecessary injuries through more effective patient handling practices...

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OR Integration: Think Big

June 24, 2014 10:50 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

What does the future hold for the healthcare industry with regards to OR integration? Several industry experts answer that question (and many others) in this roundtable-style interview with Surgical Products...            

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Former F1 Champ Michael Schumacher's Medical Files May Have Been Stolen

June 24, 2014 9:50 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michael Schumacher's management has warned that someone is trying to sell documents that may be the medical files of the seven-time Formula One world champion. Nearly six months after sustaining serious head injuries in a skiing accident, the 45-year-old Schumacher left a French hospital last week and was transferred to neighboring Switzerland to continue his recovery...

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ER Doctors And Nurse Managers Urged To Contact The Corporate Whistleblower Center With Intentional Overbilling Of Medicare

June 24, 2014 9:45 am | by Corporate Whistleblower Center | News | Comments

The Corporate Whistleblower Center is urging ER doctors, or nurse managers at a hospital in any state to call them immediately if they possess well documented proof a hospital is intentionally overbilling Medicare with unnecessary medical procedures, because the reward potential for this type of information can be in the hundreds of thousands, to millions of dollars...

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