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Hospital Creates Blizzard Plan

February 3, 2011 4:38 am | Comments

Detroit Receiving Hospital sets up dorms for its staff to ride out this week's blizzard at the hospital.

Pelvic Surgeons, Physicians Recognized

February 2, 2011 6:02 am | Comments

The AUGS Foundation Board of Directors are pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 AUGS Foundation Grants Program. The AUGS Foundation Grants Program was created in 2006 to advance research in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, a field that provides consultation and comprehensive management to women with complex pelvic conditions, lower urinary tract disorders and pelvic floor dysfunction.

FDA Reminder About Safe Use Of Non-Sterile Alcohol Prep Pads

February 2, 2011 5:43 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Following a recent recall of potentially contaminated non-sterile alcohol prep pads, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding health care professionals about the safe use of non-sterile alcohol prep pads to clean and disinfect the surface of the skin. On January 5, The Triad Group of Hartland, Wisconsin recalled all lots of its alcohol prep pads and swabs citing concerns about the product's potential contamination with Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that can be harmful to humans.

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Vascular Disease Treatment Offers Opportunities For Device Companies

February 2, 2011 5:27 am | Comments

In light of an aging population and increasing chronic vascular disease, there is a tremendous unmet need for new medical technologies to treat potentially dangerous chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and blood clots, according to a Scientia Advisors review of the vascular device market. Both the CVI and the thrombosis segments present significant opportunities for medical device innovators.

Bad Cholesterol Plaguing Many, About Half Take Action

February 2, 2011 5:10 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Health officials say only about half of U.S. adults with high levels of bad cholesterol are getting treatment. Worse, not all those treated are managing to control the problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as many as two out of three Americans with high levels of bad cholesterol do not have their problem under control.

Hospitals That Spend More Save More

February 1, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

Studies have shown that regions spending more on medical care, such as Miami, do not have better health outcomes than regions that spend relatively less, such as Minneapolis. However, less is known about how medical spending affects health at certain critical times, such as in the immediate period after a patient is admitted to the hospital with a life-threatening condition.

Safety Checklist Yields 10 Percent Drop In Hospital Deaths

February 1, 2011 5:28 am | Comments

A Johns Hopkins-led safety checklist program that virtually eliminated bloodstream infections in hospital intensive care units throughout Michigan appears to have also reduced deaths by 10 percent, a new study suggests. Although prior research showed a major reduction in central-line related bloodstream infections at hospitals using the checklist, the new study is the first to show its use directly lowered mortality.

Tonsillectomy Linked To Kids' Weight Gain

February 1, 2011 5:13 am | Comments

Tonsillectomy is the most common major surgical procedure performed in children. Children who undergo the surgical removal of their tonsils, with or without the removal of their adenoids, are at increased risk for becoming overweight after surgery, according to new research published in the February 2011 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery .

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Dead Patient's Family Goes On Hospital Rampage

February 1, 2011 5:05 am | Comments

(AP) — Relatives of a patient went through a Chinese hospital with knives, seriously wounding six people and trying to throw a doctor out a window in the city of Shanghai, news reports said Tuesday. The 20 relatives of the patient, identified as Liu Yonghua, stormed through Xinhua Hospital's thoracic surgery department after Liu died.

Conversion To ASC Eliminates 130 Jobs

February 1, 2011 4:56 am | Comments

(AP) — The Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend has notified 130 employees that they will lose their jobs May 1, when the hospital becomes a same-day surgery center. Mark Mingenback, director of business strategy for the center, says the employees will get a severance package but must remain with the hospital until May 1 to collect it.

FDA: Breast Implants Possibly Associated With Rare Cancer

January 31, 2011 9:36 am | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a possible association between saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a very rare type of cancer. Data reviewed by the FDA suggest that patients with breast implants may have a very small but significant risk of ALCL in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant.

Healthcare Companies Dominate IPOs

January 31, 2011 7:32 am | Comments

Tali Arbel, AP The IPO market is picking up speed with 11 companies slated to go public next week, including a slew of companies from healthcare-related industries that have been mostly absent from the IPO scene in recent years. Momentum is important for IPO investors, and the 2011 market so far has been strong.

J&J To Pay $482 Million In Patent Lawsuit

January 31, 2011 7:24 am | Comments

(AP) — A federal jury in Texas has ordered Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary to pay $482 million in damages to an inventor who claimed the health care giant infringed on his patent for a cardiac stent. Jurors hearing the case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas deliberated for two hours before returning the verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Cordis Corp.

Infant Brain Surgery Leads To Wrongful Death Complaint

January 31, 2011 7:18 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) According to his mother's complaint against Cleveland Clinic, surgeons did not ask permission before performing brain surgery on her newborn son, and then used a medical device that warned against its use on infants. Her wrongful death complaint against the Clinic and surgeons, Peter Rasmussen, M.

Initiative Targets HAI Reductions

January 31, 2011 7:01 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Older Americans who were treated in Michigan intensive care units saw larger decreases in their likelihood of dying while hospitalized than similar ICU patients in other Midwestern hospitals, according to a new study evaluating a quality improvement initiative funded by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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