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Obesity Rates On Decline For Some Adolescent Groups

August 16, 2010 6:26 am | News | Comments

Obesity rates have started to decline and level off for many adolescents, but continue to increase for certain racial and ethnic minorities, according to a new UCSF-led study. The evidence of increasing racial disparities for obesity underscores the need for more tailored intervention programs and policies that target high-risk groups, the authors conclude.

Medical Errors Cost U.S. $19.5B Annually

August 13, 2010 7:17 am | News | Comments

Findings from a new study released today estimate that measurable medical errors cost the U.S. economy $19.5 billion in 2008. Commissioned by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and completed by consultants with Milliman, Inc., the report used claims data to provide an actuarially sound measurement of costs for avoidable medical injuries.

How Good Are Foreign-Trained Doctors?

August 13, 2010 7:17 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

One night during my training, over dinner in the hospital cafeteria, a fellow resident and I had a discussion about the situation of one of our professors. Known for his blistering teaching sessions, this senior surgeon possessed the uncanny ability to sniff out lapses in memory or judgment among doctors-in-training.

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Hand Instruments For LESS

August 13, 2010 6:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus offer the HiQ LS curved 5-mm diameter hand instruments specifically designed for Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site (LESS) surgery. LESS surgery is an advanced, minimally invasive surgical technique in which an endoscope and hand instruments are inserted through an access port via a single incision often made in the navel.

South Carolina To Cover Obesity Surgery

August 13, 2010 5:44 am | News | Comments

Seanna Adcox, AP Obese government workers in South Carolina can get stomach-shrinking surgery through the state health plan under a pilot program that starts in January. The state's employee insurance plan will cover gastric-bypass or lap-band surgery costs for 100 people statewide on a first-come, first-serve basis, said Stephen VanCamp, director of the employee insurance program.

Blood-Clotting Injection Could Save Accident Victims

August 13, 2010 5:30 am | News | Comments

If recently injured patients with serious bleeding were to receive a cheap, widely available and easily administered drug to help their blood to clot, tens of thousands of lives could be saved every year, according to a paper published on-line today by The Lancet . Dr Ian Roberts, Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), revealed that results from a trial show that early administration of tranexamic acid (TXA) to patients with recent, severe bleeding injuries saves lives, with no evidence of adverse effects from unwanted clotting.

The Cosmetic Approach To BDD

August 13, 2010 5:08 am | News | Comments

A new study finds that while many who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) seek cosmetic procedures, only two percent of procedures actually reduced the severity of BDD. Despite this poor long-term outcome, physicians continue to provide requested surgeries, states a study recently published in Annals of Plastic Surgery Katharine A.

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All Pain Is Not The Same

August 13, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

Women experience chronic pain longer, more intensely and more often than men, according to a psychologist who works with both men and women dealing with diseases and conditions that leave them suffering. “Chronic pain affects a higher proportion of women than men around the world,” said Jennifer Kelly, PhD, of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine.

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Single-Incision Laparoscopy With New Instrumentation

August 12, 2010 6:08 am | SurgiQuest, Inc. | Videos | Comments

SurgiQuest’s Ultra Low Profile AnchorPort® SIL Kit is used to perform a laparoscopic single incision cholecystectomy.

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Unique Table Aids Hip Replacement

August 12, 2010 6:06 am | Videos | Comments

As part of the services offered through the Joint Replacement Program at Baptist Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgeon Trevor Pickering, MD, in Jackson, Miss. is performing a new approach to hip replacement using a specially designed table. Dr. Pickering is with Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center and performs the procedure using the hana® table housed at Baptist.

Program Teaches Common Surgical Problems To Students

August 12, 2010 6:05 am | Videos | Comments

The Web Initiative for Surgical Education of Medical Doctors (WISE-MD) educational program aims to enhance the teaching of common surgical problems to medical students. WISE-MD modules are artfully crafted by surgical experts working with technicians using state-of the art technologies including animation, computer graphics and video to illustrate the important principles related to the diagnosis and treatment of surgical illnesses.

Knee Replacement With Patient-Specific Instrumentation

August 12, 2010 6:05 am | Videos | Comments

Alan S. Nasar, MD performs a Zimmer knee replacement using Patient Specific Instrumentation (PSI) custom cutting guides. The surgical video is narrated and demonstrates the technique. PSI guides are fabricated based on pre-operative MRI's of the patient's knee. They are custom made for each patient.

When The Doctor's Always In

August 11, 2010 7:01 am | by Dr. Wes | Articles | Comments

The devaluation of doctors' time continues unabated. As we move into our new era of health care delivery with millions more needing physician time (and other healthcare providers' time, for that matter) -- we're seeing a powerful force emerge -- a subtle marketing of limitless physician availability facilitated by the advance of the electronic medical record, social media, and smart phones.

WHO Says Swine Flu Pandemic Is Over

August 11, 2010 7:01 am | News | Comments

Frank Jordans, Associated Press Writer GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization declared the swine flu pandemic officially over Tuesday, months after many national authorities started canceling vaccine orders and shutting down telephone hot lines as the disease ebbed from the headlines.

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