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Bill Would Require Bachelor's Degrees For Nurses

January 3, 2012 5:08 am | Comments

George M. Walsh, Michael Gormley, AP New registered nurses would have to earn bachelor's degrees within 10 years to keep working in New York under a bill lawmakers are considering as part of a national push to raise educational standards for nurses, even as the healthcare industry faces staffing shortages.

France Ponders Removing Risky Breast Implants

December 21, 2011 6:34 am | Comments

Angela Charlton, AP French health authorities are considering whether to suggest that an estimated 30,000 women in France get their breast implants removed, amid warnings by leading doctors about the risks of rupture and possible cancer. The decision also could have repercussions outside France.

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Removal Of Lymph Nodes Beneficial For Thyroid Cancer Treatment

December 21, 2011 6:27 am | Comments

Papillary thyroid cancer accounts for the majority of all thyroid malignancies, which primarily impact women. A new study indicates that routinely removing lymph nodes in the neck in these cancer patients may help prevent the disease from coming back. When thyroid cancer metastasizes, lymph nodes in the neck may be affected, but these lymph-node tumors can be tiny and may not be detected by ultrasounds done before surgery to remove the diseased thyroid — or even during the procedure itself.

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Aquatic Therapy After Total Knee Arthroplasty Improves Outcomes

December 21, 2011 6:18 am | Comments

Despite increased use of total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA), there is a notable lack of consensus about optimal post-operative treatment. Aquatic therapy has been shown to have a beneficial effect, and it is typically begun two weeks after surgery, after the wound has healed.

Even Limited Telemedicine Could Improve Care In Developing Countries

December 21, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

A lack of infrastructure in developing countries, and particularly in rural areas, often ensures that healthcare provision is absent. Research published in the International Journal of Services, Economics and Management by a team at Howard University in Washington DC suggests a solution to this problem involving the development of telemedicine.

Pre-Op Exam Rates Vary Amongst Hospitals

December 21, 2011 5:47 am | Comments

Hospitals vary greatly in the number of patients who see an internal medicine specialist before major non-cardiac surgery, with rates ranging from five percent of patients to 90 percent, new research has found. The findings are important because they suggest there are no commonly agreed upon standards for which patients should have such consultations, said Dr.

Cancer At The Holidays

December 21, 2011 5:37 am | Comments

His cancer was growing and his symptoms were progressing alarmingly. As holiday music played in the background, I searched the calendar to see how rapidly his surgery could be scheduled. The young man and his wife first looked relieved when we found a surgical opening in the coming week, but their faces fell as they realized that he would spend December 25th in the hospital.

Emergency Care Not Always Local

December 20, 2011 6:19 am | Comments

The first study to examine patterns of emergency care for an entire state has found that 40 percent of emergency department visits in Indiana over a three-year period were by patients who visited more than one emergency department. This finding challenges conventional wisdom that patients are tightly bound to healthcare systems and tend to repeatedly visit local facilities.

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Adenotonsillectomy Can Help Children With Sleep Disorder

December 20, 2011 6:09 am | Comments

Children may have a better quality of life and diminished cardiovascular disease risk from the decreased endothelin 1 (ET-1) levels after adenotonsillectomy, according to new research published in the December 2011 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery . SDB is an increasingly common indication for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy due to obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).

Surgeon Tracks, Instead Of Treating Prostate Cancer

December 20, 2011 5:57 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP John Shoemaker visited six doctors in his quest to find the best treatment for his early stage prostate cancer — and only the last one offered what made the most sense to the California man: keep a close watch on the tumor and treat only if it starts to grow. Very few men choose this active surveillance option.

Medicare Planning Ahead For Doctor Cuts

December 20, 2011 5:42 am | Comments

(AP) — Medicare has set up a damage control plan to deal with steep cuts to doctors that a gridlocked Congress may be unable to head off by January 1. Officials are telling doctors and other clinical providers that Medicare will hold claims for services during the first two weeks of 2012 to avoid passing on a 27 percent cut in payments, which would be required unless Congress acts.

Restricting Post-Op Blood Transfusions Safe For Some Hip Patients

December 19, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

More than half of the older, anemic patients in a New England Journal of Medicine study did not need blood transfusions as they recovered from hip surgery, according to new research co-authored by University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists. The findings could immediately change the way such patients are treated.

Panel Issues New Guidelines For Intrathecal Pain Management

December 19, 2011 5:36 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) A panel of experts has recommended changes to the guidelines used to determine treatment via intrathecal administration for patients suffering from severe chronic pain. The 2011 Polyanalgesic Consensus Conference (PACC) brought together a group of national leaders in chronic pain management for the purpose of updating their current algorithm to standardize decision-making among providers and improving the technical quality of care in chronic pain.

ASBP Supports FDA's Letters About Misleading Lap-Band Ads

December 19, 2011 5:31 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to take action against surgical centers and the marketing firm 1-800-GET-THIN, LLC, for misleading advertising of the Lap-Band, an FDA-approved device used for weight loss in obese adults.

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Chilean Baby Dies After Seperation Surgery

December 19, 2011 5:23 am | Comments

(AP) — A 10-month-old girl who was surgically separated from her conjoined twin died Sunday after suffering general organ failure, said the director of a Chilean children's hospital. Doctors at Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital had separated Maria Jose Paredes Navarrete from her twin sister Maria Paz late Tuesday at the thorax, abdomen and pelvis in a marathon, 20-hour surgery.

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