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Pilot Duped Thousands With Fake M.D. Claim

December 14, 2010 5:31 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP He seemed like Superman, able to guide jumbo jets through perilous skies and tiny tubes through blocked arteries. As a cardiologist and United Airlines captain, William Hamman taught doctors and pilots ways to keep hearts and planes from crashing. He shared millions in grants, had university and hospital posts, and bragged of work for prestigious medical groups.

Teeth Pulled, Transplant Called Off

December 14, 2010 5:19 am | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP In Illinois, a pharmacist closes his business because of late Medicaid payments. In Arizona, a young father's liver transplant is canceled because Medicaid suddenly won't pay for it. In California, dentists pull teeth that could be saved because Medicaid doesn't pay for root canals.

High Levels Of Good Cholesterol Associated With Lower Alzheimer's Risk

December 14, 2010 5:09 am | News | Comments

High levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as "good" cholesterol, appear to be associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer's disease in older adults, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Neurology , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Dyslipidemia [high total cholesterol and triglycerides] and late-onset Alzheimer's disease are highly frequent in western societies," the authors write as background information in the article.

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Challenging Cases In Hernia Repair

December 14, 2010 5:05 am | by David Earle, MD, FACS, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Baystate Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine | Product Releases | Comments

One of my most challenging hernia case was a gentleman in his 40s who had undergone a Hartmann's procedure for perforated diverticulitis and subsequent colostomy closure. He developed a large midline hernia as well as a hernia at the old stoma site in the left lower quadrant.

Challenging Cases In Hernia Repair

December 14, 2010 5:05 am | by David Earle, MD, FACS, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Baystate Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine | Articles | Comments

One of my most challenging hernia case was a gentleman in his 40s who had undergone a Hartmann's procedure for perforated diverticulitis and subsequent colostomy closure. He developed a large midline hernia as well as a hernia at the old stoma site in the left lower quadrant.

So You Want to Be a Clinical Investigator

December 14, 2010 4:58 am | by Dr. Wes | Articles | Comments

Young doctors raised in the sheltered environment of hospital systems are finding the foray into a private practice setting increasingly anxiety-provoking thanks to the economic uncertainty of such a practice due to the recent health care reform legislation. Consequently, many are turning to clinical research as an alternative career path.

Gradient Temperature Technology

December 14, 2010 4:58 am | Cincinnati Sub-Zero | Product Releases | Comments

The Blanketrol® III’s “Gradient Temperature Technology” has programmable and pre-set variable gradient temperature selection. This technology from Cincinnati Sub-Zero can be utilized in both the cooling and heating mode, allowing for rapid or gradual patient temperature management control.

Simplify Video Integration

December 14, 2010 4:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

NDS Surgical Imaging introduces ConnectOR™ G2, a compact all-in-one appliance designed to deliver the functionality of a typical a/v rack. Taking the complexity out of OR video integration, ConnectOR G2 simplifies video conversion, image scaling, and switching. This unique appliance will also stream live HD video over IP networks.

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God Of Sight

December 14, 2010 4:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Looking back at 2010, in this Feb.13, 2010 file photo, Raj Kaliya Dhanuk lies still on a bed with weights on her eye after receiving local anesthesia at Hetauda community eye hospital, Hetauda, about 40 kilometers (18 miles) south of Katmandu, Nepal. Dhanuk and more than 500 others, most of whom have never seen a doctor before, have traveled for days by bicycle, motorbike, bus and even on their relatives' backs to reach Dr.

Addicted Healers: Doctors Who Abuse Drugs

December 14, 2010 4:51 am | News | Comments

Joel Hood, Chicago Tribune Richard Ready had been a drinker most of his life, but by the time he became chief resident of neurosurgery at a prominent Chicago-area hospital, it was drugs, not alcohol, that kept him going. Ready took stimulants to keep alert through his daily rounds. He took heavy pain relievers to numb his emotions after his mother's death.

New Ways To Predict Risk Of Stroke, Death During Surgery

December 13, 2010 6:31 am | News | Comments

It's a medical Catch-22: carotid artery surgery can itself cause stroke, but so can asymptomatic carotid disease if left untreated. UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have now developed a clinical risk prediction rule using factors such as sex, race and health history to assess the danger the surgery poses, while a modified version will help patients make a more fully informed choice about whether to have the procedure.

Insurer Covers Baby's Surgery After Medicaid Denial

December 13, 2010 6:21 am | News | Comments

Ken Kusmer, AP An Indiana infant born with a rare condition that likely would kill him by age two, will receive a shot at a normal life after an insurance company said it will pay for an experimental procedure that the state's Medicaid program refused to cover. Seth Petreikis was born July 21 without a thymus gland that produces the T-cells the body uses to ward off infections, said his mother, Becky Petreikis of the Chicago suburb of Dyer, Indiana.

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Life Expectancy Figures Slip

December 13, 2010 6:10 am | News | Comments

Stephanie Nano, AP U.S. life expectancy has dropped slightly — by about a month — after mostly inching up for many years, the government recently reported. The preliminary report indicates that a baby born in 2008 can expect to live to 77.8 years if current trends continue. That's down a bit from an all-time high of 77.

Ultimate Payback After A Breakup? Plastic surgery

December 13, 2010 6:01 am | by Ellen McCarthy, Washington Post Staff Writer | News | Comments

The reality show in which women compete for pre-wedding cosmetic surgery may be getting all the attention, but doctors who ply their trade sculpting bodies and faces know that just as many - if not more - of the patients walking through their doors are motivated not by a new union but a marital breakup.

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Top Health Technology Hazards For 2011

December 13, 2010 5:43 am | News | Comments

Where do you start when trying to minimize the risks from healthcare technology? ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, helps hospitals answer this question with the release of its 5th annual list of Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2011 .

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