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MIS Options In Treating Children With Scoliosis

August 31, 2011 6:38 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Minimally invasive surgery to treat scoliosis in teenagers is now a "feasible option," according to Vishal Sarwahi, M.D., Director of Spine Deformity Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. "This new procedure to correct curvature of the spine involves three small incisions in the back, as opposed to standard open surgery, which requires a two-foot incisions in the back," said Dr.

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Mayo Clinic Finds Social Media Valuable For Rare Disease Studies

August 30, 2011 6:54 am | Comments

Mayo Clinic has identified a new benefit of social media and online networking: a novel way to study rare diseases. Through patient-run websites dedicated to heart conditions and women's heart health, a team of cardiologists led by Sharonne Hayes, M.D., is reaching out to survivors of spontaneous coronary artery dissection, also known as SCAD, a poorly understood heart condition that affects just a few thousand Americans every year.

Task Force Urges For Obesity Considerations In Health Benefits

August 30, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

Federal, evidence-based recommendations underpin Alliance Task Force’s proposal to include obesity services in the essential health benefits package "A major intent of the ACA is to control healthcare spending and increase access to necessary services for those who need it most," said Alliance Director Christine Ferguson, J.

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Medieval Plague May Be Extinct

August 30, 2011 6:38 am | Comments

Randolph E. Schmid, AP The version of plague that caused the Black Death in 14th century Europe may now be extinct, researchers report, but other deadly forms remain in circulation. The plague ravaged Europe and wiped out nearly one- third to two-thirds of the population. Its cause was eventually identified as the bacteria Yersinia pestis.

Clinic Warns Of Possible Infections

August 30, 2011 6:21 am | Comments

Todd Richmond, AP A Madison, WI-based clinic is trying to track down hundreds of patients after a nurse apparently spent years improperly using diabetic injection devices on them, potentially exposing them to blood-borne diseases such as HIV. Dean Clinic officials have begun trying to contact 2,345 patients who saw the nurse between 2006 and when she left her job two weeks ago.

Irene's Impact

August 29, 2011 8:11 am | Comments

A look at how Hurrican Irene impacted the east coast of the United States, from a healthcare perspective. The most recent report states that 27 people in eight states lost their lives because of the storm. Total damage on the East Coast is projected at $7 billion. After evacuating more than 1,000 patients, Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY, and the north and south campuses of Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) received state approval to begin accepting inpatients on Sunday evening.

On Closure

August 29, 2011 8:04 am | by To continue reading this blog, click here . | Comments

by Dr. Wes The chief complaint, the history and physical, the differential diagnosis, the proper testing, the treatment. From Day 1, these are the pieces of medicine that are hammered in to young doctors' heads: the best way to treat this or that, the best drug, widget or gizmo, the latest advance.

Researchers Offer Sutureless Method Of Joining Blood Vessels

August 29, 2011 7:58 am | Comments

Reconnecting severed blood vessels is mostly done the same way today — with sutures — as it was 100 years ago, when the French surgeon Alexis Carrel won a Nobel Prize for advancing the technique. Now, a team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has developed a sutureless method that appears to be a faster, safer and easier alternative.

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Experimental Drug Could Reduce Risks For Stroke, Blood Clots

August 29, 2011 7:43 am | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP Developers of an experimental drug that's part of a new generation of anti-clotting medicines stated that in a key patient study, Apixaban significantly cut the risks of stroke, major bleeding and death. Drugmakers Pfizer Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. said the 18,201-patient, late-stage study of Apixaban found that compared with the popular blood thinner Warfarin, Apixaban reduced risk of stroke and dangerous blood clots by 21 percent, reduced major internal bleeding by 31 percent and risk of death by 11 percent.

Medical Train Offers Hope

August 29, 2011 7:34 am | Comments

Dozens of elderly villagers, tribal tattoos marking their scrawny arms, sit in a dimly lit hall. Hidden behind large sunglasses or with white bandages wrapped across one eye, they're all recovering from cataract surgery. Most have never seen water gush from a faucet or pressed a switch to flood a room with light.

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Hospital Transplants Five HIV-Infected Organs

August 29, 2011 7:25 am | Comments

Annie Huang, Associated Press One of Taiwan's best hospitals mistakenly transplanted HIV-infected organs into five patients after a hospital staffer misheard the donor's test results by telephone, the hospital said. The five are now being treated with anti-AIDS drugs, an official at National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei said Monday.

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Temporary ER Staff Pose Increased Safety Risks

August 26, 2011 5:22 am | Comments

Temporary staff members working in a hospital's emergency department are twice as likely as permanent employees to be involved in medication errors that harm patients, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. Results of the research raise serious issues related to temporary nursing staff in particular because they already are a substantial and growing part of the healthcare workforce, due to the national nursing shortage.

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Jury Rules Against Amputation Patient

August 26, 2011 5:01 am | Comments

Bruce Schreiner, AP A Kentucky truck driver who was wheeled into surgery for a simple circumcision, but awoke without part of his penis, lost his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the urologist who cut off a cancer-riddled section of the organ. A six-man, six-woman jury deliberated briefly before saying it didn't agree with 64-year-old Phillip Seaton and his wife, Deborah, that Dr.

Surgery Patient Dies As Doctors Flee Fire

August 26, 2011 4:50 am | Comments

(AP) — A man in China died on the operating table after his doctors fled from a fire that broke out in the next room, a hospital official said Friday. The 50-year-old man died after being left unattended for 30 minutes while undergoing surgery to amputate his leg at the Shanghai No. 3 People's Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Hu Yuan.

Goup Seeks Ban On Pelvic Surgical Mesh

August 26, 2011 4:46 am | Comments

(AP) — A consumer advocacy group is calling on government regulators to ban a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic collapse, saying it exposes patients to serious risks. Public Citizen sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to ban pelvic surgical mesh inserted through the vagina.

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