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Interactive Media Aiding Patient Understanding Of Surgery

October 6, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

Patients facing planned surgery answered 36 percent more questions about the procedure correctly if they watched an interactive multimedia presentation (IMP), as opposed to just talking to medical staff, according to research in the October issue of the urology journal BJUI . Researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, randomised 40 patients due to undergo radical prostatectomy into two groups.

South Africa To Research Mood-Lifting Plant

October 4, 2010 7:54 am | Comments

Jenny Gross, Associated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — For hundreds of years, indigenous South Africans have chewed a plant they say reduces stress, relieves hunger, sedates and elevates moods. Now they have a license to study and market it, and plan to sell it over-the-counter worldwide.

Artistic Discipline Meets Modern Technology To Enhance Surgical Proficiency

October 4, 2010 7:54 am | Comments

This is the conclusion of new research from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center presented Oct. 2 at this year's annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in San Francisco. The research studied the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique at improving the surgical posture and technical performance of urological surgeons during laparoscopic skills assessment exercises.

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Fighting Fire In The Operating Room

October 4, 2010 7:53 am | Comments

New resources from AORN help perioperative professionals protect surgical patients. October 5, 2010 October is National Fire Prevention Month – a time when perioperative professionals review policies on fire safety, educate staff, conduct mock fire drill and overall, ramp up awareness of prevention and management methods fo surgical fires in the operating room.

Medical Center Decreases Manual Charting Events During Surgery By 90 Percent

October 4, 2010 7:53 am | Comments

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has bridged the gap anesthesiologists have been battling between time spent manually charting data points throughout surgical procedures versus the amount of time devoted to making crucial patient care decisions. Penn State Hershey implemented Cerner CareAware® technology, which enables connectivity between devices and the electronic health record (EHR), and Draeger anesthesia machines and monitors to dramatically decrease data charting events during surgery.

Test-Tube Baby Pioneer Wins Medicine Nobel

October 4, 2010 6:53 am | Comments

Karl Ritter, Associated Press Writers Malin Rising, Associated Press Writers October 4, 2010 STOCKHOLM (AP) — Robert Edwards of Britain won the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for developing in-vitro fertilization, a breakthrough that ignited heated controversy in the 1970s but has helped millions of infertile couples since then have children.

US Apologizes For '40s Syphilis Study In Guatemala

October 4, 2010 6:53 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — American scientists deliberately infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital in Guatemala with syphilis 60 years ago, a recently unearthed experiment that prompted U.S. officials to apologize Friday and declare outrage over "such reprehensible research.

Toronto Anesthesiologist Accused Of 29 Sex Attacks

October 4, 2010 6:52 am | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — Twenty-nine women have alleged that a doctor sexually assaulted them while they were under anesthetic, and police warned Thursday there could be more victims. Anesthesiologist George Doodnaught, 61, was already facing three counts of sexual assault before police announced 26 more charges Thursday.

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Health Overhaul Centerpiece Endures Growing Pains

October 4, 2010 6:52 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health care remake, a lifeline available right now to vulnerable people whose medical problems have made them uninsurable. But the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan started this summer isn't living up to expectations.

Navy Journal From 1801: Tobacco Smoke Saves Lives

October 1, 2010 6:47 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — For some 19th-century British navy surgeons, reviving men who nearly drowned after falling overboard required what is now a rather unorthodox treatment: tobacco smoke. The treatment is documented in an 1801 journal, one of more than 1,000 navy medical officers' reports released Thursday by Britain's National Archives.

Drugs Before Surgery Help Women Avoid Mastectomies

October 1, 2010 6:46 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer Taking hormone-blocking pills for a few months before breast cancer surgery can shrink tumors and allow many women to have just the lump removed instead of the whole breast, a new study suggests. This approach is sometimes tried now in Europe, and the study was the first large test of it in the United States.

CDC Chief Picks 6 'Winnable Battles' In Health

October 1, 2010 6:46 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Where would you start if you were charged with keeping the nation healthy? Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has chosen six priorities — winnable battles, he calls them. They are smoking, AIDS, obesity/nutrition, teen pregnancy, auto injuries and health care infections.

ACS Clinical Congress Convenes Next Week

October 1, 2010 6:45 am | Comments

The 96th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), one of the largest meetings of surgeons in the world, will convene October 3-7 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. This year marks the first time that the ACS Clinical Congress has ever been held in the nation's capitol.

First-Ever Pregnancy In A Transplanted Womb

October 1, 2010 6:45 am | Comments

Transplantation of the uterus (womb) looks likely to become a future treatment for women who are infertile either because their uterus is congenitally absent or they have a uterus that is nonfunctional due to disease, according to the results of ground-breaking new research published online in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica .

Reconstruction Options Not Discussed For Many Breast Cancer Patients

September 29, 2010 7:33 am | Comments

A survey of 762 women with breast cancer who were eligible for breast reconstruction conducted by the Cancer Support Community (CSC) found that 43 percent of patients do not receive information about breast reconstruction options when making treatment decisions at diagnosis. Findings also suggest that a credible, accessible and validated single resource for patients on the topic of breast reconstruction is not available - demonstrating the need for a comprehensive information source about breast reconstruction that makes it easier for patients to make an informed, educated and personally satisfying decision.

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