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Treating Adele’s Vocal Cord Hemorrhage

November 7, 2011 5:44 am | by Christopher Chang, MD | Comments

Before going any further, the title to a  Los Angeles Times  story was “Adele to have surgery to treat vocal cord hemorrhage. What is it?” I sincerely hope that whomever her surgeon is knows not to perform surgery when the vocal cord is in the middle of a hemorrhage. You do the surgery when the hemorrhage is gone and the culprit blood vessel is left behind which likely is the reason for the hemorrhage happening in the first place.

Low Vitamin D Common Hindrance In Spinal Surgery Patients

November 7, 2011 5:35 am | Comments

A new study indicates that many patients undergoing spine surgery have low levels of vitamin D, which may delay their recovery. In a study of 313 patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery, orthopaedic surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that more than half had inadequate levels of vitamin D, including one-fourth who were more severely deficient.

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Nurse Practitioner Can Reduce Unnecessary ER Visits

November 7, 2011 5:23 am | Comments

Adding a nurse practitioner (NP) to a busy hospital staff can decrease unnecessary emergency department visits, according to a study published in the latest issue of Surgery by researchers at Loyola University Health System. Researchers found that the nurse practitioner reduced ED visits by improving the continuity in care and troubleshooting problems for patients.

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Low Expectations Impacting Post-Op Recovery

November 7, 2011 5:03 am | Comments

Compared with osteoarthritis patients, individuals with rheumatoid arthritis who undergo total knee replacement surgery have lower expectations about their post-surgical outcomes, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. These reduced expectations, which may be unnecessary, could cause some patients to slack on their post-surgical rehabilitation, leading to worse outcomes, say doctors.

Prostate Cancer Surgery Better At Teaching Hospitals

November 7, 2011 4:45 am | Comments

Prostate cancer patients who undergo radical prostatectomy get better results at teaching hospitals than at non-academic medical institutions, according to the findings of an international study led by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. "While our findings do not imply that teaching hospitals always provide better care than others, it is obvious that teaching hospitals have certain intrinsic characteristics that would explain the better results," says Quoc-Dien Trinh, M.

Latex Gloves Lead To Lax Hand Hygiene

November 4, 2011 5:34 am | Comments

Healthcare workers who wear gloves while treating patients are much less likely to clean their hands before and after patient contact, according to a study published in the December issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology , the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

FDA Approves First Artificial Heart Valve Placed Without Open-Heart Surgery

November 4, 2011 5:26 am | Comments

PRNewswire - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first catheter-based aortic heart valve replacement without the need for open-heart surgery in the U.S. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) enables multi-disciplinary heart teams to replace a patient's diseased aortic valve without traditional open-heart surgery, and while the heart continues to beat - avoiding the need for cardiopulmonary bypass.

AHRQ Awards $34 Million To Fight Against HAIs

November 4, 2011 5:20 am | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced today that it has awarded $34 million in fiscal year 2011 for grants and contracts to hospitals, academic medical institutions and health care research organizations to expand the fight against healthcare-associated infections.

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AHRQ Awards $34 Million To Fight Against HAIs

November 4, 2011 5:19 am | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced today that it has awarded $34 million in fiscal year 2011 for grants and contracts to hospitals, academic medical institutions and health care research organizations to expand the fight against healthcare-associated infections.

Cerebral Blood Flow Monitor Offers Surgical, Military Applications

November 4, 2011 5:10 am | Comments

PRNewswire - PhysioSonics announced today that it received a $2.5 million grant from the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center to optimize its proprietary cerebral blood-flow monitor to detect vasospasm. Following a successful launch in the civilian healthcare market, the military will test the monitor with the goal of deploying it at military facilities that care for soldiers with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Vampire Bacteria Could Serve As A Living Antibiotic

November 2, 2011 7:10 am | Comments

A vampire-like bacteria that leeches onto specific other bacteria – including certain human pathogens – has the potential to serve as a living antibiotic for a range of infectious diseases, a new study indicates. The bacterium, Micavibrio Aeruginosavorus, was discovered to inhabit wastewater nearly 30 years ago, but has not been extensively studied because it is difficult to culture and investigate using traditional microbiology techniques.

Hospital Smoking Policies Don't Address All Patient Needs

November 2, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

While smoke-free policies on hospital grounds make sense for the objective of clean air, managing the tobacco withdrawal symptoms of hospitalized patients must also be addressed, states an article in CMAJ ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ). Researchers from the University of Manitoba, University of Alberta and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority undertook a study to understand the consequences of smoke-free policies for patients and healthcare professionals at two large acute-care hospitals in Canada (the University of Alberta Hospital and Winnipeg's Health Sciences Center).

Researchers Examine Nipple-Sparing Mastectomies

November 2, 2011 6:16 am | Comments

A new study suggests some women needing a lumpectomy or mastectomy to treat their breast cancer have another potential option that is safe and effective, say researchers at Georgetown. They say the procedure, known as a nipple-sparing mastectomy, is also a viable surgical option for women who choose to have their breasts removed because of their increased risk of developing the disease.

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Surgeons Separate California Conjoined Twins

November 2, 2011 5:57 am | Comments

Brooke Donald, AP Twin 2-year-old girls who were joined at the chest and abdomen were separated Tuesday during a lengthy, complex procedure at Stanford University's children's hospital. The operation that gave Philippines-born sisters Angelina and Angelica Sabuco their independence took more than nine hours and a team of more than 40 people.

Despite Economy, Aesthetic Procedures Still Popular

November 1, 2011 7:39 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ Physicians say consumers are more willing to invest in longer lasting aesthetic treatments, possibly due to the current economic climate. A recent online survey of 160 U.S. dermatology, plastic surgery and aesthetic practices revealed consumers see the value of a longer term solution and in turn will spend more money upfront than they did three years ago.

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