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Surgeon Cut From Prince's Polo Match

July 8, 2011 5:13 am | Comments

Noaki Schwartz, AP A gentlemanly polo match where England's future king will showcase his riding skills while raising money for charity has turned into the scene of an ugly American spat. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Toby Mayer, who has helped stitch up cuts at Santa Barbara Polo Club matches for years, said he was delighted when he was tapped to be on stand-by at Saturday's match in case the Duke of Cambridge has a spill.

Hospital Pioneers Lab-Made Windpipe Transplant Procedure

July 8, 2011 5:06 am | Comments

Louise Nordstrom, AP A 36-year-old man who had tracheal cancer has received a new lab-made windpipe seeded with his own stem cells after a procedure in Sweden that is being called the first successful attempt of its kind. The Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm said the surgery was performed June 9, and that the patient is on his way to a full recovery.

Hospital Settles Celebrity Records Case

July 8, 2011 4:58 am | Comments

(AP) — Years after hospital employees were accused of snooping into the medical records of celebrity patients, the UCLA Health System has agreed to pay an $865,000 settlement for potential violations of federal privacy laws. The settlement that UCLA reached with federal regulators did not name the stars involved and did not require the hospital system to admit liability.

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Cancer History Increases Chances Of Clotting Disorders After Knee Surgery

July 8, 2011 4:25 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire A history of cancer was a significant risk factor for developing blood clotting issues following knee arthroscopy, according to a study being presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in San Diego. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic analyzed the records of more than 12,000 patients who had undergone the common knee procedure.

The Best Hospitals Are Run By Physicians

July 6, 2011 6:39 am | Comments

Top-performing hospitals are typically ones headed by a medical doctor rather than a manager. The research, to be published in the journal Social Science and Medicine , is the first of its kind. Its conclusions run counter to a modern trend across the western world to put generally trained managers at the helm of hospitals.

Bill Targets Health Insurance Spikes

July 6, 2011 6:25 am | Comments

Adam Weintraub, AP A bill that would allow state officials to reject rate increases proposed by health insurers is under intense lobbying pressure as it faces a key committee vote this week in California. Groups representing insurers, doctors and hospitals are trying to have the bill weakened or killed, although for different reasons.

Insurance Company Gives To Omaha Hospitals

July 6, 2011 6:14 am | Comments

(AP) — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska is providing money for two Omaha hospitals to improve patient outcomes after surgery. The insurance company has paid $35,000 each to Creighton University Medical Center and Methodist Hospital. The money will cover the facilities' licensing fee to participate in an improvement program through the American College of Surgeons.

Increased Thoracic Expertise Increases Lung Cancer Resection Rates

July 6, 2011 6:10 am | Comments

Increased investment in specialist thoracic surgical expertise can lead to a significant rise in the lung cancer resection rate, based on data from England between 2008 and 2009 that was presented at the 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Amsterdam, hosted by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC).

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Quicker, Scarless Approach To Stomach Tumors

July 5, 2011 6:46 am | Comments

According to surgeons in India, patients with gastric tumors in their stomach do not have to suffer an eight-hour long surgery, but instead can opt for a procedure that lasts a matter of minutes and doesn't require hospitalisation. This new procedure – the world's first flexible endoscopy robotic surgery in the stomach – was successfully performed on a total of three patients, one patient per day from July 1 to 3.

Fast Tracking Hip Replacement Surgery Patients Found Safe

July 5, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

Generally healthy patients who undergo total hip replacement (THR) can be fast tracked for discharge in two days, compared with the standard three to six days, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. The study could help cut down on hospital-acquired infections, reduce hospital costs and improve patient satisfaction.

J&J Wins Approval For New Blood Thinner

July 5, 2011 6:20 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Johnson & Johnson annouced that U.S. regulators have approved its new blood thinner, which is shown to reduce deadly blood clots in patients who have undergone knee and hip replacements. The Food and Drug Administration decision makes rivaroxaban the first U.S.-approved drug that works by blocking a clotting protein called factor Xa.

Quit Line Calls Spike After Graphic Labels Debut

July 5, 2011 6:08 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Graphic new cigarette warning labels may already be having the desired effect, as calls to a national smoker's quit line more than doubled the day they hit the media. The warning labels won't appear on cigarettes until next year, but were unveiled to the media last week. Calls to the national 1-800-QUIT-NOW smoking cessation line surpassed 4,800 that Tuesday and 3,200 the next day.

Orthopaedic Surgeons Changing Lives In Vietnam

July 1, 2011 6:32 am | Comments

Members of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) recently returned from Vietnam after providing corrective surgery on 75 Vietnamese children and adults with lower extremity deformities and disabilities. This was the 10th Annual Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam for the group.

First Artificial Heart Implanted At A Pediatric Hospital

July 1, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

Texas Children's Hospital in Houston became the first pediatric hospital in the United States to implant an artificial heart. The patient was a 17-year-old male and seen as the only option to save his life. The history-making patient underwent a rare 15-hour operation on May 22 and is currently recovering.

More Than 100 Million Suffer From Lingering Pain

July 1, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Nearly one-third of Americans experience long-lasting pain — the kind that lingers for weeks to months — and too often feel stigma rather than relief from a healthcare system poorly prepared to treat them, the Institute of Medicine said Wednesday. Chronic pain is reportedly costing the nation at least $558 billion a year in medical bills, sick days and lost productivity, the report found.

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