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Hypnosis/Local Anesthesia Combo During Surgery Helps Reduce Hospital Stays

June 13, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

Using a combination of hypnosis and local anaesthesia (LA) for certain types of surgery can aid the healing process and reduce drug use and time spent in the hospital, anaesthesiologists have found. The combination could also help avoid cancer recurrence and metastases, according to new research presented at the European Anaesthesiology Congress in Amsterdam.

Heart Monitoring Omitted In Many High-Risk Surgeries

June 13, 2011 6:28 am | Comments

A survey of 463 randomly selected European and U.S. anaesthesiologists found that although more than 95 percent knew that it was of major importance that enough oxygen reached all parts of the body during an operation, and that this was determined by how well the heart was pumping blood around the body, 65 percent of them were failing to monitor the amount of blood the heart was pumping – a procedure known as cardiac output monitoring.

Germany Still Seeking Reason For E. Coli Outbreak

June 13, 2011 6:13 am | Comments

German authorities said Sunday that they haven't yet been able to resolve how sprouts became contaminated with an aggressive strain of E. coli that has been blamed for 35 deaths. Officials determined on Friday that sprouts grown at a farm in Lower Saxony state, in northern Germany, were to blame for an outbreak that has sickened more than 3,000 people.

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Considerations For Single Port Surgery Products

June 13, 2011 5:48 am | by Manish Singh, Senior Product Manager for Olympus Surgical Endoscopy. | Comments

“What should surgeons consider when choosing products for single port surgery?” June 13, 2011 As we consider the evolution of surgery from open to laparoscopy to minimally-invasive surgery, single-site surgery is the latest advancement in the reduction of trauma and scarring of the abdomen.

First Photos Of Giffords Released Since Shooting

June 13, 2011 5:45 am | Comments

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press June 13, 2011 This photo combo shows U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. At left, Giffords takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan.

Radiation Following Prostate Removal Cost-Effective, But Less Recommended

June 10, 2011 6:59 am | Comments

Receiving radiation therapy immediately after a radical prostatectomy is a cost-effective treatment for prostate cancer patients when compared with waiting and acting on elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, according to a new study by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital .

Pioneering Pay-For-Performance Program Falls Short

June 10, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

Massachusetts' use of "pay-for-performance" bonuses to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the case of Medicaid patients has turned up no evidence of the problem at any of the state's 66 acute-care hospitals, according to a new study that raises questions about the effectiveness of the state's approach.

New Initiative Champions Healthcare IT Innovation

June 10, 2011 6:32 am | Comments

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has unveiled the Investing in Innovations (i2) Initiative – a new program designed to spur innovations in health IT. The program centers on prizes and competitions to accelerate the development of solutions and communities around key challenges in health IT.

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Berci Receives ACS Innovation Award

June 10, 2011 6:20 am | Comments

George Berci, MD, FACS, FRCS, Ed. (Hon), a general surgeon from Los Angeles, CA, is the recipient of the 2011 Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  Dr. Berci was honored with the award in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the art and science of endoscopy and laparoscopy for more than 50 years.

Experts Critical Of German E. Coli Inquiry

June 10, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

Juergen Baetz & Maria Cheng, AP Outside health experts and German lawmakers roundly criticized Germany on for a bungled investigation into the world's deadliest E. coli outbreak, saying the infections should have been spotted much sooner. Many experts have been surprised, even shocked, at lapses in the German inquiry, and some say the culprit food may never be known.

Smith & Nephew Launches New Educational Program

June 8, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

Smith & Nephew’s Advanced Wound Management division has launched Classroom to Bedside, a new professional education program focused on skin and wound care. The program looks to help nurses and other healthcare professionals by providing resources and tools to support optimal assessment and management of wounds, reduce clinical practice variation and improve the patient experience.

E. Coli Outbreak Pushing Experimental Treatments

June 8, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

David Rising & Kirsten Grieshaber, AP Faced with an unprecedented E. coli outbreak, a team of German doctors is trying something equally new: an antibiotic therapy that some fear could do more harm than good. The treatment has shown initial success but there are worries about possibly fatal side effects.

Blue Shield Pledges Profit Cap

June 8, 2011 6:01 am | Comments

Tom Murphy, AP One of California's biggest health insurers will cap its earnings and credit some policyholders if it exceeds the limit as part of an emphasis on policy affordability over company profits. Blue Shield of California Chairman and CEO Bruce Bodaken called on others in the healthcare system, including doctors, drug companies and insurers, to focus more on affordability as he detailed his company's goal to generate no more than two cents in profit for every dollar in revenue.

Surgery Deaths Could Lead To Prison Time For Device Execs

June 8, 2011 5:43 am | Comments

Maryclaire Dale, AP By 2003, surgeons trained by a Pennsylvania medical-device company had seen serious complications from an unauthorized test of a bone-cement product. The cement had been approved to treat broken bones, but not weight-bearing hips and spines. Yet Synthes, Inc. officials forged ahead with their own tests, teaching doctors how to use it for fractures in places not approved by federal regulators.

Study Examines Impact Of Massachusetts Laws On The ER

June 7, 2011 5:56 am | Comments

While overall emergency department use in Massachusetts continues to rise, the number of low-severity visits dropped slightly since the implementation of the state's healthcare reform law, according to an Annals of Emergency Medicine study published online. "Our study suggests other factors play a role in determining access to care and use of the ED in addition to one's insurance status," writes Peter Smulowitz, MD, MPH, the study's lead author and an emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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