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Smile Train Announces Milestone

January 6, 2012 5:53 am | Comments

PRNewswire - Smile Train, the world's leading cleft charity with over 2,200 partner surgeons operating in over 1,100 partner hospitals in over 80 countries, has announced that it has performed its 250,000th cleft repair surgery in China. All 250,000 surgeries have been performed by local Chinese surgeons.

From Bloodletting To Anesthesia: The New England Journal Of Medicine's 200 Years Of History

January 6, 2012 5:48 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Unhappy with today's healthcare? Think of what it was like to be sick 200 years ago. No stethoscopes, antibiotics, X-rays or vaccines. Bloodletting was a common treatment. If you had a heart attack or a stroke, doctors put you in bed and hoped for the best. If you needed surgery, you got a few shots of whiskey and a bullet to bite.

U.S. Proposes Regulating Face, Hand Transplants

January 6, 2012 5:35 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP The government wants to start regulating face and hand transplants just as it does now with kidneys, hearts and other organs. This would mean waiting lists, a nationwide system to match and distribute body parts, and donor testing to prevent deadly infections. It's a big step toward expanding access to these radical operations, especially for wounded troops returning home.


The Unspoken Diagnosis: Old Age

January 4, 2012 6:38 am | Comments

By Paula Span Dr. Alexander K. Smith is a brave man. It has taken physicians a very long time to accept the need to level with patients and their families when they have terminal illnesses and death is near — and we know that many times those kinds of honest, exploratory conversations still don’t take place .

Bariatric Surgery Cuts Cardiac Risks

January 4, 2012 6:34 am | Comments

Bariatric surgery reduces the long-term risk of heart attack and stroke as well as the risk of dying from them, a prospective non-randomized study showed. During a median 14.7 years of follow-up, any bariatric procedure cut risk of a first fatal or non-fatal event by 33 percent compared with no bariatric surgery for obese individuals after adjusting for other factors, Lars Sjöström, MD, PhD, of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues found.

Reassessing Weight Loss Surgery For Type 2 Diabetes

January 4, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

Weight loss surgery is not a cure for type 2 diabetes, but it can improve blood sugar control, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Surgery . Whereas some previous studies have claimed that up to 80 percent of diabetes patients have been cured following gastric bypass surgery, researchers at Imperial College London found that only 41 percent of patients achieve remission using more stringent criteria.

Quality Of Life Can Be Impaired After Oesophageal Cancer Surgery

January 4, 2012 6:20 am | Comments

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that most patients who survive for at least five years after oesophageal cancer surgery recover an average quality of life. However, quality of life deteriorates significantly for one in six patients to a level that remains much lower than the average population in the five years after surgery.

Acid Attack Victim Has Face Restored

January 4, 2012 6:09 am | Comments

PRNewswire - The Ministry of Health and Welfare and Korea Health Industry Development Institute have announced that a 19-year-old woman, Tan Hui-Linn, has been invited to South Korea as part of the government's Medical Korea project, and will receive surgery at the JK Plastic Surgery Center in southern Seoul.


Medication Shortages Set New Record

January 4, 2012 5:53 am | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP The number of new prescription drug shortages in 2011 shot up to 267, well above the prior record and about four times the number of medication shortages in the middle of the last decade. Figures just released by the University of Utah Drug Information Service, which tracks national drug shortages, show there were 56 more newly reported drug shortages in the U.

New Materials Helping Hips Function Better, Last Longer

January 3, 2012 5:47 am | Comments

Researchers from Northwestern University, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, and the University of Duisburg-Essen Germany found that graphitic carbon is a key element in a lubricating layer that forms on metal-on-metal hip implants. The lubricant is more similar to the lubrication of a combustion engine than that of a natural joint.

Medical Flight Crash Kills Pilot, Heart Surgeon

January 3, 2012 5:32 am | Comments

Jennifer Kay, AP The pilot killed in a helicopter crash while heading to pick up a heart for transplant was a decorated veteran of combat missions in Vietnam, the man's son recalled. A heart surgeon and a technician from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville also died in the crash in remote, dense woods in north Florida.

Murders In Somalia Underscore Risks Of Doctors Without Borders

January 3, 2012 5:24 am | Comments

Jason Straziuso, AP A second foreigner working with Doctors Without Borders died of his wounds in an attack in Somalia that also killed the group's country director, though the aid organization declared Friday that despite the risks it would still provide medical care in one of the world's most dangerous countries.

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.


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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