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Tax Soda, Pizza To Cut Obesity

March 10, 2010 6:27 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) Researchers estimate that an 18 percent tax on pizza and soda can push down U.S. adults' calorie intake enough to lower their average weight by five pounds per year. The researchers, writing in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine , suggested taxing could be used as a weapon in the fight against obesity, which costs the United States an estimated $147 billion a year in health costs.

Despite Recession, Plastic Surgery Down Only 2 Percent

March 10, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

Almost 10 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2009, according to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The most popular surgical procedure was breast augmentation. Trends identified by ASAPS included: 311,957 breast augmentations were performed.


Full Hospitals Raise Risks

March 10, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

Admission to a hospital when most of the beds are already full can be deadly for patients, according to a new University of Michigan Health System study showing high occupancy increases the risk of dying in the hospital by 5.6 percent. For the study, published in the March issue of Medical Care , researchers evaluated a set of critical factors that can affect hospital deaths: hospital occupancy, nurse staffing levels, weekend admission and seasonal influenza.


Doctors Need More Individualized Learning Plans

March 9, 2010 5:51 am | News | Comments

Physicians would be better prepared for the accelerating rate of scientific discovery and more in step with the latest in patient-care if they added an important tool to their medical arsenal – a plan for how to keep pace with emerging health-care advances. That is the finding of a national study published online in the journal Academic Pediatrics .

But Steroids Fix Everything!

March 9, 2010 5:40 am | by By: SHADOWFAX, MedpageToday Blogger | Articles | Comments

RCentor has an interesting article on  Sore Throats and Pharyngitis over at MedRants .  He writes: “There is a new trend in pharyngitis that has taken hold amongst emergency physicians – the use of steroids to provide symptom relief.” I too have noticed this, and I completely agree with Dr.

Stryker Makes Key Announcements At AAOS

March 9, 2010 5:30 am | News | Comments

Stryker Corporation's Orthopaedics division unveiled two of its latest hip systems at this year's annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference. The Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System and the ADM Mobile Bearing Acetabular System with X3 aim to increase implant durability and stability, enhance patient mobility and give surgeons greater choice and efficiency in the operating room.

Fixed-Cost Surgical Packages

March 9, 2010 5:21 am | News | Comments

(PRNewswire) Two core premises underlie Mobile Surgery International's (MSI) mission to broaden access to surgical choice and quality. The first is that patients (and payers) should be able to make decisions about surgical options based upon access to complete information up front about all of the necessary services associated with their surgical procedure, the skill and expertise of the surgeon carrying out the procedure, and the total costs involved.

A Genuine Pain In The ...

March 9, 2010 5:04 am | News | Comments

Six women in New Jersey are recovering after they received buttocks-enhancement injections containing the same type of silicone used to caulk bathtubs. State health officials say the women, from Essex County, apparently underwent cosmetic procedures from unlicensed providers in an area hotel. New Jersey health officials said the dangerous mixture had seriously damaging effects, including deep tissue and skin infections, as well as abscesses.


New Pain Relief Techniques For Post-Op Patients

March 9, 2010 4:50 am | News | Comments

Non-traditional therapies are used to relieve pain in as many as 50 percent of hospitalized patients, offers a study in the Journal of Patient Safety . The study shows that an integrative program can have a significant impact on pain in an environment where pain management continues to be a major challenge, and traditional medications can have negative consequences.

Medical Polymer For Chronic Implants

March 8, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

March 12, 2010 DSM PTG, part of DSM Biomedical, introduces Bionate® II PCU, a versatile medical polymer with built-in surface technology designed for chronic implants.  Bionate® II PCU is a line extension of the Bionate® Polycarbonate Urethane family, a medical polymer for long-term implants and is backed by an established FDA Master File.

Clipboards Safe For Now - iPad Launch Delayed

March 8, 2010 4:26 am | News | Comments

Barbara Ortutay, AP The much-anticipated iPad tablet computer from Apple, Inc., which was targeted for potential hospital use, will start hitting U.S. store shelves on April 3, slightly later than originally planned. When Apple unveiled the touch-screen device Jan. 27, the company said the first iPads would reach the market in late March worldwide, not just in the U.

Self-Expanding Stent Receives CE Marking

March 8, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

Medical device maker Stentys announced today that it has received CE Marking for its self-expanding and disconnectable stent to treat acute coronary syndrome (ACS).  According to the company, the self-expanding feature of the Stentys platform is designed to ensure optimal apposition of a stent in the initial hours and days after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) procedure, by being continuously applied to the vessel’s internal surface even during thrombus and vessel spasm relief, thereby avoiding malapposition.


Post-Mastectomy Patients May Not Need Radiation

March 8, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

Breast cancer patients with early stage disease that has spread to only one lymph node may not benefit from radiation after mastectomy, because of the low risk of recurrence following modern surgery and systemic therapy, according to researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Infection Control Concerns From Local Hand Sanitizers

March 8, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

Mike Melia, AP Puerto Rico's government has sent inspectors across the island to stop stores from selling locally produced hand sanitizers tainted with dangerous bacteria. The products were made by Puerto Rico Beverage, Inc. of Maunabo. A recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection of the plant found serious problems with manufacturing practices.

Shoulder Function Not Fully Restored After Surgery

March 8, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

Shoulder motion after rotator cuff surgery remains significantly different when compared to the patient's opposite shoulder, according to Henry Ford Hospital researchers. In the study, researchers used X-rays providing a 3D view of motion of the arm bone in relation to the shoulder blade, compared to motion in the shoulders of 14 patients who had arthroscopic surgical repair of tendon tears and no symptoms in their other shoulders.


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