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Use of Surgical Procedure to Assist Child Birth Declines

January 13, 2015 11:20 am | Comments

Between 2006 and 2012 in the U.S., there was a decline in rates of episiotomy, a surgical procedure for widening the outlet of the birth canal to make it easier for the mother to give birth, according to a study in the January 13 issue of JAMA. ...      

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VOX Telehealth Introduces Program to Cut Knee and Hip Replacement Costs

January 13, 2015 11:00 am | by Stephanie Baum, MedCity News | Comments

VOX Telehealth, a health IT company that uses alerts and notifications as part of a program to reduce orthopedic surgery costs, rolled out OrthoCare at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, which helped develop the program, according to a company statement. The company had raised $1.1 million in an angel round last year to support the program’s launch. ...     

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Patients Can Make Surgery Safer Learning More About Anesthesia

January 13, 2015 10:27 am | Comments

Surgery and anesthesia are safer than ever, but most patients don’t know about the steps they can and should take to make their experience safer and more comfortable. ...              

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Man Sentenced to Federal Prison After Scheming Doctors

January 13, 2015 9:52 am | Comments

An Orange County, Calif., man whose investment schemes bilked doctors and others out of more than $2 million has been sentenced to federal prison. ...                    

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$375B Wasted on Billing and Health Insurance-Related Paperwork Annually

January 12, 2015 12:05 pm | Comments

Medical billing paperwork and insurance-related red tape cost the U.S. economy approximately $471 billion in 2012, 80 percent of which is waste due to the inefficiency of the nation's complex, multi-payer way of financing care, a group of researchers say. ...   

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Many Cancer Survivors Struggle With Post Treatment

January 12, 2015 11:27 am | Comments

Even decades after being cured, many cancer survivors face physical and mental challenges resulting from their disease and its treatment. ...                       

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FDA Approves Antria Phase 2 Stem Cell Clinical Trials

January 12, 2015 10:52 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

Clinical research company Antria, Inc. announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the next step in medical research to help patients look younger using their own stem cells. ...          

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Joan Rivers' Surgery Center Part of Network With Regulatory Problems

January 12, 2015 10:33 am | Comments

The company that provides management services to Yorkville Endoscopy Center, the facility health regulators cited for botching Joan Rivers' treatment after the comedic icon died, also manages other New York-area surgery centers that have failed to meet key medical standards,  reported NBC 4 New York's I-Team. ...    

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More Middle-Aged Men Having Plastic Surgery

January 12, 2015 9:56 am | Comments

Whatever the reason, the number of middle-aged and older men signing up for cosmetic surgery has increased nearly three-fold in the past 15 years as guys seek a more youthful appearance, or at least a delay before the telltale sags of aging settle in permanently. ...    

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Novel Breast Cancer Gene Found, Could Help Treatment

January 9, 2015 12:14 pm | Comments

A new study identifies a gene that is especially active in aggressive subtypes of breast cancer. The research suggests that an overactive BCL11A gene drives triple-negative breast cancer development and progression. ...     

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ACS Launches Initiative to Attract Next Generation of Surgeons

January 9, 2015 12:03 pm | Comments

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at stimulating more young surgeons (defined as under the age of 45) to become involved in the organization and increase membership.  The campaign, called “Realize the Potential of Your Profession,” will communicate how ACS supports surgeons from residency to retirement and aims to appeal to the next generation in new and engaging ways. ... 

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Spinal Stenosis: Similar Outcomes For Surgical or Non-Surgical Treatment

January 9, 2015 11:51 am | Comments

For patients with spinal stenosis, long-term outcomes are comparable with surgery or conservative treatment, reports a study in the January 15 issue of Spine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. ...     

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Rihanna Eases Kids' Pain After Surgery

January 9, 2015 11:37 am | Comments

Pediatric patients who listened to 30 minutes of songs by Rihanna, Taylor Swift and other singers of their choosing -- or audio books -- had a significant reduction in pain after major surgery, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. ...      

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Researchers Grow Tissue-Engineered Intestine From Human Cells

January 9, 2015 11:18 am | Comments

A new study by researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles has shown that tissue-engineered small intestine grown from human cells replicates key aspects of a functioning human intestine.             

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Checklist Proven to Improve Cardiac Surgery Program Efficiency

January 9, 2015 10:41 am | by Jessica Wen, The Growth Channel | Comments

A readiness checklist developed by the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group (NNECDSG) has been shown to drastically reduce length of stay (LOS) and intubation times after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.  In this post, we outline how to harness checklists, such as this one, to enhance patient management and increase efficiency. ...     

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