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Regional Surgical Quality Collaborative Improves Outcomes, Reduces Cost

January 24, 2012 5:52 am | Comments

A new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons finds hospitals participating in a regional collaborative of the American College of Surgeon's National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP), achieved substantial improvements in surgical outcomes, such as reducing the rates of acute renal failure and surgical site infections.


Pre-op MRI Can Reduce Nerve Damage In Prostate Cancer Surgeries

January 24, 2012 5:42 am | Comments

Excluding skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in American men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Open radical prostatectomy, or removal of the prostate, is a common treatment for the disease, but it carries substantial risks, including incontinence and impotence.

Routine Checks Get Second Look

January 24, 2012 5:28 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Recent headlines offer a fresh example of how the healthcare system could be subjecting people to too many medical tests — this time research showing millions of older women don't need their bones checked for osteoporosis nearly so often. Many expers also say cancer screening is overused, from mammograms given too early or too often to prostate cancer tests that may not save lives.


Home-Made Meth Fills Hospitals With Burn Patients

January 24, 2012 4:42 am | Comments

Jim Salter, AP A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug. It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment — a burden so costly that it's contributing to the closure of some burn units.

Intuitive Surgical Slips Due To Lack Of Expanded Procedures

January 23, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

(AP) — Shares of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. retreated from all-time highs Friday on what two analysts called disappointment over the number of procedures performed with the company's da Vinci robotic surgical system in the fourth quarter. Intuitive Surgical reported its quarterly results after the market closed on Thursday, showing its profit and revenue beat analyst estimates, and with strong forecasts for 2012.


Nail Removed From Man's Brain

January 23, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

Don Babwin, AP Dante Autullo was sure he'd merely cut himself with a nail gun while building a shed, and thought doctors were joking when they told him what an X-ray revealed: A 3-1/4" nail was lodged in the middle of his brain. Autullo was recovering Friday after undergoing surgery at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where doctors removed the nail that came within millimeters of the part of the brain that controlls motor function.

Sri Lanka Sees Eye Donations As Source Of Pride

January 23, 2012 5:28 am | Comments

Margie Mason, AP At 10:25 a.m., a dark brown eye was removed from a man whose lids had closed for the last time. Five hours later, the orb was staring up at the ceiling from a stainless steel tray in an operating room with two blind patients — both waiting to give it a second life. S.

Complication Arises In First Triple Limb Transplant

January 23, 2012 5:14 am | Comments

(AP) — A Turkish doctor whose 25-member team performed the world's first triple limb transplant — two arms and a leg — says the leg has been removed due to tissue incompatibility. Dr. Omer Ozkan stated that 34-year-old Atilla Kavdir is in stable condition after the removal of the leg on Sunday, a day after it was attached.


New Medication, Surgery May Offer Relief For Psoriatic Arthritis

January 20, 2012 5:07 am | Comments

Medications or biologic agents that target T-cells appear to offer significant benefit to patients suffering from psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a type of arthritis that affects up to 48 percent of patients with the skin disease psoriasis, according to a new review article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS).

Drug Shortages Pose Public Health And Patient Care Concerns

January 20, 2012 4:58 am | Comments

Shortages of key drugs used to fight infections represent a public health emergency and can put patients at risk, according to a review published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online. Frequent anti-infective shortages can substantially alter clinical care and may lead to worse outcomes for patients, particularly as the development of new anti-infectives has slowed and the prevalence of multidrug-resistant pathogens is increasing.


Hospital Sending Tiny Baby Home

January 20, 2012 4:37 am | Comments

(AP) — One of the world's smallest surviving babies is headed home. Melinda Star Guido weighed only 9.5 ounces at birth— less than a can of soda. After spending her early months in the neo-natal intensive care unit, a team of doctors and nurses will gather Friday to see her off. Melinda has been growing steadily and gaining weight since she was born premature, at 24 weeks, in August at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

Reporter Finds Health Problem While On Routine Story

January 20, 2012 4:28 am | Comments

David Bauder, AP A routine news story took a strange turn when an ABC Nightline anchor had a full body scan that turned up a possible warning sign. Bill Weir was interviewing Dr. David Agus, who gave him a full series of tests. That included a costly body scan that's not recommended for screening people with no symptoms of disease.

One-In-Four U.S. Adults Would Consider Plastic Surgery

January 18, 2012 5:46 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Some people may be going under the knife to alter their appearance, with more saying they would do so if cost weren't an issue. A new survey from reports that nearly one-in-four U.S. adults (23 percent) said they would get plastic surgery if cost were not an issue. Women were more likely than men to indicate this, at 28 and 18 percent respectively.


Study Shows How Drugs Help Bridge Stent Patients To Surgery

January 18, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) New findings from a research study led by physicians at Scripps Health reveal that the investigational drug Cangrelor has the unique properties of achieving very fast blood thinning effects when needed to protect from heart attacks, but also dissipates rapidly so patients can undergo surgery without the excessive bleeding often associated with blood thinning medications.


Research Could Help Prevent Catheter Infections

January 18, 2012 5:27 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Researchers at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering, backed by funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, are developing tools that promise powerful new ways to combat catheter-based and other infections without provoking bacterial resistance to antibiotics.


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