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Death With Dignity Champion Dies

March 13, 2012 7:16 am | Comments

(AP) — A physician who campaigned for Oregon's Death With Dignity Act has died using lethal chemicals obtained under the law he championed. He was 83. A spokesman for the organization Compassion and Choices says Peter Goodwin died Sunday at his home surrounded by his family. Goodwin told the Oregonian last month that he's battled a rare brain disorder for six years.

British Docs Urge Against Metal Hip Joints

March 13, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP British experts at the world's biggest artificial joint registry said doctors should stop using metal-on-metal hip replacements, citing an analysis showing they have to be fixed or replaced more often than other implants. All metal hip joints were already under scrutiny over questions about how long they last, and one major manufacturer recalled its product over a year ago.

Optimizing Perioperative Workflow

March 13, 2012 6:28 am | Comments

A five year study of the steps one New York state medical center took to optimize surgical workflow. by Randy Tomaszewski When running their operating rooms, hospital perioperative departments face dynamic workflow challenges every day as they schedule and staff surgical cases, handle and track equipment, and manage patients and surgical procedures.

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Why Would Anyone Believe That Cheap Surgery Is A Good Choice?

March 13, 2012 6:14 am | by Karen S. Sibert, MD | Comments

If you live in southern California, you can’t miss the billboards advertising laparoscopic gastric banding at “1-800-GET-THIN” outpatient surgery centers. They feature happy people who’ve lost 100 pounds or more, and urge you to “let your new life begin” by having a “lap band” inserted.

"How'd He Fit", Asks Woman After Birth Of 14-lb. Son

March 12, 2012 6:53 am | Comments

(AP) — A Southern California woman says doctors predicted she would give birth to a big baby boy, but nobody was prepared for just how big. Jayden Sigler weighed in at 13 pounds, 14 ounces, when the healthy boy was delivered Thursday by cesarean section, the North County Times reported Saturday.

Avoiding Tumors Can Help Prevent Spinal Damage During Neck Dissection

March 12, 2012 6:47 am | Comments

Metastasis of tumors to level IIb lymph nodes is rare in patients with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC). This area can be ignored during selective neck dissection (SND) to avoid damaging the spinal accessory nerve (SAN), making this surgery more conservative and minimizing SAN morbidity, according to the March 2012 issue of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery .

Global Market For Organs Exploiting The Poor

March 12, 2012 6:36 am | Comments

A Michigan State University anthropologist who spent more than a year infiltrating the black market for human kidneys has published the first in-depth study describing the often horrific experiences of poor people who were victims of organ trafficking. Monir Moniruzzaman interviewed 33 kidney sellers in his native Bangladesh and found they typically didn’t get the money they were promised and were plagued with shame, depression and serious health problems that prevent them from working.

ACS, ASMBS Announce Accreditation Program For Bariatric Centers

March 12, 2012 6:19 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) announced plans today to combine their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers.

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Surgery For Epilepsy Should Not Be A Last Resort

March 9, 2012 5:23 am | Comments

While the thought of any type of surgery can be disconcerting, the thought of brain surgery can be downright frightening. But for people with a particular form of epilepsy, surgical intervention can be life-restoring. Yet among people who suffer from what's known as medically intractable epilepsy, in which seizures are resistant to drugs, only a small fraction will seek surgery - seeing it only as a last resort.

More Surgeons Turning To 3D Consultation

March 9, 2012 5:14 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Perhaps the most important question for women considering breast augmentation is "What will I look like after surgery?" Only one in 20 women who consider breast augmentation actually get the procedure, largely because the outcome has been clouded in uncertainty. By using VECTRA's high definition 3D photography and aesthetic simulation tools, plastic surgeons worldwide have helped women in their decision-making process.

Woman Sentenced After Faking Cancer To Avoid Jail

March 9, 2012 5:08 am | Comments

(AP) — A Philadelphia woman who faked having cancer to avoid reporting to prison has been ordered to spend nearly five years behind bars for obstruction and fraud committed during her medical scam. LeAnn Moock was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in Philadelphia. She pleaded guilty in November to charges including obstruction and aggravated identity theft involving her father.

Health Overhaul Not As Bad As Feared

March 9, 2012 5:03 am | Comments

Jennifer Agiesta &Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Attacked as a rationing scheme and praised as a lifesaver, President Barack Obama's healthcare law remains as divisive and confusing as ever. However, a new poll finds Americans are less worried that the overhaul will undermine their own care.

Cancer Patients Unaware Of Risk For Developing DVT And PE

March 7, 2012 8:24 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Focusing attention on patient groups at high risk for deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), the Coalition to Prevent DVT has found that a majority of people with cancer were not aware of an increased risk for DVT and its potentially fatal complication, pulmonary embolism (PE). Additionally, few had discussed their risk with their healthcare provider, according to a survey released by the Coalition as part of the ninth annual DVT Awareness Month.

Pinpoint Location For High-Tech Surgery

March 7, 2012 7:00 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- ICAP Patent Brokerage, a division of ICAP plc and the world's largest intellectual property brokerage and patent auction firm, is offering for auction a system which combines electromagnetic position and orientation tracking with a magnetic resonance scanner by Peter D. Jakab. The lot will be included in the 15th ICAP Ocean Tomo IP Auction on March 29, 2012, at Terranea Resort near Los Angeles, California.

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Fourteenth Patient Dosed ALS Stem Cell Trial

March 7, 2012 6:46 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Neuralstem, Inc. announced that the second patient to receive stem cells in the cervical (upper back) region of the spine was dosed on February 29th in the ongoing Phase I trial of its spinal cord neural stem cells in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease). Patient 14 is also the first woman to be treated in the trial.

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