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San Diego Zoo Giant Panda Recovering From Cancer Surgery

May 8, 2014 9:36 am | Comments

Gao Gao, one of the San Diego Zoo's three giant pandas, was recovering Wednesday from surgery to remove his right testicle because of the presence of a tumor. The one-hour procedure Tuesday was a success, and veterinarians were hopeful Gao Gao would make a full recovery, zoo officials said...


Multidimensional Frailty Score Helps Predict Postoperative Outcomes In Older Adults

May 8, 2014 9:10 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

A multidimensional frailty score may help predict postoperative outcomes in older adults. More than half of all operations are performed on patients 65 years and older in the United States. Frail elderly patients who undergo surgery are more likely to have postoperative complications...


All-Clear Given After San Francisco Hospital Shooting Scare

May 8, 2014 9:04 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

A major hospital in San Francisco was briefly put under lockdown Wednesday after a loud noise was mistakenly reported as gunfire, police said. Three buildings at San Francisco General Hospital were evacuated as dozens of law enforcement officers swarmed the area shortly before 1 p.m., said officer Albie Esparza, a San Francisco police spokesman...


Embattled VA Secretary Shinseki Refusing To Resign Amid Vets Treatment Scandal

May 8, 2014 8:56 am | Comments

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is brushing aside calls for his resignation in the wake of reports of 40 deaths because of delayed treatment at a Phoenix VA hospital. But in an interview with CBS News, Shinseki acknowledges that the controversy, says it "makes me angry" and vows to get to the bottom of it...


Renal Denervation May Reduce Hypertension In Patients With Renal Artery Stents

May 7, 2014 10:10 am | by Journal of Endovascular Therapy | Comments

Patients with hypertension after renal artery stenting who do not respond to drug treatment may have another option. Renal sympathetic denervation can help lower blood pressure by desensitizing nerve endings in the vascular wall. However, recent studies of this treatment concept have excluded patients with stented renal arteries...


Expert Guidance Strengthens Strategies To Prevent Most Common And Costly Infection

May 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America | Comments

Surgical-site infections (SSIs) are the most common and costly healthcare-associated infection (HAI) in the United States. New evidence-based recommendations provide a framework for healthcare institutions to prioritize and implement strategies to reduce the number of infections...


Access To Electronic Health Records May Influence Care

May 7, 2014 9:43 am | by Medical College of Wisconsin | Comments

Unlike medical records kept in paper charts, electronic health records (EHR) provide numerous access points to clinicians to review a patient's medical history. A new study has found access to electronic health records in acute care situations may influence the care given to that patient, and in some cases, failure to review the EHR could have adversely affected the medical management...


Former Employee Charged In Ohio Vets Hospital Shooting

May 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press | Comments

A man accused of a shooting at a veterans hospital said he intended to intimidate former co-workers he believed were having inappropriate relationships with his wife and daughter, according to court documents. One person was shot in the ankle when Neil Moore's gun went off in a hospital break room, authorities said...


Breath Analysis Offers Non-Invasive Method To Detect Early Lung Cancer

May 6, 2014 11:10 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | Comments

Researchers at the University of Louisville School of Medicine are using breath analysis to detect the presence of lung cancer. Preliminary data indicate that this promising noninvasive tool offers the sensitivity of PET scanning, and has almost twice the specificity of PET for distinguishing patients with benign lung disease from those with early stage cancer...


Stroke Risk Reduced If Brain Blood Vessel Disorder Is Left Alone

May 6, 2014 11:06 am | by University of Edinburgh | Comments

Treating patients who suffer from a common condition that affects blood vessels in the brain increases their risk of stroke, a study has found. People with a condition known as arteriovenous malformation (AVM) – which causes blood vessels in the brain to tangle – have a better outcome if doctors treat their symptoms only and not the AVM...


Motive Sought In Shooting At Ohio Vets Hospital

May 6, 2014 9:25 am | by Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press | Comments

Authorities are trying to determine what led to a shooting at a Veterans Affairs hospital in which a housekeeping employee suffered an ankle wound and a retired worker was taken into custody. Police said Paul Burnside, 61, was shot in the ankle Monday in a struggle over a gun with 59-year-old Neil Moore, who left after the shooting...


Cardinal Health Launches RNspire Nurse Appreciation Program To Recognize, Inspire Nurses

May 5, 2014 1:08 pm | by Cardinal Health | Comments

To celebrate nurses nationwide, Cardinal Health is launching its newly developed nurse appreciation program, RNspire. The launch coincides with National Nurses Week, May 6-12. The RNspire program is dedicated to honoring, inspiring and recognizing nurses for their valuable contributions to patients’ lives...


Dual Method To Remove Precancerous Colon Polyps May Substantially Reduce Healthcare Costs

May 5, 2014 9:38 am | Comments

A surgical method combining two techniques for removing precancerous polyps during colonoscopies can substantially reduce the recovery time and the length of hospital stays, potentially saving the healthcare system millions of dollars, according to research... 


Steroids After Surgery Do Not Help Infants With Rare Liver Disease

May 5, 2014 8:48 am | by University of Colorado-Denver | Comments

Infants who received corticosteroids following bile duct surgery to treat a rare liver disease known as biliary atresia experienced no clinical benefit of the medicine and could suffer harm, according to results of a National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trial...


Weight-Loss Surgery Can Reduce Liver Damage

May 5, 2014 8:29 am | Comments

Bariatric surgery, which is best known for its ability to help patients lose substantial weight, can also result in significant improvement in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to new research. Researchers found that bariatric surgery resolved liver inflammation and reversed early-stage liver fibrosis, the thickening and scarring of liver tissue, by reducing fat deposits in the liver...



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