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Can Deciphering Doctor's Notes Improve Care?

July 23, 2010 7:24 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't be offended if your doctor writes that you're SOB, or that an exam detected BS. The aim is to help, not insult: A project is beginning to test if patients fare better when given fast electronic access to more of their medical chart — the detailed notes that doctors record about you during and after every visit.

New Guidelines Aim To Reduce Repeated C-Sections

July 23, 2010 7:24 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Most women who've had a C-section, and many who've had two, should be allowed to try labor with their next baby, say new guidelines — a step toward reversing the "once a cesarean, always a cesarean" policies taking root in many hospitals.

CDC: 15 US Deaths Tied To Rare Tropical Fungus

July 23, 2010 7:23 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — A fungus usually found in the tropics has taken root in the Pacific Northwest and has been blamed in the deaths of 15 people over the last six years, health officials said Thursday. At least 60 people have been sickened in four states by the fungus, cryptococcus gattii, which grows on or around trees.


Rehab-First Promising For Amateur Athlete ACL Tear

July 23, 2010 7:23 am | News | Comments

Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Attention, weekend athletes: Don't be too quick to agree to surgery for a common type of knee ligament tear. A study of Swedish amateur athletes — mostly soccer players — found that those who got an ACL reconstruction right away plus physical therapy fared no better than athletes who started out with rehab and got the surgery later if they still needed it.

Patient Falls Off Surgical Table, Hospital Sued

July 23, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

The straps holding a 300-lb., 61-year-old man to a surgical table failed in an OR at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, MN. The man hit his head on the floor and eventually died. July 23, 2010 The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune recently reported that Max DeVries,61, a patient at St. Joseph's Hospital in St.


3-D Endoscopic Pituitary Tumor Removal

July 22, 2010 7:03 am | Videos | Comments

The Emory Pituitary Center is among the first pituitary centers in the world to begin using a new and innovative treatment method for the removal of pituitary tumors, a 3D endoscope. Using this minimally invasive tool, a small camera at the end of a narrow operating endoscope, allows the surgeon to see pituitary tumors three dimensionally and navigate the delicate area at the base of the brain more safely.

Robotic Endometrial Excision

July 22, 2010 7:03 am | Videos | Comments

Robotic Surgery Simulator (RoSS)

July 22, 2010 7:02 am | Videos | Comments

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital unveiled the first training tool that allows medical students and residents to practice robotic surgery in a virtual environment. "At this point, we are the only school in the United States to get the Robotic Surgical Simulator (RoSS)," said Dr.

Performing Surgery Robotically

July 22, 2010 7:02 am | Videos | Comments

A robot in every operating room? Tom Low leads a team of researchers and engineers working on the next generation of medical robots to be used in laparoscopic surgery. Pioneered in the 1980s by SRI, the procedures involve doctors making very small incisions and then using long, skinny, robotically controlled tools to maneuver inside the patient.

Study: Automated Endoscope Cleaning Superior To Manual Method

July 21, 2010 9:03 am | Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) | News | Comments

Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) announces newly published data showing the ASP EVOTECH® Endoscope Cleaner and Reprocessor (ECR) provides an automated approach superior to the manual cleaning required when using traditional AERs. Published in the July issue of Biomed Central, the combination clinical-use and simulated-use study was led by Michelle Alfa, Ph.


New Bandage Material Could Fight Post-Op Infection

July 21, 2010 8:44 am | News | Comments

A new form of paper with the built-in ability to fight disease-causing bacteria could have applications that include anti-bacterial bandages. A report about the new material, which consists of the thinnest possible sheets of carbon, appears in ACS Nano , a monthly journal. Chunhai Fan, Qing Huang, and colleagues explained that scientists in the United Kingdom first discovered the material, known as graphene, in 2004.

94 Charged In Medicare Scams Worth $251 Million

July 21, 2010 7:46 am | News | Comments

Kelli Kennedy and Tom Hays, AP Elderly Russian immigrants lined up to take kickbacks from the backroom of a Brooklyn clinic. Claims flooded in from Miami for HIV treatments that never occurred. One professional patient was named in nearly 4,000 false Medicare claims. Authorities said busts carried out in Miami, New York City, Detroit, Houston and Baton Rouge were the largest Medicare fraud takedown in history.

Arthroscopic Hip Treatment Keeps Athletes In The Game

July 21, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

Patients who undergo arthroscopic surgery for a mechanical disorder of the hip have a good chance of being able to return to their sport at a high level of competition, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Almost 80 percent of patients were able to return to play after hip arthroscopy at an average of 9.

A Letter To Patients With Chronic Illness

July 21, 2010 7:13 am | by Dr. Rob | Articles | Comments

Dear Patients: You have it very hard, much harder than most people understand.  Having sat for 16 years listening to the stories, seeing the tiredness in your eyes, hearing you try to describe the indescribable, I have come to understand that I too can’t understand what your lives are like.


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