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Post-Op Complications Producing More Readmissions

February 3, 2015 11:55 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

When examining early (within seven days of discharge) and late (more than seven days after discharge) unplanned readmissions, the top three reasons for readmission were SSI, ileus or obstruction, and bleeding.                  

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Stress Balls, DVDs, Conversation Ease Surgical Recovery

February 2, 2015 10:42 am | by University of Surrey | Comments

New research has found that simple distraction techniques, such as talking to a nurse, watching a DVD or using stress balls, can help patients to relax during varicose vein surgery and reduce their pain.         

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President Obama Tells Parents to Get Kids Vaccinated

February 1, 2015 9:59 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

In response to the recent outbreak, the President says measles outbreaks are preventable. He says he understands that some families are concerned about vaccinations, but the science on them is "pretty indisputable."                                    

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Repealing Medical Device Tax No Easy Task

February 1, 2015 9:50 pm | by Alan Fram, AP | Comments

The chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever. Yet abolishing the tax won't be easy, even though Republicans rank it a top priority and are backed by Democrats from states that rely on the industry for jobs.

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Lean Management Could Improve Healthcare

January 30, 2015 12:30 pm | by Monash University | Comments

Waiting times in hospital emergency departments could be cut with the introduction of Lean Management and Six Sigma techniques. Lean Management involves never-ending efforts to eliminate or reduce 'waste' while Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven method for eliminating defects.

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Positive Surgical Results For Bodybuilders with Gynecomastia

January 30, 2015 12:23 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

For several reasons, gynecomastia surgery in bodybuilders calls for a different approach. In contrast to other groups of gynecomastia patients, who tend to be overweight or obese, bodybuilders usually don't need removal of excess fat or skin.

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Report: Neurosurgeons Practicing Defensive Medicine

January 30, 2015 12:12 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

More than 80 percent of surgeons said they had ordered imaging tests solely for defensive reasons, while more than three-fourths reported ordering laboratory tests and making extra referrals for defensive purposes. Up to half said they ordered more medications and procedures out of fear of being sued.

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Lack of Vaccinations Leading Some To "Fire" The Patient

January 30, 2015 11:57 am | by Alicia Chang, AP | Comments

The tough-love approach — which comes amid the nation's second-biggest measles outbreak in at least 15 years, with at least 98 cases reported since last month — raises questions about doctors' ethical responsibilities.                  

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New Model For Preserving Donor Tissue Will Aid Joint Repair Procedures

January 29, 2015 1:13 pm | by University of Missouri-Columbi | Comments

Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Following a recent study, researchers have developed a new technology that more than doubles the life of the tissue.

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Facelift Surgery After Massive Weight Loss Posses Challenges

January 29, 2015 1:01 pm | by Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Comments

In the facial area, excess skin causes cosmetic problems like a "droopy" face and "turkey" neck. The researchers note that patients are particularly displeased because they cannot camouflage this area with clothing.                     

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Louisiana Hospital Guarantees Hip & Knee Surgeries

January 29, 2015 12:51 pm | by PRNewswire | Comments

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is aiming to reassure patients that they will not receive any additional bills for costs associated with surgery-related follow-up care that occurs within 30 days of the procedure.

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Insurance Marketplace Tops 9.5 Million Enrollees

January 28, 2015 11:50 am | by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | Comments

Nationwide, 9.5 million consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in health insurance coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of those, more than 7.1 million were in states using the HealthCare.gov platform.

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Pittsburgh Hospitals Reduce Emergency Visits with Patient Navigators

January 28, 2015 11:34 am | by Accenture | Comments

Three hospitals in western Pennsylvania had a 43 percent reduction in excessive emergency department visits by using patient navigators - trained members of the community who connect patients with essential care services – as part of a pilot study.

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Benefits of Surgery for Epilepsy Sustained for 15+ Years

January 28, 2015 11:22 am | by Henry Ford Health System | Comments

In addition to other findings, the survey indicated that 32 percent were seizure-free and 75 percent had favorable results. Compared to before surgery, patients were more likely to be driving and more likely to be taking antidepressant medication, but less likely to be working full time.

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Mother Charged with Contaminating Son's IV

January 28, 2015 10:57 am | by AP | Comments

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Candida Fluty, of Kermit, West Virginia, was indicted on charges of felonious assault and child endangering. The woman could face up to eight years in prison if convicted of all charges.            

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