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AT&T Takes A $1 Billion Hit On New Health Care

March 29, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

Barbara Ortutay, AP AT&T, Inc. will take a $1 billion non-cash accounting charge in the first quarter because of the health care overhaul, and may cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers. The charge is the largest disclosed so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel, Caterpillar, Deere & Co.

Overhaul To Strain Doctor Shortage

March 29, 2010 6:44 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Better beat the crowd and find a doctor. Primary care physicians already are in short supply and the landmark health overhaul that will bring millions more newly insured patients in the next few years promises extra strain. The new law goes beyond offering coverage to the uninsured, with steps to improve the quality of care for the average person and help keep us well instead of today's seek-care-after-you're-sick culture.

New Minimally Invasive Technique For Pigeon Chest

March 29, 2010 6:29 am | News | Comments

A new minimally invasive surgery to correct a chest wall deformity, often known as pigeon chest, was recently demonstrated. Technically known as pectus carinatum, the condition causes the chest wall to protrude outward, giving the patient's chest the appearance of the breast of a bird. In years past, the only surgery to correct severe cases was extremely invasive and involved cutting open the chest to remove excess cartilage.


Compulsive Eating Has Same Addictive Mechanism As Cocaine, Heroin

March 29, 2010 6:07 am | News | Comments

In a newly published study, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have shown for the first time that the same molecular mechanisms that drive people into drug addiction are behind the compulsion to overeat. The new study, conducted by Scripps Research Associate Professor Paul J. Kenny and graduate student Paul M.

Diabetes Raises Risk Of Death In Cancer Surgery Patients

March 29, 2010 5:43 am | News | Comments

The study, to be published in the April issue of Diabetes Care , finds that newly diagnosed cancer patients — particularly those with colorectal or esophageal tumors — who also have Type 2 diabetes have a 50 percent greater risk of death following surgery. Roughly 20 million Americans are believed to have diabetes, and the numbers continue to grow.

Anti-Bacterial Cart Covers

March 26, 2010 6:16 am | EDGECO America | Product Releases | Comments

EDGECO'S Fire Resistant Cart Covers keep clean linens clean, protect against contamination and meet current regulations of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. Features of the covers include: Reinforced corners and wear points for extra durability.

Software Manages Point-Of-Care Technology Carts

March 26, 2010 6:15 am | Humanscale | Product Releases | Comments

caption Humanscale Healthcare introduces a state-of-the-art new software application that facilitates management of point-of-care technology carts. Equipped with unlimited cart management capacity, ReadyFleet Technology Manager monitors the battery levels of all carts within a clinical institution’s network.

An Hour A Day 

March 26, 2010 6:14 am | by Crystal Phend, MedPage Today | Articles | Comments

  It took a few years of reporting on the copious health benefits of regular physical activity for me to decide that my sedentary job and utter lack of exercise was going to catch up with me. Of course it's worth the time and effort now to reduce my later risk of a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and even cancer.


Safely Position Your Patients

March 26, 2010 6:13 am | by Peggy Forcelli, National Accounts Manager for Action Products, Inc., Medical Products Group | Articles | Comments

Compliance. Ensure your facility is following the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses’ (AORN) Recommended Practices for positioning the patient in the perioperative practice setting. As hospitals look at their statistics of hospital acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU), a new focus is turning toward looking at the surgical patient population and the realization that a certain percentage of these patients may have OR acquired pressure ulcers (ORAPUs).


Most Kidney Transplant Candidates Will Accept Risk Of Infection

March 26, 2010 6:13 am | News | Comments

The majority of patients would accept a kidney from a donor at increased risk of viral infection. March 26, 2010 Most kidney transplant candidates are willing to receive a kidney from a donor at increased risk of viral infection, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology ( CJASN ).

MedShare Ships Emergency Medical Relief Aid To Chile

March 26, 2010 6:12 am | News | Comments

Over 12,000 pounds of requested medical supplies are shipped to treat earthquake victims March 26, 2010 MedShare has recently shipped over 12,000 pounds of requested medical supplies in efforts to assist and treat victims of the February earthquake in Chile. This is MedShare’s first shipment to Chile and was sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Busy Hospitals Have Lower Death Rates

March 26, 2010 6:12 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) Want to survive a heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia? Go to a busy hospital. Researchers reported on Wednesday that patients suffering from the three common health problems were less likely to die when treated in hospitals that frequently handle those illnesses. Pneumonia patients treated at larger-volume hospitals were 5 percent less likely to die in the first month than patients treated at hospitals that handled few cases.


Boy With 31 Fingers, Toes Has Extra Digits Removed

March 26, 2010 6:11 am | News | Comments

A 6-year-old boy from China, who was born with 5 extra fingers and 6 extra toes, has undergone an operation to remove his extra digits, the Daily Mail reported. If you do the math – that’s 31 fingers and toes. The unnamed child suffered from a condition known as polydactyly, in which a person has more than five fingers per hand and five toes per foot.

Patient's Bowel Was Sticking Out

March 26, 2010 6:11 am | News | Comments

Giving evidence on the fourth day of Dr Patel's trial in Brisbane Supreme Court, Dr Emma Igras said patient Mervyn Morris was found to be suffering from the dangerous complication seven days after a colectomy performed by the Indian-born doctor. Referring to her notes made on Mr Morris' chart on May 30, 2003, Dr Igras, who had been training as a surgeon under Dr Patel at the time, said medical staff discovered the wound had burst.

New Treatment Combines Proton Therapy With Whipple Procedure

March 25, 2010 5:43 am | Videos | Comments

As part of a clinical trial combining proton therapy with the whipple procedure as a new treatment approach for pancreatic cancer, surgeon Carlos Fernandez del Castillo operates on a patient with pancreatic cancer at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).


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