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Doctors Brace For Possible Big Medicare Pay Cuts

November 12, 2010 6:12 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP WASHINGTON (AP) — Breast cancer surgeon Kathryn Wagner has posted a warning in her waiting room about a different sort of risk to patients' health: She'll stop taking new Medicare cases if Congress allows looming cuts in doctors' pay to go through. The potential cuts have raised alarms that real damage to Medicare could result if the lame-duck Congress winds up in a partisan standoff and fails to act by Dec.

Doctors And Government Dispute Over Pay, Workload

November 12, 2010 6:00 am | News | Comments

That's the sales job shaping up for medical recruiters as a nasty dispute pits the provincial government against doctors who say they're overworked, unfairly paid and politically bullied. Fourteen specialists with skills ranging from emergency pediatric care to internal medicine have threatened to quit en masse on Feb.

Hospitals Try High-Tech To Better Inform Patients

November 12, 2010 5:59 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Learning he had prostate cancer floored John Noble. Then came the prospect of surgery and his overpowering fear of being "put under" with anesthesia. Remarkably, he found comfort in a computer. A soothing woman's voice explained the operation step-by-step, its risks and benefits, and even answered his questions.

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EU In Kosovo Probes Organ Trafficking

November 12, 2010 5:59 am | by NEBI QENA,Associated Press | News | Comments

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — At least seven people, including a former senior health ministry official, are suspected of involvement in an international network that falsely promised poor people payment for their kidneys and then sold the organs for as much as euro100,000 ($137,000), according to an indictment obtained by The Associated Press.

Antibiotic-Impregnated Catheters

November 12, 2010 5:58 am | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Responding to increased demand for technology to help prevent potentially fatal catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs), Cook Medical has expanded its Spectrum Turbo-Ject line of antibiotic impregnated peripherally inserted central venous catheters (PICCs) to treat a wider range of patient needs.

Stretcher-Chair

November 12, 2010 5:58 am | TransMotion Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

caption Transmotion Medical will introduces in 2011 the TMM6, a stretcher-chair with both power drive and power positioning. These new features will allow the stretcher chair to provide for safe patient handling and transport. For more information, visit www.

Optical Inspection Devices

November 12, 2010 5:55 am | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

AAMI ST79 recommends the use of visual aids to improve post cleaning inspection of instruments. Healthmark has developed professional-quality optical inspection tools to help health care professionals see what they have been missing in damaged or soiled surgical instruments.

Preventing Surgical Site Infection

November 12, 2010 5:54 am | by Terry Coggins, MSN, RN, WOCN, CWCN, Medical Education Manager, Smith & Nephew | Smith & Nephew, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Terry Coggins, MSN, RN, WOCN, CWCN Medical Education Manager, Smith & Nephew One of the biggest concerns in hospitals today is related to surgical site infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are an estimated 780,000 operations every year that are complicated by surgical site infections.

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Lap Band Surgery

November 11, 2010 5:05 am | Videos | Comments

A Bridge To NOTES

November 11, 2010 5:04 am | Videos | Comments

Stomach - Transvisceral Flexible Endoscopy Under Laparoscopic Guidance- A Bridge to Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery - NOTES.

South Korea Markets Cosmetic Surgery

November 11, 2010 5:04 am | Videos | Comments

South Korea is trying to position itself as the destination of choice for medical tourists.

‘Bionic’ Eye Helps Blind Man Read

November 11, 2010 5:04 am | Videos | Comments

Obesity In Adolescence Increases Risk Of Severe Adult Obesity

November 10, 2010 5:54 am | News | Comments

An analysis of nationally representative data suggests that being obese in adolescence increases the risk of being severely obese in adulthood, with the risk higher in women, and highest for black women, according to a study in the November 10 issue of JAMA . Individuals with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] 40 or greater) encounter serious and potentially life-threatening health complications.

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Doctor Patient

November 10, 2010 5:52 am | by Dr. Rob | Articles | Comments

I did a little “self care” earlier this week.  I did it by not caring for myself. I went to the doctor. I was sitting in the waiting area for my appointment and saw the mother of one of my patients.  ”Why are you here?” she asked. “I have a doctor’s appointment.

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