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Non-Narcotic Medication Safe And Effective Post Sinus Surgery

March 23, 2012 11:33 am | Comments

Patients who have undergone sinus surgery can safely take an alternative pain medication that does not cause the side effects of narcotics such as fentanyl and Vicodin, a Loyola University Health System study has found. The alternative medication is ketorolac (brand name, Toradol). It is in the same class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as Advil and Aleve.

Healthcare Cuts Send Patient Treatment Home

March 23, 2012 11:24 am | Comments

More patients are choosing to install at-home medical equipment, as technological advancements and reductions in government healthcare funding mean that cutting costs in healthcare expenditure is essential, according to a new report by GBI Research. The new report states that technological improvements, rising disposable incomes and a notable decrease in the number of hospital beds in some areas have all contributed to an increase in the demand for home healthcare devices in recent years.

Healthcare Cuts Send Patient Treatment Home

March 23, 2012 11:22 am | Comments

More patients are choosing to install at-home medical equipment, as technological advancements and reductions in government healthcare funding mean that cutting costs in healthcare expenditure is essential, according to a new report by GBI Research. The new report states that technological improvements, rising disposable incomes and a notable decrease in the number of hospital beds in some areas have all contributed to an increase in the demand for home healthcare devices in recent years.

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Patients Reverse Roles To Become Doctors For A Day

March 23, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) This week doctors and nurses at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital handed over their white coats and stethoscopes to a group of very special caregivers - hospitalized kids. Becoming "Doctors for a Day," pediatric patients switched roles with their caregivers and treated pretend illnesses and broken bones.

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China To Phase Out Prisoner Organ Donation

March 23, 2012 6:22 am | Comments

(AP) — China will abolish the transplanting of organs from executed prisoners within five years and try to spur more citizens to donate, a top health official says. Rights groups call transplants from condemned prisoners a form of abuse and allege that the government, which executes far more people than any other nation, pressures them to donate organs.

Hospitals Back EMR Ability To Control Costs

March 23, 2012 3:34 am | Comments

Unhealthy modern lifestyles, ageing populations and struggling national health services will combine to create a huge demand for Electronic Medical Records (EMR), according to a new report by medical intelligence company GBI Research. The new report shows that information communication technology (ICT) is to play a leading role in future medical care, as more efficient administration of diverse healthcare practices will lower costs.

U.S. Heart Surgery On The Decline

March 23, 2012 3:11 am | Comments

According to a new report by GBI Research, the number of cardiac surgeries will fall in the U.S. due to a growing preference for non-surgical options. The U.S. is the biggest market for cardiovascular surgery devices, due to factors such as an aging population and increasing numbers of patients with heart disease.

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Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Diagnosis Confusing Patients

March 21, 2012 7:57 am | Comments

Women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) need clear communication and tailored support in order to understand this complex breast condition, which has divided the medical profession when it comes to its perception and prognosis. That is the key finding of a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing .

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More Anesthesiologists Providing Sedation During Endoscopies, Colonoscopies

March 21, 2012 7:47 am | Comments

Between 2003 and 2009, the use of anesthesia services to provide sedation during endoscopies and colonoscopies increased substantially, according to a study in the March 21 issue of JAMA . The authors also found that most of the gastroenterology anesthesia use was for low-risk patients, and that there was considerable regional variation in use.

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Legislation May Improve Patient Access To Medications

March 21, 2012 7:40 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Cost-sharing practices that limit access to vital medications for people with serious health conditions may soon be alleviated for many patients thanks to a bill just introduced in Congress. The bi-partisan legislation, supported by the American College of Rheumatology, the Arthritis Foundation and other medical and patient groups, has been introduced by Rep.

Cosmetic Surgery Enhancing Wound Closure Devices

March 21, 2012 7:05 am | Comments

The growing popularity of cosmetic procedures is the main factor behind a noteable increase in surgical procedures and rising revenue from the global wound closure devices market, according to a new report by business intelligence expert GlobalData. The new report shows that cosmetic surgery is playing a greater role in the growing number of surgeries being carried out, catching up to the numbers of people undergoing life-saving procedures for cardiovascular, orthopedic and laparoscopic issues.

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Kimberly-Clark Launches Pain Education Portal

March 20, 2012 7:21 am | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Health Care today announced the availability of a new, proprietary online learning portal to boost understanding and knowledge of its interventional pain management procedures among clinicians and support staff. The portal was built to function as a central repository of educational information for clinicians to review and refresh clinical techniques.

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Comparing Open And MIS Hernia Repair Techniques

March 20, 2012 7:06 am | Comments

The minimally invasive hernia repair procedure known as total extraperitoneal inguinal hernioplasty (TEP) was associated with higher patient satisfaction, less chronic pain and less impairment of inguinal (groin) sensation compared to the open surgical Lichtenstein repair, according to a study published in the March issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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ICU May Be Unnecessary For Sleep Apnea Surgery Patients

March 20, 2012 7:01 am | Comments

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea who undergo surgery for their condition should be closely monitored after their procedures are performed but may not need to be in an intensive care unit, according to a report published by Archives of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Kidney Transplant Patients Seek Life Without Drugs

March 20, 2012 6:53 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer Lindsay Porter's kidneys were failing rapidly when a friend offered to donate one of his. Then she made an unusual request: Would he donate part of his immune system, too? Every day for the rest of their lives, transplant recipients must swallow handfuls of pills to keep their bodies from rejecting a donated organ.

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