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SC Supreme Court To Debate Medical Facility Expansion Regulations

March 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press | Comments

On Thursday, South Carolina's highest court is scheduled to hear arguments over the Certificate of Need program, an approvals process administered by the Department of Health and Environmental Control and required under state law for any medical facilities seeking to build or expand...

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Study: Robotic-Assisted Prostate Surgery Offers Better Cancer Control

March 3, 2014 9:15 am | Comments

An observational study from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that prostate cancer patients who undergo robotic-assisted prostate surgery have fewer instances of cancer cells at the edge of their surgical specimen and less need for additional cancer treatments like hormone or radiation therapy than patients who have traditional "open" surgery...

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Teen Helps Scientists Study Rare Cancer Where Surgery Is Only Effective Treatment

February 28, 2014 10:51 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

First the teenager survived a rare cancer. Then she wanted to study it, spurring a study that helped scientists find a weird gene flaw that might play a role in how the tumor strikes. Age 18 is pretty young to be listed as an author of a study in the prestigious journal Science. But the industrious high school student's efforts are bringing new attention to this mysterious disease...

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Survey: Drug Shortages Costing Hospitals Money They Can't Spare

February 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | Comments

U.S. hospitals are coping better with ongoing shortages of hundreds of medications, but a new survey indicates that obtaining drugs from alternate sources is costing them a lot of money they can't spare. Premier Inc., the hospital group that did the survey, conservatively estimates that cost at $230 million a year for the country's 5,000 hospitals, on average, from 2011 through 2013. However, the total impact could be higher...

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Utah Governor Rejects Full Medicaid Expansion

February 28, 2014 9:20 am | by Michelle L. Price, Associated Press | Comments

Utah's Republican governor announced Thursday he wants to reject a full Medicaid expansion that would enroll more people in the government program, and instead seek federal dollars to cover the poor in private plans. Gov. Gary Herbert's decision came after months of pushing back an announcement, making him one of the last governors in the country to announce his intentions about expanding Medicaid...

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NY Governor Proposes Law Changes To Protect Consumers From Surprise Medical Bills

February 28, 2014 9:09 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | Comments

The Cuomo administration has proposed extending out-of-network coverage requirements for emergencies and specialists to all health insurers in New York in what it says is an effort to protect consumers from big surprise medical bills. When a network lacks an available specialist, or in emergencies, patients could get treated elsewhere and pay only their usual insurance fees...

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Antidote Can Deactivate New Form Of Heparin

February 27, 2014 10:38 am | Comments

Low-molecular-weight heparin is commonly used in surgeries to prevent dangerous blood clots. But when patients experience the other extreme – uncontrolled bleeding – in response to low-molecular-weight heparin, there is no antidote. Now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a synthetic form of low-molecular-weight heparin that can be reversed if things go wrong...

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Pulling Problem Teeth Before Heart Surgery To Prevent Infection May Be Catch-22

February 27, 2014 10:01 am | Comments

To pull or not to pull? A Mayo Clinic study found that roughly 1 in 10 heart surgery patients who had troublesome teeth extracted before surgery died or had adverse outcomes such as a stroke or kidney failure...       

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Obama: More Federal Spending Needed To Train Doctors

February 27, 2014 9:56 am | Comments

President Barack Obama will ask Congress to approve spending more than $5 billion on medical training to turn out some 13,000 primary care providers over the next 10 years. Obama will include the proposal in the budget he sends to Congress next week. The new funding is aimed at training more doctors who can work in underserved areas, including rural communities...

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One in Five U.S. Hospitals Don't Put Hand Sanitizer Everywhere Needed To Prevent Infections

February 27, 2014 9:51 am | Comments

Approximately one in five U.S. health facilities don't make alcohol-based hand sanitizer available at every point of care, missing a critical opportunity to prevent healthcare-associated infections, according to new research from Columbia University School of Nursing and the World Health Organization (WHO)...

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Kansas Physician-Turned Politician Posted X-Ray Images Of Gunshot Victims To Facebook

February 26, 2014 10:18 am | Comments

A Kansas physician trying to oust three-term Sen. Pat Roberts in the Republican primary is apologizing for posting graphic images of gunshot victims on his Facebook page. Radiologist Milton Wolf said it was insensitive and inappropriate to have posted the X-ray images and macabre commentary on social media some years ago...

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PBS Reporter Miles O'Brien Gets Arm Amputated After Injury On Assignment

February 26, 2014 10:07 am | by Lynn Elber, Associated Press | Comments

PBS science correspondent Miles O'Brien said Tuesday his left arm was amputated above the elbow after an apparently minor injury put his life in jeopardy. In a blog post on his personal website Tuesday, which was verified by PBS, O'Brien recounted the Feb. 12 blow to his arm he suffered while on assignment in Asia and the medical emergency that followed...

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3-D Printer Creates Transformative Device For Heart Treatment

February 26, 2014 9:41 am | by Beth Miller (via Washington University in St. Louis) | Comments

Using an inexpensive 3-D printer, biomedical engineers have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could transform treatment and prediction of cardiac disorders. Igor Efimov, PhD, The team has created a 3-D elastic membrane made of a soft, flexible, silicon material that is precisely shaped to match the heart’s epicardium, or the outer layer of the wall of the heart...

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Exercise, Surgically Removing Belly Fat Improves Cognition In Obese, Diabetic Mice

February 26, 2014 9:30 am | Comments

Cognitive decline that often accompanies obesity and diabetes can be reversed with regular exercise or surgical removal of belly fat, scientists report. A drug already used to treat rheumatoid arthritis also helps obese/diabetic adult mice regain their ability to learn and comprehend, while transplanting belly fat to a normal mouse reduces those abilities...

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St. Louis-Based Catholic Health System's Growth Raises Questions About Charitable Status

February 25, 2014 10:32 am | Comments

The rapid growth of a St. Louis-based Catholic healthcare system that is branching out into for-profit ventures is raising questions about its charitable status. Ascension Health was created 15 years ago, and it has since grown into the nation's third-largest healthcare system by buying dozens of nonprofit hospitals and pursuing numerous for-profit ventures...

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