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Will Autism Fraud Report Be A Vaccine Booster?

January 7, 2011 5:50 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — This week more shame was heaped upon the discredited British researcher whose work gave rise to the childhood-vaccines-cause-autism movement, as a prominent medical journal published a report that the man had faked his data. But will it make a difference? Some believe the latest news will finally destroy the reputation of researcher Andrew Wakefield and put an end to the claim of scientific underpinnings for the anti-vaccine movement.

Students Who Posted Placenta Photo Reinstated

January 7, 2011 5:04 am | Comments

Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City college said Thursday that it would allow four nursing students booted out for posting photos of themselves with a human placenta on Facebook to return to school following a federal judge's ruling reinstating one of the students.

RN As Circulator Tops AORN's 2011 Priorities

January 7, 2011 5:04 am | Comments

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, (AORN), with a membership base of 40,000 RNs and representing the interests of 140,000 perioperative Registered Nurses in the U.S., has announced it will target seven states in 2011 to enact RN as Circulator. The perioperative RN, through professional and patient-centered expertise, is the primary patient advocate in the operating room and is responsible for monitoring all aspects of the patient's condition.

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Over Half Of Liver Transplant Patients Develop Metabolic Syndrome

January 7, 2011 5:03 am | Comments

Researchers from Israel have determined that more than half of liver transplant recipients develop post-transplantation metabolic syndrome (PTMS), placing them at greater risk for cardiovascular disease. Prior to transplantation only 5% of the patients were diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, but rates of obesity, hypertriglyceridemia, hypertension, and diabetes were significantly higher post transplantation.

Man Fires Shot In New Mexico Hospital

January 7, 2011 5:02 am | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are searching for a man who fired a shot Tuesday inside University of New Mexico Hospital. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Trish Hoffman says officers are looking for 21-year-old Daniel Cesar Dominguez-Garcia in connection with the incident. Hoffman says Dominguez was at the hospital with his girlfriend Tuesday afternoon when he became upset.

Physicians Question Lower BMI Requirements For Lap-Band Surgery

January 7, 2011 5:02 am | Comments

The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) is concerned that the FDA advisory panel recommended lowering the BMI requirement for lap-band surgery, while the FDA recently denied two new obesity medications. Bariatric surgery is drastic and expensive and carries higher morbidity and mortality risks than lifestyle interventions or medication.

Study: Temporal Artery Thermometry Accurate For Surgical Patients

January 5, 2011 6:15 am | Comments

Temperatures taken orally or by temporal artery thermometry "are an accurate means of temperature assessment for adult patients undergoing colorectal or gynecology surgery,"(1) according to analysis published by the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing . Accurate temperature readings are necessary to determine when to intervene for patients at all stages of their hospitalizations but especially during and immediately after surgical procedures to avoid post-operative complications.

Mom Gives Birth To First Twin in 2010, Second In 2011

January 5, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

(AP) — A northern Illinois couple welcomed their new daughter to the world in the last minute of 2010 — and a twin son in the first minute of 2011. Ashley Fansler gave birth to Madisen Carin Lewis at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve in Machesney Park, 85 miles northwest of Chicago. Aiden Everette Lewis was born a minute later, at 12 a.

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Many With Implantable Defibrillators Do Not Meet Criteria

January 5, 2011 6:04 am | Comments

A study appearing in JAMA detailed how more than 100,000 patients who received implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) found that about 20 percent did not meet evidence-based guidelines for receipt, and that these patients had a significantly higher risk of in-hospital death than individuals who met criteria for receiving an ICD.

Guidelines Now Available For MRSA Treatment

January 5, 2011 5:50 am | Comments

Physicians now have help in their battle against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a potentially deadly infection that initially was limited to hospitals and health care facilities but has become a growing problem in healthy children and adults. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released its first guidelines for the treatment of increasingly common MRSA infections.

Helicopter Transport Increases Survival Rates

January 5, 2011 5:38 am | Comments

Severely injured patients transported by helicopter from the scene of an accident are more likely to survive than patients brought to trauma centers by ground ambulance, according to a new study published in The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care . The study is the first to examine the role of helicopter transport on a national level and includes the largest number of helicopter-transport patients in a single analysis.

Cosmetic Surgery Product Demand To Continue Growing

January 5, 2011 5:21 am | Comments

According to a report produced by Reportlinker, demand for products used in cosmetic surgery is forecast to increase 6.5 percent per year to $2.8 billion in 2014, when 16.1 million cosmetic procedures are expected to be performed. The economic recession that began in December 2007 impacted the cosmetic surgery industry most profoundly in surgical procedures, which suffered large drops in 2008 and 2009.

Children Averaging Seven Radiation Scans By Age 18

January 4, 2011 5:04 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP The first large study to examine the use of X-rays, CT scans and other medical radiation in children estimates the average child will get more than seven radiation scans by age 18. Most of the scans involve X-rays, which use relatively little radiation, but there is growing concern about CT scans, which entail far more radiation and can raise the risk for cancer, particularly in children.

Vegas Doctor Pays Fine In Federal Fraud Case

January 4, 2011 4:46 am | Comments

(AP) — A Las Vegas doctor has agreed to pay the federal government $1.25 million after prosecutors say he inflated health care claims for surgeries and supplies. U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden announced that anesthesiologist Brian Lemper made the payment to resolve allegations that he defrauded a federal health care insurance program that benefits military members and their families.

Breast Cancer Recurrence May Depend On Surgeon

January 4, 2011 4:37 am | Comments

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or non-invasive breast cancer, is typically treated with either breast-conserving surgery—with or without follow-up radiation—or mastectomy. The treatment choice depends on clinical factors, the treating surgeon, and patient preferences, with long-term health outcomes (disease-free survival) depending on the treatments received.

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