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Glasses, Wheelchairs, Obesity Surgery On Illinois Medicaid Chopping Block

February 24, 2012 4:53 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP It's a tricky math problem to get to the $2.7 billion that Governor Pat Quinn wants cut out of Illinois's projected Medicaid spending, and four lawmakers designated to take a first shot at it will have a tough time figuring out what to subtract. They'll look at services such as the obesity surgery that helped 41-year-old Cicero resident Nova Taggart get off diabetes drugs.

Stronger Intestinal Barrier May Prevent Cancer

February 22, 2012 8:20 am | Comments

PHILADELPHIA— A leaky gut may be the root of some cancers forming in the rest of the body, a new study published online Feb. 21 in PLoS ONE by Thomas Jefferson University researchers suggests. It appears that the hormone receptor guanylyl cyclase C (GC-C)—a previously identified tumor suppressor that exists in the intestinal tract—plays a key role in strengthening the body's intestinal barrier, which helps separate the gut world from the rest of the body, and possibly keeps cancer at bay.

Better Neural Control Of Prosthetics For Amputees Sought

February 22, 2012 8:16 am | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — Sandia National Laboratories researchers, using off-the-shelf equipment in a chemistry lab, have been working on ways to improve amputees’ control over prosthetics with direct help from their own nervous systems. Organic materials chemist Shawn Dirk, robotics engineer Steve Buerger and others are creating biocompatible interface scaffolds.

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EHR Initiative Launched to Empower Drug Safety and Medication Adherence

February 22, 2012 7:09 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- A coalition led by EHR vendors, PDR Network, professional liability carriers, and providers,in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration, today announced a new multi-faceted initiative to improve drug safety and medication adherence by integrating drug services for prescribers and their patients into electronic health record (EHR) platforms and other health information technology.

Feds Loan $638M For Health Co-ops In 8 States

February 22, 2012 7:03 am | by Matt Gouras, Associated Press | Comments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health care cooperatives that are being launched in eight states announced Tuesday they will receive a total of $638 million in loans from the Obama administration under the federal health insurance law. The administration said the new nonprofit health insurers will be run by their customers and will be designed to offer coverage to individuals and small businesses.

Wisconsin Hospital First To Use Leonardo 3D System

February 21, 2012 5:50 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) 3D Surgical Solutions, LLC and Wheaton Franciscan-The Wisconsin Heart Hospital Campus announced that the first case ever using the Leonardo 3D VisionT System was successfully conducted in a surgical robotic procedure. The system provides stereoscopic 3D visualization to personnel at the bedside, as well as the entire surgical robotic team during the surgery.

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Surgeon's Detach Twins Joined At The Hips

February 21, 2012 5:39 am | Comments

Brazil's conjoined twins Israel and Levi were separated successfully at Maternity Hospital of Goiania in a surgery that lasted nearly 10 hours. The 14-month-old boys were joined at the hip and abdomen, sharing intestines, a bladder and genitalia. The brothers both survived the survery and are reportedly doing well.

An MRI Not Enough When Treating Hips

February 21, 2012 5:22 am | Comments

When it comes to treating people with hip pain, physicians should not replace clinical observation with the use of magnetic resonance images (MRI), according to research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Specialty Day. "We performed MRI scans on a sample of volunteers without any hip pain, and discovered about 73 percent had abnormal findings," commented the study's lead author Bradley C.

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New Guidelines Focus On Spinal Cord Monitoring To Prevent Paralysis

February 21, 2012 5:13 am | Comments

The American Academy of Neurology is issuing an updated guideline that recommends monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries to help prevent paralysis, or loss of muscle function, related to the surgeries. The guideline, which was developed with the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, is published in the print issue of Neurology ®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology and also in the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology .

Prominent Spine Surgeons Named To Advisory Board

February 17, 2012 8:13 am | Comments

Lanx, Inc., a privately held medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative devices for spinal surgery, announces it has named six prominent neurological and orthopedic surgeons to its Surgeon Advisory Board, which provides strategic guidance to Lanx on product commercialization, clinical studies and medical education.

Conventional Thought On ACL Injuries Challenged

February 17, 2012 7:59 am | Comments

Landing from a jump can cause a non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, but evidence presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society 2012 Annual Meeting demonstrates that the injury mechanism that causes that ACL injury involves a combination of factors rather than a single factor as some have claimed.

Immunization For MRSA On The Horizon

February 17, 2012 7:49 am | Comments

Methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) infections are resistant to antibiotics and can cause a myriad of problems, including bone erosion, which shortens the effective life of an implant and greatly hinders replacement of that implant. MRSA can also result in prolonged disability, amputation and even death.

Major Nanosurgery Cancer Breakthrough

February 17, 2012 7:41 am | Comments

Researchers at Polytechnique Montreal have succeeded in changing the genetic material of cancer cells using a brand-new transfection method. This major breakthrough in nanosurgery opens the door to new medical applications, among others for the treatment of cancers. The method developed by Professor Michel Meunier and his team uses a femtosecond laser (a laser with ultra-short pulses) along with gold nanoparticles.

Surgeons Place Pacemaker In 15-Minute-Old Newborn

February 17, 2012 5:51 am | Comments

Marcus Wohlsen, AP The name Jaya in Hindi means victorious. And little Jaya Maharaj was just that, when she became one of the smallest recipients of a pacemaker when she was just 15 minutes old. A team of doctors at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital determined the girl born nine weeks premature had only hours to live if they did not perform the surgery.

Medicare's Bill For Artificial Feet Doesn't Smell Right

February 17, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Medicare paid $94 million for artificial feet in 2010, according to research conducted for The Associated Press. That was nearly $35 million more than in 2005, even though in 2010, Medicare covered about 1,900 fewer such prostheses. It works out to a 58 percent cost increase over five years.

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