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More Specialists Focus On Frequently Hospitalized Patients

April 29, 2011 5:22 am | Comments

Declining rates of hospitalization have discouraged primary care doctors from seeing their patients in the hospital and encouraged the growing use of "hospitalists," a new physician specialty focused on the care of hospitalized patients. Further developments in the field mean that frequently hospitalized patients also may need a specialist focused on their care, according to an expert on hospital care at the University of Chicago.

Study Suggests Alternative To Foot Amputation For Diabetic Patients

April 27, 2011 6:46 am | Comments

A recent study published in the March issue of Foot & Ankle International (FAI), the official scientific journal of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) describes a possible amputation alternative for patients with neuropathic ulceration of the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) or big toe joint.

Emergency Surgery Coalition Needed For Future Disasters

April 27, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

In this week's PLoS Medicine, Kathryn Chu, from Médecins Sans Frontières in Cape Town, South Africa, and colleagues describe the experiences of MSF after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and discuss how to improve delivery of surgery in humanitarian disasters. To avoid the supply delays, lack of appropriately experienced surgeons, and duplication and fragmentation of services that characterized the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, they propose the formation of the Emergency Surgery Coalition (ESC), a group consisting of organizations with extensive experience in delivering surgical care in man-made or natural disasters.

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Surgeon Who Hid In Italy Awaits Fraud Sentence

April 27, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

Tom Coyne, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A former northwestern Indiana surgeon who was captured in Italy after more than five years on the run was to be sentenced on federal health care fraud charges Wednesday, and some of his patients are urging the judge to reject a plea deal they say is too lenient.

J&J To Buy Medical Device Maker Synthes For $21.3B

April 27, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

Frank Jordans, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Health giant Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it will buy U.S.-Swiss medical device maker Synthes Inc. for $21.3 billion, greatly increasing its share of the market for surgical trauma equipment and orthopedic implants. J&J is offering 159 Swiss francs in cash and stock for each Synthes share.

German Baby Born At 21 Weeks Goes Home For Easter

April 26, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

Doctors at the Fulda Children's Clinic say Frieda was born on Nov. 7 weighing just 16 ounces (460 grams). She was released from the hospital on Wednesday weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces (3.5 kilograms). The clinic's chief doctor, Reinald Repp, said he saw "no indication that she will not be healthy.

Iowa Not Regulating All Outpatient Surgery Centers

April 26, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Most surgical centers in Iowa face little state oversight, raising concerns by federal officials about rising infection rates they say are attributable to unsafe medical practices and a failure to follow basic patient-safety guidelines according to a published report.

Doctors Say Giffords Can Attend Launch

April 26, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is set to reach an important milestone this week when she ventures from her Houston rehabilitation hospital for the first time to watch her astronaut husband rocket into space history. Giffords and her doctors set the Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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Nation’s Second Full-Face Transplant Performed

April 26, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

  BOSTON (AP) — Doctors at a Boston hospital have performed the nation's second full-face transplant, less than a month after the first. A team of more than 30 doctors, nurses and other staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital worked for more than 14 hours last week to replace the full facial area of 30-year-old Mitch Hunter, of Speedway, Ind.

FDA Issues Hand Sanitizer Warnings

April 25, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

(AP) — Federal health regulators have issued warnings to four manufacturers of hand sanitizing products for making unsupported claims about the bacteria-fighting benefits of their products. The Food and Drug Administration has questioned the company's claims about their lotions and gels preventing a variety of infections, including staphylococcus aureas, E.

Radar Shows Promise For Detecting Concussions

April 25, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

Walking and thinking at the same time can be especially difficult for persons who've suffered concussions, and scientists hope to use that multi-tasking challenge (measured by a simple radar system) to quickly screen individuals who may have suffered brain injuries. By asking an individual to walk a short distance while saying the months of the year in reverse order, researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) can determine if that person is impaired and possibly suffering from a concussion.

Military Faces Challenge To Malpractice Immunity

April 25, 2011 6:15 am | Comments

Mitch Stacy, AP Veterans, military families and others who oppose a decades-old law that shields military medical personnel from malpractice lawsuits are rallying around a case they consider the best chance in a generation to change the widely unpopular protection. The U.S. Supreme Court has asked for more information from attorneys and will decide next month whether to hear the case of a 25-year-old non-commissioned officer who died after a nurse put a tube down the wrong part of his throat.

Patient Dies In Oral Arthritis Drug Study

April 25, 2011 5:56 am | Comments

(AP) — Pfizer, Inc. confirmed that one patient who was taking its drug candidate tofacitinib, a pill designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis, died during a recent clinical trial and said the death was connected to the drug. The world's largest drugmaker said the patient died of respiratory failure.

Yeah, There's Even An App For That

April 22, 2011 8:03 am | Comments

A closer look at two smart phone applications that are getting more popular in the surgical community The handyscope is an optical attachment and an accompanying app that converts an iPhone into a practical dermatoscope. The attachment provides up to 20x magnification for the phone's camera and illuminates the skin with polarized light, thanks to built-in LEDs and internal batteries.

Surgeon Loses Manslaughter Appeal

April 22, 2011 7:51 am | Comments

American surgeon Jayant Patel will serve out a seven-year prison term in Australia, after a Brisbane court dismissed his appeals against his manslaughter convictions and sentence. In June 2010, the former director of surgery at the Bundaberg Base Hospital was convicted in connection with the deaths of three patients, and of causing grievous bodily harm to a fourth.

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