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Medicare Planning Ahead For Doctor Cuts

December 20, 2011 5:42 am | Comments

(AP) — Medicare has set up a damage control plan to deal with steep cuts to doctors that a gridlocked Congress may be unable to head off by January 1. Officials are telling doctors and other clinical providers that Medicare will hold claims for services during the first two weeks of 2012 to avoid passing on a 27 percent cut in payments, which would be required unless Congress acts.

Restricting Post-Op Blood Transfusions Safe For Some Hip Patients

December 19, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

More than half of the older, anemic patients in a New England Journal of Medicine study did not need blood transfusions as they recovered from hip surgery, according to new research co-authored by University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists. The findings could immediately change the way such patients are treated.

Panel Issues New Guidelines For Intrathecal Pain Management

December 19, 2011 5:36 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) A panel of experts has recommended changes to the guidelines used to determine treatment via intrathecal administration for patients suffering from severe chronic pain. The 2011 Polyanalgesic Consensus Conference (PACC) brought together a group of national leaders in chronic pain management for the purpose of updating their current algorithm to standardize decision-making among providers and improving the technical quality of care in chronic pain.

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ASBP Supports FDA's Letters About Misleading Lap-Band Ads

December 19, 2011 5:31 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to take action against surgical centers and the marketing firm 1-800-GET-THIN, LLC, for misleading advertising of the Lap-Band, an FDA-approved device used for weight loss in obese adults.

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Chilean Baby Dies After Seperation Surgery

December 19, 2011 5:23 am | Comments

(AP) — A 10-month-old girl who was surgically separated from her conjoined twin died Sunday after suffering general organ failure, said the director of a Chilean children's hospital. Doctors at Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital had separated Maria Jose Paredes Navarrete from her twin sister Maria Paz late Tuesday at the thorax, abdomen and pelvis in a marathon, 20-hour surgery.

Walking Program Improves Post-Op Hip Function

December 16, 2011 5:43 am | Comments

Researchers in Norway report that patients who receive walking skills training following total hip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis show improved physical function. The physical therapy program displayed a positive effect on walking distance and stair climbing which continued 12 months following hip replacement surgery.

Less Blood Needed Post-Surgery, Says Study

December 16, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

Patients need less blood after surgery than is widely thought. A new study comparing two plans for giving blood transfusions following surgery showed no ill effects from post-poning transfusion until patients develop signs of anemia or their hemoglobin concentration falls below 8 g/dL. Results of the National Heart and Lung and Blood Institute–funded study are published in the New England Journal of Medicine .

Doctors Fail To Re-Attach Hacking Victim's Ear

December 16, 2011 5:19 am | Comments

Manuel Valdes, AP Doctors were unable to re-attach a Washington state security guard's ear after a shoplifter attacked him with a hatchet, his brother stated. Police in the southwest Washington city of Longview arrested Adrian Kramer, 31, and booked him in county jail for investigation of assault, robbery, burglary and theft after the attack at a Fred Meyer retail store.

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Chilean Twins In Delicate Post-Surgery Condition

December 16, 2011 5:12 am | Comments

(AP) — Conjoined twin girls who were separated in a 20-hour operation were in critical condition on Friday and one was in danger of dying, according to the director of the Chilean hospital where they are being treated. Doctors have been closely watching the 10-month-old twins for any complications since Tuesday's operation, and Hospital director Osvaldo Artaza said that Maria Jose suffered "an episode of cardiac complications that required re-animation and extraordinary measures.

Partnership For Patients Initiative Aims At Improving Care

December 16, 2011 5:02 am | Comments

Hospitals across the country will have new resources and support to make healthcare safer and less costly by targeting and reducing the millions of preventable injuries and complications from healthcare acquired conditions, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced. As a part of the Partnership for Patients initiative, $218 million will go to 26 state, regional, national and hospital system organizations.

Prison For Fourth Executive In Fatal Bone Cement Case

December 14, 2011 6:27 am | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fourth former executive of a medical devices company has been sentenced to prison in connection with unapproved testing of bone cement that left three people dead. U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis on Tuesday imposed an eight-month sentence and a $100,000 fine on 56-year-old Richard Bohner of Malvern, a former vice president of Synthes North America.

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Chilean Doctors Separate Conjoined Twins

December 14, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean doctors successfully separated conjoined twin girls early Wednesday after a marathon 18-hour surgery widely followed in the South American country on television and the Internet. The 10-month-old twins Maria Paz and Maria Jose are in stable condition even after losing a lot of blood and they are resting in the intensive care unit at Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, chief surgeon Francisco Ossandon said.

Money For Ohio Patient Who Had Towels Left In His Body

December 14, 2011 6:16 am | Comments

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man who had two towels left in his body after surgery at a veterans hospital has won a $275,000 settlement from the federal government. Forty-seven-year-old Robert Sanner, of New Philadelphia, didn't feel right following his May 2008 cancer surgery. He made three trips back to the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland before a scan in August 2008 detected the 14-by-11-inch towels.

Affordable Care Act Insures 2.5 Million Additional Young Adults

December 14, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

Today, the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data illustrating that the Affordable Care Act continues to significantly increase the number of young adults who have health insurance. Because of the health care law, young adults can stay on their parents' insurance plans through age 26.

Approval Received For Implantable Components To Treat Obesity

December 13, 2011 8:01 am | Comments

EnteroMedics Inc. (NASDAQ: ETRM), the developer of medical devices using neuroblocking technology to treat obesity, metabolic disease and other gastrointestinal disorders, today announced approval by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of the critical active implantable medical device (AIMD) components of the Maestro System, a first-in-class, safe, effective and sustainable weight loss treatment which is designed to control both hunger and fullness by blocking the primary nerve which regulates the digestive system.

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