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Bill Spares Doctors From Medicare Cuts

June 28, 2010 6:10 am | Comments

On Friday President Barack Obama signed a bill that temporarily spares doctors from a 21 percent reduction in Medicare payments. The measure delays cuts through the end of November while lawmakers work on a more permanent solution. There was some urgency to approve the $6.5 billion bill, as Medicare officials announced last week that the program would begin processing claims it had already received for June at the lower rate.

Americans - A Salty Lot

June 28, 2010 5:39 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Most U.S. adults should eat less than a teaspoon of salt each day, but a new government report says just 1 in 18 meet that goal. Health officials go on to advise that 70 percent of adults – including people with high blood pressure, all African-Americans and everyone over 40 – should actually limit their salt intake to a more restrictive two-thirds of a teaspoon.

Statins Aid Lower Post-Surgical Cancer Recurrence

June 28, 2010 5:32 am | Comments

Men who use statins to lower their cholesterol are 30 percent less likely to see their prostate cancer come back after surgery compared to men who do not use the drugs, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. They also found that higher doses of the drugs were associated with a lower risk of recurrence.

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Tummy Tuck Top Surgical Procedure

June 25, 2010 6:08 am | Comments

Tummy Tuck procedures have been on the rise over the last 10 years, amounting to an 84 percent increase since 2000, and has been in the top five plastic surgeries since 2005, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Hugh McLean says the trend holds true for Toronto and his clinic in Mississauga, where the procedure has seen an even sharper rise in popularity.

Jackson's Former Doc Can Continue Practicing, For Now

June 25, 2010 5:54 am | Comments

Ken Ritter, AP The Nevada medical license of Michael Jackson's former physician is safe under an agreement struck with prosecutors on a back child support case. Dr. Conrad Murray, 57, had faced the loss of his license to practice medicine in Nevada under a state law that provides for suspension of professional licenses for non-payment of child support.

More Oversight, Shorter Shifts For Resident

June 25, 2010 5:46 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Patients will be told when they're being treated by rookie doctors, who would get shorter shifts and better supervision under proposed work changes for medical residents. The draft regulations aim to promote patient safety and reduce medical errors by enhancing work conditions for sometimes sleep-deprived junior physicians.

Pre-Emptive Pain Regimen Decreases Opioid Usage For Robotic Surgery Patients

June 25, 2010 5:26 am | Comments

Reporting in the journal Urology , researchers at Thomas Jefferson University have found that a pre-emptive multimodal pain regimen that included pregabalin (Lyrica) decreased the use of opioid analgesics in patients undergoing robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. Opioid usage, which involves narcotic pain medications, was significantly less in patients who received the multimodal regimen compared to patients who received a standard post-operative analgesic regimen.

Apollo Endosurgery Recommended For $5 Million Award

June 23, 2010 4:25 am | Comments

Apollo Endosurgery announced today that the Company received notice of a $5 million award from the State of Texas through the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas CPRIT). Apollo was one of only three companies recommended for the inaugural commercialization awards. CPRIT was established to expedite innovation and commercialization in the area of cancer research and to enhance access to evidence-based prevention programs and services throughout the State.

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Man Surprised To Discover Gunshot Wound

June 23, 2010 4:18 am | Comments

(AP)  Tracy Durham remembers hearing the pop. But the gunshot wound the Illinois man discovered after a neighbor asked about his limp? That was a surprise. The 48-year-old Durham told police he thinks he was shot by a friend during a party late Sunday at his home. Police say Durham recalled calling the friend's girlfriend ugly.

Noninvasive Technique Could Reduce Biopsies

June 23, 2010 4:15 am | Comments

By combining two technologies based on sound and light waves, researchers hope to lower the rate at which women undergo breast biopsies for suspicious lesions. Results of the study on ultrasound-guided optical tomography are published in the online edition and the August print issue of Radiology . “The goal of our study was to investigate the potential of diffuse optical tomography in the near infrared spectrum with ultrasound localization as a means of differentiating early-stage cancers from benign lesions of the breast,” said lead researcher Quing Zhu, Ph.

Surgical Quality Not Associated With Lower Infection Rates

June 23, 2010 4:06 am | Comments

A study by investigators at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine published in this week's issue of JAMA found that public hospital comparison data reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services does not accurately correlate with a patient's risk for surgical post-operative infection.

U.S. Last In Health Care System Performance

June 23, 2010 3:46 am | Comments

Despite having the most expensive health care system, the United States trails Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom on measures of health system quality, efficiency, access, equity and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

The Economic Impact Of Hospitals

June 22, 2010 6:50 am | Comments

(AP)  U.S. hospitals support nearly one of nine jobs in the country and more than $2.1 trillion in economic activity, according to a study funded by the industry's trade group. The American Hospital Association report concluded hospitals directly employed nearly 5.4 million people in 2008. That's up from about 4.

UK Doctor Admits To Helping Patients Die

June 22, 2010 6:43 am | Comments

Raphael G. Satter, AP A British doctor who admitted shortening the lives of nearly 20 patients — including his own son — may face charges. Howard Martin, 75, was cleared in 2005 of murdering three patients with fatal doses of pain killer. He has since had his license revoked. Now a dramatic confession to a national newspaper has prompted police and prosecutors to consider re-opening the case against him.

Oil Spill Stirs Debate Over Health Impacts

June 22, 2010 6:30 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP When an Associated Press reporter went scuba diving in the oil-streaked Gulf of Mexico this month, people commenting on websites worried about his health. But at the same time, the oil sure didn't bother some beachgoers in Alabama. “I was in the water two hours yesterday,” said Robert Theil, a French visitor to Orange Beach, as his sister acted as translator.

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