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Device Regulator Faces Critics From Both Sides

February 18, 2011 6:16 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration is approving medical devices too slowly. Or too quickly — depending on whom you ask. House lawmakers heard both arguments last week at a hearing examining the FDA's regulation of U.S. medical devices, a $120-billion industry that includes everything from hospital beds to heart pumps.

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Study Shows Common Healing Technique Not As Effective In Rotator Cuff Surgery

February 18, 2011 6:08 am | Comments

For years, doctors have used platelet rich plasma (PRP) to promote healing in various surgeries, but a recent study demonstrates that a type of PRP did not improve healing after rotator cuff repair. The study, conducted by Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) investigators, was presented at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) 2011 Specialty Day meeting, following the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Two Better Than One For Knee Replacements

February 18, 2011 5:55 am | Comments

PRNewswire - Replacing both knees in one surgery, or simultaneous total knee replacement (TKR) was associated with significantly fewer prosthetic joint infections, as well as other revision knee operations within one year after surgery, compared with total knee replacements performed in two separate procedures.

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Army Researchers Investigate Combat Musculoskeletal Injuries

February 18, 2011 4:45 am | Comments

PRNewswire - A team of U.S. Army orthopedic surgeons is conducting research to better understand the dimensions of injuries sustained by soldiers serving overseas. The most recent paper in their research series, presented this week at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2011 Annual Meeting, followed a single Brigade-level combat team of 4,122 soldiers over 15 months in Iraq.

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Doctors Remove Knife From Man's Head - Four Years Later

February 18, 2011 4:37 am | Comments

Gillian Wong, AP Surgeons in southern China successfully removed a rusty, 4" (10-centimeter) knife from the skull of a Beijin man who said it had been stuck in there for four years. Li Fuyan, 30, had been suffering from severe headaches, bad breath and breathing difficulties but never knew the cause of his discomfort, said the senior official at the Yuxi City People's Hospital in Yunnan Province.

FDA Approves Lap-Band For Millions More

February 18, 2011 4:23 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Cosmetic drug and device maker Allergan, Inc. said late Wednesday it received approval to market its stomach-shrinking Lap-Band to millions more patients who are less obese than those currently using the device. The Food and Drug Administration expanded approval to patients with a body mass index between 30 and 40 and one weight-related medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Program Reduces Pressure Ulcers By 70 Percent

February 18, 2011 4:05 am | Comments

Healthcare facilities throughout the country are reporting, on average, a 70 percent reduction in facility-acquired pressure ulcers after implementing Medline Industries' Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program (PUPP). These same facilities are potentially saving up to $306,000 per year (based on having 7.

Survey: Use Of Temporary Physicians Rising

February 16, 2011 5:02 am | Comments

The use of temporary physicians is rising, underlining the ongoing shortage of doctors nationwide, a new survey suggests. Conducted by Staff Care, a national temporary physician staffing firm and company of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS), the survey polled hospital and medical group managers about their use of temporary physicians, also known as locum tenens.

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Where Patients Live Drives Wait For Liver Transplants

February 16, 2011 5:01 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors dropped another bomb soon after telling Matthew Rosiello it was time for a liver transplant: The 21-year-old isn't likely to get one any time soon in his home state of New York. Consider traveling to Ohio, they advised, where the wait's a lot shorter.

Drug May Slow Growth Of Early Prostate Cancer

February 16, 2011 5:00 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer A new study suggests a way to help men with early, low-risk prostate cancer avoid being overtreated for a disease that in most cases will never threaten their lives. It found that a drug can slow the growth of these tumors in men who opt to be monitored instead of having treatment right away.

Study Finds Racial Disparities In Hospital Readmission Rates

February 16, 2011 5:00 am | Comments

Elderly Medicare black patients have a higher 30-day hospital readmission rate for several conditions including congestive heart failure and pneumonia compared to white patients, that is related in part to higher readmission rates among hospitals that disproportionately care for black patients, according to a study in the February 16 issue of JAMA .

Study Shows High Imaging Costs For Defensive Purposes

February 16, 2011 4:59 am | Comments

Nearly 35 percent of all the imaging costs ordered for 2,068 orthopaedic patient encounters in Pennsylvania were ordered for defensive purposes, according to a new study presented today at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). For many years now, some physicians have ordered specific diagnostic procedures that are of little or no benefit to a patient, largely to protect themselves from a lawsuit.

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Incision-Less Surgery For Heartburn

February 15, 2011 4:16 am | Comments

Approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from daily heartburn or other symptoms of reflux such as regurgitation, chronic cough, hoarseness and dental erosions. Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock is offering a new procedure to such patients who meet specific requirements and are generally not doing well on daily Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) medication.

Incision-Less Surgery For Heartbur

February 15, 2011 4:16 am | Comments

Approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from daily heartburn or other symptoms of reflux such as regurgitation, chronic cough, hoarseness and dental erosions. Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock is offering a new procedure to such patients who meet specific requirements and are generally not doing well on daily Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) medication.

Woman Gives Fiancé Kidney For Valentine's

February 15, 2011 3:52 am | Comments

(AP) — Not flowers and hearts, but a kidney: A Minnesota man will get a Valentine's Day gift of a lifetime. Ron Spanier and fiance Amy Anderson are preparing for a kidney donation the day after Valentine's Day at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview. Spanier's been on dialysis since last summer after a disease caused cysts in his kidneys.

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