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Three-Fold Risk Of Infection For Elderly Following ER Visits

January 25, 2012 6:13 am | Comments

A visit to the emergency department during non-summer months was associated with a three-fold risk of acute respiratory or gastrointestinal infection in elderly residents of long-term care facilities, according to a study in CMAJ ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ). The study involved elderly residents of 22 long-term care facilities who visited emergency departments for a variety of conditions, excluding acute respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Illegal Surgery Case Delayed

January 25, 2012 6:05 am | Comments

Ken Ritter, AP A lawyer said Tuesday he's trying to negotiate a plea deal for a New York woman facing felony charges in Las Vegas after being accused of performing illegal eyelift surgeries. Defense attorney James Gallo, representing Jing Qu, made his comments while awaiting a brief appearance before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson.


Pioneering Endovascular Surgery With New Robotic Systems

January 25, 2012 5:59 am | Comments

Hansen Medical, Inc. has announced that for the first time ever surgeons at St. Mary's Hospital, part of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, in London, UK, used the company's Magellan Robotic System to treat a patient with a complex abdominal aortic aneurysm. "This new technology means a broader group of patients might now be operated on," said Professor Nick Cheshire, consultant vascular surgeon and head of circulation and renal sciences at Imperial College Healthcare.


Fewer Diabetes-Related Amputations

January 25, 2012 5:48 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Foot and leg amputations were once a fairly common fate for diabetics, but new government research shows a dramatic decline in limbs lost to the disease, probably due to better treatments. The rate has fallen by more than half since the mid-1990s, according to what is being called the most comprehensive study of the trend.

Regional Surgical Quality Collaborative Improves Outcomes, Reduces Cost

January 24, 2012 5:52 am | Comments

A new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons finds hospitals participating in a regional collaborative of the American College of Surgeon's National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP), achieved substantial improvements in surgical outcomes, such as reducing the rates of acute renal failure and surgical site infections.


Pre-op MRI Can Reduce Nerve Damage In Prostate Cancer Surgeries

January 24, 2012 5:42 am | Comments

Excluding skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in American men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Open radical prostatectomy, or removal of the prostate, is a common treatment for the disease, but it carries substantial risks, including incontinence and impotence.

Routine Checks Get Second Look

January 24, 2012 5:28 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Recent headlines offer a fresh example of how the healthcare system could be subjecting people to too many medical tests — this time research showing millions of older women don't need their bones checked for osteoporosis nearly so often. Many expers also say cancer screening is overused, from mammograms given too early or too often to prostate cancer tests that may not save lives.

Home-Made Meth Fills Hospitals With Burn Patients

January 24, 2012 4:42 am | Comments

Jim Salter, AP A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug. It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment — a burden so costly that it's contributing to the closure of some burn units.


Intuitive Surgical Slips Due To Lack Of Expanded Procedures

January 23, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

(AP) — Shares of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. retreated from all-time highs Friday on what two analysts called disappointment over the number of procedures performed with the company's da Vinci robotic surgical system in the fourth quarter. Intuitive Surgical reported its quarterly results after the market closed on Thursday, showing its profit and revenue beat analyst estimates, and with strong forecasts for 2012.


Nail Removed From Man's Brain

January 23, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

Don Babwin, AP Dante Autullo was sure he'd merely cut himself with a nail gun while building a shed, and thought doctors were joking when they told him what an X-ray revealed: A 3-1/4" nail was lodged in the middle of his brain. Autullo was recovering Friday after undergoing surgery at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where doctors removed the nail that came within millimeters of the part of the brain that controlls motor function.

Sri Lanka Sees Eye Donations As Source Of Pride

January 23, 2012 5:28 am | Comments

Margie Mason, AP At 10:25 a.m., a dark brown eye was removed from a man whose lids had closed for the last time. Five hours later, the orb was staring up at the ceiling from a stainless steel tray in an operating room with two blind patients — both waiting to give it a second life. S.

Complication Arises In First Triple Limb Transplant

January 23, 2012 5:14 am | Comments

(AP) — A Turkish doctor whose 25-member team performed the world's first triple limb transplant — two arms and a leg — says the leg has been removed due to tissue incompatibility. Dr. Omer Ozkan stated that 34-year-old Atilla Kavdir is in stable condition after the removal of the leg on Sunday, a day after it was attached.

New Medication, Surgery May Offer Relief For Psoriatic Arthritis

January 20, 2012 5:07 am | Comments

Medications or biologic agents that target T-cells appear to offer significant benefit to patients suffering from psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a type of arthritis that affects up to 48 percent of patients with the skin disease psoriasis, according to a new review article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS).

Drug Shortages Pose Public Health And Patient Care Concerns

January 20, 2012 4:58 am | Comments

Shortages of key drugs used to fight infections represent a public health emergency and can put patients at risk, according to a review published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online. Frequent anti-infective shortages can substantially alter clinical care and may lead to worse outcomes for patients, particularly as the development of new anti-infectives has slowed and the prevalence of multidrug-resistant pathogens is increasing.


Hospital Sending Tiny Baby Home

January 20, 2012 4:37 am | Comments

(AP) — One of the world's smallest surviving babies is headed home. Melinda Star Guido weighed only 9.5 ounces at birth— less than a can of soda. After spending her early months in the neo-natal intensive care unit, a team of doctors and nurses will gather Friday to see her off. Melinda has been growing steadily and gaining weight since she was born premature, at 24 weeks, in August at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.


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