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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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Adenoma Detection Rates Linked To Colorectal Cancer And Mortality

April 8, 2014 10:29 am | Comments

A study of over 224,000 patients and more than 314,000 colonoscopies found that adenoma detection rates closely tracked the future risk of colorectal cancer. Colonoscopies screen for colorectal cancer by detecting early, curable cancers. Precancerous adenomas — a type of colon polyp — can also be detected and removed, thereby preventing cancers from developing...

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Expert Guidance Highlights Practices To Reduce Prevalence Of Catheter-Associated UTIs

April 8, 2014 9:47 am | Comments

New expert guidance highlights strategies for implementing and prioritizing efforts to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospitals. The practice recommendations, are the first in a series to be published over several months sharing evidence-based strategies to help healthcare professionals effectively control and prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections...

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Medical Association Won't Stop Medicare Doc Data Release

April 8, 2014 9:42 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

The nation's largest doctors' group said Monday it won't try to block Medicare's release of billing records for 880,000 physicians, although it continues to oppose the government's recent decision to open up the massive data trove. An official of the American Medical Association told The Associated Press that the group won't go to court ahead of Wednesday's scheduled release...

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Groundbreaking Surgery Could Fix Giraffe's Terminal Birth Defect

April 8, 2014 9:19 am | by Bailey Elise McBride | Comments

A 6-month-old giraffe born with a terminal defect that prevents her from digesting most foods is scheduled to undergo groundbreaking surgery that an Oklahoma City Zoo veterinarian said has never before been performed on her species. Kyah has an extra blood vessel wrapped around her esophagus — a symptom of a congenital heart defect — that prevents her from holding down much of what she eats...

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New Kidney Transplant Technique From Henry Ford Hospital Credited As The First To Use A New Set Of Patient Safety Standards

April 7, 2014 11:15 am | Comments

An innovative kidney transplant technique developed by Henry Ford Hospital is credited as the first in the world to use a new set of patient safety standards coordinated by the University of Oxford in England. The standards are being assembled and offered as a framework for developing, performing, and reporting surgical innovations that, unlike new medical treatments, are not under strict regulations and control...

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Authorities: Syracuse Surgeon Slapped, Insulted Sedated Patients

April 7, 2014 11:09 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A New York surgeon was the subject of a state Health Department investigation after a complaint alleged he often slapped anesthetized patients at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center on the buttocks and called them derogatory and inappropriate names prior to surgery...

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New York Out-Of-Network Insurance Coverage Mandated

April 4, 2014 10:45 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | Comments

Starting next year, patients in New York will be protected from the surprise out-of-network medical bills that have pushed some toward personal bankruptcy. The measure signed into law this week is scheduled to take effect April 1, 2015...

Researchers Show Impact Of Long-Term Vitamin D Insufficiency On Fracture Risk

April 4, 2014 9:20 am | Comments

A study presented today at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases shows that long-term low levels of vitamin D intake are associated with higher 10-year fracture risk in elderly women.       

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ER Doctors Commonly Miss More Strokes Among Women, Minorities, And Younger Patients

April 4, 2014 8:57 am | Comments

Analyzing federal healthcare data, a team of researchers led by a Johns Hopkins specialist concluded that doctors overlook or discount the early signs of potentially disabling strokes in tens of thousands of American each year, a large number of them visitors to emergency rooms complaining of dizziness or headaches...

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Study: More Than Half Of High-Risk Alcohol Users Report Improvement After Surgery

April 4, 2014 8:52 am | Comments

Much has been reported about the potential for increased risk of alcohol misuse after weight loss surgery (WLS), with most theories pointing to lower alcohol tolerance and a longer time to return to a sober state after surgery, but a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that upwards of half of high-risk drinkers are actually less likely to report high-risk drinking behavior after weight loss surgery...

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Retirees Help Caregivers Cope With Hospital Stays

April 3, 2014 10:17 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Edwin Pacheco was in and out of the hospital for months. He'd survived one organ transplant and desperately needed another. But he wasn't the only one suffering. Few people asked how his wife was holding up as she kept vigil, cornered hard-to-understand doctors, and held job and family together...

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Transplant Drugs May Help Wipe Out Persistent HIV Infections

April 3, 2014 10:08 am | Comments

New research suggests that drugs commonly used to prevent organ rejection after transplantation may also be helpful for combating HIV. The findings suggest a new strategy in the fight against HIV and AIDS...          

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