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Few Hospitals Aggressively Combating Catheter-Associated Infections

December 9, 2011 6:18 am | Comments

Hospitals are working harder than ever to prevent hospital-acquired infections, but a nationwide survey shows few are aggressively combating the most common one – catheter-associated urinary tract infections. In the survey by the University of Michigan Health System and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare Center, as many as 90 percent of U.

Mastectomy Offers Limited Gains

December 9, 2011 6:09 am | Comments

Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM), a procedure that removes the unaffected breast in patients with cancer in one breast, provides only a modest increase in life expectancy, according to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

New Disinfection Technique Could Revolutionize Hospital Cleaning

December 9, 2011 5:59 am | Comments

A Queen’s University (located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada) infectious disease expert has collaborated in the development of a disinfection system that may change the way hospital rooms are cleaned, as well as stop bed bug outbreaks in hotels and apartments. Dick Zoutman, who is also Quinte Health Care’s new Chief of Staff, says his disinfection technology is getting interest from a major hotel chain because of its potential to save millions of dollars in lost revenue and infected furniture.


Woman Charged After Buttocks Injections Go Bad

December 9, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

Emery P. Dalesio, AP A woman on probation for performing buttocks-enhancing injections that left three women with kidney failure in 2008 has been charged with allegedly injecting an exotic dancer's backside with a disfiguring potion. Lauretta Cheek, 42, of Greensboro, North Carolina, was arrested and charged with one misdemeanor count of practicing medicine without a license, Guilford County Sheriff's Detective Craig Cotten said.


Does Technology Help Or Make Us Lazy?

December 7, 2011 6:54 am | Comments

By Jon Minnick Let me set the scene for you. It’s the mid-90s before the dot-com burst, so everyone is embracing the Internet and its infinite possibilities. Angela Bennett (played by Sandra Bullock in this movie) goes to the hospital to check in on her friend Dr. Alan Champion (played by Dennis Miller).

Study Finds Nursing Shortage May Be Easing

December 7, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

The number of young people becoming registered nurses has grown sharply since 2002, a trend that should ease some of the concern about a looming nursing shortage in the United States, according to a new study. The number of people aged 23 to 26 -- primarily women -- who became registered nurses increased by 62 percent from 2002 to 2009, approaching numbers not seen since the mid-1980s.

Mammography Screening Reduced Death Risk By Half

December 7, 2011 6:42 am | Comments

PHILADELPHIA -- A new case-control study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, shows that women who participated in at least three screening mammograms had a 49 percent lower risk for breast cancer mortality. "Our study adds further evidence that mammography screening unambiguously reduces breast cancer mortality," said Suzie Otto, Ph.

Green Tea Flavonoid May Prevent Hepatitis C Reinfection

December 7, 2011 6:40 am | Comments

German researchers have determined that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)—a flavonoid found in green tea—inhibits the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from entering liver cells. Study findings available in the December issue of Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, suggest that EGCG may offer an antiviral strategy to prevent HCV reinfection following liver transplantation.


Ankle Fractures Often Not Diagnosed

December 7, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Mistaking an ankle fracture for an ankle sprain has serious consequences when the foot does not heal correctly. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons reminds patients to seek correct diagnosis to ensure proper recovery, especially in the cold-weather months when most ankle injuries occur.

Breast Cancer Studies: Faults With Partial Radiation, New Alternatives To Surgery

December 7, 2011 4:03 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP New research casts doubt on a popular treatment for breast cancer - a week of radiation to part of the breast instead of longer treatment to all of it. Women who were given partial radiation were twice as likely to need their breasts removed later because the cancer came back, doctors found.

CERTAS Programmable Valve For Hydrocephalus

December 6, 2011 7:51 am | Codman | Comments

December 6, 2011 Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. (Codman), recently launch their CODMAN® CERTAS Programmable Valve, a shunt used in the treatment of congenital or acquired hydrocephalus, an excess accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. It represents the latest offering in the company's portfolio of products for the treatment of hydrocephalus, and provides surgeons with another choice when determining the appropriate course of treatment.

Apple's Secret Plan To Steal Your Doctor's Heart

December 6, 2011 7:35 am | Comments

by Robert McMillan, Nancy Luo didn’t expect an answer when she e-mailed Steve Jobs one Wednesday evening two summers ago. But less than a day later, an Apple emissary knocked on her door at the University of Chicago Hospitals. It was August 25, 2010, the last day of a long heatwave in Chicago.

Time Of Surgery Doesn't Influence Results

December 6, 2011 7:30 am | Comments

(HealthDay News) - The timing of an operation doesn't affect a patient's subsequent risk of complications or death, a new study finds. For example, there's no difference in death rates between elective surgery performed in the afternoon versus the morning or on Monday instead of Friday, the researchers said.

C. Difficile Lengthens Hospital Stays By Six Days

December 6, 2011 6:08 am | Comments

A new study published in the CMAJ ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ) reports that hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infection increases length of stay in hospital by an average of six days. C. difficile is the most common cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitals, and it is estimated that 10 percent of patients who become infected will die.

Pre-Operative Aspirin Can Benefit Surgery Patients

December 6, 2011 6:00 am | Comments

Aspirin taken within five days of cardiac surgery is associated with a significant decrease in the risk of major post-operative complications, including renal failure, a lengthy intensive care unit stay and even early death (30-day mortality), according to a study by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University and UC Davis Medical Center, which is set to appear in the journal Annals of Surgery.


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