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Past Medical Testing On Humans Revealed

February 28, 2011 5:29 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital.

Long-Acting Local Anesthetic Derived From Algae

February 25, 2011 6:32 am | Comments

A U.S.-Chile collaboration is bringing surgical patients closer to having a long-acting local anesthetic. In a randomized, double-blind trial, patients given neosaxitoxin, a new local anesthetic derived from algae, had significantly less postoperative pain and recovered about two days sooner than those given the commonly used local anesthetic bupivacaine.

Action Products, Inc. To Host Nurse Angel Contest

February 25, 2011 6:31 am | Action Products, Inc. | Comments

At the 58th AORN Congress, the Action Booth #2023 will be turning celestial in celebration of its Angel series product launch. To kick off the event and in celebration of Nurse Angels worldwide, Action is hosting a contest in search of the ultimate Nurse Angel. Action has created an online social community where nurses are invited to nominate their own Nurse Angel by sharing their personal stories of exceptional nurses or nursing experiences.

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Whole Fresh Blood May Have Longer Shelf Life

February 25, 2011 6:28 am | Comments

In a finding that may potentially improve survival from war injuries and disasters, laboratory researchers report that refrigerated whole blood may have a shelf life well beyond the current standard of 24 to 48 hours. "We have found that whole blood retains its clotting properties at least 11 days under standard refrigeration," said the study leader, David Jobes, M.

Surgeon Removes Kidney Through Patient’s Belly Button

February 25, 2011 6:27 am | Transenterix, Inc. | Comments

Using SPIDER® Surgical System, Dr. Raymond J. Leveillee performs UHealth’s first single-incision nephrectomy February 25, 2011 A surgeon at UHealth-the University of Miami Health System recently removed a patient’s kidney through her belly button, leaving no visible scar.

Tainted IV Fluid Kills 12 Pregnant Women In India

February 25, 2011 6:26 am | Comments

Prakash Bhandari, Associated Press JAIPUR, India (AP) — Contaminated intravenous fluid is suspected in the deaths of 12 pregnant women at a government hospital in northwestern India, police and health authorities said Friday. Doctors are battling to save the lives of four more women who fell critically ill after being given the fluid in the maternity ward, hospital superintendent Narendra Chhangani said.

Hamstring Grafts Prove More Effective In ACL Knee Reconstruction

February 23, 2011 5:16 am | Comments

Patients receiving anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee reconstruction with a hamstring tendon graft rather than a knee tendon graft were less likely to suffer from pain and mobility issues 15 years after surgery, said researchers presenting a study at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Specialty Day.

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Study Reveals Some Surprises

February 23, 2011 5:09 am | Comments

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is highly effective and provides durable results five years after surgery, according to a large, prospective study by Hospital for Special Surgery investigators. The study also surprisingly revealed that the rotator cuff has the ability to heal even when early imaging studies have found a defect at the site of repair.

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Famed Neurosurgeon's Century-Old Notes Reveal Admissions Of Error

February 23, 2011 4:53 am | Comments

The current focus on medical errors isn't quite as new as it seems. A Johns Hopkins review of groundbreaking neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing's notes, made at the turn of the last century, has turned up copious documentation of his own surgical mishaps as well as his suggestions for preventing those mistakes in the future.

American Legion: St. Louis VA Acted Quickly, Correctl

February 23, 2011 4:34 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire - The Department of Veterans Affairs acted swiftly and correctly to temporarily suspend surgeries earlier this month at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis after stains and water spots were noticed on some medical trays and one surgical instrument, American Legion National Commander Jimmie Foster stated.

Mom Gives Birth In Hospital Elevator

February 23, 2011 4:26 am | Comments

A Kansas newborn could be well equipped to face the ups and downs of life: She was born in a hospital elevator. Alyssa Lynn Leming arrived as her parents rushed through the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, some 50 miles west of Kansas City. Crystal Leming says it took just an hour from the onset of severe contractions to the birth of the 5-pound, 11-ounce girl whom they have nicknamed Ellee for her unusual arrival.

Misguided Perceptions On Tommy John Surgery

February 22, 2011 6:47 am | Comments

Despite known risks and outcomes of the common elbow procedure known as Tommy John surgery, parents, coaches and players still have incorrect assumptions regarding player performance, say researchers presenting their study at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Specialty Day.

Study Shows Young Patients May Benefit From Microfracture Knee Procedures

February 22, 2011 6:40 am | Comments

Surgical treatment using microfracture for pediatric knee injury repair may improve activity outcomes, according to research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Specialty Day. The study shows that patients are able to regain function and return to a normal activity level following surgery and rehabilitation.

Gastric Bypass Offers Better Outcomes Than Similar Surgeries

February 22, 2011 6:34 am | Comments

Gastric bypass surgery appears to lead to better long-term results that include greater weight loss, resolution of diabetes and improved quality of life compared with sleeve gastrectomy and lap-band surgery, according to two reports in the February issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

More Companies Covering Transgender Surgery

February 22, 2011 6:19 am | Comments

Lisa Leff, AP When Gina Duncan decided to undergo the medical treatment that would make her a woman, she had plenty to fear. The reactions of her children, her professional colleagues and friends. How her body would respond to hours on the operating table. If, at the end of it, she would look female enough so strangers wouldn't gawk.

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