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Gastric Sleeve Little Help For GERD

February 6, 2014 10:09 am | by Crystal Phend | Comments

Gastric bypass surgery usually resolved comorbid gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), whereas laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy did not and actually led to some new onset heartburn, a national database showed...      


Columbia Study: Hospitals Don't Follow Infection Prevention Rules

February 6, 2014 10:03 am | Comments

While most hospitals have polices in place to prevent healthcare-associated infections, clinicians often fail to follow evidence-based guidelines established to prevent these infections, according to new research. The study found lax compliance even in intensive care units where patients are more likely to be treated with devices linked to preventable infections – such as central lines, urinary catheters, and ventilators...


Innovative Technique Creates Large Skin Flaps For Full-Face Resurfacing

February 5, 2014 10:35 am | Comments

Patients with massive burns causing complete loss of the facial skin pose a difficult challenge for reconstructive surgeons. Now a group of surgeons in China have developed an innovative technique for creating a one-piece skin flap large enough to perform full-face resurfacing...


3D Mapping Biopsy Finds Three Times The Prostate Cancer Of Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy

February 5, 2014 10:20 am | Comments

Ultrasound-guided biopsies miss prostate cancers that are detected by the slightly more expensive and slightly more invasive 3D mapping biopsies. Now, a University of Colorado Cancer Center study reports the locations of these most-missed pockets of prostate cancer...


Analysts Say Affordable Care Act Means Fewer On Job

February 5, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Taylor and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

Several million American workers will cut back their hours on the job or leave the nation's workforce entirely because of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, congressional analysts said Tuesday, adding fresh fuel to the political fight over "Obamacare..."


New Method To Restore Skull After Brain Surgery Appears To Reduce Complication Rates

February 4, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

Johns Hopkins surgeons report they have devised a better, safer method to replace bone removed from the skull after lifesaving brain surgery. The new technique, they say, appears to result in fewer complications than standard restoration, which has changed little since its development in the 1890s...


New Assessment Tool Designed To Improve Care Provided At Hospitals

February 4, 2014 9:52 am | Comments

Published as "The Key Principles and Characteristics of an Effective HMG," the self-assessment tool is comprised of 47 different characteristics of effective hospital medicine groups (HMGs) sorted into ten different principles. It outlines characteristics like the development of an annual budget, care coordination across care settings, and "care that respects and responds to patient and family preferences, needs, and values..."


Medline Acquires Professional Hospital Supply

February 3, 2014 11:45 am | Comments

Medline Industries, Inc., the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, announced today that it has acquired Professional Hospital Supply (PHS) and all related facilities to complement its highly successful and fast-growing business. PHS is a privately held leading distributor of medical and surgical supplies, including sterile procedure trays...


Mazor Robotics Sells Second Renaissance System To Westside Surgical Hospital

February 3, 2014 11:30 am | Comments

Mazor Robotics Ltd., a developer of innovative guidance systems and complementary products, announced today that it has sold a second Renaissance system to Westside Surgical Hospital located in Houston, Texas. This represents the third Renaissance system in the Houston area and eighth Renaissance system in the state of Texas...


S.F. Hospital Nurses Discontinued Orders To Constantly Watch Patient Who Died

February 3, 2014 11:02 am | Comments

Nurses at a San Francisco hospital "inadvertently discontinued" a doctor's orders to have a staff member maintain a constant watch on a patient who ended up leaving her room and was found dead in a locked emergency stairwell 17 days later, California public health inspectors found...


Top Masters In Healthcare Highlights 20 Innovators In Pediatric Surgery

February 3, 2014 10:50 am | Comments

Twenty of the world's most renowned pediatric surgeons are featured in a new web article published by Top Master's in Healthcare Administration. "20 Most Innovative Pediatric Surgeons Alive Today" profiles the career achievements of 20 medical doctors who are saving and improving the lives of children around the world...


Physician Pay Stagnant, New Revenue Models Expanding

February 3, 2014 10:37 am | Comments

With the current state of fee-for-service reimbursement continuing its decline, physicians across the country are being forced to explore new ways for their medical practices to survive and thrive. Reimbursement levels for new and existing patient visits declined or remained flat again in 2013, according to the annual Fee Schedule Survey by Physicians Practice, the leading online community for practice management professionals...


Cancer Cases Worldwide To Jump To 22 Million

February 3, 2014 10:29 am | Comments

The World Health Organization's cancer agency warns there will be 22 million new cases of cancer every year within the next two decades. Monday's report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer estimated in 2012 there were 14 million new cases but predicted that figure would jump significantly due to global aging and the spread of cancers to developing countries...


Kansas Boy Gets Surgery In St. Louis After Hand Is Nearly Torn Off By Rope

February 3, 2014 10:08 am | by Michelle Munz | Comments

When 12-year-old Devin Graham came into the emergency room at a Wichita, Kan., hospital with his hand nearly torn off by a rope, surgeons there could only amputate. Calls went out to the big medical centers nearby in Kansas City and more than seven hours away in St. Louis, to see if they could save the hand...


Two Convicted In $154M Medical Insurance Fraud

February 3, 2014 9:54 am | Comments

A Southern California doctor and an attorney face prison terms for participating in a $154 million medical fraud scheme in which hundreds of healthy patients underwent unnecessary surgeries to fraudulently bill insurance companies...    



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