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Coverage Disparities Persist With Universal Care

April 1, 2015 11:49 am | by UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER | Comments

Because minorities and low-income populations are more likely to be uninsured, health coverage is widely assumed to be the most essential strategy to eliminating disparities in health outcomes.

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A Shared Vision

April 1, 2015 11:39 am | by by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Comments

Telemedicine is a highly discussed, forward-thinking term that has been positioned as everything from a possible solution to rising healthcare costs to an impractical concept that negates the human interaction between physician and patient. 

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States Not Accountable To Companies For Medicaid Funding

April 1, 2015 9:59 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | Comments

The ruling is a blow to many doctors, hospitals and health care companies that complain Medicaid reimbursement rates are so low, they often lose money seeing patients participating in the program.

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Acute Injured Kidneys Possibly Good For Transplant

April 1, 2015 9:43 am | by MAYO CLINIC | Comments

The shortage of kidneys needed for organ transplantation in the U.S. can be alleviated in part by using select kidneys with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), resulting in safe and positive outcomes, according to research conducted at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

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Shoulder Surgery May Require More Than Single-shot Nerve Block

March 31, 2015 12:06 pm | by ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL | Comments

The current "gold standard" for pain management is a single shot of freezing such as lidocaine or ropivacaine to reduce pain during and after surgery, which is still performed under general anesthetic. 

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Mexican Double-Transplant Patient Gets Humanitarian Pass

March 31, 2015 11:47 am | by ALBERTO ARCE, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave a 90-day humanitarian pass to a 20-year-old Mexican man seeking a double heart and liver transplant, his mother said Monday. 

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Robotics Help Chronic Spinal Patients Recover

March 31, 2015 11:44 am | by Kawasaki INnovation Gateway | Comments

At the beginning of the study only three patients were able to walk for six minutes, whereas by the end all could. In addition speed, the distance covered, and the stride length during treadmill training increased and TUG times decreased.

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Surgeon Says New System Possibly Even Less Invasive

March 31, 2015 11:41 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

As a laparoscopic surgeon, he said the device could offer him more flexibility, and, with the smaller incision, he said he might be less hesitant to add additional ports.

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Incentives Looked At For Organ Donors

March 31, 2015 11:38 am | by WILEY | Comments

Transplant professionals are trying to find ways to eliminate any financial disincentives without crossing the line to paying for organs.

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ABThera™ Demonstrates Reduced 90-Day Mortality Rate

March 30, 2015 10:01 am | by Acelity L.P., Inc. | Comments

Acelity L.P., Inc. announced today the publication of the results from a single center, prospective, randomized controlled trial comparing the ABThera™ Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy System (ABThera™ OA NPT) to the Barker’s vacuum packing technique (BVPT).

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Persistence Market Research Evaluates Surgical Lamp, Hospital Bed Demand

March 27, 2015 10:03 am | Comments

Persistence Market Research (PMR) evaluated the global market of both surgical lamps and hospital beds. North America and Asia are the fastest growing region for the surgical lamps market, while Europe dominates the market for hospital beds, specifically Russia. 

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Data Proves Cost Savings, Reduced Hospital Stay After Minimally-Invasive Surgery

March 27, 2015 9:37 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Adding to the clinical benefits and improved patient outcomes associated with minimally-invasive surgery (MIS), Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) today highlighted new data demonstrating that patients who underwent minimally invasive colon resection procedures were able to leave the hospital faster, visit their doctors less for follow up care and take less medicine than those who underwent open surgery. 

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Extensive Lymph Node Removal Could be Avoidable for Breast Cancer Patients

March 27, 2015 9:30 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

A new study of women with early-stage breast cancer finds that surgeons no longer universally remove most of the lymph nodes in the underarm area when a biopsy of the nearby lymph nodes shows cancer—a major change in breast cancer management.

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Tainted Scopes Get New Cleaning Instructions

March 27, 2015 9:14 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press | Comments

The maker of medical scopes that have been linked to two recent "superbug" outbreaks at California hospitals has issued new cleaning instructions for the devices amid scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers and medical professionals.

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Medicare Doctor Bill Moves to Senate

March 27, 2015 9:01 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | Comments

In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.

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