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H1N1 Patients At Greater Risk For Acute Pulmonary Emboli

October 14, 2009 6:38 am | News | Comments

Researchers utilizing CT scans have found that patients with severe cases of the H1N1 virus are at risk for developing pulmonary emboli(PE), according to a study to be published online Oct. 14, 2009, in the American Journal of Roentgenology . The study will be also be published in the December issue of the AJR .

Robotic Prostate Surgery May Have Trade-Offs

October 14, 2009 6:27 am | News | Comments

by Carla K. Johnson, AP A new study suggests that a less-invasive keyhole surgery for prostate cancer may mean a higher risk for lasting incontinence and impotence when compared with traditional surgery. For the study, appearing in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association , researchers analyzed Medicare data for nearly 9,000 prostate cancer patients who had surgical treatment from 2003-07.

J&J: Planned Tax On Device Makers Too High

October 14, 2009 6:04 am | News | Comments

by Linda A. Johnson, AP Johnson & Johnson executives said Tuesday that a proposed tax on medical device makers, part of the health care reform package moving in the Senate, is too high and could cost jobs in the industry. “We think that the $4 billion tax that they're referring to is unreasonable,” J&J Chief Financial Officer Dominic Caruso told The Associated Press in an interview.

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Synovis Cleared For Two New Tissue Repair Products

October 14, 2009 5:55 am | News | Comments

AP – Synovis Life Technologies, Inc. recently announced that its orthopedic and wound care businesses passed a California health inspection, allowing it to make and sell two recently acquired soft tissue repair products. The company said it can make and market the OrthADAPT Bioimplant and Unite Biomatrix after getting clearance from the California Department of Public Health Inspection.

For Lack Of Transparent Prices

October 14, 2009 5:08 am | News | Comments

by Dr. Alan Dappen I am approaching an important anniversary of my heart attack. Until then, I had missed but a single day of work due to illness since starting medical school in 1975. Even in the middle of the heart attack, I played an entire ice hockey game, slept a few hours, had a business meeting with a fellow doctor at Starbucks, and went back to the office to see patients.

Infection Prevention Increasing, Focusing On Safety

October 14, 2009 4:37 am | Articles | Comments

Infection control practices are getting tougher and even more crucial in today’s hospital environment. As hospitals and other medical providers take notice, their purchasing priorities are changing—and shifting to devices that will enhance safety for their patients and staff. A recent study by The Freedonia Group, Inc, a Cleveland-based industry research firm, says U.

Have You Heard The One About The Surgeon, The Rabbi And The Car Salesman?

October 12, 2009 3:29 pm | News | Comments

According to a Philadelphia Daily News report by William Bender from earlier this month, Dr. Richard Glunk has been accused of attempting to bride Rabbi Solomon Isaacson, a member of the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine. This follows a lawsuit last year when Dr. Glunk was ordered to pay over $20 million to the family of Amy Fledderman an 18-year-old Penn State University freshman who died following a liposuction procedure.

CDC Downplays H1N1 Vaccine

October 12, 2009 3:10 pm | News | Comments

(AP) A top U.S. health official says the risks from not getting the swine flu vaccine are greater than any potential risks associated with the vaccine. Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says she's surprised by all the misinformation going around about the new vaccine.

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When The Doctor Is Distressed

October 12, 2009 3:00 pm | News | Comments

Pauline W. Chen, MD I met Jeff (not his real name) during my surgical residency, not long after I graduated from medical school. Despite the fact that he was a fellow doctor-in-training, Jeff towered over me not just in height and breadth, but also in self-assurance. Nothing ever seemed to faze my colleague: his work in the operating room was rumored to be perfect, he relished clinical and scientific debates with anyone up for the challenge, and he astounded the rest of the residents time and time again with his casual references to the latest clinical research and findings.

New Report Means; "We've Got Ourselves A Real Health Care Shooting War Now"

October 12, 2009 2:38 pm | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Insurance companies aren't playing nice any more. Their dire message that health care legislation will drive up premiums for people who already have coverage comes as a warning shot at a crucial point in the debate, and threatens President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

Study Touts Iodophor In Preventing Surgical Site Infection

October 12, 2009 2:03 pm | News | Comments

Recently announced was the publication of a new independent study; Effects of Preoperative Skin Preparation on Postoperative Wound Infection Rates: A Prospective Study of 3 Skin Preparation Protocols . It compared the effects of three different skin preparation solutions on surgical site infections.

Sony, ORLive Announce Partnership At ACS

October 12, 2009 1:45 pm | News | Comments

Sony is teaming with ORLive, a web-based medical broadcasting company, to launch a new high-definition video channel featuring on-demand streaming surgical content. The two companies began demonstrating this convergence of technology and medical education at the 2009 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Chicago yesterday.

How Doctors Think? Oh, my ...

October 12, 2009 7:28 am | Articles | Comments

Call me a nonconformist -- everybody else does. Yeah, I was the guy with long hair and a ZZ Top beard in college during the height of the “preppy” era. I even went so far as to sew an Izod alligator onto my flip flops just to be annoying. I suppose I haven't really changed. That's why I don't have a whole lotta use for books that paint physicians (or any group, for that matter) with a brush as wide as a '57 Caddy.

Swine Flu Impacting Surgical Resources

October 12, 2009 7:07 am | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that 76 children have died of swine flu in U.S. this year, including 19 new reports in the past week. The regular flu kills between 46 and 88 children a year. That suggests deaths from the new H1N1 virus could dramatically outpace children's deaths from seasonal flu, if swine flu continues to spread as it has.

New Insurance Options Aim To Ease Employer Burden

October 12, 2009 6:35 am | News | Comments

Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer Workers may need to do more homework when they evaluate their health coverage options this fall. This year, more employers may include a new type of plan that can chop premium payments by nearly 20 percent and give consumers a tax break. The tradeoff is higher deductibles, which have the potential to swamp customers with big bills.

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