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Breakthroughs Produce New Anesthetics

January 21, 2015 12:44 pm | Comments

For the first time since the 1970s, researchers are on the verge of developing a new class of anesthetics. An approach often used in drug development for therapeutics has identified two new drug options.                           

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Even When Warmed During Surgery, Patients Can Still Experience Hypothermia

January 21, 2015 12:37 pm | Comments

According to a new study, body temperature decreases during the first hour of surgery, even when patients are actively warmed with forced air. Furthermore, patients who experience the most hypothermia are more likely to require blood transfusions.

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Report Validates Benefits of Bariatric Surgery for Some Children and Teens

January 21, 2015 12:18 pm | Comments

Bariatric surgery - as a last resort when conservative interventions have failed - can improve liver disease and other obesity-related health problems in severely obese children and adolescents. However, the appropriate use of bariatric surgery in pediatric patients remains unclear.

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Cardiac Surgeon Succumbs To Gunshots

January 21, 2015 11:59 am | by Philip Marcelo, AP | Comments

Administrators and staff at a leading Boston hospital are mourning the death of a cardiac surgeon who was fatally shot at the hospital by a man who then killed himself. Hospital officials plan to lower a flag outside the hospital to half-staff in honor of Dr. Michael J. Davidson.

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Non-invasive Monitoring Can Reduce Surgical Costs By One-Third

January 20, 2015 2:39 pm | Comments

According to Duke University assistant professor Thomas Hopkins, MD, Director of Quality Improvement at Duke University School of Medicine’s Anesthesiology Department, "Our model shows more than $3 of costs avoided for each $1 spent perioperatively on noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring.

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Mystery Disease Ravages Sri Lanka

January 20, 2015 1:25 pm | by Margie Mason, AP Medical Writer | Comments

The disease mirrors equally confounding conditions plaguing thousands of farmworkers in parts of India, Egypt and Central America. Suspected causes include chronic dehydration and the heavy use and misuse of agrochemicals.                      

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Woman Doesn't Let Brain Surgeries Get Her Down

January 20, 2015 12:46 pm | by Giles Bruce, The Times | Comments

"Right off the bat, people were in shock: 'Sit down. Stay still,'" she recalled. "I think everyone in the back of their mind thought I would just be laying there in a bed. They expected it to be more ugly, like a bad Lifetime movie."

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Ruling Overturns $12M Defamation Judgment Against Plastic Surgery Patient

January 16, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kelcie Grega, Cronkite News | Comments

A state appeals court Thursday overturned a jury’s verdict that a dissatisfied patient defamed two Scottsdale, Ariz., plastic surgeons through online postings and should pay $12 million in damages. .          

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Report: Discharge Summaries Reduce Hospitals Readmissions

January 16, 2015 11:57 am | Comments

For heart failure patients making the transition from hospital to home, a discharge summary that gets to their primary doctors quickly and contains detailed and useful information can mean the difference between recovering quickly or returning to the hospital, according to two studies from Yale School of Medicine researchers. ...    

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Good Cosmetic Results And Safety With Liposculpture of the Hips

January 16, 2015 11:41 am | Comments

Two decades of experience by senior plastic surgeons in different parts of the world show excellent cosmetic results and low complication rates with liposculpture of the hips, flanks, and thighs, reports a paper in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery--Global Open®, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ...

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Stem Cells Show to Regenerate Bone And Cartilage in Adult Mice

January 16, 2015 11:14 am | Comments

A stem cell capable of regenerating both bone and cartilage has been identified in bone marrow of mice. The discovery by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) is reported today in the online issue of the journal Cell. ...       

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Combat Vets Brains Reveal Hidden Damage From IED Blasts

January 15, 2015 12:12 pm | Comments

The brains of some Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who survived blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and died later of other causes show a distinctive honeycomb pattern of broken and swollen nerve fibers throughout critical brain regions, including those that control executive function. ...  

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Study: Opioids Given in ER Don't Influence Patient Satisfaction

January 15, 2015 11:51 am | Comments

A new study co-authored by investigators at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that there is no correlation between opioids administered in the emergency room setting and Press Ganey ED patient satisfaction scores, one of the most commonly used metrics for measuring patient satisfaction....    

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Study: Why is Pancreatic Cancer So Aggressive?

January 15, 2015 11:29 am | Comments

New research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center helps explain why pancreatic cancer is so lethal, with fewer than a third of patients surviving even early stage disease. ...            

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Can Waiting Rooms Make You Sicker?

January 15, 2015 11:10 am | Comments

As the flu continues to sweep the nation, hitting earlier and harder compared to last year, more doctors offices are advising their patients to describe their symptoms over the phone or Internet, instead of coming in for an exam. ...     

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