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National Bone Health Alliance Issues Call-to-Action

May 15, 2012 6:26 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) The National Bone Health Alliance, a public-private partnership with 42 member organizations, is urging a simple solution to a big problem: if it's 50+ fracture, request a test. This is the call-to-action for the NBHA's new public and healthcare professional education campaign - 2Million2Many (www.

Mortality Rates For Revascularization Patients Vary Significantly By State

May 15, 2012 6:12 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) For patients requiring coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the likelihood of choosing a better than average hospital depends significantly on the state where that hospital is located. According to new research conducted by Cardiac Data Solutions, patients randomly choosing a hospital in one of the 10 best states had a 1-in-3 chance of picking a hospital with better than average performance for both CABG and PCI.

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Cardinal Health, DEA Reach Resolution

May 15, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Cardinal Health today said it had agreed to a settlement with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) that allows the company to bring resolution to on-going litigation. Cardinal Health agreed to a two-year suspension of its Lakeland, Florida distribution center's DEA registration to ship controlled medicines from this facility and to improve certain anti-diversion procedures.

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Acupuncture Linked With Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Improvements

May 14, 2012 7:43 am | Comments

According to a small clinical trial reported by investigators from Japan, acupuncture appears to be associated with improvement of dyspnea (labored breathing) on exertion, in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study published online by Archives of Internal Medicine , a JAMA Network publication.

Don't Watch And It Won't Hurt

May 14, 2012 7:37 am | Comments

Health professionals commonly say, "Don't look and it won't hurt" before administering an injection. A group of German investigators has found that, in fact, your past experience with needle pricks, along with information you receive before an injection, does shape your pain experience. Their research is published in the May issue of Pain .

EMRs Can Reduce ER CT Scans

May 14, 2012 7:30 am | Comments

A new electronic medical record tool that tallies patients' previous radiation exposure from CT scans helps reduce potentially unnecessary use of the tests among emergency room patients with abdominal pain, according to a study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, which was presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

Revenue-Driven Surgery Drives Patients Home Too Early

May 14, 2012 7:20 am | Comments

Revenue-driven surgery and poor planning drive some surgical patients home too early, concludes a pair of logistical studies conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. The studies show a correlation between re-admission rates and how full the hospital was at the time of discharge, suggesting that patients went home before they were healthy enough.

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Hot Sauce Ingredient Could Offer Alternative To Weight-Loss Surgery

May 11, 2012 7:20 am | Comments

May 2012 According to research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), the ingredient that gives hot sauce its heat could play a role in the future of weight loss. Ali Tavakkoli, MD, BWH Department of Surgery , and his team have published a study investigating whether two surgeries called vagal de-afferentation -which uses capsaicin, the component responsible for the chili pepper's burning sensation, and vagatomy can achieve weight loss and reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases with fewer side effects when compared to today's bariatric surgical options.

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Economic Factors Help Drive Surgeries, Manage Costs

May 11, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

A study of 7,424 privately insured colon cancer patients found that a managed care presence in the market, as well as hospital competition, increased the likelihood that laparoscopic surgery would be used to treat colon cancer and at lower costs. The national team of researchers was led by a professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and reported in the journal Cancer .

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Argentina Makes Sex-Change Surgery A Legal Right

May 11, 2012 7:02 am | Comments

Michael Warren, AP Adults who want sex-change surgery or hormone therapy in Argentina will be able to get it as part of their public or private healthcare plans under a recently approved gender rights law. The measure also gives people the right to specify how their gender is listed at the civil registry when their physical characteristics don't match how they see themselves.

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Rising Costs, Cosmetic Surgery Driving Sutures Market

May 11, 2012 6:49 am | Comments

Increasing healthcare expenditure in emerging economies, including on aesthetic procedures, is having a positive effect on the expansion of the surgical sutures market, according to a new report by medical intelligence company GlobalData. The new report states that a rising interest in cosmetic procedures, combined with technological advancements, the growing demand for outpatient surgeries and increasing healthcare expenditure due to older, more wealthy populations in emerging countries such as China, India and Brazil will support market growth for medical equipment such as surgical sutures.

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MIS, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Lobectomies For Lung Cancer Better Than Open Surgery

May 9, 2012 8:01 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- In a retrospective analysis using the Premier hospital database, the minimally-invasive approach of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomies for lung cancer indications show both clinical and economic advantages compared to open thoracotomy for lobectomy. Patients undergoing VATS lobectomy had significantly shorter lengths of stay and lower hospital costs than those undergoing the same procedure using an open approach for lung cancer indications.

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3D Imaging In The OR Set To Revolutionize Radio-Guided Surgeries

May 9, 2012 7:39 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- For decades, non-imaging gamma probes have been used to guide surgeons to critical lymph nodes in cancer patients. More recently, a procedure has been developed to guide tumor surgery using the same probe, however the non-imaging probes used in these procedures cannot provide accurate depth information.

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CCF Refutes IOM Strategy to Reduce Consumer Choices

May 9, 2012 7:24 am | Comments

Washington, DC – Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is refuting the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) new report, “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation,” which misguidedly calls for the government and industry decision-makers to actively reduce the number of choices Americans have when they sit down to eat.

HHS Announces First 26 Health Care Innovation Awards

May 9, 2012 7:20 am | Comments

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the first batch of organizations for Health Care Innovation awards. Made possible by the health care law – the Affordable Care Act – the awards will support 26 innovative projects nationwide that will save money, deliver high quality medical care and enhance the health care workforce.

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