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Research Shows Gastric Surgery Halves Risk Of Heart Attack In Obese People

March 28, 2014 10:02 am | Comments

New research published today in the International Journal of Cardiology reviewed data from 14 studies involving more than 29,000 patients who underwent bariatric surgery. It reveals that death rates were reduced by 40 percent, and that heart attacks in particular were reduced by half – compared to obese people who did not have surgery...

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Managing Surgical Plume: A Facility Wide Effort

March 27, 2014 4:53 pm | Comments

Buffalo Filter in conjunction with Pfiedler Enterprises will be sponsoring a new continuing nursing education activity, Connecting the Dots, Managing Surgical Plume: A Facility Wide Effort.  It is intended for perioperative registered nurses who are interested in learning more about the risks and remedies for surgical plume and who are attending the 2014 61st AORN Surgical Conference and Expo...

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House Finalizing Bill To Give Medicare Patients Reprieve Of Reimbursement Cuts

March 27, 2014 10:40 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | Comments

Doctors who treat Medicare patients would get a last-minute reprieve from a scheduled 24 percent cut in their government reimbursements under a bill the House was considering Thursday. But senior Democrats weighed in against the measure, and passage was in doubt because the legislation required a two-thirds vote to advance under fast-track procedures...

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J&J Accused Of Deliberately Destroying Records In Injury Lawsuits

March 27, 2014 9:58 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | Comments

Lawyers and advocates for women alleging Johnson & Johnson products injured them urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate their claims the healthcare giant deliberately destroyed many documents critical to their lawsuits...

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Repeat Sternotomy For Aortic Valve Replacement Safe Option For Octogenarian Patients

March 27, 2014 9:47 am | Comments

Surgical aortic valve replacement generally improves patients' symptoms and prolongs survival. However, the perceived risk of surgical aortic valve replacement in patients over 80 may result in surgery being denied or a recommendation for alternative therapy. Investigators at the Mayo Clinic challenge the way these patients have been managed...

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Preoperative PET Cuts Unnecessary Lung Surgeries In Half

March 27, 2014 9:41 am | Comments

New quantitative data suggests that 30 percent of the surgeries performed for non-small cell lung cancer patients in a community-wide clinical study were deemed unnecessary. Additionally, positron emission tomography (PET) was found to reduce unnecessary surgeries by 50 percent, according to research published in the March issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine...

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Artificial Hearts May Help Patients Survive Until Transplant

March 27, 2014 9:35 am | Comments

The largest single-center study of patients implanted with a total artificial heart finds the device may help patients in severe heart failure survive until they can receive a heart transplant, according to research. Researchers studied 22 patients implanted with total artificial hearts at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in 2012 and 2013 to look at the primary endpoints of death and incidence of stroke at 60 days...

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No Cancer Surgery For Former Bills QB Jim Kelly

March 27, 2014 9:31 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | Comments

Doctors treating Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly said Wednesday he will not immediately undergo surgery for a recurrence of cancer. Instead, the longtime Buffalo Bills star will likely first be treated with chemotherapy and radiation, according to a statement from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City...

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CDC Report: Hospital Infections Are Down

March 27, 2014 9:19 am | Comments

A new report suggests hospital infections are not as common as previously thought — but still 1 in 25 patients are infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the estimates Wednesday. It's considered the best data yet on infections patients pick up in the hospital...

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Health And Human Services Grants Extra Time To Enroll For Healthcare Coverage

March 26, 2014 11:12 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration has announced. The White House is scrambling to meet a goal of 6 million signed up through new online markets that offer subsidized private health insurance to people without access to coverage on the job...

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Authorities: NY Surgeon Cheated Medicare Out Of Millions

March 26, 2014 10:53 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A New York surgeon is being held without bail after being accused of bilking Medicare for millions related to surgical procedures he did not perform. Authorities claim Long Island-based weight loss surgery specialist Dr. Syed Imran Ahmed allegedly billed Medicare for approximately $85 million between 2011 and 2013 and was paid in excess of $7 million for claims during that time...

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Two Spine Surgeons Are Three Times Safer Than One

March 26, 2014 10:08 am | Comments

A new team approach has improved safety—reducing rates of major complications by two thirds—for complex spinal reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity in adult Group Health patients at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center...

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Less Invasive Technique Possible For Vulvar Cancer

March 26, 2014 9:53 am | Comments

"The object of this study was to examine the sentinel lymph node alone in women with squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva and evaluate their recurrence in the groin and any complication rates," Dr. Richard G. Moore explains. "We discovered that removing just the sentinel node had decreased complication while maintaining a low rate of further occurrence of malignancy."

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Hall Of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly Expects Surgery After Cancer Recurrence

March 26, 2014 9:48 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | Comments

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to have surgery again following the recurrence of cancer that his wife described as aggressive and "starting to spread." Doctors for the 54-year-old former Buffalo Bills star are leaning toward surgery...

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Small Wireless Pacemaker Is Safe, Effective In Early Testing

March 25, 2014 10:03 am | Comments

A new small, wireless self-contained pacemaker appears safe and feasible for use in patients, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. At six millimeters in diameter and about 42 millimeters long, the wireless device is smaller than a triple-A battery...

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