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Experts Caution Against Stem Cell Treatments Abroad

September 23, 2011 6:06 am | by Elizabeth Landau, CNN | Comments

There's great potential in the field of regenerative medicine, but doctors caution against seeking experimental treatments in an unregulated environment. Having had three surgeries for a neck injury already, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning reportedly took a private jet to Europe to get a stem cell treatment that is not approved in the United States.

ICD-10 Codes: "Drowning And Submersion Due To Falling Or Jumping From Burning Water-Skis"

September 23, 2011 5:00 am | Comments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] have just released the updated version of the medical coders’ bible, the International Classification of Disease, 10th Revison [ICD-10]. The long-awaited revision is much more detailed than previous versions, going from 18,000 codes in ICD-9 to 140,000 codes in the new release.

Study: For Varicose Veins, Quicker Treatment Just As Good

September 21, 2011 6:43 am | Comments

To many mothers, it's just not fair. Nine months of pregnancy, giving birth to a child, and then there's a lasting, unwelcome reminder of the experience:  Varicose veins . The bulging, often painful swelling of blood in the legs can be treated, and a new study confirms that a less invasive method - widely available for about five years – also is slightly better at preventing varicose veins from returning.


Predicting Sex Life After Prostate Cancer

September 21, 2011 6:31 am | by Tara Parker-Pope | Comments

Treatments for prostate cancer take a significant toll on male potency, leaving a surprisingly high percentage of men unable to have a normal sex life, new research shows. The findings, based on a study of more than 1,000 men treated for prostate cancer at multiple medical centers, show that whether a man is able to achieve adequate erections after treatment for prostate cancer varies greatly depending on a number of individual variables, including his age, the extent of his cancer and the quality of his sex life before treatment.

Going To Waste

September 20, 2011 5:51 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

As with all equipment purchases in any industry, there is a tug-of-war between equipment effectiveness and cost. Such is also the case with fluid management and disposal systems in the OR. However, when it comes to the safety of healthcare workers and patients, and cost is stripped from the equation, what is the safest system to use? Surgical Products interviewed several fluid waste management and disposal equipment suppliers to answer just that.


Doctors Need Celebrities To Spread The Vaccine Message

September 20, 2011 5:21 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been in the health care headlines recently, saying the HPV vaccine was dangerous. Although doctors and other health experts, along with  editorials in major newspapers , rebutted her claims immediately, they didn’t stand a chance. The damage was already done.

The Cyborg In Us All

September 19, 2011 5:41 am | by Pagan Kennedy | Comments

“Fingers!” Gerwin Schalk sputtered, waving his hands around in the air. “Fingers are made to pick up a hammer.” He prodded the table, mimicking the way we poke at computer keyboards. “It’s totally ridiculous,” he said. I was visiting Schalk, a 40-year-old computer engineer, at his bunkerlike office in the Wads­worth Center, a public-health lab outside Albany that handles many of New York State’s rabies tests.

A.M. Vitals: Chronic Diseases Could Cost $30 Trillion By 2030

September 19, 2011 5:30 am | by Katherine Hobson | Comments

Chronic-Disease Burden:  The United Nations today opens a two-day meeting at which it will discuss how to better prevent and treat the noncommunicable diseases including diabetes, heart disease and cancer that one report estimates could cost the global economy $30 trillion between now and 2030,  the WSJ reports .


‘Pacemaker’ Device Helps You Regain Bladder Control

September 16, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

Some people with overactive bladder try treatment after treatment, but nothing seems to work. Others find certain treatments difficult to tolerate. Don't lose hope! A new treatment, called neurostimulation, may be worth considering. Neurostimulation is a way of controlling urinary incontinence, frequency, and problems emptying the bladder.

Adherence to Process Measures Does Not Equal Better Care

September 16, 2011 6:13 am | Comments

Last July, I blogged about a paper from the Journal of the American Medical Association that reported no correlation between the process-based Surgical Care Improvement Project [SCIP] and the incidence of wound infections. The SCIP processes involve the selection, timing and duration of prophylactic antibiotic use.

UN Medical Waste

September 16, 2011 6:01 am | Comments

In this May 13, 2008 file photo, a special bin holds throwaway medicines and bottles at North Memorial Medical Center, in Robbinsdale, Minn. A U.N. human rights investigator says Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, up to a quarter of the world's trash from hospitals, clinics, labs, blood banks and mortuaries is hazardous and much more needs to be done to regulate it.

Three Considerations When Choosing Prep Products

September 14, 2011 5:08 am | Comments

1. Efficacy. When you think about it, we are outnumbered by the bacteria on the skin. For every skin cell, there are 10 bacteria that live on that one cell. So, we are vastly outnumbered. Therefore, picking a product that is effective at killing skin-dwelling microorganisms, which have been shown to contribute to certain hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), should be priority number one.

Why Doctors Should Stop Wearing Ties

September 14, 2011 4:28 am | by Dr. Irwin Lim | Comments

I stopped  wearing a tie  to work at the start of 2004. It was summer and I was hot. Its much more comfortable working without a tie, particularly in my job. Its easier to examine patients, its easier when I need to perform a medical procedure. I’m sure you can see how a dangling tie would get in the way.

An Immune System Trained To Kill Cancer

September 13, 2011 5:42 am | Comments

A year ago, when  chemotherapy  stopped working against his leukemia, William Ludwig signed up to be the first patient treated in a bold experiment at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Ludwig, then 65, a retired corrections officer from Bridgeton, N.J., felt his life draining away and thought he had nothing to lose.

Treating Patients & Haggling With Insurers

September 12, 2011 7:29 am | by Published August 30 by | Comments

Pauline W. Chen, MD A former colleague from Canada who practiced medicine with me here in the States never hesitated to make one thing clear to me: He couldn't wait to get back. It wasn't the cultural life that he missed, nor was it the ex-girlfriend I always suspected he pined for. It was the medicine.


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