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Operating Tunes: How Music Helps Surgery

December 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Julie Beck, The Atlantic | Comments

The third episode of the hospital comedy Scrubs starts with a tense moment in the operating room between attending surgeon Dr. Wen and his intern Dr. Turk. ...                

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Mayo Clinic: High-Definition Scopes Accurately Assess Polyps

December 16, 2014 12:11 pm | Comments

It may not be necessary for experienced gastroenterologists to send polyps they remove from a patient's colon to a pathologist for examination, according to a large study conducted by physician researchers at the Jacksonville campus of Mayo Clinic. ...      

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Top Blood Transfusion Complication More Common Than Previously Reported

December 16, 2014 11:43 am | Comments

Two studies published in the January issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), shed new light on the prevalence of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) and transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), the number one and two leading causes of blood transfusion-related deaths in the United States. ...

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Popularity Of Outpatient Surgery Centers Leads To Questions About Safety

December 16, 2014 10:45 am | by Kaiser Health News | Comments

Wendy Salo was alarmed when she learned where her doctor had scheduled her gynecologic operation: at an outpatient surgery center. “My first thought was ‘Am I not important enough to go to a real hospital?’ ” recalled Salo, 48, a supermarket department manager who said she felt “very trepidatious” about having her ovaries removed outside a hospital. ...   

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Insurers Ease 'Obamacare' Deadline to Pay Premiums

December 16, 2014 10:06 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama's health care law, the insurance industry said Tuesday it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January. ...        

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Shapiro Making 'Amazing Progress' After Surgery

December 15, 2014 12:01 pm | by AOL.com | Comments

Less than a year after 12-year-old Alexis Shapiro underwent major life-saving surgery to correct a rare condition that caused her to always feel hungry and rapidly gain weight, her mother says she's finally getting her childhood back. ...     

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Potential New Tool For Cervical Cancer Diagnosis

December 15, 2014 11:46 am | Comments

Cervical cancer is, in many ways, a shining example of how successful the war on cancer can be. Thanks largely to the advent of Pap smear screening, U.S. cervical cancer deaths decreased dramatically, by more than 60 percent, between 1955 and 1992. ...      

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Two Minute Delay in Cutting Cord Leads to Better Newborn Development

December 15, 2014 10:58 am | Comments

A study conducted by University of Granada scientists (from the Physiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Departments) and from the San Cecilio Clinical Hospital (Granada) has demonstrated that delaying the cutting of the umbilical cord in newborns by two minutes leads to a better development of the baby during the first days of life. ...  

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Signaling Mechanism Could Be Target For Brain Cancer Growth

December 15, 2014 10:38 am | Comments

UT Southwestern Medical Center neurology researchers have identified an important cell signaling mechanism that plays an important role in brain cancer and may provide a new therapeutic target. ...         

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Simple Steps Can Safeguard Ebola Transmission Through Organ Donation

December 15, 2014 10:10 am | Comments

While serious infections can be transmitted from donated organs, the risk of passing Ebola virus disease from an organ donor to a recipient is extremely small. In a new editorial published in the American Journal of Transplantation, experts explain how simple assessments of donors can help ensure that the organ supply is safe, while having little impact on the donor pool. ...

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Survey: Prescription Drug Abuse 'Significant Problem'

December 12, 2014 12:01 pm | Comments

A survey of primary care physicians found the vast majority of practicing internists, family physicians and general practitioners consider prescription drug abuse to be a significant problem in their community and most physicians agreed opioids were overused to treat pain, according to a research letter published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. ...   

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Stroke: Promising Results in Recent Study

December 12, 2014 11:32 am | Comments

Neuro-rehabilitation (physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.) helps hemaparetic stroke patients confronted with loss of motor skills on one side of their body, to recover some of their motor functions after a cerebrovascular accident. ...        

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Surgical Robot Adopters Use Recommended Procedure For Kidney Cancer

December 12, 2014 10:39 am | Comments

Hospitals with robotic surgical systems are more likely to perform "nephron-sparing" partial nephrectomy--a recommended alternative to removal of the entire kidney--in patients with kidney cancer, reports a study in the December issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. ...

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Children Without Public Insurance Waited Longer For Tests

December 12, 2014 10:09 am | Comments

Children with public insurance waited longer after initial evaluation for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) to undergo polysomnography (PSG, the gold standard diagnostic test) and also waited longer after PSG to have surgery to treat the condition with adenotonsillectomy (AT) compared with children who were privately insured, according to a report published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. ...

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AORN Cleaning Steps Practical For Efficient OR Turnover

December 11, 2014 12:23 pm | by Michael Gil and Linda Homan, Ecolab Healthcare | Comments

The AORN Recommended Practices state that “Every patient deserves a clean OR,” but historically there has been no easy way to objectively quantify that the OR is clean. In addition, surgical site infections (SSIs) continue to be a significant source of clinical complication and economic consequence for hospitals. ...

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