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New Hampshire Plans To Appeal Ruling That Hospital Tax Is Unconstitutional

April 15, 2014 | by Norma Love, Associated Press | Comments

The state will appeal a judge's ruling that a tax on New Hampshire hospitals that brings in $185 million annually is unconstitutional, the attorney general's office said Monday. Senior Assistant Attorney General Mary Ann Dempsey said the state will appeal last week's ruling with the state Supreme Court within 30 days...

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Outcome Of Stroke Worse For People With Infection

April 15, 2014 11:21 am | Comments

Infection is bad news for all of us - but it can be really serious to people who have had a stroke. Evidence is mounting that infection makes things much worse after a stroke. A team of scientists at the University of Manchester has now found a key to why and how infection is such a bad thing for stroke sufferers...

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La. Governor's Call To Turn University-Run Hospital System Over To Outside Companies Raises Questions

April 13, 2014 8:25 pm | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | Comments

A year after Gov. Bobby Jindal started turning over the operations of Louisiana's university-run hospital system to outside companies, lawmakers are complaining that they have unanswered questions about the deals...         

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Adults' Tonsillectomy Complications Are Higher Than Previously Thought

April 13, 2014 8:05 pm | Comments

Twenty percent of adults who have tonsillectomies will have a complication, which is significantly higher than previously shown, according to a team of researchers. The team also found that these complications substantially increase healthcare expenditures...

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Scientists Grow Cartilage To Reconstruct Nose

April 13, 2014 7:56 pm | Comments

Scientists at the University of Basel report first ever successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in the laboratory. Cartilage cells were extracted from the patient's nasal septum, multiplied and expanded onto a collagen membrane. The so-called engineered cartilage was then shaped according to the defect and implanted...

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3D Printing Cancer Cells To Mimic Tumors? 3D Printing Cancer Cells To Mimic Tumors

April 11, 2014 10:40 am | Comments

A group of researchers in China and the U.S. have successfully created a 3D model of a cancerous tumor using a 3D printer. The model, which consists of a scaffold of fibrous proteins coated in cervical cancer cells, has provided a realistic 3D representation of a tumor's environment and could help in the discovery of new drugs and cast new light on how tumors develop, grow, and spread throughout the body...

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For Sick, Elderly Patients, Surgical Decision Making 'Takes A Village'

April 11, 2014 10:33 am | Comments

Surgical decision making for sick, elderly patients should be orchestrated by a multidisciplinary team, including the patient, his or her family, the surgeon, primary care physician, nurses, and non-clinicians, such as social workers, advocates Laurent G. Glance, M.D., in a perspective piece published today in the New England Journal of Medicine...

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Feds Investigate Chopper Crash On New Mexico Hospital Roof

April 11, 2014 10:22 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | Comments

Federal investigators spent Thursday scouring the rooftop of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center in search of clues as they tried to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof. Neither the pilot nor the two crew members on board were seriously hurt in Wednesday's crash, but the damaged helicopter remained on its side Thursday atop University of New Mexico Hospital...

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Breakthrough Technology Can Repair Severe Tissue Damage

April 10, 2014 10:10 am | Comments

A breakthrough could speed recovery and limit disfigurement for patients who have suffered large soft tissue trauma – as occurs with serious injury or cancer surgery. By biomedically engineering a muscle flap that includes a patient's own blood vessels, the team created tissue that could be transferred to other parts of the body along with the patient's blood supply...

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Spike In Postoperative Cardiac Surgery Deaths May Be Linked To 30-Day Survival Measurement

April 10, 2014 10:07 am | Comments

Analyzing a national database of hospital inpatient records, a team of researchers reports an expected spike in mortality six days after cardiac surgery, but also a more surprising and potentially troubling jump in deaths at the 30-day mark...

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Patients Over 65 Have More Complications After Colorectal Cancer Surgery

April 10, 2014 10:02 am | Comments

Most colorectal cancer surgeries are performed on patients older than 65 years, and older patients have worse outcomes than younger patients, although the total number of colon cancer operations has decreased in the past decade...    

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Medical Helicopter Crashes On Roof Of New Mexico Hospital

April 10, 2014 9:49 am | Comments

Investigators are trying to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center. Officials said all three people aboard escaped serious injury...    

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New Campaign Brings Awareness To Role Of HCW Attire In Pathogen Transmission

April 9, 2014 1:49 pm | Comments

To draw attention to the role healthcare worker attire can play in transmitting pathogens, Vestagen Technical Textiles, Inc. today launched a “Keep the Coat” awareness campaign. The effort intends to bring understanding that, with new technological advancements, what care providers wear can actually become a line of defense for them, their patients, and their families.

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Promising Agents Burst Through 'Superbug' Defenses To Fight Antibiotic Resistance

April 9, 2014 10:37 am | Comments

In the fight against "superbugs," scientists have discovered a class of agents that can make some of the most notorious strains vulnerable to the same antibiotics that they once handily shrugged off. The report on the promising agents called metallopolymers appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society...

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Giraffe Dies During Unique Surgery For Terminal Heart Defect

April 9, 2014 9:46 am | by Bailey Elise McBride, Associated Press | Comments

Oklahoma City Zoo officials say a 6-month-old female giraffe with a terminal heart defect died Tuesday during surgery. Kyah had an extra blood vessel wrapped around her esophagus — a symptom of a congenital heart defect — that prevented her from holding down solid food...

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Olympian Ian Thorpe Battling Serious Infections Related To Shoulder Surgery

April 9, 2014 9:39 am | Comments

The agent for five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe says the 31-year-old will never swim again after contracting two potentially-deadly infections while undergoing shoulder surgery. James Erskine said on Tuesday that Thorpe was "quite sick" in the intensive care ward of a Sydney hospital but dismissed media reports the swimmer might lose the use of his left arm...

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