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In-Flight Blood Transfusions Increase Survival Rates of Trauma Patients

February 12, 2015 10:09 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

Air-lifted trauma victims who received transfusions in the helicopter before arriving at a trauma center had higher one-day survival rates and less chance of shock than air-lifted patients who did not receive blood until they arrived at the trauma unit.

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Suit Seeks to Exempt Physicians from Assisted Suicide Law

February 12, 2015 9:58 am | by Sudhin Thanawala, AP | Comments

A cancer patient and five doctors have filed a lawsuit seeking to exempt physicians who help terminally ill patients end their lives. Physicians who provide such assistance are not helping the patient commit suicide, but providing the option of bringing about a peaceful death, according to the lawsuit.

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Neurointerventional Surgery Could Reduce Stroke Mortality

February 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by New England Journal of Medicine | Comments

Two new clinical trials on the treatment of stroke demonstrate that neurointerventional surgery significantly increases the number of patients who are able to live independently without major neurological disabilities.

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Customized Joint Implants Rising In Popularity Amongst Surgeons

February 11, 2015 12:17 pm | by AAOS | Comments

Provided that other factors are favorable, such as pricing, economics and availability, this demand will help facilitate growth of the market for custom implant instrumentation and cutting blocks.

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Rate of Latino Physicians Shrinks, Even as Population Grows

February 11, 2015 12:07 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | Comments

Researchers were surprised by the 22 percent drop in the rate of Latino physicians, a decline that was in stark contrast to the 49 percent increase in non-Hispanic white physicians over the same period.

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Most Effective Procedure for Extreme Obesity Comes With Warning

February 11, 2015 11:46 am | by University of Gothenburg | Comments

"Despite the greater efficacy of duodenal switch when it comes to weight reduction, our findings suggest that it should be used with caution, given the higher percentage of long-term adverse effects."

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Smaller Pre-Op Radiation Targets Reduce Side Effects

February 11, 2015 11:29 am | by Rush University Medical Center | Comments

Using advanced imaging technology to more precisely target radiation beams to treat soft tissue cancers (sarcomas) in the extremities significantly reduced long-term side effects without effecting survival rates.

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The Viability of Spinal Surgery in Patients Over 80

February 10, 2015 12:29 pm | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Comments

Between 2000 and 2010 the U.S. population, age 80 and older, increased 22 percent to 11.2 million, and approximately 47 percent of Americans age 60 and older have spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal due to the wear and tear associated with aging.

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Best Dressed: Doctor's Appearance Impacts Patient Perceptions

February 10, 2015 12:17 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

What should doctors wear? And how does something as simple as their choice of a suit, scrubs or slacks influence how patients view them? A new analysis takes a comprehensive look - and finds that the answer isn't as simple as you might think.

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U.S. Seeing Decline in Donor Hearts, Increase in Need

February 10, 2015 11:52 am | by American Journal of Transplantation | Comments

There was a significant decrease in donor heart acceptance from 44 percent in 1995 to 29 percent in 2006, and a subsequent increase to 32 percent in 2010. Older donor age, female sex and medical conditions predicted non-acceptance of hearts from donors.

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Test Shows Which Patients Benefit From Radiation After Prostate Surgery

February 10, 2015 11:46 am | by Journal of Clinical Oncology | Comments

GenomeDx Biosciences recently announced the publication of a positive validation study for a genomic test for prostate cancer. It showed that patients with low genomic risk may be optimally managed with observation after radical prostatectomy, while those with high genomic risk may be better managed earlier with adjuvant radiotherapy.

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Despite Recommendations, Mastectomy Patients Passing On Post-Op Chemo

February 9, 2015 1:13 pm | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

Only 65 percent of women are getting the recommended postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT). Since 2000, the National Cancer Institute and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have recommended PMRT, in addition to chemotherapy, for most breast cancer patients who opt for breast removal and have a high risk of tumor recurrence.

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Basing Trauma Center Designations On Population Needs

February 9, 2015 12:54 pm | Comments

At their core, trauma systems are developed to achieve care that is optimal for injured patients. The problem is that some areas are now seeing a perceived oversupply of trauma centers because the provision of trauma care can, in some instances, become highly profitable.

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You Get What You Pay For In Emergency Care

February 6, 2015 10:47 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

To those unfamiliar with healthcare policy debates, the finding might seem predictable. But in recent years some frequently cited studies have suggested that higher spending levels do not necessarily produce better levels of care. This study supports the notion of higher costs equating to better care.

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Hospital Report Cards Not Influencing Surgery Outcomes

February 6, 2015 10:34 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

Hospitals and doctors see how their overall performance stacks up against others, but this quality reporting, a recent report found, is not enough to accelerate the pace of improvement in surgical safety - nor cost savings. However, that doesn't mean such efforts should stop, or aren't worthwhile, it adds.

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