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Researchers Develop A Way To Monitor Engineered Blood Vessels

December 5, 2011 7:09 am | Comments

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nanoparticle technology, researchers from Yale have devised a way to monitor the growth of laboratory-engineered blood vessels after they have been implanted in patients. This advance represents an important step toward ensuring that blood vessels, and possibly other tissues engineered from a patient's own biological material, are taking hold and working as expected.

Probiotics Reduce ICU Infections

December 5, 2011 6:55 am | Comments

Traumatic brain injury is associated with a profound suppression of the patient's ability to fight infection. At the same time the patient also often suffers hyper-inflammation, due to the brain releasing glucocorticoids in response to the injury. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care shows that including probiotics with nutrients, supplied via the patient's feeding tube, increased interferon levels, reduced the number of infections, and even reduced the amount of time patients spent in intensive care.

Administration Takes New Steps To Encourage Health IT Investment

December 5, 2011 6:49 am | Comments

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently released a report showing that the adoption of health information technology (IT) has doubled over the last two years. This technology is seen as a way to help improve access to care, help coordinate treatments, measure outcomes and reduce costs.

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Two Out Of Three Medical Students Don't Know When To Wash Hands

December 2, 2011 5:23 am | Comments

Only 21 percent of surveyed medical students could identify five true and two false indications of when and when not to wash their hands in the clinical setting, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control , the official publication of APIC - the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Titan Medical, Inc. Completes Pre-Production

December 2, 2011 5:00 am | Comments

Titan Medical, Inc. announced today that it has completed prototypes of the pre-production Surgeon Console and Video Tower, and Beta Patient Cart of its Amadeus Composer platform. The pre-production versions are in the final phases of development and Titan plans to move forward to final design for manufacture and testing.

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What Hospitals Must Do to Thrive, Not Just Survive, On Medicare Margins

December 2, 2011 4:52 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Over the next decade, U.S. hospitals and health systems will face significant changes in the operating environment that, left unchecked, could negatively impact their financial outlook. However, according to research and analysis from The Advisory Board Company, proactive leaders can position their health systems to thrive in the new environment by creating road maps for balanced margin enhancement.

Czechs Send Doctors To Help Slovakia

December 2, 2011 4:42 am | Comments

(AP) — The Czech government has agreed to deploy 30 army doctors in Slovak hospitals after more than a thousand local doctors resigned over low pay. Prime Minister Petr Necas says they could stay for 60 days. Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra said Friday they will be deployed over the weekend.

Analyzing The Best Type Of Hip Implant

November 30, 2011 6:14 am | Comments

More than 270,000 Americans get hip replacement surgeries every year -- a number that is projected to double in the next decade as the population ages. With various options for implants, including metal-on-polyethylene, metal-on-metal and ceramic-on-ceramic, there have been questions about which kind works best.

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Surgeons Perform Better With Eye Movement Training

November 30, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

Surgeons can learn their skills more quickly if they are taught how to control their eye movements. Research led by the University of Exeter shows that trainee surgeons learn technical surgical skills much more quickly and deal better with the stress of the operating room if they are taught to mimic the eye movements of experts.

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Scott Receives Distinguished Service Award For Pediatric Neurosurgery

November 30, 2011 5:55 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Children's Hospital Boston today announced that world renowned neurosurgeon R. Michael Scott, MD, will be awarded the prestigious Franc D. Ingraham Distinguished Service Award. Given by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/CNS Section of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, the award is the highest honor given by the organization and recognizes individuals whose achievements have advanced the field of pediatric neurosurgery.

Flying Squirrel Invades ER

November 30, 2011 5:46 am | Comments

(AP) — Firefighters were needed after a flying squirrel went nuts in a New Jersey hospital's emergency room. The squirrel kept launching itself from an 8'-high wall-mounted lamp into a glass wall after becoming trapped in a trauma room at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway.

YAQRIAS (Yet Another Quality Reporting Initiative Acronym Set)

November 29, 2011 7:15 am | Comments

By SHADOWFAX Okay, I am officially overwhelmed. I am about as well plugged in to the bureaucracy of medicine as any non-professional administrator can be. I am familiar with the joint commission audits, with the Physician Quality Reporting Program, with CMS core measures, with Hospital Compare, with HCAHPS, with "meaningful use," with the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, with Leapfrog, and a variety of other patient safety and quality initiatives.

3-D Imaging Facilitates Face Transplantation

November 29, 2011 7:11 am | Comments

By combining conventional medical imaging with some of the same 3-D modeling techniques used in Hollywood movies, researchers are offering new hope to victims of serious facial injuries. Results of a new study on human face transplantation, led by Darren M. Smith, M.D., plastic surgery resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Valvular Surgery Helps Patients With Infective Endocarditis And Heart Failure

November 29, 2011 7:02 am | Comments

Among patients with infective endocarditis (an infection of the heart lining which may involve the heart valves) and heart failure, about two-thirds undergo valvular surgery, which is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of death in the hospital and at one year, according to a study in the November 23/30 issue of JAMA .

Medical Imaging Can Bring Clarity To Critical Healthcare Decisions

November 29, 2011 6:12 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Amid increased scrutiny over medical imaging scans and the use of radiation, a new survey reveals that awareness and familiarity with medical imaging tests lead to clearer decisions for U.S. adults about their healthcare. The survey, released by the Siemens Radiation Reduction Alliance (SIERRA) evaluated the decision-making process of participants in response to situations where a medical scan is recommended by a physician.

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