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Neurosurgeons Associated With Few Stroke Deaths

December 4, 2012 11:31 am | Comments

Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, have found an association in the United States between a higher density of neurologists and neurosurgeons and a decreased risk of death from stroke.


Endoscopy Overused In Treatment

December 4, 2012 11:09 am | Comments

Heartburn is one of the most common reasons for people to see a doctor, and some physicians often use upper endoscopy to diagnose and manage gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, most patients do not require the procedure unless other serious symptoms are present, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP) Clinical Guidelines Committee.


New Option For Treating Aneurysms

December 3, 2012 1:04 pm | Comments

A new technology called the Pipeline embolization device (PED) shows encouraging results in patients with certain types of difficult-to-treat brain aneurysms, reports the December issue of Neurosurgery.


Quicker Evaluation For Swallowing, Voice Problems Following Brain Surgery

December 3, 2012 12:55 pm | Comments

Johns Hopkins experts are recommending early post-surgical assessment - preferably within 24 hours - for trouble chewing and swallowing food, or speaking normally, among patients who have had benign tumors removed from the base of the brain.


More Computer-Related Injuries Predicted For Medical Workers

December 3, 2012 12:40 pm | Comments

As U.S. healthcare goes high tech, spurred by $20 billion in federal stimulus incentives, the widespread adoption of electronic medical records and related digital technologies is predicted to reduce errors and lower costs – but it is also likely to significantly boost musculoskeletal injuries among doctors and nurses.


Survey Shows Increase In Bariatric Procedures, Related Costs

December 3, 2012 12:22 pm | by PRNewswire | Comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 36 percent of U.S. adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese, with these numbers projected to rise significantly by 2030.


New Practices Reduce Surgical Site Infections After Colorectal Surgery

November 30, 2012 11:11 am | Comments

Surgical teams at Cedars-Sinai have reduced surgical site infections by more than 60 percent for patients who undergo colorectal procedures by introducing evidence-based protocols that are easy to follow and relatively low in cost. Surgeons, nurses, operating room staff and patients all collaborated in a quality improvement project that measured surgical site infection rates from March 2011 to March 2012.


New MIS Procedure May Improve Quality of Life For Emphysema Patients

November 30, 2012 11:03 am | Comments

The only studied interventions that prolong life for patients with severe COPD are supplemental oxygen in people with low oxygen levels and lung volume reduction surgery in appropriately selected individuals. But, there is a new investigational, minimally invasive treatment that pulmonologists are hoping will provide the same benefits as having major surgery.


Simple Measures Cut Surgery-Linked Infections

November 30, 2012 10:58 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Preventing surgery-linked infections is a major concern for hospitals and it turns out some simple measures can make a big difference. A project at seven big hospitals reduced infections after colorectal surgeries by nearly one-third. It prevented an estimated 135 infections, saving almost $4 million.


Young Surgeons Face Special Concerns With OR Distractions

November 30, 2012 10:53 am | Comments

A study has found that young, less-experienced surgeons made major surgical mistakes almost half the time during a “simulated” gall bladder removal when they were distracted by noises, questions, conversation or other commotion in the operating room.


Bypass Helps, Doesn't Cure Diabetes

November 28, 2012 12:16 pm | Comments

After gastric bypass surgery, diabetes goes away for some people—often even before they lose much weight. So does that mean gastric surgery "cures" diabetes? Not necessarily, according to the largest community-based study of long-term diabetes outcomes after bariatric surgery. For most people in the study, e-published in advance of print in Obesity Surgery, diabetes either never remitted after gastric surgery or relapsed within five years.


Blind Patient Reads Words With Neuroprosthetic

November 28, 2012 11:44 am | Comments

For the very first time researchers have streamed braille patterns directly into a blind patient's retina, allowing him to read four-letter words accurately and quickly with an ocular neuroprosthetic device.

Most Double Mastectomies Unnecessary

November 28, 2012 11:29 am | Comments

About 70 percent of women who have both breasts removed following a breast cancer diagnosis do so despite a very low risk of facing cancer in the healthy breast, new research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center finds.


Complications Impact Arthritis Patients After Joint Replacement Surgery

November 28, 2012 11:20 am | Comments

In the first systemic review of evidence assessing complications following total joint arthroplasty, patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were found to have an increased risk for hip dislocation after hip replacement surgery compared to those with osteoarthritis (OA).


Admin Data Not Always The Best Source For Complication Assessment

November 27, 2012 11:26 am | Comments

The researchers believe that unfiltered administrative data in this instance may lead to misinterpretations of both the quality and costs of patient care. This in turn could lead third-party payers (such as Medicare) to deny payments for some hospital "readmissions" that are unavoidable.



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