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FDA Chief Defends Controversial Painkiller As Criticism Intensifies

March 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told Senate lawmakers that the recently-launched Zohydro fills an "important and unique niche" for treating chronic pain. Her agency has been under fire for clearing the drug since December, amid concerns from lawmakers, addiction specialists, and others that the drug will exacerbate the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse...

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Back Surgery Offers Long-Term Societal Benefits, According To New Study

March 13, 2014 10:27 am | Comments

Past research has found herniated disc surgery to be an effective treatment option to ease the extreme back pain associated with herniation of a disc. However, until now, none of these studies accounted for lost productivity in the workplace. A new study, commissioned by AAOS and conducted by health economists, found surgery to be a cost-effective option for patients who used it, particularly because of its effect on productivity...

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Healthcare Industry Still Lacking In Cyber Threat Preparedness

March 13, 2014 10:19 am | Comments

The number of cyber attacks targeted at healthcare industry organizations of all types and sizes continue to increase, while research indicates that most healthcare organizations are not adequately addressing cyber threat preparedness and response...

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Same-Day Double Knee Replacement Safe For Select Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

March 13, 2014 9:53 am | Comments

In a new study, "Rheumatoid Arthritis Does Not Increase Perioperative Complications Following Same-day Bilateral TKA," to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Orleans on March 13, Dr. Figgie and colleagues found that select patients with RA do just as well with same-day bilateral knee replacement as OA patients, and with no higher complication rate...

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Trauma Center Closures Linked To Higher Odds Of Death For Injured Patients

March 13, 2014 9:49 am | Comments

Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers. "This study confirms that when trauma centers close, people who live in the surrounding areas are more likely to die following an injury," said lead author Renee Y. Hsia, MD, an associate professor of emergency medicine at UCSF...

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Study Generally Finds Comparable Outcomes For Outpatient, Inpatient Orthopedic Surgeries

March 13, 2014 9:45 am | Comments

As the effectiveness of anesthesia, pain management, and rehabilitation continues to improve, more orthopaedic procedures are being done on an outpatient basis. In a new research study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons...

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NY Hospital Alerts Patients Of Possible Blood Contamination From Insulin Pen

March 13, 2014 9:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A New York hospital is going to great lengths to contact its patients and recommend they seek immediate testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. South Nassau Communities Hospital is sending out 4,247 letters to patients to notify them of potential risk of a serious infection from an insulin pen...

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Liver Transplant May Arrest Neurological Damage In A Rare And Progressive Form Of Autism

March 12, 2014 10:19 am | Comments

A patient with a rare metabolic disease that causes liver failure and autistic behavior experienced significant improvements in both her physical and mental health after receiving a liver transplant, according to a new case report published this week...

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Obama Pitches Health Plan In 'Funny Or Die' Web Sketch (With Video)

March 12, 2014 9:50 am | by David Bauder, AP Television Writer | Comments

Zach Galifianakis brought the ferns, and President Barack Obama opened a new avenue of presidential communication. The president urged young people to sign up for the new healthcare plan through an appearance posted Tuesday on the comic website "Funny or Die"...

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Florida Hospital To Pay $85M To Settle Fraud Whistle-Blower Lawsuit

March 12, 2014 9:41 am | Comments

A Florida hospital has agreed to pay $85 million to settle a Medicare fraud whistle-blower lawsuit. Halifax Hospital Medical Center of the Daytona Beach area reached the agreement with federal authorities Monday. The hospital's director of physician services filed a whistle-blower lawsuit in 2009...

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First Human Totally Endoscopic Aortic Valve Replacements Reported

March 12, 2014 9:24 am | Comments

Surgeons in France have successfully replaced the aortic valve in two patients without opening the chest during surgery. The procedure, using totally endoscopic aortic valve replacement (TEAVR), shows potential for improving quality of life of heart patients by offering significantly reduced chest trauma...

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Statins May Lower Blood Clot Risk Following Joint Replacement Surgery

March 12, 2014 9:22 am | Comments

New, first-of-its-kind research found that statins, when used in conjunction with conventional blood clot prevention therapies, significantly reduced the risk for venous thromboembolic (VTE) events following total joint replacement (TJR) surgery...

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New MRI Can 'See Through' Metal Screws To Follow Patients After Hip Fracture Surgery

March 12, 2014 9:17 am | Comments

People who sustain the most common type of hip fracture, known as a femoral neck fracture, are at increased risk of complications. A special type of MRI developed at Hospital for Special Surgery in collaboration with GE Healthcare can show a detailed image following fracture repair, without the distortion caused by metal surgical screws that are problematic in standard MRIs...

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Postoperative 'Doctor Shopping' Linked To Higher Narcotic Use Among Orthopedic Patients

March 11, 2014 10:30 am | Comments

"Doctor shopping," the growing practice of obtaining narcotic prescriptions from multiple providers, has led to measurable increases in drug use among postoperative orthopedic trauma patients, according to a new study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)...

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Clinical Trial Identifies Women Most Likely To Benefit From Vaginal Mesh Surgery

March 11, 2014 10:01 am | Comments

Certain women with vaginal prolapse are most likely to benefit from undergoing vaginal mesh surgery, a technique that has become controversial and is the focus of numerous lawsuits. The findings provide valuable information regarding who should and should not be considered candidates for the surgery...

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