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Former Wyoming And Indiana Hospital Chief Gets 10 Years For Defrauding Hospitals

January 28, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | Comments

A former administrator who pleaded guilty to defrauding hospitals in Wyoming and Indiana must serve more than 10 years in prison, a federal judge ordered Monday. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal sentenced Paul Cardwell to serve 121 months and pay restitution of nearly $1.7 million...


Good Outcomes With Staged Surgery For Epilepsy In Children

January 28, 2014 10:12 am | Comments

"Staged epilepsy surgery with invasive electrode monitoring is safe in children with poorly localized medically refractory epilepsy," write Drs. Jonathan Roth and Howard Weiner of NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City, New York. Their 13-year review suggests that complication rates decrease further as surgeons gain experience with staged epilepsy surgery...


Researchers Shed New Light On Double-Lung Transplants

January 28, 2014 10:01 am | Comments

In the largest retrospective study to date using data from the United Network for Organ Sharing database for adult double-lung transplants, Temple University School of Medicine researchers have shown that there is no statistically significant difference between rejection and mortality rates among double-lung transplant recipients when their transplanted organs came from donors whose blood-type was identical or compatible to their own...


Johns Hopkins Study: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries On The Rise In U.S.

January 28, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

The number of serious traumatic spinal cord injuries is on the rise in the United States, and the leading cause no longer appears to be motor vehicle crashes, but falls, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. The same research shows, moreover, that rates of these injuries are rising fastest among older people, suggesting that efforts to prevent falls in the elderly could significantly curb the number of spinal injuries...


Brain-Dead Texas Woman Taken Off Life Support

January 27, 2014 9:51 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | Comments

A public battle over the fate of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman and her fetus ended quietly and privately as she was taken off life support and her family began preparing for her burial. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth complied Sunday with a judge's order to pull any life-sustaining treatment from Marlise Munoz, who was declared brain-dead in November, but kept on machines for the sake of her fetus...


Temple Surgeon Working To Bring New Stent For Aortic Aneurysms To Patients In The U.S.

January 27, 2014 9:36 am | Comments

Temple University Hospital (TUH) could be among the first U.S.-based hospitals to test a new device known as a multilayer stent in patients suffering from aortic aneurysm, a condition characterized by the formation of a potentially life-threatening bulge in the aorta... 


Robotic Operation For Heart Valve Reconstruction Holds Promise

January 27, 2014 9:31 am | Comments

A potentially fatal bacterial disease of the heart, infective endocarditis frequently affects the heart's tricuspid valve, often resulting in permanent tissue damage. But a reconstructive technique, in which the valve is repaired with a bioscaffold on which new tissue can grow, can give some patients a new lease on life—a lease that has been extended to patients at Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital...


Morbidity Higher In Obese Liver Transplant Recipients With Diabetes

January 24, 2014 9:40 am | Comments

Researchers from New Zealand report that morbidity following liver transplant is highest among obese patients with diabetes, but these risk factors do not influence post-transplant survival.             


National Plan For Preventing HAIs Shows Progress

January 24, 2014 9:31 am | Comments

Independent evaluators have found that measurable progress in reducing the rates of some targeted HAIs has been achieved under the umbrella of a national plan to prevent HAIs that was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...


Study Finds A Decline In Adverse Events For Heart Attack, Heart Failure Patients

January 24, 2014 9:28 am | Comments

Adverse events for patients being treated for heart attack and heart failure have declined, according to a new study. However, the analysis funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that there has not been a significant decrease in adverse events for patients being treated for pneumonia and those who are recovering from surgery...


Husband Charged After Shooting Hospitalized Wife At Nevada Medical Center

January 24, 2014 9:22 am | by Sandra Chereb, Associated Press | Comments

An 86-year-old Nevada woman shot by her husband while hospitalized died Wednesday and her spouse of more than six decades was charged with murder, authorities said. Frances Dresser of Douglas County died from injuries suffered when she was shot once in the chest Sunday while at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said...


Family To Ask Judge To End Life Of Pregnant, Brain-Dead Texas Woman

January 24, 2014 9:13 am | Comments

Attorneys for a Fort Worth-area family will ask a judge Friday to allow a pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman to be removed from life support, despite hospital opposition. State District Judge R.H. Wallace will hear arguments as the husband of Marlise Munoz seeks to remove her from life support. Munoz remains connected to machines in John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth...


Big Changes To Heart Devices OK'd Without New Data

January 23, 2014 11:39 am | by Todd Neale | Comments

Many of the high-risk implantable cardiac devices in use today were approved through a supplement pathway that does not require new clinical data on the safety and effectiveness of changes made to the products since their original approval, a review of an agency database showed...


HRT Cuts Risk Of Repeat Knee/Hip Replacement Surgery By 40 Percent

January 23, 2014 11:32 am | Comments

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) taken regularly for six months after a knee or hip replacement seems to cut the risk of repeat surgery by around 40 percent, indicates a large population based study. National data for England and Wales indicate that more than 2 percent of procedures typically have to be repeated within three years...


New York Legislation Calls For Medical Bill Dispute Protection

January 23, 2014 8:21 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | Comments

New York hospital patients would no longer wake from surgery with the bad surprise of a big bill from an anesthesiologist outside their insurance networks under legislation unveiled this week by the Cuomo administration...       



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