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Judge Orders Circumcision Ban Off San Francisco Ballot

August 1, 2011 6:10 am | Comments

Lisa Leff, AP A judge struck a measure from the city's November ballot that called for a ban on most circumcisions of male children, saying the proposed law violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of religious freedom and a California law that makes regulating medical procedures a function of the state, not cities.

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Anesthesia Killed Vegas Woman During Cosmetic Surgery

August 1, 2011 6:03 am | Comments

Cristina Silva, AP A husband and wife who performed an illegal buttocks enhancement surgery that resulted in a Las Vegas woman's death are expected to plead guilty to manslaughter despite an autopsy report that shows the death was accidental. Elena Caro, 42, died from an allergic reaction to the tumescent anesthesia commonly used in cosmetic surgery procedures, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said Friday.

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Israeli Doctors Rally For Better Pay And Conditions

August 1, 2011 5:54 am | Comments

(AP) — Hundreds of Israel's doctors are demonstrating in Jerusalem, stepping up their protest for higher wages and better hospital conditions. Last week, doctors marched to Jerusalem and pitched tents, echoing a grass-roots movement of tent camps that have sprung up nationwide with young people demanding affordable housing.

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J&J Cuts Tylenol Dosages

July 29, 2011 6:14 am | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP Johnson & Johnson announced that it's reducing the maximum daily dose of its Extra Strength Tylenol pain reliever to lower the risk of accidental overdose from acetaminophen, its active ingredient and the top cause of liver failure. The company's McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division said the change affects Extra Strength Tylenol sold in the U.

Adding A Stent To Repair Aneurysms May Prevent Recurrences

July 29, 2011 5:54 am | Comments

The addition of a simple stent can help prevent potentially lethal blood vessel bulges in the brain from recurring after they are repaired in a minimally invasive "coiling" procedure, according to new research by Johns Hopkins physicians. A report on the research, published in the July Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery , could make coiling a more viable option for the 30,000 people diagnosed with brain aneurysms each year in the United States, the investigators say.

Joint Replacement Surgery Can Increase Blood Clot Risks

July 29, 2011 5:37 am | Comments

When tennis star Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment for a pulmonary embolism earlier this year, the world’s attention was drawn to this often fatal medical condition which, although surprisingly not uncommon, is unfamiliar to many. A common risk factor associated with clot development is surgery; particularly hip and knee replacement surgery.

Experts Say Medical Device Review system Flawed

July 29, 2011 5:24 am | Comments

(AP) — The government should abandon a 35-year-old system for approving most medical devices in the U.S. because it offers little to no assurance of safety for patients, a panel of medical experts concludes in a new report. The recommendation from the Institute of Medicine panel calls for a massive reworking of how the government regulates medical devices, a $350 billion industry that encompasses everything from pacemakers to X-ray scanners to contact lenses.

More Than One-Third Of Americans Affected By HAIs

July 27, 2011 6:27 am | Comments

Survey results released today reveal that 34 percent of Americans either have, or know someone who has acquired an infection during a hospital stay. Moreover, the survey found that 64 percent of Americans do not think they would be better protected from germs in the hospital than in their daily lives.

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Hypnosis Eases Surgical Pain, Recovery For Some

July 27, 2011 6:13 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP As the surgeons cut into her neck, Marianne Marquis was thinking of the beach. As she heard the doctors' voices, she was imagining her toes in the sand, the water lapping. Marquis had been hypnotized before surgery to have her thyroid removed. She's among a growing number of surgical patients at the Belgian hospital, Cliniques Universitaires St.

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Drug Plan Limits Hospital Costs

July 27, 2011 6:03 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP A new study suggests that Medicare's 5-year-old prescription drug plan is keeping seniors out of hospitals and nursing homes, saving the federal program an estimated $12 billion a year in those costs. The savings only offset a portion of the $55 billion a year the government spends on Medicare Part D, as the drug plan is known, but the study's authors say it means seniors are staying healthier and enjoying a better quality of life.

Man Steals Ambulance Outside Fire

July 27, 2011 5:53 am | Comments

(AP) — Phoenix police say a man tried to steal an ambulance left running outside a house fire, but he didn't get very far. Police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson says 28-year-old Travis Ward took the vehicle, which was unlocked and had its keys in the ignition. It had been left running early Sunday to keep cool for anyone seeking medical care.

Man Attempts Surgery With A Butter Knife

July 27, 2011 5:46 am | Comments

(AP) — A Southern California man stuck a butter knife into his belly in a failed bid at self-surgery to remove a painful hernia, police said. The wife of the 63-year-old Glendale man called 911 on Sunday night and told the emergency operator her husband was using a knife to remove a protruding hernia, Sgt.

Telemedicine Ready, But Deployments Need Boost To Meet Demand

July 26, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ - Telemedicine is technologically ready to meet the growing demand for access to health services in developing nations and remote areas around the world, say experts from IEEE, the world's largest professional technical association. However, widespread use of telemedicine will require greater collaboration between technologists and clinicians to ensure it delivers on its promises in the real world - millions more people reached, with measurably better outcomes for those patients.

Kids Get Taste Of Medical Careers

July 26, 2011 6:13 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Again and again, 12-year-old Brianna Bowens cautiously pokes the human eyeball. On purpose. The donated eye is tougher than you'd think. It takes a few slices with a sharp scalpel to pierce the white part — the sclera, she learns — and eventually remove the cornea in front.

Canadian Sports Doc Assistant Gets Probation

July 26, 2011 6:01 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP | Comments

A Canadian sports doctor's assistant who cooperated with prosecutors on her role in bringing unapproved drugs, including human growth hormone, into the U.S. to treat professional athletes was given probation Monday for lying to border agents about medical supplies she was transporting. Mary Ann Catalano could have drawn up to a year in prison for making false statements to federal officers, but prosecutors asked a judge to impose probation because of her help.

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