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Opioid Use Up After Bariatric Surgery

October 2, 2013 9:20 am | by Crystal Phend | Comments

Chronic opioid use increased rather than decreased after bariatric surgery, an observational study showed. Among patients on the painkillers before surgery, 77 percent stayed on them over the next year as mean daily morphine equivalents rose 13 percent in the first year and 18 percent across three years after surgery...

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Government Shutdown Begins Over Healthcare Feud

October 1, 2013 10:59 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | Comments

Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's healthcare law forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job, suspending all but essential services. With the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate at a stalemate, it was unclear how long a temporary bill needed to finance government activities would be stalled...

Stem Cells May Prevent Tissue Rejection In Breast Reconstruction Surgery

September 30, 2013 9:51 am | by Ryan Jaslow | Comments

Scientists are reporting breast reconstruction surgery may be improved by adding stem cells and fat to the procedure. A new study published Sept. 26 in The Lancet found the technique was superior to typical reconstruction surgeries that use only fat grafts harvested from elsewhere in the body...

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The Problem Of SSIs

September 27, 2013 9:48 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Surgical site infections result in cost totals ranging between $5 billion and $10 billion per year, without taking into account additional expenses related to factors such as job loss or malpractice litigation. While there are ways for hospital staff and administration to reduce the prevalence of surgical site infections at their respective facilities, they remain a significant problem for many facilities.

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A Risk Worth Taking

September 26, 2013 9:49 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

All products are designed with one or more specific applications in mind. What remains unclear during the development process, however, is just how effective the product will be when compared with what’s already available on the market. It is the difference – whether it is positive or negative – that often ends up defining the product in the eyes of the public...

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

September 25, 2013 11:26 am | Comments

The Ansell GAMMEX gloves are not made from natural rubber latex, and are powder free. The GAMMEX line includes products that are chemical-accelerator free and help to prevent Type I and Type IV allergies. The Non-Latex Sensitive glove features the revolutionary SENSOPRENE formulation...

Fighting An Invisible Enemy

September 20, 2013 4:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Comments

Though medical devices are always moving towards less invasive, more effective technology, they face a constant, persistent and ever-evolving enemy in deadly bacteria and infections. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) can be caused by any infectious agent and result in 99,000 deaths per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

CDC Director: A Disease Outbreak Anywhere Is A Risk Everywhere

September 20, 2013 1:02 pm | by Dr. Tom Frieden | Comments

Keeping people safe is the role of public health agencies such as the CDC -- a role that becomes even more important every day. We are all connected by the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat, and the next outbreak may be just a plane ride away...

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Study: Weight Loss Surgery Keeps Diabetes At Bay Long Term, Reverses Complications

September 20, 2013 9:37 am | by Ryan Jaslow | Comments

Weight loss surgery may keep diabetes and heart woes at bay for long periods of time -- and might even reverse some disease complications, new research suggests. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic looked at a group of people with diabetes who underwent weight loss, or bariatric, surgery to treat their obesity...

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Readmission Rate 13 Percent After Major Surgery

September 19, 2013 9:41 am | by Michael Smith | Comments

About one patient in seven can expect to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge following major surgery, researchers reported. But rates of 30-day readmission were better in hospitals with a high surgical volume or with lower surgical mortality rates...

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The Back Pain Most Surgeons Won't Find

September 18, 2013 9:57 am | by Dr. Nick Shamie | Comments

Studies have found that 20 to 25 percent of all chronic lower back pain comes not from the spine but from the sacroliac, or SI, joint, which bears and transfers weight and movement from your upper body to your legs. Most spine surgeons, however, aren't trained to look at the sacroiliac joint; they generally don't learn about it during their residency or fellowships...

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CDC: Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Lead To 23,000 Deaths A Year

September 17, 2013 10:10 am | by Sabrina Tavernise | Comments

Federal health officials reported Monday that at least two million Americans fall ill from antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year and that at least 23,000 die from those infections, putting a hard number on a growing public health threat. It was the first time that federal authorities quantified the effects of organisms that many antibiotics are powerless to fight...

Seeing Surgery From The Inside Out

September 16, 2013 3:56 pm | by Bruce Campbell, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Comments

The team is poised. The challenges of surgery and teaching remain thrilling; the anatomy remains elegant.  "Ready?" I have already glimpsed the surgical procedure’s outcome. The knife hovers above the skin. "Let's begin."  

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Added Protection

September 16, 2013 3:43 pm | Comments

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes three hospital facilities - two in Allentown and one in Bethlehem, Pa.  Terry Burger, RN, the Director of Infection Control and Prevention for Lehigh Valley Health Network and an employee at the institution for the past 35 years, recently spoke about the network’s investment, implementation, and use of portable ultraviolet disinfection systems.

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Medical Fact Or Fiction?

September 16, 2013 11:28 am | by Dr. Stephen B. Shrewsbury | Comments

Medical science is changing so fast that much of what's just down the road seems more like a "Star Trek" episode than something you'll soon find at your doctor's office or local hospital. Let's see if you can separate the fact from the fantasy. Take a few seconds to read through the following seven statements. Which will soon be medical realities and which are pure science fiction?

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