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Gonorrhea At A Record Low, Other STDs On The Rise

November 23, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

(AP) — A new government report on sexually spread diseases shows gonorrhea in the United States has dipped to the lowest rate ever recorded. However, chlamydia and syphilis infections continued to increase last year. That's according to a report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kids' ER Visits Down After Cold Medicines Removed

November 23, 2010 5:39 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Removing cough and cold medicines for very young children from store shelves led to a big decline in emergency room visits for bad reactions to the drugs, government research found. But the results are a mixed bag: Some parents were still giving their infants and toddlers these medicines, and many ER cases still involved youngsters who apparently got hold of the medications themselves.

Students Learn Surgical Techniques Before Operating On Patients

November 23, 2010 5:31 am | Comments

In the last 50 years, modern medicine has made astounding advances in surgery, yet many of today’s veterinary and human medicine students still hone basic surgical and suturing skills on carpet pads and pig’s feet before transitioning to a live patient. An invention by Colorado State University veterinarians provides students with artificial body parts that look, feel, behave, and even bleed just like real skin, muscles and vessels.

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Eliminating Unnecessary Thyroid Surgeries

November 23, 2010 5:21 am | Comments

Doctors at the University of Colorado School of Medicine were concerned recently when they found a nodule in the thyroid of a 64-year-old Colorado man. They extracted cells from the nodule, hoping to determine whether the man had cancer. But the biopsy results were inconclusive. Even a few months ago, such uncertainty would have likely led to surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid.

On Black Friday Even Plastic Surgery Is On Sale

November 23, 2010 5:11 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) As a way to join in on the Black Friday specials that kick off the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, Simoni Plastic Surgery will be reducing their prices on several procedures, inviting patients to "once again join in on the fun as we kick off the Holiday season".

Military Experts Provide Surgical Guidance On Bomb Blast Injuries

November 22, 2010 8:31 am | Comments

Hospitals all over the world need to be aware of how to treat emergency blast injuries, and military surgeons can provide valuable knowledge and advice to their civilian counterparts based on their experience of battlefield injuries. That is the driving force behind two papers published online by BJS , the British Journal of Surgery .

New Alliance Focused On Neonatal & Perinatal

November 22, 2010 8:14 am | Comments

Philips Electronics and Atom Medical Corporation have announced that they are expanding their relationship to provide a more complete portfolio of perinatal care solutions. This alliance now includes neonatal patient monitoring, apnea home monitoring, neonatal incubators and warmers, jaundice management, respiratory support, perinatal clinical informatics as well as therapeutic support products and clinical education offerings.

New Network Aids EMR Adoption

November 22, 2010 8:08 am | Comments

SOAPware, Inc., a leading developer of certified Electronic Medical Records and Practice Management software, has reached a new agreement with IBM, ActiveHealth Management and Medens Corporation to provide the cloud-based SOAPware EMR/PM to medical practices implementing the Medens Cloud, based on the solution for collaborative care from IBM and ActiveHealth Management.

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Industrial Robots Selected For Advanced Cancer Treatment Program

November 22, 2010 8:00 am | Comments

Adept Technology, Inc. a leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, today announced it is participating in the CLARA (Lyon Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Cancer cluster) program with Lyon Civil Hospitals as the robotics component in a method for treating small cancer tumors.

A New Way To Predict Post-Op Blood Clot Risk

November 22, 2010 5:20 am | Comments

Patients undergoing plastic or reconstructive surgery should receive a risk assessment before their procedure to predict whether they'll develop potentially fatal blood clots in the legs or lungs, according to research at the University of Michigan Medical School. Researchers also found that one in nine patients at highest risk based on that assessment will develop clots if not given clot-preventing medications after surgery.

Shockwaves Better Than Surgery For Smaller Kidney Stones In The Ureter

November 19, 2010 5:14 am | Comments

Different techniques should be used to remove single stones that have become lodged in the distal ureter after being expelled by the kidney, depending on whether they are under or above one centimeter, according to the December issue of BJUI . Surgeons from the Department of Urology at University Federico II in Naples, Italy believe that extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), which uses a non-invasive acoustic pulse to break down ureteric stones, should be the treatment of first choice in patients with a stone of up to one centimeter.

Hospitals: Enter At Your Own Risk

November 19, 2010 4:57 am | Comments

Medicare's new chief called for more steps to improve patient safety in the wake of a government report that said one in seven hospitalized Medicare patients is harmed during their stay. About 1.5 percent of those patients, or 15,000 people a month, suffered a complication that contributed to their death, the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services said.

Mobile Device Offers Constant Link Between Patients, Healthcare Pros

November 19, 2010 4:51 am | Comments

Cambridge Consultants, a technology product design and development firm, today announced a new product concept. The Minder enables continuous, real-time medical data collection and transmission via cellular networks. Increasing the accuracy and frequency of patient data reporting, the Minder demonstrates a new technology solution that the company feels can lower the cost of healthcare by improving the quality of patient care.

The Many Factors Impacting Surgeon Stress Levels

November 19, 2010 4:34 am | Comments

A small study of Japanese surgeons suggests that duration of surgery and the amount of blood loss are associated with increased stress scores, and that night duty is associated with reduced stress arousal scores, according to a report posted online that will be published in the March print issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Extra Fat Surrounding Internal Organs Can Lead To Liver Surgery Complications

November 19, 2010 4:11 am | Comments

The amount of intra-abdominal fat appears to be associated with the risk of complications following major liver surgery, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, appearing overweight or having a high body mass index (BMI) were not associated with increased post-surgical risks.

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