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Genetics Linked To Success Of Leg Bypass Surgery

June 20, 2011 5:29 am | Comments

Outcomes of bypass surgery to repair blocked arteries in the legs tend to be better in the roughly one-in-five people who have inherited a specific genetic variation from both parents, according to a study presented at the late-breaking clinical trials session of the Vascular Annual Meeting in Chicago this past weekend.


Study Proves Importance Of Post Gastric Bypass Care

June 20, 2011 5:14 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Each year more than 200,000 people with morbid obesity undergo gastric bypass surgery, but research shows that more than half of patients regain at least 20 percent of the weight lost. To help gastric bypass patients realize the full health benefits of the procedure, researchers at Wake Forest University have launched a new study to prove that the follow-up care patients receive is just as critical as the weight loss surgery itself.

Study: Gastric Bypass Alleviates Migraine Headaches

June 17, 2011 2:49 pm | Comments

Bariatric surgery can lead to total or partial alleviation of migraines in nearly 90 percent of morbidly obese patients diagnosed with migraine headaches, according to a new study* presented here at the 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).


Outpatient Bariatric Surgery May Lead To Higher Mortality, Complications

June 17, 2011 2:49 pm | Comments

A new study of nearly 52,000 patients found that people who had gastric bypass surgery and were discharged from the hospital sooner than the national average of a two-day length of stay, experienced significantly higher rates of 30-day mortality and complications. The findings* were presented here at the 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

How Far Should Hospitals Go To Treat Obese Patients?

June 17, 2011 2:48 pm | by WhiteCoat, MD | Comments

Boston Emergency Medical Services recently debuted an ambulance with a mini-crane and reinforced stretcher to transport patients weighing up to 850 pounds. It cost $12,000 to retrofit the ambulance. My problem is this: I think we need to do our best to provide medical care to all patients.

Patient Safety Risks Outside Hospital Walls

June 17, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

Ever since the Institute of Medicine issued its landmark report "To Err Is Human" in 1999, significant attention has been paid to improving patient safety in hospitals nationwide. However, a high number of adverse events, including major injury and even death, occur in private physician offices and outpatient clinics as well.


Baseball Player Had To Watch Wife Being Attacked

June 17, 2011 5:44 am | Comments

(AP) — A man attacked the wife of Pirates catcher Chris Snyder after a traffic dispute while Snyder sat in the car, unable to get out because he'd had back surgery, Pittsburgh police said. Carla Snyder and the scooter-riding man, Subhash Arjanbhi Modhwadia, nearly collided Wednesday.

Births Decrease For Third Straight Year

June 17, 2011 5:40 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP U.S. births apparently have declined for a third year in a row, potentially because of the weak economy. Births had been on the rise for years, with an all-time high of more than 4.3 million in 2007. But the count has been dropping since. Last year, it fell three percent to slightly more than four million births, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


After 55 years, Surgery Restores Sight

June 17, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

After being hit in the eye by a stone, a detached retina left a man blind in his right eye. Despite surgery to remove a cataract when he was 23, which temporarily restored light perception, the patient was completely blind in that eye. Doctors at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary have reported a case, published in BioMed Central's open access Journal of Medical Case Reports , describing how this patient had functional vision restored 55 years after the childhood accident which left him blind.

New Sealant Gel Helps Close Spinal Surgery Incisions

June 17, 2011 5:17 am | Comments

A gel that creates a watertight seal to close surgical wounds provides a significant advance in the treatment of patients following spinal procedures, effectively sealing spinal wounds 100 percent of the time, a national multi-center randomized study led by researchers at UC Davis has found.


J&J Cutting Back On Stents

June 15, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP Johnson & Johnson will cut back on manufacturing and development of heart stents, even halting sales of its best seller, as tougher competition and a flat market have sharply cut into sales. The company said that Cordis will stop making Cypher and Cypher Select drug-coated stents by year-end, and it will also stop development of a new drug-coated stent called Nevo.

Detailing Polysomnography Use For Children Prior To Tonsillectomy

June 15, 2011 6:39 am | Comments

Multidisciplinary clinical practice guideline, Polysomnography for Sleep-Disordered Breathing Prior to Tonsillectomy in Children will be published as a supplement to the July issue of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery . This guideline provides otolaryngologists with evidence-based recommendations for using polysomnography in assessing children, aged two to 18 years, with sleep-disordered breathing and who are candidates for tonsillectomy, with or without adenoidectomy.

Surgeons Examine Hypospadias Repair For Differing Patient Anatomies

June 15, 2011 6:25 am | Comments

Hypospadias, the second most common birth defect in boys, causes the opening of the urethra to be misplaced on the penis. If not corrected properly, the malady can lead to urinary tract infections and difficulty with urination and normal sexual activity. Dr. Warren Snodgrass, professor of urology and chief of pediatric urology at UT Southwestern and Children's Medical Center Dallas, examined data from an eight-year period to assess how successful his procedure is in correcting hypospadias.

FDA Approves First Ceramic-On-Metal Total Hip Replacement System

June 15, 2011 6:17 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first ceramic-on-metal total artificial hip system for patients with osteoarthritis. Previous total hip replacement systems cleared or approved by FDA have used different combinations of metal, ceramic, and polyethylene (a form of plastic).

Army's Research Shows Surgery Can Cure Sleep Apnea

June 15, 2011 6:09 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ This week U.S. Army sleep specialists presented new research at SLEEP 2011, a joint meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society. As sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia are increasingly common in soldiers, they have become an important and growing research focus for the Army.


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