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A Certain Age

August 9, 2010 7:24 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Articles | Comments

For myself I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else. -Winston Churchill August 9, 2010 Even before I met him, I could tell that his cancer was extensive. His problems had started several months before with a cough, a voice change, and some trouble swallowing.

6 Americans On Medical Team Killed In Afghanistan

August 9, 2010 7:23 am | News | Comments

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press Writer KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ten members of a medical team, including six Americans, were shot and killed by militants as they were returning from providing eye treatment and other health care in remote villages in northern Afghanistan, a spokesman for the team said Saturday.

Study: Surgery Better Than Radiation, Hormone Treatments For Some Prostate Cancer

August 9, 2010 7:23 am | News | Comments

The differences among therapies were more prominent at higher levels of cancer risk, and suggest, the researchers say, that in many cases surgery should play a greater role in treatment strategies for patients with prostate cancer that is likely to recur or spread.  The study is available online in the journal “Cancer,” the journal of the American Cancer Society, here Most previous reports comparing treatment outcomes among different treatment options have looked only at PSA responses to treatment, rather than at the more important long-term survival outcomes, according to the researchers.


Iraqi Twin Dies After Surgery In Saudi Arabia

August 9, 2010 7:21 am | News | Comments

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An Iraqi twin who was joined at the hip with her sister died Saturday, three weeks after separation surgery in Saudi Arabia, a Saudi surgeon said. The conjoined twins, Zainab and Ruqqaya Naseer, were born June 5 in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Eaten Alive: Woman Battles Flesh-Eating Germ

August 9, 2010 7:21 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer This April 2005 photo provided by Sandy Wilson shows her with her newborn son Christopher in the intensive care unit at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. No one knows how Wilson got the flesh-eating bacteria, necrotizing fasciitis.

Disfigured Afghan Teen To Have Surgery In U.S.

August 9, 2010 7:20 am | News | Comments

(AP) LOS ANGELES — The disfigured Afghan teenager whose photo was recently featured on a Time magazine cover has arrived in Southern California where a foundation has arranged for reconstructive surgery. The Grossman Burn Foundation in Los Angeles said Friday that 18-year-old Bibi Aisha arrived Thursday and is staying with a host family.

Telemedicine Helps Surgeon Prevent Blindness In Premature Infants

August 6, 2010 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

In collaboration with the Armenia Eye Care Project (AECP), Thomas C. Lee, MD, from The Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles recently traveled to Armenia in an effort to prevent blindness in premature infants through the launch of a new international telemedicine system.

Metastatic Cancer And The Matching Walkers

August 6, 2010 7:26 am | by StorytellERdoc, MD | Articles | Comments

They made a regal couple, the elderly man and woman sitting in Room 19. She was the patient, he the supportive husband. She sat in the treatment cot while he sat in a chair pulled near her bedside. Together, they greeted me with their warm smiles as I walked into their room. They both had full heads of healthy, silvery hair that shimmered from the overhead fluorescent bulbs.


ZIPlift IV System

August 6, 2010 7:26 am | Videos | Comments

The new ZIPLift IV System from Innovative Medical Designs: A system to manage and organize IV equipment in-room as well as during patient transport. The System safely and easily transfers the IV Pole and equipment to and from the bed.  Maintains the same setup outside the room as inside the room Works with any bed & any stretcher, no special attachments Works throughout the entire hospital Improves productivity & patient care Allows clear head access Maintains constant relationship of IV equipment to the patient For more information, visit www.

Patient Monitors Integrated With Brain Activity Software

August 6, 2010 7:24 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien (NYSE: COV) announces the integration of its Nellcor™ BIS™ X4 brain monitoring software into the Mindray BeneView Series of multi-parameter patient monitors. BIS X4 technology monitors both hemispheres of a patient’s brain simultaneously and in real time, providing highly sophisticated data to help physicians make optimal decisions for safe patient care.

Adhesive Seals Out Bacteria

August 6, 2010 7:23 am | Ethicon, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ETHICON Products offers the DERMABOND Topical Skin Adhesive (2-octyl cyanoacrylate) that can act as a barrier against bacterial microbes. The microbial barrier provided by DERMABOND Adhesive seals out the most common infection-causing bacteria, including certain staph, pseudomonas and E.

Ear Swab Takes Down Romanian President

August 6, 2010 6:05 am | News | Comments

The mystery of the Romanian president's unscheduled hospital visit has now been explained. News that President Traian Basescu had to see an ear, nose and throat specialist at the Military Hospital quickly became the top news story of the day. Romanian television crews rushed to the hospital and speculation ran rampant, with political rival Claudiu Saftoiu hinting that the 58-year-old president's health may be suffering due to overwork.

Medicare Fund Given 12 Years - Maybe

August 6, 2010 6:01 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Stephen Ohlemacher, AP Medicare is in better shape and could stay afloat a dozen years longer than earlier projected, trustees forecast, but that depends on cuts in care that the system's top analyst says are highly doubtful. The annual report by the trustees who oversee Medicare and Social Security, led by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, gives backers of the new health care law evidence of a positive impact on government entitlement programs, but it also undercuts the findings with a host of caveats.

Lasers Can Reduce Sexual Side Effects Of Prostate Surgery

August 6, 2010 5:44 am | News | Comments

One of the challenges of prostate cancer surgery is removing the cancer-affected gland without side effects. The procedure is estimated to cause long-term sexual dysfunction in half of men. Now, new published research by urologic surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center presents evidence that a new laser technology used with robotic prostate cancer surgery may reduce the risk of damaging the crucial nerves necessary for erections and urinary continence.

Lubricating Cartilage After ACL Surgery Can Prevent Osteoarthritis

August 6, 2010 5:26 am | News | Comments

An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament is fairly common, especially among young athletes. While it can often be corrected through surgery, the injury can lead to increased risk of developing degenerative joint diseases, including osteoarthritis (OA). The problem is that fluid in the knee joint, which lubricates the cartilage, is impacted by the trauma of the injury and begins to deteriorate.


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