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Diabetics Target Surgery In Taming Blood Sugar

July 9, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

Alicia Chang, AP For nearly a decade, Cristina Iaboni tried to tame her diabetes the usual way, through daily shots of insulin and other medicine. Still, her blood sugar raged out of control. So Iaboni combed the internet for another solution. She found a doctor who is testing weight loss surgery on diabetics who, like herself, are overweight in an attempt to curb the disease.

Full Face Transplant, Complete With Tears And Facial Hair

July 9, 2010 5:13 am | Comments

Angela Charlton, AP A 35-year-old man with a genetic disorder has an entirely new face, including tear ducts that cry and a chin that sprouts stubble. A rare full-face transplant was performed by a French surgeon and hailed as a new advance in improving the lives of the disfigured. Dr. Laurent Lantieri, one of the few doctors in the world who has performed face transplants in the past, said that the patient, “gave me two thumbs up” after the operation at the Henri-Mondor hospital in the Paris suburb of Creteil.

Website Expands Hospital Quality Information For Consumers

July 7, 2010 8:34 am | Comments

The Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) today applauded the public availability of new information on hospital quality of care at the Hospital Compare website ( www.HospitalCompare.hhs.gov ).  The HQA is a broad working group of hospitals, consumer representatives, physician and nursing organizations, employers and payers, oversight organizations and government agencies dedicated to improving health care quality and making useful and understandable information about hospital quality available to the public.

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Obesity May Not Impact Outcomes From Robotic Prostate Surgery

July 7, 2010 8:31 am | Comments

At the recent 25th Annual European Association of Urology Congress, Dr. David Samadi, Chief of the Division of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, presented findings that showed that obesity does not adversely impact the outcomes of robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomies (RALP) for prostate cancer treatment.

Company Offers Vendor Credentialing Solution

July 7, 2010 7:32 am | Comments

Universal Vendor Services, LLC (UVS) is entering the business of Health Care Industry Representative (HCIR) Credentialing by implementing 2009 joint recommendations of AdvaMed, Joint Commission, and a host of other stake-holding professional organizations. Until today, there has been no Vendor Credentialing Organization that has standardized HCIR credentialing.

9 In 10 Docs Blame Lawsuit Fears For Overtesting

July 7, 2010 7:32 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Ninety percent of physicians surveyed said doctors overtest and overtreat to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits. That sentiment is more common among male doctors than female doctors, according to the survey published Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine.

Some Prostate Cancer Patients Not Given All Possible Treatment Options

July 7, 2010 7:31 am | Comments

At the recent meeting of the American Urological Association in San Francisco, researchers presented studies regarding the decision-making process men go through when considering proposed prostate cancer treatments. Dr. Vorstman, renowned Florida urologist, believes these studies would have more meaning if patients were presented with information about prostate cancer treatment options in a different fashion.

Colon Cancer Screenings Up, Breast Rate Stalled

July 7, 2010 7:31 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — More older Americans are getting tested for colon cancer, with nearly two out of three getting recommended screenings. Meanwhile, rates for breast cancer screening remain stuck on a higher plateau, according to a government report released Tuesday.

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FDA Clears First Implantable Telescope For Vision

July 7, 2010 7:30 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have approved a first-of-its-kind technology to counter a leading cause of blindness in older adults — a tiny telescope implanted inside the eye. The Implantable Miniature Telescope aims to help in the end stages of incurable age-related macular degeneration, a creeping loss of central vision that blocks reading, watching TV, eventually even recognizing faces.

New Robotic Surgical System Takes Another Step

July 6, 2010 5:58 am | Comments

Titan Medical, Inc. recently announced that it has filed an amended and restated preliminary short form base shelf prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. This filing has been made in order to amend and restate the company's current preliminary short form prospectus which was filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces in April.

Surgeon Sues For Legal Fees

July 6, 2010 5:44 am | Comments

A physician’s assistant who sued, alleging a Redding, PA surgeon angrily threw a drill at him in surgery, dropped his lawsuit after the doctor countersued, alleging slander. Now, Dr. Richard Cross is suing his two insurance companies because they’re not picking up the $14,000 legal tab he incurred before the assistant dropped his suit.

Initial Overhaul Provisions Kicking In

July 6, 2010 5:35 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP The first stage of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is expected to provide coverage to about one million uninsured Americans by next year, according to government estimates. That's a small share of the uninsured, but in a shaky economy, experts say it's notable.

EMRs Could Trigger The Need For More Handhelds

July 6, 2010 5:07 am | Comments

Stimulus incentives designed to spur hospitals and physicians to use electronic medical record systems are among several factors that will drive growth of handheld devices in healthcare, according to a new report from healthcare market research publisher Kalorama Information. The report, Handhelds in Healthcare: The World Market for PDAs, Tablet PCs, Handheld Monitors & Scanners , indicates that handheld device sales for healthcare use reached $8.

Benefits Beyond Weight Loss

July 2, 2010 7:03 am | Comments

One year after weight loss surgery with laparoscopic gastric banding, extremely obese adults demonstrate not only better physical health, but also improved psychological health, a new study presented at The Endocrine Society's 92nd Annual Meeting in San Diego, states. So in addition to helping control Type 2 diabetes, the study offers perspective on how the long-term psychological status of morbidly obese individuals undergoing gastric banding has improved.

Best Practices For Managing A Nursing Shortages

July 2, 2010 6:50 am | Comments

API Healthcare recently issued a set of best practices to help hospitals of all sizes effectively prepare for and manage the challenging repercussions of healthcare reform legislation. Industry experts expect this legislation to generate millions of new patients, create a severe nursing shortage and have a significant financial impact on hospitals and other healthcare providers.

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