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ER Doctors Commonly Miss More Strokes Among Women, Minorities, And Younger Patients

April 4, 2014 8:57 am | Comments

Analyzing federal healthcare data, a team of researchers led by a Johns Hopkins specialist concluded that doctors overlook or discount the early signs of potentially disabling strokes in tens of thousands of American each year, a large number of them visitors to emergency rooms complaining of dizziness or headaches...

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Study: More Than Half Of High-Risk Alcohol Users Report Improvement After Surgery

April 4, 2014 8:52 am | Comments

Much has been reported about the potential for increased risk of alcohol misuse after weight loss surgery (WLS), with most theories pointing to lower alcohol tolerance and a longer time to return to a sober state after surgery, but a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that upwards of half of high-risk drinkers are actually less likely to report high-risk drinking behavior after weight loss surgery...

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Retirees Help Caregivers Cope With Hospital Stays

April 3, 2014 10:17 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Edwin Pacheco was in and out of the hospital for months. He'd survived one organ transplant and desperately needed another. But he wasn't the only one suffering. Few people asked how his wife was holding up as she kept vigil, cornered hard-to-understand doctors, and held job and family together...

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Transplant Drugs May Help Wipe Out Persistent HIV Infections

April 3, 2014 10:08 am | Comments

New research suggests that drugs commonly used to prevent organ rejection after transplantation may also be helpful for combating HIV. The findings suggest a new strategy in the fight against HIV and AIDS...          

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New Method Of Computer-Guided Spine Surgery Beneficial For Spinal Reconstruction

April 3, 2014 10:03 am | Comments

In a series of research studies, Cedars-Sinai spinal surgeons show that a new method of computer-guided spine surgery is beneficial for spinal reconstruction and for treating complex tumors and degenerative spine problems, resulting in fewer complications and better outcomes for patients...

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Pathologist: Woman Froze To Death In Hospital Morgue After Prematurely Declared Dead

April 3, 2014 9:53 am | Comments

A family that claims a woman was frozen to death in a hospital morgue after she was prematurely declared dead can proceed with a medical malpractice lawsuit, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. The California 2nd District Court of Appeal overturned a lower court ruling that the lawsuit against White Memorial Hospital was filed too late...  

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Medicare To Release Billing Data For 880K Doctors

April 3, 2014 9:47 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

Patients may soon get an unprecedented look at how their doctor compares to other physicians, after Medicare announced Wednesday it plans to publicly post billing data for more than 880,000 practitioners. Considered the mother lode of information on doctors, the Medicare claims database has been off-limits to the public for decades, blocked in the courts by physician groups...

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Northwestern Medicine Launches New Lung Transplant Program

April 2, 2014 10:54 am | Comments

Northwestern Medicine is proud to announce the launch of a new lung transplant program. Appointments are available to eligible patients immediately and lung transplant surgeries will begin in May...          

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Survey Shows Spine Surgeons Need To Screen More Patients For Anxiety And Depression

April 2, 2014 10:21 am | Comments

In a recent report, a Johns Hopkins team says that only 10 percent of orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons follow professional guidelines recommending routine psychological screenings of patients prior to major surgery for severe back and leg pain. The oversight, researchers say, may pose a serious risk to patients' surgical recovery...

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Like Hand-Washing, Blood Transfusions Linked To Infections

April 2, 2014 10:17 am | Comments

"Many people are beginning to accept that we can make a difference – despite being taught in medical school that blood transfusions 'might help and can't hurt,' " Neil Blumberg, M.D., professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry said. "What we've found is actually the opposite, that it can hurt and it rarely helps..."

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Low-Cost Dominican Surgeries Spark Warnings By U.S.

April 2, 2014 9:50 am | by Ben Fox and Ezequiel Abiu Lopez, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued an alert March 7 after health authorities in the United States reported that at least 19 women in five states had developed serious mycobacterial wound infections over the previous 12 months following cosmetic procedures in the Dominican Republic such as liposuction, tummy tucks, and breast implants...

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Obesity Surgery Gives Long-Term Help For Diabetics

April 1, 2014 10:09 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients' diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good.               

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Clearance Received For Implantable Collagen Scaffold Technology

April 1, 2014 9:59 am | Comments

Rotation Medical, Inc. has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its implantable collagen scaffold technology for treating rotator cuff disease.        

IMS To Be Acquired By STERIS Corporation

April 1, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

When the transaction closes, IMS will be integrated into STERIS’s Healthcare segment as part of its Specialty Services business, which provides services including surgical instrument and endoscope repair, comprehensive educational programs and a portfolio of products and solutions for the Operating Room and Sterile Processing Department.

Study: Married Folks Have Fewer Heart Problems

March 28, 2014 2:04 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are less likely than singles, divorced, or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem. This was true at any age, for women as well as for men, and regardless of other heart disease risk factors they had such as high cholesterol or diabetes, researchers found...

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