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Reduced Neurosurgical Resident Hours: No Significant Positive Effect On Patient Outcomes

June 3, 2014 10:19 am | by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group | Comments

Focusing on the specialty of neurosurgery, researchers found no significant positive changes in patient outcomes after neurosurgical resident duty hours were reduced...                    

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Study: Screening Has Prevented Half A Million Colorectal Cancers

June 3, 2014 10:14 am | by Cancer | Comments

An estimated half a million cancers were prevented by colorectal cancer screening in the United States from 1976 to 2009, report researchers from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale Cancer Center...

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Study: Side Effects Experienced By BRCA Mutation Carriers Following Cancer Risk-Reducing Surgery

June 2, 2014 11:32 am | by Penn Medicine | Comments

The majority of women with cancer causing BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations experience sexual dysfunction, menopausal symptoms, cognitive and stress issues, and poor sleep following prophylactic removal of their Fallopian tubes and ovaries - a procedure known as risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO) - according to results of a new study from the Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania...

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MRSA Rates Varied Dramatically Across Geographic Areas

June 2, 2014 11:26 am | by Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) | Comments

The rates of community-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CO-MRSA) varied dramatically among academic medical centers in California, New York, Illinois and North Carolina, suggesting there is not a uniform change in the "national epidemic" of the "superbug" that has generated extensive public health concern over the past decade, according to a new study...

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Surgeons Report Fewer Postoperative Deep-Vein Blood Clots Using Risk-Based Preventive Measures

June 2, 2014 11:22 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

Results from a surgical quality improvement study indicate that the odds of this common and potentially life-threatening postoperative complication steadily declined after the implementation of a multicomponent prevention program in a hospital’s department of surgery...

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More Patients With Ovarian Cancer Are Receiving Chemotherapy Before Surgery

June 2, 2014 11:18 am | by Fox Chase Cancer Center | Comments

The use of chemotherapy before surgery to remove ovarian cancer has increased dramatically in recent decades, particularly among certain patients, according to a new analysis from Fox Chase Cancer Center that will be presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology...                     

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Medicare Ban On Sex Reassignment Surgery Lifted

June 2, 2014 9:19 am | by Lisa Leff, Associated Press | Comments

Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex...

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Clinical Scholars Review Shines Policy Spotlight On Nurse Anesthetists

May 30, 2014 9:59 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | Comments

As a profession, nurse anesthesia is at a tipping point. While recent federal legislation and changes to the U.S. Medicare program have expanded opportunities for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to provide care to more patients and receive reimbursement for their services, many states still restrict their scope of practice and limit their pay...

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Ohio Family Settles Over Kidney Thrown In Trash By Nurse

May 30, 2014 9:39 am | by John Seewer, Associated Press | Comments

A family that sued after a nurse tossed a healthy kidney in the trash during a transplant has settled its lawsuit against an Ohio hospital for $650,000. A patient, Sarah Fudacz, who was 24 at the time, was to receive her brother's kidney in 2012 but awoke without having undergone surgery because the nurse had accidentally thrown it out...

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Medtronic Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit for $9.9M

May 30, 2014 9:32 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. will pay the U.S. Department of Justice $9.9 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of giving doctors gifts in return for using its defibrillators and pacemakers. The lawsuit unsealed this week accused Medtronic of funneling "millions of dollars in unrestricted grant money to physicians" to get them to encourage the use of Medtronic defibrillators and pacemakers...

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Improved Identification Of War Wound Infections Promises More Successful Treatment

May 30, 2014 9:21 am | by American Society for Microbiology | Comments

War wounds that heal successfully frequently contain different microbial species from those that heal poorly, according to a paper published ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. These and other findings have important implications for improving wound healing...

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Taking Prescribed Anti-Clotting Drug May Help Save Stent Patients' Lives

May 29, 2014 10:11 am | by American Heart Association | Comments

If you've just received a coronary artery stent to prop open a blood vessel, your life may depend on filling your prescription and taking an anti-clotting drug within days of leaving the hospital, according to a large study...     

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Researchers Address Major Geographic Disparities In Access To Kidney Transplantation

May 29, 2014 10:06 am | by Wiley | Comments

There is substantial geographic variation in access to kidney transplantation among the more than 4000 US dialysis facilities that treat patients with kidney failure, with a disproportionate lack of access to those in the Southeast. Certain factors seem to explain these differences, and they underscore the need for political, financial, and health systems changes to reduce transplant inequities across the country...

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Officials: Army Hospital Chief Relieved Of Command

May 29, 2014 9:51 am | by Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press | Comments

The chief of an Army medical center has been relieved of his command because of problems with patient care, and the Pentagon has ordered a review of its healthcare system, defense officials said. The commander was replaced Tuesday at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and three deputies were suspended, the Army said in a statement...

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FDA Clears Remote Monitor For Heart Failure

May 29, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new implantable device to help doctors monitor patients with severe heart failure as they go about their day. The agency cleared the CardioMEMS HF system Wednesday for patients who have been hospitalized in the previous year due to heart failure...

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