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British Hospitals: No Sitting

March 17, 2010 6:34 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Britons trying to cheer up their hospitalized friends and relatives often have to do so standing up - sitting on the bed usually isn't allowed. In a commentary published Wednesday in the British medical journal BMJ , Dr. Iona Heath argues the recommendation is unjustified and denies patients the chance to be close to their loved ones.

Retired NFL Players Not In Much Better Shape Than Fans

March 17, 2010 6:15 am | News | Comments

Frederik Joelving, Reuters Despite all their hard work on the field, retired National Football League players may be facing the same health problems that plague obese men who stick to watching the game. “We see these guys as supermen, they are the pinnacle of health,” said Dr. R. Todd Hurst of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Age Impacts Post-Surgical Chemo

March 17, 2010 5:59 am | News | Comments

Even though older patients with colon cancer are less likely to receive chemotherapy following surgery because of concerns of adverse events, new research indicates that when they do receive this treatment, it is less toxic and of shorter duration than therapy younger patients receive, and older patients experience fewer adverse events, according to a study in JAMA .

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New Device Recall Platform

March 17, 2010 5:49 am | News | Comments

Access MediQuip, LLC, a prominent supplier of outsourced implantable medical device management solutions, unveiled its proprietary Recall Management Service. The new release is designed to protect patients, inform and empower surgeons and facilities, and help payers improve quality while managing costs.

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Surgeons On Trial For Retained Sponge Saga

March 17, 2010 5:29 am | News | Comments

Two doctors and a Hershey, PA surgeon are being accused of leaving surgical sponges in woman during multiple operations between 1993 – 1999, including one for removing a previously forgotten sponge. The suit claims that the sponges left in the patient’s abdomen eventually caused problems significant enough to require follow-up surgery that entailed removing her uterus and ovaries.

Neck Muscle Grafts Could Replace Collagen

March 16, 2010 7:03 am | News | Comments

Dr. Anurag Aggarwal and his colleagues claim that they achieved successful results in 25 patients. In this procedure, a graft of sternocleidomastoid muscle that runs along the side of the neck, and connective tissue that overlies it, is implanted in the patient's lips, giving the lips a plumper and fuller appearance.

California Health Agency Works To Reduce Errors

March 16, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

California Health Agency Works To Reduce Errors Molly Hennessy-Fiske, LA Times Doctors at Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center in Riverside diagnosed Francisco Torres with a tumor on his kidney, and he agreed to have it removed last July. But after the operation, he learned that the surgeon had removed his other healthy kidney, forcing Torres, 72, to undergo a second surgery and become dependent on dialysis.

Hearts May Swoon When Stocks Do

March 16, 2010 6:40 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Stock market slides may hurt more than your savings. New research suggests they might prompt heart attacks. Duke University researchers found a link between how a key stock index performed and how many heart attacks were treated at their North Carolina hospital shortly after the recession began in December 2007 through July 2009, when signs of recovery emerged.

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New Alternative To Amputation

March 16, 2010 6:24 am | News | Comments

In the United States, more than 100,000 amputations are performed each year on individuals with critical limb ischemia, the most severe form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The number one priority in treating these patients is to re-establish blood flow to avoid limb amputation. Interventional radiologists have found that a subgroup of patients with critical limb ischemia may avoid amputation through the use of drug-eluting stents on the smaller arteries below the knee, according to a study released at the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Prominent Massachusetts Provider Invests In OR Integration

March 16, 2010 5:56 am | News | Comments

It was recently announced that UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest healthcare system in Central and Western Massachusetts, has selected Picis CareSuite perioperative and anesthesia solutions for more than 60 operating rooms in its five hospitals. UMass Memorial chose Picis integrated technology to deliver clinical documentation and financial information more quickly across the system.

Wisconsin Hospital Connected With Legionnaires' Disease

March 15, 2010 7:09 am | News | Comments

Eight people who have been to Aurora St. Luke's South Shore in Cudahy, WI over the past three to four weeks have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, a form of pneumonia caused by waterborne bacteria. None of the cases has been fatal, although all eight people have been hospitalized for treatment.

Clip Could Be Safer Than Valve Surgery

March 15, 2010 6:58 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Many Americans with leaky heart valves soon might be able to get them fixed without open-heart surgery. A study showed that a tiny clip implanted through an artery was safer and nearly as effective as surgery. The device is already on sale in Europe, and its maker, Abbott Laboratories, hopes to win approval to sell it in the United States next year.

Retained Sponge Lawsuits A Real Head-Scratcher

March 15, 2010 6:34 am | News | Comments

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that a San Antonio woman could not sue her doctor over a surgical sponge left inside her body because she waited too long to file suit. The patient failed to file the suit less than 10 days after the surgery, which conflicts with a tort reform law. Lawyers for the patient argued that the statute of repose violates the Texas Constitution's open courts provision, which guarantees access to the legal system for those with a valid claim, because she did not have a legitimate chance to discover the cause of her chronic illnesses until exploratory surgery revealed an old sponge lodged in her abdomen.

New Advances In Youth Sports Surgeries

March 15, 2010 6:10 am | News | Comments

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine has recently made some interesting announcements regarding ACL and elbow surgeries. Eighty-four percent of children 18 and younger had successful clinical outcomes during an eight-year follow-up to repair a torn meniscus at the same time as reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), according to a new study.

Trial To Help In Stent vs. Bypass Debate

March 15, 2010 5:48 am | News | Comments

A new clinical trial, EXCEL (Evaluation of Xience Prime versus Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery for Effectiveness of Left Main Revascularization), will compare drug-eluting stents to coronary artery bypass graft surgery in patients with left main coronary artery disease. “While the SYNTAX trial suggested that percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents may be safe and effective in selected patients with left main coronary artery disease, the trial was not powered specifically to address this set of patients,” said Gregg W.

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