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Online Resource For Volunteering Abroad In Pediatric Surgery

May 25, 2010 7:39 am | Comments

The first website designed for pediatric surgeons who want to volunteer abroad has been unveiled. Developed by pediatric surgeon Marilyn Butler, MD, of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, the Global Paediatric Surgery Network (http://globalpaediatricsurgery.org) helps pediatric surgeons worldwide find volunteer opportunities and also provides resources to make their efforts more effective.

Stanford Experts Remove Tiny Filter Embedded In Vein

May 25, 2010 7:38 am | Comments

Over the years, Susan Karnstedt had gotten used to the intermittent pain in her abdomen, chalking it up to her diet, or perhaps to her physically active lifestyle, as a water skier and yoga enthusiast. "The abdominal pain continued to get progressively worse, and was pretty debilitating," the 44-year-old Portola Valley resident said, describing how she was feeling when she visited the doctor earlier this year.

Britain Bans Doctor Who Linked Autism To Vaccine

May 25, 2010 7:38 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — The doctor whose research linking autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella influenced millions of parents to refuse the shot for their children was banned Monday from practicing medicine in his native Britain. Dr. Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study was discredited—but vaccination rates have never fully recovered and he continues to enjoy a vocal following, helped in the U.

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Increased Use Of Drug-Eluting Stents, ICDs Nets Higher Costs For Patients

May 25, 2010 7:38 am | Comments

Increased use of drug-eluting stents (DES) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) between 2003 and 2006 netted significantly higher costs for coronary artery disease and chronic heart failure patients, researchers said. The increased use of these technologies also partly explained the growth in healthcare costs during these years.

Change Results In Fewer Unnecessary Imaging Exams

May 25, 2010 7:37 am | Comments

A new rule preventing medical support staff from completing orders for outpatient imaging exams that were likely to be negative resulted in a marked decrease in low-yield exams for patients, according to a study appearing in the June issue of Radiology. Many medical institutions request and schedule outpatient diagnostic imaging exams through use of web-based radiology order entry systems.

Worst Doctor In Norway Still Operating

May 24, 2010 7:19 am | Comments

A surgeon who lost the right to operate in Norway after 29 cases of malpractice is working unhindered at a hospital in northern Sweden, where managers were previously unaware of her error-strewn past. Danish doctor Johanne Krogh, 62, has become synonymous in Norway with medical malpractice after a series of high profile incidents that changed patients’ lives for the worse.

Frequency Of Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery Grows

May 24, 2010 7:12 am | Comments

With the recent launch of the Neurosurgical Spine Program at Saint Louis University Hospital’s Center for Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery, the hospital has seen a dramatic increase in the number of minimally-invasive spinal procedures, including lumbar spinal fusion surgery. Designed to stop the motion at a painful vertebral segment, this procedure is traditionally performed via a large incision on the back, stripping muscles away from the spine.

Major Advances In Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery

May 24, 2010 7:00 am | Comments

By the age of five Rachel had been struggling with seizures brought on by intractable epilepsy for nearly three years.  During these episodes, her body would jerk and shake and then go limp. Her lips would turn blue, her breathing would become shallow and her eyes would move rapidly back and forth.

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Anesthesia Producing Misconceptions, Anxiety

May 24, 2010 6:34 am | Comments

A recent survey shows that 85 percent of participating patients said they were anxious about receiving a general anesthetic. The report is published in the May issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing . Key concerns included dying while asleep, not waking up after surgery, waking up during surgery and anxiety while waiting to go into surgery or arriving at the OR door.

Surprising Hub For Plastic Surgery

May 24, 2010 6:22 am | Comments

Despite being more affiliated with the conservative nature of Mormon religion than the blatant silicon endowments of communities like L.A. or Miami, Salt Lake City continues to be a hub for plastic surgery. The number of cosmetic surgeons in the city even led Forbes to dub it the vainest city in the U.

Estrogen-Lowering Drugs Minimizes Breast Cancer Surgery

May 21, 2010 8:04 am | Comments

A nationwide study has confirmed the benefit of giving estrogen-lowering drugs before surgery to breast cancer patients. The treatment increased the likelihood that women could undergo breast-conservation surgery, also called lumpectomy, instead of mastectomy. Sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, the study took place at 118 hospitals across the country and involved 352 postmenopausal women with estrogen-receptor positive (ER+) breast tumors.

Pool Therapy Becoming More Significant In Post-Op Recovery

May 21, 2010 7:43 am | Comments

State-of-the-art aquatic therapy will soon be a featured rehabilitation option for patients at UniHealth Post-Acute Care of Durhamin Durham, North Carolina. UPAC of Durha will offer patients a program that uses therapeutic warm water rehabilitation to reduce pain and improve mobility. UPAC selected HydroWorx for its therapy pool because of the unit's spaciousness and patient-focused features that include resistance jets for massage, exercise, and therapy; an adjustable depth that allows each patient to enter at floor level and be lowered gently into the water; a cushioned, low-impact treadmill on the pool floor; and underwater cameras with corresponding monitors for therapy evaluation and diagnosis.

Creation Of Synthetic Cell Opens Numerous Doors

May 21, 2010 7:36 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Scientists announced a bold step in the enduring quest to create artificial life. They've produced a living cell powered by manmade DNA. While such work can evoke images of Frankenstein-like scientific tinkering, it also is exciting hopes that it could eventually lead to new fuels, better ways to clean polluted water, faster vaccine production and more.

Reused Pacemakers Save Costs, Lives In Third World Countries

May 21, 2010 7:19 am | Comments

Pacemaker reuse may be a safe, effective and ethical alternative to address the medical needs for people in Third World countries who couldn't otherwise afford therapy, according to a new study unveiled by the American Heart Association. Researchers examined pacemaker reuse compared with a control population of new device implantation in studies from 1975 to 2009.

Single Port Surgery Requires Unique Skills

May 19, 2010 8:08 am | Comments

A poster presented at the 12th World Congress Of Endoscopic Surgery in April of this year concluded that single port surgery laparoscopic surgery requires unique skills that can—and need to—be learned by surgeons in order to perform the technique effectively. In the research, titled “Performance Ramifications of Single Port Laparoscopic Surgery: Measuring Differences in Task Performance Using Simulation,” Nathan E Conway, MD and colleagues suggest that single port laparoscopic surgery is a promising technique, but one that may be associated with specific psychomotor challenges such as use of articulated and/or deliberately crossed instruments.

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