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Lung Transplant Pool For Kids Just Got Bigger

June 12, 2013 9:43 am | by Michael Smith | Comments

The high profile story of two children who need lung transplants has moved organ transplant board members to action, with ramifications for other youngsters in need of new lungs. In a revision of existing policy, the executive committee of the board that runs the organ transplant system ruled Monday that children 11 or younger can be considered for transplant from an adolescent or adult donor.


Fewer U.S. Families Report Having Difficulty Paying Medical Bills

June 7, 2013 4:17 pm | by Judith Graham | Comments

The report found that 20.3 percent of families headed by someone under the age of 65 — 54.2 million people — had difficulty covering medical expenses in the first half of 2012, compared with 21.7 percent of families — or 57.8 million people – in the same period in 2011.

Combating Infections With The Right Materials (A Roundtable Q&A)

June 7, 2013 3:34 pm | Comments

Eastman’s Gopal Saraiya, global segment leader of medical devices at Eastman Chemical Company, took time to address a number of questions related to the use of materials in medical device development. He was included in the staff written article, “Materials Impact Medical Device Design Trends.” Following are all of the responses he provided.


Kids With New Hearts Often Skip Meds

June 7, 2013 9:37 am | by Todd Neale | Comments

Among pediatric heart transplant recipients, failure to adhere to immunosuppressive medication is relatively common and is associated with a high mortality rate, researchers found.Over a 7-year period, 9 percent of heart transplant recipients younger than 18 were non-adherent at least once, which set back his or her recovery, according to Christopher Almond, MD, MPH, of Boston Children's Hospital, and colleagues.


Product Q&A: Ansell's Gammex Non Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

June 5, 2013 9:35 am | by Ansell | Comments

Ansell utilizes proprietary technologies and formulations to offer a wide variety of gloves that provide optimal protection, comfort, and safety to meet any personal or surgical need. To ensure the highest degree of safety, Ansell surgical gloves provide a secure protective barrier validated by extensive quality controls. Each glove is designed with a high level of tear resistance, as well as resistance to alcohol-based hand disinfectants.


Anesthesia May Boost Dementia Risk

June 4, 2013 9:27 am | by Kathleen Struck | Comments

In a prospective population-based cohort study, older adults with at with at least one exposure to general anesthesia over eight years had an increased risk of developing dementia compared with age-matched adults who were not exposed to anesthesia over the same period. 


HHS Secretary Calls For Review Of Child Organ Transplant Rules

June 3, 2013 9:39 am | by Sydney Lupkin and Alexis Shaw | Comments

Health and Human Services' Secretary Katheen Sebelius has called for a review of policies affecting children awaiting lung transplants, as the parents of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl fight for their daughter to be granted the care they said she has been denied because of her age.


Study: To Stop MRSA's Spread, Decontaminate All ICU Patients

May 31, 2013 9:36 am | Comments

Hospitals have tried to combat the spread of the infections and drug-resistant "superbugs" by implementing prevention programs, developing germ-resistant hospital equipment, or even turning to robots with ultraviolet sensors for cleaning. A large study suggests an effective approach to stop the spread of potentially deadly hospital infections like MRSA is decontaminating every patient in intensive care.


With Money At Risk, Hospitals Push Staff To Wash Hands

May 29, 2013 9:34 am | by Anemona Hartocollis | Comments

Studies have shown that without encouragement, hospital workers wash their hands as little as 30 percent of the time that they interact with patients. So in addition to video snooping, hospitals across the country are training hand-washing coaches, handing out rewards like free pizza and coffee coupons, and admonishing with “red cards.”


Face Transplant Recipient Making Sounds, Swallowing

May 28, 2013 9:33 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

A Polish man who received a life-saving face transplant just three weeks after a work accident is already making sounds and practicing swallowing, his doctors said. The 33-year-old man, identified only as Grzegorz, underwent a 27-hour operation May 15 to reconstruct his jaw, nose, cheeks, and eye sockets, which were then swathed with skin from a deceased donor.

Doctors Save Ohio Boy By 'Printing' An Airway Tube

May 24, 2013 9:45 am | by Stephanie Smith | Comments

Kaiba Gionfriddo had a rare obstruction in his lungs called bronchial malacia. With hopes dimming that he would survive, doctors tried the medical equivalent of a "Hail Mary" pass. Using an experimental technique never before tried on a human, they created a splint made out of biological material that effectively carved a path through Kaiba's blocked airway.


Emergency Face Transplant Successfully Performed

May 22, 2013 12:17 pm | by CBS News | Comments

Doctors in Poland say they have successfully completed a total face transplant only a few weeks following the victim's accident. Typically, the procedure only occurs months or even years after the incident. The urgent procedure was done on a 33-year-old man whose face was torn off in an accident which also crushed his jaws.


ER’s Account For Half Of Hospital Admissions, Study Says

May 21, 2013 9:32 am | by Reed Abelson | Comments

Emergency rooms account for about half of the nation’s hospital admissions and accounted for virtually all of the rise in admissions between 2003 and 2009, according to a study released on Monday. Although emergency rooms are widely considered expensive places for diagnostic care, physicians are increasingly relying on them to determine whether a patient needs to be hospitalized.


After Ravages Of Flesh-Eating Bacteria, Woman Uses New Bionic Hands

May 20, 2013 9:43 am | by Michael Martinez | Comments

Flesh-eating bacteria amputee Aimee Copeland now uses the latest technology in prosthetic hands to chop vegetables, pick up tiny items like Skittles, and comb and iron press her hair. The "i-limb ultra revolution" hands can cost up to $120,000 each, said a spokesman for manufacturer Touch Bionics.


Surgical Residents Bemoan Work Hour Limits

May 17, 2013 9:22 am | by Kathleen Struck | Comments

Efforts to reduce residents' sleep deprivation and stress with mandatory reductions in work hours have not been popular with hospital attending staff, and now a new survey suggests that the rules are equally unpopular among the residents themselves.



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