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Researchers Identify Disease That May Have Plagued 700-Year-Old Skeleton

July 15, 2014 10:14 am | by American Society for Microbiology | Comments

European researchers have recovered a genome of the bacterium Brucella melitensis from a 700-year-old skeleton found in the ruins of a Medieval Italian village...                         

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States Told To Find Way To Clear Medicaid Backlog

July 15, 2014 10:09 am | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | Comments

A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage...                     

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Risk Of Clotting After Spine Surgery Lower For Kids

July 15, 2014 9:12 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Blood clots occur so rarely in children undergoing spine operations that most patients require nothing more than vigilant monitoring after surgery and should be spared risky and costly anti-clotting medications, according to a new Johns Hopkins Children's Center study...

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Penn Researchers Successfully Alleviate Pulmonary Inflammation

July 15, 2014 9:07 am | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | Comments

Pulmonary inflammation can cause shallow breathing and the lungs to become brittle in patients who experience multiple blood transfusions, sepsis, lung surgery and acute lung trauma. To date, no medication has been successful at preventing or mitigating the damage caused by lung inflammation...

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3D Printed Anatomy To Mark A New Era For Medical Training

July 14, 2014 9:40 am | by Monash University | Comments

The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionize medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical...              

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Some Require Tommy John Surgery Before Major Leagues

July 14, 2014 9:32 am | by Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Sitting in the Minnesota Twins locker room Sunday surrounded by many of the most promising minor leaguers, Christian Binford remembered back five years ago, when he was a 10th grader pitching for the Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania...

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FDA Weighs Cancer Risk Of Fibroid Removal Devices

July 14, 2014 9:26 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body...                

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Electromedical Products International Inc. Reclassifies CES Devices

July 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Electromedical Products International, Inc | Comments

Electromedical Products International, Inc. has reclassified cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) devices from a class III to a class II...                                  

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Vasectomy May Increase Risk Of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

July 11, 2014 10:59 am | Comments

Vasectomy was associated with a small increased risk of prostate cancer, and a stronger risk for advanced or lethal prostate cancer, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The researchers found that the association remained even among men who received regular PSA screening, suggesting the increased risk of lethal cancer cannot be explained by diagnostic bias.

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ACL Reconstructions May Last Longer With Autografts

July 11, 2014 10:35 am | Comments

"... those patients who had an allograft, failed at a rate more than three times higher than those reconstructed with an autograft. This study was also of only one type of allograft (Tibialis Posterior). Therefore, we can make a strong statement about that type and not necessarily extrapolate to other types of allografts, most notably those with bone, i.e. BTB or Achilles."

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Heart Surgeon Arrested On Bribery Charges

July 11, 2014 10:24 am | Comments

According to the complaint, the Greek surgeon demanded $2,000 to perform bypass surgery, allegedly threatening to release the patient if the money was not paid. Police said a relative met with the doctor and handed him marked bills, after which plain-clothes police officers arrested the doctor.

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VA Names Interim Medical Inspector

July 11, 2014 10:19 am | by Matthew Daly, AP | Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed a top health administrator to serve as interim director of its Office of Medical Inspector. The inspector's office came under scrutiny last month after an independent investigator issued a scathing report, saying the office downplayed whistleblower complaints outlining serious problems.

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New York Allocates $462 Million To Support Key Hospital Services

July 10, 2014 7:34 am | by Michael Virtanen, AP | Comments

The funds followed a federal agreement in April for New York to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over five years. The goal is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling institutions shift to more primary and outpatient care.

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Minimally Invasive Heart Stents Prove Safer

July 10, 2014 6:51 am | Comments

The study documents the benefits within the context of more than a dozen formally tracked patient safety indicators that help monitor and prevent avoidable complications. These PSIs include wound infection, sepsis, hip fracture, accidental puncture or laceration, transfusion reaction and mortality among patients diagnosed as low-risk.

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Delaying ACL Surgery Could Be Detrimental For Younger Athletes

July 10, 2014 6:41 am | Comments

"Patients who had surgery 6-12 weeks after ACL injury had 1.45 greater odds of lateral meniscus injury, and those waiting 3+ months increased their risk 2.82 times. The risk for medial meniscal tears was 4.3 times greater when delaying surgery at least 6 weeks."

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