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Couple Pleads Not Guilty In "Surgical" Death

May 20, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

Cristina Silva, AP A Colombian couple facing murder charges stemming from a fatal back-office buttocks enhancement surgery has pleaded not guilty. "Inocente," Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas and Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez said in Spanish in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. The husband and wife, who do not speak English, were given a trial date.

"Gorgeous Gabby" Sheds Helmet After Surgery

May 20, 2011 6:22 am | Comments

Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP Representative Gabrielle Giffords' new look without a helmet has earned her another nickname."I started calling her Gorgeous Gabby today," neurosurgeon Dr. Dong Kim said Thursday, a day after performing the successful surgery to repair her skull. The helmet adorned with the Arizona state flag that Giffords has worn since she was shot in the head in January is finally gone.

Paralyzed Man Moves Freely After Receiving Implant

May 20, 2011 6:13 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP After Rob Summers was paralyzed below the chest in a car accident in 2006, his doctors told him he would never stand again. They were wrong. However, despite intensive physical therapy for three years, Summers' condition hadn't improved. So in 2009, doctors implanted an electrical stimulator onto the lining of his spinal cord to try waking up his damaged nervous system.

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Medicare EHR Incentive Payments To Be Issued

May 20, 2011 5:56 am | Comments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announce that incentive payments for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will be sent out this week. Providers who have successfully attested to having met meaningful use, and who have met all the other program requirements, can expect to receive their 2011 incentive payments soon.

Obesity Linked To Increased Risk Of Post-Op Infection

May 18, 2011 5:43 am | Comments

Obese patients appear to have a significantly increased risk of developing a surgical site infection after colectomy, and the presence of infection increases the cost associated with the procedure, according to a report published online today that will appear in the September issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Reminding Surgical Staff Of Phlebotomy Costs Helps Limit Utilization

May 18, 2011 5:28 am | Comments

Surgical house staff and attending physicians who are reminded about the charges for ordering daily blood drawing for routine blood work appear to reduce the amount of routine blood tests ordered, and the charges for these laboratory tests, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Hospitals Over-Promoting Benefits Of Robotic Surgery

May 18, 2011 5:16 am | Comments

An estimated four in 10 hospital websites in the United States publicize the use of robotic surgery, with the lion's share touting its clinical superiority despite a lack of scientific evidence that robotic surgery is any better than conventional operations, a new Johns Hopkins study finds. The promotional materials, researchers report online in the Journal for Healthcare Quality , overestimate the benefits of surgical robots, largely ignore the risks, and are strongly influenced by the product's manufacturer.

Study Validates Localized Prostate Cancer Procedure

May 18, 2011 5:07 am | Comments

EDAP TMS SA, the global leader in therapeutic ultrasound, announced today that new, 10-year data from an international registry-based multi-center study shows 83 percent of patients had no biopsy evidence of disease after treatment with Ablatherm® HIFU. Study results were presented at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.

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Study Validates Localized Prostate Cancer Procedure

May 18, 2011 5:07 am | Comments

EDAP TMS SA, the global leader in therapeutic ultrasound, announced today that new, 10-year data from an international registry-based multi-center study shows 83 percent of patients had no biopsy evidence of disease after treatment with Ablatherm® HIFU. Study results were presented at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.

Giffords To Have Surgery While Husband Is In Space

May 18, 2011 4:56 am | Comments

Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP Representative Gabrielle Giffords' recovery isn't slowing down while her astronaut husband speeds around the Earth. Giffords will undergo surgery today so doctors can replace a piece of her skull with a plastic implant, another encouraging step since the Arizona congresswoman was shot in the head more than four months ago.

It Was Just A Few Drops Of Blood – But It Happened

May 17, 2011 1:20 pm | Bd Medical Systems | Comments

Download video: MP4 format | Ogg format | WebM format Edie, an Emergency/Trauma nurse tells how her friend and co-worker was infected with HIV after being exposed to just a few drops of blood. Her co-worker was a nurse for 25 years adamant about using universal precautions, but with one split second decision her career and life changed.

Obese Patients At Much Greater Risk For Costly Surgical-Site Infections

May 17, 2011 1:11 pm | Comments

Obese patients undergoing colon surgery are 60 percent more likely to develop dangerous and costly surgical-site infections than their normal-weight counterparts, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. These infections, according to findings published in the journal Archives of Surgery, cost an average of $17,000 more per patient, extend hospital stays and leave patients at a three-times greater risk of hospital readmission.

Procedure Enhances Smiles For Kids With Facial Paralysis

May 17, 2011 6:46 am | Comments

Transferring a segment of muscle from the thigh appears to help restore the ability to smile in children with facial paralysis, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The article is part of a theme issue focusing on facial plastic surgery in the pediatric population.

Budget Cuts vs. Medical Research

May 17, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP A disease standoff may be brewing: How can Alzheimer's research receive more scarce dollars without cutting from areas like heart disease or cancer? In one of the stark realities of the budget crisis, scientists' chances of winning research dollars from the National Institutes of Health for any condition have dipped to a new low.

Voters Keep Suicide Legal

May 17, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

John Heilprin, AP Voters in Zurich have overwhelmingly rejected calls to ban assisted suicide or to outlaw the practice for non-residents. Zurich's cantonal voters, by about a 4-to-1 margin, defeated both measures that had been pushed by political and religious conservatives. Out of more than 278,000 ballots cast, the initiative to ban assisted suicide was opposed by 85 percent of voters and the initiative to outlaw it for foreigners was turned down by 78 percent, according to Zurich authorities.

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