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Hospitals That Spend More Save More

February 1, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

Studies have shown that regions spending more on medical care, such as Miami, do not have better health outcomes than regions that spend relatively less, such as Minneapolis. However, less is known about how medical spending affects health at certain critical times, such as in the immediate period after a patient is admitted to the hospital with a life-threatening condition.

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Safety Checklist Yields 10 Percent Drop In Hospital Deaths

February 1, 2011 5:28 am | Comments

A Johns Hopkins-led safety checklist program that virtually eliminated bloodstream infections in hospital intensive care units throughout Michigan appears to have also reduced deaths by 10 percent, a new study suggests. Although prior research showed a major reduction in central-line related bloodstream infections at hospitals using the checklist, the new study is the first to show its use directly lowered mortality.

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Tonsillectomy Linked To Kids' Weight Gain

February 1, 2011 5:13 am | Comments

Tonsillectomy is the most common major surgical procedure performed in children. Children who undergo the surgical removal of their tonsils, with or without the removal of their adenoids, are at increased risk for becoming overweight after surgery, according to new research published in the February 2011 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery .

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Dead Patient's Family Goes On Hospital Rampage

February 1, 2011 5:05 am | Comments

(AP) — Relatives of a patient went through a Chinese hospital with knives, seriously wounding six people and trying to throw a doctor out a window in the city of Shanghai, news reports said Tuesday. The 20 relatives of the patient, identified as Liu Yonghua, stormed through Xinhua Hospital's thoracic surgery department after Liu died.

Conversion To ASC Eliminates 130 Jobs

February 1, 2011 4:56 am | Comments

(AP) — The Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend has notified 130 employees that they will lose their jobs May 1, when the hospital becomes a same-day surgery center. Mark Mingenback, director of business strategy for the center, says the employees will get a severance package but must remain with the hospital until May 1 to collect it.

FDA: Breast Implants Possibly Associated With Rare Cancer

January 31, 2011 9:36 am | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a possible association between saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a very rare type of cancer. Data reviewed by the FDA suggest that patients with breast implants may have a very small but significant risk of ALCL in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant.

Healthcare Companies Dominate IPOs

January 31, 2011 7:32 am | Comments

Tali Arbel, AP The IPO market is picking up speed with 11 companies slated to go public next week, including a slew of companies from healthcare-related industries that have been mostly absent from the IPO scene in recent years. Momentum is important for IPO investors, and the 2011 market so far has been strong.

J&J To Pay $482 Million In Patent Lawsuit

January 31, 2011 7:24 am | Comments

(AP) — A federal jury in Texas has ordered Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary to pay $482 million in damages to an inventor who claimed the health care giant infringed on his patent for a cardiac stent. Jurors hearing the case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas deliberated for two hours before returning the verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Cordis Corp.

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Infant Brain Surgery Leads To Wrongful Death Complaint

January 31, 2011 7:18 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) According to his mother's complaint against Cleveland Clinic, surgeons did not ask permission before performing brain surgery on her newborn son, and then used a medical device that warned against its use on infants. Her wrongful death complaint against the Clinic and surgeons, Peter Rasmussen, M.

Initiative Targets HAI Reductions

January 31, 2011 7:01 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Older Americans who were treated in Michigan intensive care units saw larger decreases in their likelihood of dying while hospitalized than similar ICU patients in other Midwestern hospitals, according to a new study evaluating a quality improvement initiative funded by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Sleep Apnea Surgery Reduces Daytime Drowsiness

January 28, 2011 5:33 am | Comments

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea who undergo surgery to improve their breathing get a better night's sleep and therefore are less drowsy during the day, according to a new study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The study finds surgery greatly reduces this common side effect from a disorder in which the upper airway is partially or completely blocked during sleep.

Sleep Apnea Surgery Reduces Daytime Drowsiness

January 28, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea who undergo surgery to improve their breathing get a better night's sleep and therefore are less drowsy during the day, according to a new study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The study finds surgery greatly reduces this common side effect from a disorder in which the upper airway is partially or completely blocked during sleep.

Procedure Removes Tumor, Rebuilds Trachea

January 28, 2011 5:25 am | Comments

Using a novel surgical approach, it's possible to rebuild the trachea and preserve a patient's voice after removing an invasive throat tumor, according to a new report from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. This case study is the first of its kind to not only document a successful technique to create a fully functional trachea, or windpipe, but also report a rare type of malignant tumor in an adult's trachea.

U.K. Hospital Revives Man With No Heartbeat After 3.5 Hours

January 28, 2011 5:11 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE) After receiving more than 20,000 mechanically-performed chest compressions over 3-1/2 hours, Croydon University Hospital in London recently revived a 53-year-old man from sudden cardiac arrest. The company used a ZOLL AutoPulse support pump until the man's pulse returned. "He had no pulse or heartbeat when he arrived at the hospital, so it is amazing that we were able to resuscitate him.

Army Health Initiative Could Serve As A National Model

January 28, 2011 5:03 am | Comments

Susanne M. Schafer, AP First lady Michelle Obama stated that the military's push to turn recruits into health-conscious warriors could be a model for making people across the U.S. more focused on fitness and nutrition.Obama, who has made battling childhood obesity one of her signature causes as first lady, visited the Army's largest training post at Fort Jackson outside Columbia, South Carolina to see what the Army has done - from more rigorous training drills to fat-free milk in its mess halls.

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