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Reporter Finds Health Problem While On Routine Story

January 20, 2012 4:28 am | Comments

David Bauder, AP A routine news story took a strange turn when an ABC Nightline anchor had a full body scan that turned up a possible warning sign. Bill Weir was interviewing Dr. David Agus, who gave him a full series of tests. That included a costly body scan that's not recommended for screening people with no symptoms of disease.

One-In-Four U.S. Adults Would Consider Plastic Surgery

January 18, 2012 5:46 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Some people may be going under the knife to alter their appearance, with more saying they would do so if cost weren't an issue. A new survey from reports that nearly one-in-four U.S. adults (23 percent) said they would get plastic surgery if cost were not an issue. Women were more likely than men to indicate this, at 28 and 18 percent respectively.


Study Shows How Drugs Help Bridge Stent Patients To Surgery

January 18, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) New findings from a research study led by physicians at Scripps Health reveal that the investigational drug Cangrelor has the unique properties of achieving very fast blood thinning effects when needed to protect from heart attacks, but also dissipates rapidly so patients can undergo surgery without the excessive bleeding often associated with blood thinning medications.


Research Could Help Prevent Catheter Infections

January 18, 2012 5:27 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Researchers at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering, backed by funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, are developing tools that promise powerful new ways to combat catheter-based and other infections without provoking bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

Robbery Suspect Used Infection Threat

January 18, 2012 5:10 am | Comments

(AP) — Police say a man tried to rob a western Pennsylvania gambling parlor by threatening to spread a staph infection. He walked into Lucky's Internet Cafe on Monday night and began touching the walls and gambling machines, claiming he had MRSA. Sharon police Chief Mike Menster says the man then threatened to infect the cashier if he didn't give him money.

Disabled Girl Reportedly Denied Transplant

January 18, 2012 5:02 am | Comments

Kevin Begos & Matt Moore, AP The parents of a three-year-old New Jersey girl say she's being denied a kidney transplant because of her mental disabilities, but experts caution the situation may be much more complex. The girl's mother, Chrissy Rivera, last week posted a blog entry that described an encounter she claimed happened at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

New Surgical Technique For Eardrum Perforations

January 17, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

A new surgical technique for treating perforations of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) in children and adults has been developed at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center, an affiliate of the Université de Montreal, by Dr. Issam Saliba. The new technique, which is as effective as traditional surgery and far less expensive, can be performed in 20 minutes at an outpatient clinic during a routine visit to an ENT specialist.


Knee Replacement Surgery Soars

January 17, 2012 6:06 am | Comments

Researchers in Finland found that annual cumulative incidences of partial and total knee arthroplasty, commonly known as knee replacement surgery, rose rapidly over a 27-year period among 30 to 59 year-olds, with the greatest increase occurring in patients aged 50 to 59 years. According to the study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatism , incidences were higher in women throughout the study period.


Retention Study Identifies Factors For Different Generations Of Nurses

January 17, 2012 5:56 am | Comments

If organisations want to retain qualified nurses they need to tackle the different work factors that are important to the three key age groups of nurses, and build on the strong attachment that many feel to the profession. Those are the key messages to emerge from a large-scale survey of nurses published in the January issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing .

Brooks Files Suit Against Oklahoma Hospital

January 17, 2012 5:40 am | Comments

(AP) — Country music star Garth Brooks is suing an Oklahoma hospital that he says reneged on a promise to name a building after his late mother in exchange for a $500,000 donation. Brooks' lawsuit against Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon seeks the return of the December 2005 donation.

Donation Nurse Provides Kidney For Patient

January 16, 2012 5:38 am | Comments

According to a recent report from WTVM in Columbus, GA, 23-year-old Clay Taber has someone to thank for his new kidney. And he barely knew her until his recent operation. Nurse Allison Batson heard about Taber - how he was engaged to be married and with a bright future in finance after graduating from Auburn University, but in need of a new kidney.

Woman Has Arm, Shoulder And Breast Amputated After Bath Salt Injection

January 16, 2012 5:23 am | Comments

A New Orleans woman who experimented with bath salts was ravaged by flesh-eating bacteria that caused an infection leading to the amputation of her arm, shoulder and breast, and nearly took her life. The 34-year-old woman showed up at a hospital complaining of pain and redness on her right forearm, where there was a puncture wound the woman admitted was a needle stick.

FDA Expands Use Of Endovascular Graft To Aortic Tears

January 16, 2012 5:11 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved usage for an endovascular graft manufactured by W.L. Gore to include treatment of life-threatening tears or ruptures of the aorta (thoracic aortic transection). The Gore TAG Thoracic Endoprosthesis is the first endovascular graft approved by the FDA to treat a variety of thoracic lesions, including dangerously large bulges in the aorta (aneurysms) as well as thoracic aortic transections.

New Indicator For Identifying Throat Cancer Risks

January 16, 2012 5:04 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System have found a new indicator that may predict which patients with a common type of throat cancer are most likely have the cancer spread to other parts of their bodies. Patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma who had matted lymph nodes - nodes that are connected together - had a 69 percent survival rate over three years, compared to 94 percent for patients without matted nodes, according to a study published online ahead of print publication in Head & Neck .

Getting Patients To Take Charge Of Their Health

January 13, 2012 5:52 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D., New York Times blog | Comments

One afternoon, I heard a colleague let out an exasperated groan in front of the hospital computers. His patient had been admitted. Again. Overweight for much of his youth, the patient developed diabetes in his early 30s, then high blood pressure a few years later. By the time he was in his 40s, he had become so debilitated by a heart attack, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, arthritic joint pains and his ever-increasing weight that he could no longer work.


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