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Administration Looks To Ease Medicare Cuts

April 22, 2011 7:42 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Millions of seniors in popular private insurance plans offered through Medicare will be getting a reprieve from some of the most controversial cuts in President Barack Obama's health care law. In a policy shift critics see as political, the Health and Human Services department has decided to award quality bonuses to hundreds of Medicare Advantage plans rated merely average.

Success Stories Hard To Find In Libyan Surgeons' Records

April 22, 2011 7:36 am | Comments

Ben Hubbard, AP Dr. Mohammed al-Fagieh, chief surgeon at Hilal Hospital in Misrata, carries around a gruesome catalog of recent cases that have come through his wards. When asked about common wounds, he pulled a cell phone from the pocket of his blue scrubs and flipped through a sampling of images.

Alcohol May Mislead Surgical Timing

April 22, 2011 5:54 am | Comments

A Loyola University Health System study has found another reason to not binge drink alcohol. Binge drinking, researchers found, could change the body's immune system response to bone injuries. "This tremendously complicates the trauma care of these patients," said bone biologist John Callaci, PhD, senior author of the study.

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Doctor Operated On Wrong Eye Of 4-Year-Old Boy

April 20, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon surgeon operated on the wrong eye of a 4-year-old boy from Washington state, his parents say. "She said, 'Frankly, I lost sense of direction and didn't realize I had operated on the wrong eye until I was done operating on the eye,'" Tasha Gaul, the boy's mother, said of the doctor's reaction after last week's surgery.

Educational Sonic Cleaning Game Launched To Earn Free CEU

April 20, 2011 6:40 am | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Comments

Crazy4Clean.com has launched the “Saga of SONIgal”, the newest online flash-based game that takes you on an adventure through the sonic cleaning process with SONIgal. Help SONIgal remember her PPE's in a word-search level, swim through an ultrasonic tank to make sure it is degassed and cleaning verification tests are placed properly, and much more! Plus, earn a free CEU when you pass the quiz at the end of the game.

Shorter Hospital Stays After Hip Replacement, But Increased Readmissions

April 20, 2011 6:39 am | Comments

An analysis of data from Medicare beneficiaries who underwent hip replacement or subsequent follow-up corrective surgery between 1991 and 2008 indicates that the length of hospital stay after surgery declined during this time period, as did the proportion of patients discharged home, while there was an increase in the rate of hospital readmissions and discharge to a skilled care facility, according to a study in the April 20 issue of JAMA.

Study Confirms Link Between Breast Implants And Rare Form Of Cancer

April 20, 2011 6:38 am | Comments

Breast implants appear to be associated with a rare form of lymphoma, but there is not yet evidence to show that the cancer is caused by implants or to suggest an underlying mechanism for how the disease might develop, according to a study by researchers from the RAND Corporation. The study, published online by the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, also finds that the disease takes a slow course and can be controlled by surgical removal of the implant and surrounding capsule.

Transplant Success After Marathon Surgery

April 20, 2011 6:38 am | Comments

Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer Emily Fennelll, 26, of Yuba City, Calif., who lost her right hand in an auto accident in 2006, talks about her experience as the recipient of a hand transplant, at a news conference at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

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Virtual Surgery Aids Personalized Treatment Of Nasal Obstruction

April 19, 2011 5:38 am | Comments

Virtual nasal surgery has the potential to be a productive tool that may enable surgeons to perform personalized nasal surgery using computer simulation techniques, according to researchers at The Medical College of Wisconsin. The findings are posted online today and will appear in the September print issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders Associated With Poor Surgical Outcomes

April 19, 2011 5:37 am | Comments

Surgical patients with do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders appear to be at higher risk for poor surgical outcomes, according to a report published online today by the Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The study will appear in the August print issue of the journal. "Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders preclude the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a clinically unresponsive, pulseless patient," according to background information provided by the authors.

Previous-Day Alcohol Consumption Affects Surgical Skills

April 19, 2011 5:37 am | Comments

Excessive alcohol consumption appears to be associated with changes in some surgical skills performed on virtual reality simulator testing the following day, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "While surgical performance is certain to be impaired acutely with excessive alcohol consumption, there is little information that defines the persistence of this effect," the authors write as background information in the study.

Surgeon Resigns ACS Leadership Post Over Controversial Editorial

April 19, 2011 5:36 am | Comments

John Flesher, Associated Press TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The world's largest organization of surgeons has accepted the resignation of its president-elect after he wrote a Valentine's Day column for the group's newspaper that some members found demeaning to women. Dr. Lazar J. Greenfield, a renowned surgeon and professor emeritus at the University of Michigan Medical School, said Monday he had stepped down from his leadership post with the American College of Surgeons after the association's board rejected his attempts to make amends.

Woman To Show Off Newly Transplanted Hand

April 19, 2011 5:36 am | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 26-year-old mother who lost her right hand in a traffic accident several years ago is reuniting with her doctors to show off her new donated hand. The Northern California woman received the donor limb in a marathon surgery last month at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

New Studies Support Lap-Band Surgery

April 18, 2011 6:57 am | Comments

Two new studies published in the current issue of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, a peer-reviewed journal, have concluded that LAP-BAND weight-loss surgery is a safe and effective treatment for obese adults. One study examined patients who received LAGB following the failure of gastric bypass and found they achieved significant weight loss at two years post-banding procedure.

Non-Cardiac Surgery Found Safe For Patients With Heart Device

April 18, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

Non-cardiac surgery can be performed safely in patients with a heart device typically implanted into patients waiting for a transplant, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) are mechanical pumps implanted in the chest to help a weakened heart pump blood.

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