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Study Finds That Less General Anesthesia Better For Obese Kids

October 18, 2011 6:02 am | Comments

PRNewswire/USNewswire - A study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiology's 2011 meeting found that obese children required much smaller doses of the anesthetic propofol than non-obese children to bring about a safe level of unconsciousness. Since the commonly used drug propofol can cause low blood pressure, prolonged sleepiness and decreased breathing, the results of this study could help anesthesiologists safely treat a common, but often misunderstood, type of surgical patient.


Doctors Tried For Removing Organs From Live Patients

October 18, 2011 5:42 am | Comments

(AP) — Two doctors are in court in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on charges they removed organs for transplant from patients who were still alive. The patients later died in the hospital. Drs. Pedro Torrecillas and Rui Sacramento are each charged with four homicides in a trial that started Monday.

Herbal Supplements May Be Dangerous For Orthopaedic Surgery Patients

October 17, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatments such as herbal supplements have become increasingly popular in the United States, especially among older patients and those with chronic pain. However, many of these products can have serious and potentially harmful side effects when combined with medications prescribed during and after surgery, according to a review article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) .


Delayed Pediatric Appendicitis Treatment Leads To Complications, Death

October 17, 2011 6:49 am | Comments

An in-hospital delay of appendicitis treatment beyond two days was linked to an increased likelihood of complications, including perforation and abscess formation, longer hospitalization, increased costs, and more rarely, death, according an abstract presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Boston last weekend.


Doctors' Group Backs Legalizing Pot

October 17, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

(AP) — California's largest industry group for doctors is calling for the legalization of marijuana even as it maintains that the drug has few proven health benefits. Trustees of the California Medical Association adopted the new stance at its annual meeting Friday in Anaheim, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Boston Hospital Performs Double Hand Transplant

October 17, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

Denise Lavoie, AP A quadruple amputee who received new hands through a transplant operation says he is looking forward to doing ordinary things again: getting dressed, taking a shower, making coffee and, sweetest of all, touching the faces of his two grandsons. Richard Mangino, 65, lost his arms below the elbows and his legs below the knees after he had a kidney stone in 2002 and contracted a severe bloodstream infection.

Anesthesiologists Join Campaign To Improve Surgical Care In Developing Countries

October 14, 2011 6:59 am | Comments

PRNewswire - Lifebox, a global not-for-profit organization, today announced that the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has joined its campaign to provide life-saving pulse oximeters for operating rooms in developing countries around the world. ASA is the largest anesthesiology organization in the world, with 47,000 potential contributors to the Lifebox initiative.

Surgery To Help Prevent Epileptic Seizures Gains More Support

October 14, 2011 6:49 am | Comments

Almost half of people with epilepsy who had surgery for the condition remained free of seizures 10 years later, according to a recent study published by the British medical journal, The Lancet . Researchers from University College London tracked 615 post-surgery epileptics annually over a period of eight years and found that 82 percent remained seizure-free for a year after surgery.


Help In The Battle Against Superbugs

October 14, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

Targeting a toxin released by virtually all strains of MRSA could help scientists develop new drugs that can fight the superbug, research suggests. A study led by the University of Edinburgh has discovered the toxin - SElX - which leads the body's immune system to go into overdrive and damage healthy cells.

Doctor Pleads Not Guilty In Stem Cell Implant Case

October 14, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

Ken Ritter, AP A prominent Las Vegas-area pediatrician pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that he and a man who falsely claimed he was a doctor conspired to implant chronically ill patients with stem cells harvested from human placentas. A lawyer for Dr. Ralph Conti issued a statement saying Conti was cooperating with federal authorities and "believes the facts of the case will unfold in a different fashion.


Research Shows Link Between Accreditation, Quality

October 14, 2011 6:08 am | Comments

New research published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine shows that hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission outperformed non-accredited hospitals on nationally standardized quality measures of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure and pneumonia, and that the performance gap between Joint Commission accredited and non-accredited hospitals increased over the years of the study.

Cardinal Health Offering $1 Million In Grants To Improve Patient Safety

October 12, 2011 6:51 am | Comments

The Cardinal Health Foundation today announced that, for the fifth consecutive year, it will award more than $1 million in grant funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems, community health clinics and other non-profit health care institutions improve the efficiency and quality of patient care.

Predicting Who Will And Won't Fight Off Infections

October 12, 2011 6:43 am | Comments

Why are some people prone to severe infections, while others handle them with less difficulty? A new research report appearing online in the FASEB Journal attempts to answer this question by shedding light on the genetic differences that influence our ability to fight off bacterial infections.

Misperceptions, Fear Inhibit Discussions About Obesity Treatments

October 12, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

PRNewswire - Significant barriers are keeping adults affected by obesity in Nashville, Tennessee,and physicians from talking frankly about bariatric surgery, according to a new survey sponsored by the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and Ethicon Endo-Surgery. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that 32 percent of adults in Tennessee are affected by obesity.

Doctor Not Fit For Trial In Hepatitis Case

October 12, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

Ken Ritter, AP The ailing former physician-owner of a southern Nevada endoscopy clinic at the center of a hepatitis outbreak isn't fit to stand trial on felony charges, despite findings by state medical personnel, his lawyer said Tuesday. Dipak Desai sat impassively in a Las Vegas courtroom while his lawyer, Richard Wright, told Clark County District Judge Kathleen Delaney that he intends to challenge findings a psychiatrist and psychologist reached while Desai was evaluated for nearly six months at the Lake's Crossing Center in Sparks.



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