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"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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Consumers Are Choosing High-Value Healthcare Providers

March 7, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

When asked to choose a health care provider based only on cost, consumers choose the more expensive option, according to a new study funded by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that appears in the March issue of Health Affairs. The study found that consumers equate cost with quality and worry that lower cost means lower quality care.

Alcohol Abuse Among Surgeons

March 7, 2012 5:09 am | by Jon Minnick | Comments

A story sweeping across the airwaves recently concerns surgeons and alcohol. Alcohol use disorders are a significant issue among U.S. surgeons, a recent nation survey revealed. The anonymous study found that 1 in 6 (15 percent) of the nearly 7,200 surgeons to respond admitted they are struggling with alcohol abuse, which is higher than the 8 to 12 percent figure typically cited for the public at large.

Egyptian Lawmaker Out By A Nose

March 6, 2012 6:18 am | Comments

Aya Batawy, AP A lawmaker from Egypt's most conservative Islamist party resigned from parliament after he was caught lying to cover up a nose job, claiming the injuries to his heavily bandaged face were from a carjacking and beating. Parliament member Anwar al-Balkimy represented the Al-Nour party, whose members are known as Salafis and follow a strict interpretation of Islam that forbids cosmetic surgery.

Family Members Of ICU Patients Too Optimistic

March 6, 2012 6:09 am | Comments

Family members of patients in the intensive care unit tend to be overly optimistic about the possibility of recovery despite being told that the prognosis is grim, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings, reported in the March 6 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine , indicate that family members try to sustain hope and harbor beliefs that their loved one will defy medical odds.

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