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British Woman Dies After Thai Cosmetic Surgery

October 24, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

A British woman has died under anesthesia during a cosmetic procedure by an uncertified surgeon at a clinic in Thailand's capital, authorities said Friday. The 24-year-old patient stopped breathing after receiving an anesthetic during the operation Thursday night, said Boonruang Triruangworawat, director-general of the Health Service Support Department ...

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For Brain Hemorrhage, Risk of Death is Lower at High-Volume Hospitals

October 24, 2014 10:31 am | News | Comments

For patients with a severe type of stroke called subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), treatment at a hospital that treats a high volume of SAH cases is associated with a lower risk of death, reports a study in the November issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health ...

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Study: Paperwork Consumes One-Sixth of Physicians' Time, Erodes Morale

October 23, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

The average U.S. doctor spends 16.6 percent of his or her working hours on non-patient-related paperwork, time that might otherwise be spent caring for patients. And the more time doctors spend on such bureaucratic tasks, the unhappier they are about having chosen medicine as a career ...

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ACS NSQIP Participating Hospitals Recognized for Achieving Meritorious Outcomes for Patient Care

October 23, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized 44 of their 445 participating hospitals for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2013.  ACS NSQIP participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and then analyze their results ...

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'Watch' Cites Concern About Flexible Reamer Breakage in ACL Reconstruction

October 23, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

JBJS Case Connector, an online case journal published by the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, has issued a "Watch" regarding concerns over flexible reamer breakage during anatomic single-bundle ACL reconstruction. Flexible reamers help surgeons achieve optimal femoral-tunnel parameters, but they are prone to breakage in certain situations, as the "Watch" article explains ...

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How People View Their Weight Influences Bariatric Surgery Success

October 23, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

Negative feelings about one’s own weight, known as internalized weight bias, influence the success people have after undergoing weight loss surgery, according to research appearing in the journal Obesity Surgery, published by Springer ...

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Study: Readmission After Colorectal Cancer Surgery a Quality Measure

October 23, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

No significant variation was found in hospital readmission rates after colorectal cancer surgery when the data was adjusted to account for patient characteristics, coexisting illnesses and operation types, which may prompt questions about the use of readmission rates as a measure of hospital quality ...

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Can Bariatric Surgery Lead to Severe Headache?

October 23, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

Bariatric surgery may be a risk factor for a condition that causes severe headaches, according to a study published in the October 22, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. In the study, gastric bypass surgery and gastric banding surgery were associated with later developing a condition called spontaneous intracranial hypotension in a small percentage of people ...

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New Treatment Resolves Hazardous Airway Complication for Child

October 22, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

A case study published recently in the journal Pediatrics describes an innovative, minimally invasive procedure that treated plastic bronchitis, a potentially life-threatening disease, in a six-year-old boy with a heart condition. Using new lymphatic imaging tools and catheterization techniques, physician-researchers eliminated bronchial casts, which are an accumulation of lymphatic material that clogged the child's airway ...

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Novatract Surgical Announces U.S. Patent for Laparoscopic Dynamic Retractor

October 22, 2014 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

NovaTract Surgical, Inc., a venture-backed startup medical device company announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for the design behind the company’s entry device, the NovaTract™ Laparoscopic Dynamic Retractor.

Getting Healthier Before Surgery Gives Patients Jump Start on Recovery

October 22, 2014 11:25 am | News | Comments

Following a conditioning, nutritional, and relaxation program before surgery is more helpful than waiting until after surgery to rehabilitate. Colorectal cancer patients who participated in a "prehabilitation" program before surgery recovered more quickly than those who only did traditional rehabilitation afterward, according to research published in Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. 

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Larco Presents Touchless U-WAV Door Switch

October 22, 2014 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

I wanted to share news about a new hospital door switch designed to help reduce the spread of infections. The Larco U-WAV touchless sensing wall switch opens doors with the wave of hand, so you never have to touch the door ... 

Large Variation in Cesarean Rates Across US Hospitals

October 22, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

Cesarean delivery is the most common inpatient surgery in the United States. US cesarean rates increased from 20.7% in 1996 to 32.9% in 2009 but have since stabilized, with 1.3 million American women having had a cesarean delivery in 2011. Rates of cesarean delivery vary across hospitals, and understanding reasons for the variation could help shed light on practices related to cesarean delivery ...

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UC Davis Awarded $1.5M to Innovate Robotic Surgery for Head and Neck Cancers

October 22, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded UC Davis principal investigators Laura Marcu and Gregory Farwell $1.5 million to adapt UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology to a robotic surgical device in hopes of dramatically improving the precision of head and neck cancer surgery. This innovation aims to preserve a patient’s quality of life and improve survival rates ...

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High School Students Develop Screening Tools to Detect Lung and Heart Disease

October 21, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

Two Michigan high school students, sisters Ilina and Medha Krishen, have developed screening tools using electronic stethoscopes to detect lung and heart disease. The sisters will present their findings at CHEST 2014 in Austin, Texas next week ...

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