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Placing Hospital Patients In Suspended Animation Is (Almost) A Reality

March 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The concept sounds like it was ripped directly from a Hollywood movie script. Doctors at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh will test out an innovative emergency technique, one which will call for knife-wound or gunshot victims with life-or-death injuries to be cooled down and… get this… placed in suspended animation to aid treatment efforts...

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This App Could Prevent 1,600 Deaths Every Day

March 26, 2014 10:18 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Comments

A new app, called The Phone Oximeter and created by LionsGate Technologies, is designed to track blood oxygen levels via a light sensor that can be attached to the patient’s finger. Once the rapid diagnosis is complete, the app can guide diagnosis and management of the problem...

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If You Like Your Scam, You Can Keep It: The Attack On Out-of-Network Doctors

March 25, 2014 10:23 am | by G. Keith Smith, M.D. | Comments

Employer groups (self-funded plans) are carving out more and more medical services from carrier/PPO groups, and are directly contracting with facilities like ours. As prices fall and quality soars, all patients will benefit, even those who are not beneficiaries of these employer plans...

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Building Confidence In Kenya One Surgical Case At A Time

March 24, 2014 10:51 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Comments

I was part of a group of U.S. surgeons traveling to Eldoret, Kenya, seeing patients and helping the Kenyans ENT surgeons learn surgical techniques. Our two-week mission allowed us to work across the table from Kenyan colleagues, discussing surgical approaches, demonstrating techniques, and reviewing all aspects of surgical care...

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Should Medical School Be Shortened To Three Years?

March 21, 2014 9:44 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

I say, "No." Here's why. There is way too much to learn in three years. Unless medical education is radically changed, it will be impossible for students to memorize all the unnecessary stuff they still have to memorize, complete all their clerkships, and move onto the next phase—residency training...

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Effective Post-Surgical Pain Management

March 20, 2014 9:25 am | by Dr. Theresa Bowling, Chairman Of The Department Of Anesthesiology, Stamford Hospital | Comments

Most patients coming to Stamford Hospital for surgery are focused on what will take place in the OR and give less thought to what happens immediately afterward. However, the healing that begins in the hours and days following surgery is a key step on the road to recovery...

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Healthcare's Drug (Shortage) Problem

March 19, 2014 9:21 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Hospital group Premier Inc. conducted a survey that found hospitals are losing quite a bit of money thanks to ongoing shortages of much-needed medications ($230 million per year – on average – from 2011 through 2013)...             

What’s New In The FDA’s 2015 Budget?

March 18, 2014 9:07 am | by William Tootle, Director – Office of Budget, FDA | Comments

A few days ago, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Message to Congress, which included a high-level summary of his proposed funding for the FDA. Then the White House is out with the full budget, complete with all of the nitty gritty details...

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A Surgical Procedure’s Risks, Unmentioned

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Jane E. Brody | Comments

Surgical techniques, however, are not subject to the stringent approval process that drugs go through. And as with drugs, problems with new procedures may not become apparent until after they have been used many hundreds or thousands of times...

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Preserving Antibiotics For Future Generations

March 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Neil Fishman, MD and Kenneth Sands, MD, MPH | Comments

Despite all the benefits of antibiotics their overuse has, in less than 100 years, led us to a point where we need to be seriously concerned about the efficacy of antibiotics in the future. Antibiotic resistance is considered one of the most critical public health and patient safety threats facing us today...

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Even Supporters Need To Realize That Obamacare Needs A Fundamental Fix

March 14, 2014 10:44 am | by Robert Laszewski | Comments

It has been confirmed that the individual policies that were supposed to be cancelled because of Obamacare can now remain in force another two years. For months I have been saying millions of individual health insurance policies will be cancelled by year-end — most deferred until December because of the carriers’ early renewal programs and because of President Obama’s request the policies be extended in the states that have allowed it...

Questions About A Popular Heart Procedure

March 13, 2014 9:57 am | by Paula Span | Comments

Our great-great-grandparents probably didn’t have to think much about the way the heart’s aortic valve slowly stiffens and narrows over decades, a condition called aortic stenosis. Most of them died before they could experience its distressing symptoms...

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Three Stories That Highlight What's Wrong With The Medical System

March 12, 2014 9:51 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

To me, the Affordable Care Act seems like a windfall for insurance companies and hospitals. Until we do something about controlling costs and unnecessary procedures like those I mentioned, the ACA will be a money pit...     

Televised Live Surgery: Would You Want To Be The Patient?

March 11, 2014 9:31 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

If most surgeons would not allow live broadcast surgery on themselves, then why should any patient be subjected to it? A major complication will inevitably occur during a live broadcast. No matter the reason, it will be blamed on the live video surgery...

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Five Questions To Ask About The Consolidation Of Healthcare

March 11, 2014 9:18 am | by Rhea Boyd, M.D. | Comments

The Affordable Care Act changes how we pay for healthcare and hospitals are realigning their relationships with each other and their referring clinics, to vie for your healthcare dollars. This new payment structure incentivizes collaboration between hospitals and clinics. But despite some obvious advantages, there are some important things to consider as we enter this new oligarchical era in medicine...

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