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Big Impact On Income Gap Is Health Law's New Angle

January 31, 2014 11:14 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

New research shows that the Affordable Care Act will significantly boost the economic fortunes of those in the bottom one-fifth of the income ladder while slightly reducing average incomes on the rungs above. Economists at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution, a Washington public policy center, found an average increase of about 6 percent in the incomes of the poorest 20 percent of the United States...

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Early Studies Show Microspheres Could Be Key In Preventing Bone Infections After Joint Replacement

January 31, 2014 10:24 am | Comments

Currently more than 1 million knee replacements and hip replacements are performed each year in the United States, and with the aging population, the number of total joint replacements is expected to grow. While total joint surgeries have a low risk of infection – between 1 and 3 percent – in those rare instances when bone infection sets in, it can be a devastating setback for patients...

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Gastric Bypass Improves Insulin Secretion In Pigs

January 31, 2014 10:15 am | Comments

The majority of gastric bypass patients mysteriously recover from their type 2 diabetes within days, before any weight loss has taken place. A study at Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden has now shown that the insulin-producing beta cells increase in number and performance after the surgery...

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New Technique Offers Hope for Patients With Heart Valve Disease

January 31, 2014 10:00 am | Comments

For the first time in the U.S., doctors at Henry Ford Hospital have used an artificial heart valve designed for aortic valve replacement to repair a mitral valve that was narrowed with calcium buildup. And they did it all through a catheter...  

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More Heart Attack Patients Being Treated More Quickly Using PCI, National Audit Finds

January 30, 2014 10:13 am | Comments

Expansion in the use of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) – the minimally invasive surgery performed on heart patients instead of using drugs – is seeing more patients with acute coronary syndromes treated more quickly, according to the latest National Audit of PCI (covering 2012)...

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Llama-Derived Antibodies Open Door To Development Of C. Diff Treatments

January 30, 2014 10:10 am | Comments

Researchers have revealed the first molecular views showing how highly specific antibodies derived from llamas may provide a new method for controlling deadly infections from the opportunistic bacterial pathogen Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)...

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Gastric Banding Patients Should Closely Monitor Nutrition Following Surgery

January 30, 2014 9:58 am | Comments

The study, published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine, tracked a group of gastric banding patients and found that despite nutritional counseling over a three-month period, most still did not meet recommended daily requirements for important nutrients such as protein, vitamin D, and calcium...

Doctors Trying To Bring Former Formula One Champ Michael Schumacher Out Of Coma

January 30, 2014 9:42 am | by Rob Harris, AP Sports Writer | Comments

The 45-year-old Schumacher suffered serious head injuries when he fell and hit the right side of his helmet on a rock in the French resort of Meribel on Dec. 29. The seven-time F1 champion has been in an induced coma in Grenoble University Hospital since then, although his condition stabilized following surgery after initially being described as critical...

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U.S. Facing Disconcerting Shortage Of IV Fluids

January 30, 2014 9:31 am | by Michelle Castillo | Comments

A nationwide shortage of intravenous (IV) solutions is concerning many health professionals. IV solutions, specifically sodium chloride 0.9 percent large volume intravenous solution or saline solution, are used to help rehydrate patients who are sick and help treat other conditions. Millions of bags of solution are used each week...

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The Department of Surgery at Texas Children's Hospital Awards More Than $270K In Grants To Launch New Research Investigations

January 29, 2014 11:21 am | Comments

The Department of Surgery at Texas Children's Hospital is excited to announce the 2014 Surgical Seed Grant Award recipients. These grants, of up to $50,000 per project, will allow surgery researchers to generate the preliminary data necessary for National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant applications and other extramural funding...

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Automated System Could Efficiently Identify High-Risk Osteoporosis Patients

January 29, 2014 10:53 am | Comments

An automated system that identifies high-risk osteoporosis patients being treated for fractures and can generate letters encouraging follow-up is an effective way to promote osteoporosis intervention and prevent future fractures, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers...

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Research: Voice May Change After Rhinoplasty

January 29, 2014 10:41 am | Comments

Patients who have undergone plastic surgery to change the appearance of their nose may also notice changes in the sound of their voice, reports a study. Changes in voice after rhinoplasty are perceptible to patients as well as to experts, but generally don't cause problems with speech function, according to the new research...

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Study: Neuroscientists Use Lightwaves To Improve Brain Tumor Surgery

January 29, 2014 10:34 am | Comments

First-of-its-kind research shows promise for developing a method of clearly identifying cancerous tissue during surgery on one of the most common and deadliest types of brain tumor. When expanded upon by further research, the findings offer the potential of improved outcome for those undergoing surgery to remove glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a tumor that attacks tissue around nerve cells in the brain...

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Kentucky Hospital To Pay $16.5M For Submitting False, Fraudulent Claims

January 29, 2014 10:29 am | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press | Comments

A southern Kentucky hospital will pay $16.5 million to the federal government to settle claims that it submitted false or fraudulent Medicare and Kentucky Medicaid claims for completing surgeries to implant unnecessary coronary stents and pacemakers and perform coronary artery bypass grafting...

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Former Wyoming And Indiana Hospital Chief Gets 10 Years For Defrauding Hospitals

January 28, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | Comments

A former administrator who pleaded guilty to defrauding hospitals in Wyoming and Indiana must serve more than 10 years in prison, a federal judge ordered Monday. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal sentenced Paul Cardwell to serve 121 months and pay restitution of nearly $1.7 million...

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