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Woman In Illegal Surgery Case Flees To China

April 11, 2012 7:38 am | Comments

(AP) — A New York woman facing felony charges in Las Vegas after being accused of performing illegal eyelift surgeries has apparently fled the country. The Las Vegas Sun reports that Jing Qu had been expected to appear for arraignment Tuesday morning in Las Vegas Justice Court, but she never showed up.

Study Sights Reduced Need For Back Surgeries

April 11, 2012 7:32 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) The Regional Neurosciences Center in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK conducted a pilot randomized trial of the effectiveness of inversion therapy in patients with pure single level lumbar discogenic disease. The study consisted of two groups, one who went through standard physiotherapy and the other that participated in physiotherapy and intermittent traction with a Teeter Inversion Table.

Blood Loss In Childhood Back Surgery Varies With Deformity

April 11, 2012 7:18 am | Comments

The relative risk of blood loss during corrective spine surgery in children appears linked to the underlying condition causing the spinal deformity, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Results of the study, published online in the journal Spine , can help surgeons prepare, plan and safeguard against this common and serious complication, the investigators say.


Transcatheter Implantation Shows Promise

April 11, 2012 7:11 am | Comments

German researchers report success with transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in patients with low-flow, low-gradient aortic stenosis. Results published in the April issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions , the peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), show that while all-cause mortality was high within the first six months, TAVI significantly improved heart function and exercise capacity in surviving patients.

Higher U.S. Costs For Cancer Care May Be ‘Worth It’

April 10, 2012 7:41 am | by Sarah Barr | Comments

Higher U.S. spending for cancer care pays off in almost two years of additional life for American cancer patients on average compared to their European counterparts — a value that offsets the higher costs –according to a  study in the April issue of the journal  Health Affairs .

Soaring Painkiller Sales Fueling Addiction During Recovery

April 10, 2012 7:10 am | Comments

Chris Hawley, AP Sales of the nation's two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients' suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic.Drug Enforcement Administration figures show dramatic rises between 2000 and 2010 in the distribution of oxycodone, the key ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan.

Cancer Patients Prefer Risky Treatments

April 10, 2012 6:48 am | Comments

A new analysis provides a closer look at how much cancer patients value hope — with important implications for how insurers value treatment, particularly in end-of-life care. The analysis led by Darius Lakdawalla, director of research at the Schaeffer Center at USC and associate professor in the USC Price School of Public Policy, surveyed 150 cancer patients currently undergoing treatment, and is part of a special issue on cancer spending from the journal Health Affairs .

Protein Identification Could Help Predict Pulmonary Metastases In Breast Cancer Patients

April 10, 2012 6:38 am | Comments

Researchers from the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) have shown that breast cancer cells that metastasize to the lung express a higher level of the protein peroxiredoxin 2 (PRDX2). The study suggests that the modulation of the levels of this protein could be a new therapeutic strategy to prevent lung metastases.


Anesthesiologists Continue Supervision Battle

April 10, 2012 6:29 am | Comments

The California Society of Anesthesiologists has, along with its partner, the California Medical Association, decided to request a review by the California Supreme Court in CSA and CMA v. Schwarzenegger. This course of action follows the March 15, 2012 decision to affirm the December 27, 2010 decision of the Superior Court that California law does not require physician supervision of nurse anesthetists.

Recovery From Propofol Anesthesia Can Be Improved By Stimulant

April 9, 2012 8:44 am | Comments

The ability of the commonly used stimulant methylphenidate (Ritalin) to speed recovery from general anesthesia appears to apply both to the inhaled gas isoflurane, as previously reported, and to the intravenous drug propofol. Members of the same Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team that reported the isoflurane study are publishing similar results for propofol in the May issue of Anesthesiology, and their paper has been issued online.


New Staging Classifications For Pancreatic Tumor Surgeries

April 9, 2012 8:06 am | Comments

Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center have carried out a study to validate the utility of new tumor classification systems for staging and predicting relapse-free survival for patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) and who may be candidates for surgery. The results of their study were published in a recent issue of the Annals of Surgery .

Complications After Oesophageal Surgery Can Cause Lasting Problems

April 9, 2012 7:38 am | Comments

Oesophageal cancer is a very serious form of cancer that, if not fatal, requires extensive surgery. A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that when serious complications arise after surgery for oesophageal cancer, many patients suffer other health problems, such as breathlessness, fatigue, insomnia and eating problems, for up to five years afterwards.

Covidien Joins Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council

April 9, 2012 6:59 am | Comments

The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council has welcomed Covidien as its newest member, bringing the total council membership to 12 companies. “As we seek to improve the recyclability of plastic products in healthcare, their insights will be instrumental," stated Tod Christenson, Director of HPRC.

Surgical Management Has Little Effect On Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

April 6, 2012 8:11 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- In the largest multicenter clinical trial of children undergoing early-stage surgery for single-ventricle heart defects, differences in intraoperative management did not significantly affect neurodevelopmental outcomes at 14 months of age. Instead, the strongest influences were innate patient characteristics and general medical morbidity during the child's first year of life.

Trial For Compartment Syndrome Focused On Wounded Warriors Approved

April 6, 2012 7:57 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Arteriocyte, a leading biotechnology company with offices in Cleveland, Ohio and Hopkinton, Massachusetts announced today approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate a Phase I clinical trial using its Magellan MAR01T technology in the treatment of Compartment Syndrome.


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