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Pay-For-Performance Could Hinder Obese Patient Surgeries

May 3, 2010 7:09 am | Comments

Pay-for-performance reimbursement of surgeons, intended to reward doctors and hospitals for good patient outcomes, may instead be creating financial incentives for discriminating against obese patients, who are much more likely to suffer expensive complications after even the most routine surgeries, according to new Johns Hopkins research.

Obese Women Diagnosed With Larger, Later-Stage Breast Cancers

May 3, 2010 7:00 am | Comments

A new study finds obese women are more likely to have breast cancer detected at a later stage and to have lymph node metastases at the time of diagnosis than women who are not obese. May 3, 2010 Obese women are more likely to have breast cancer detected at a later stage and to have lymph node metastases at the time of diagnosis than women who are not obese, according to a study presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Ansell's New Green Packaging

May 3, 2010 6:40 am | Comments

Ansell Healthcare Products has improved its glove packaging with a newer, greener design that reduces packaging waste. Ansell’s increased-count exam pack contains more exam gloves per box – and per case. The new dispensing box still fits into customers’ existing wall brackets, yet provides 50 to 100 percent more gloves, depending on the specific glove selected.

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In Praise Of Mexican Surgery

May 3, 2010 6:33 am | Comments

Howard Huntington, AP “Life was not looking like it was worth living anymore. I couldn't see any way out. Then this came up. I jumped on it immediately. I didn't care if it was Kookamunga.” Jim Krois had been a photographer for the Daily Courier for five years when he was laid off in 2008.

System Automatically Tracks Radiation From CT Scans

May 3, 2010 6:09 am | Comments

Researchers have developed a computer-based system that can automatically track patient-specific radiation dose exposure (based on a patient's size and weight) for every patient that receives a CT scan, providing patients with a way to start tracking their cumulative health care-related radiation exposure, according to a study presented at the ARRS 2010 Annual Meeting.

Specially Trained Surgeons Interpret Mammograms

May 3, 2010 6:00 am | Comments

Dedicated breast surgeons, who are responsible for the treatment of breast cancers, performed as well as specialized breast radiologists when screening mammograms, stated a six-year study presented this week at the American Society of Breast Surgeons.  The prospective research involved 10,020 mammograms performed at a surgeon-run South African breast health center between January 2003 and June 2009.

Lawmakers Want More Oversight Of Surgical Staff

April 30, 2010 7:42 am | Comments

Samantha Abernethy, Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) — The case of a surgical technician exposing 6,000 patients in Colorado to Hepatitis C while feeding her drug addiction has prompted legislators to consider requiring surgical staff to register with the state. The House Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony Thursday on two bills designed to increase oversight of the medical staffers.

Medtronic Agrees To Buy ATS Medical For $350M

April 30, 2010 7:42 am | Medtronic | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Medical device company Medtronic Inc. said Thursday it has agreed to buy heart device maker ATS Medical Inc. for $350 million in cash, expanding its products for cardiac surgery. Medtronic is offering ATS Medical $4 per share, which is a 54 percent premium to the stock's closing price on Wednesday.

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Thai Hospital Evacuated After Protesters Storm It

April 30, 2010 7:41 am | Comments

Denis D. Gray, Associated Press Writer BANGKOK (AP) — A major Thai hospital evacuated patients and suspended all but emergency surgery Friday after anti-government protesters stormed in to hunt for security forces they suspected were taking positions there overlooking their barricaded enclave.

Remote Heart Operation Performed Using Robotic Arm

April 30, 2010 7:40 am | Comments

An expert at University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital will use the Catheter Robotics Remote Catheter Manipulation System for the first time in a heart rhythm treatment procedure. April 30, 2010 A pioneering world first robotics system operation is to be conducted at Glenfield Hospital Leicester thanks to expertise at the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester.

Study Shows 84 Percent Reduction in Post C-Section Infections Through Prevention Strategy

April 30, 2010 7:18 am | Carefusion | Comments

A new study published in the May issue of American Journal of Infection Control concluded a statistically significant reduction in the rate of surgical site infections (SSI) in patients undergoing cesarean section (C-section) delivery(1) (7.5 percent versus 1.2 percent; relative reduction of 84 percent) through an infection prevention bundle including the use of 2 percent chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG)/70 percent isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution (ChloraPrep®), 2 percent CHG no-rinse cloth, instrument sterilization, staff education and training.

Particles Help Surgeons By Marking Brain Tumors

April 30, 2010 6:01 am | Comments

Researchers have developed a way to enhance how brain tumors appear in MRI scans and during surgery, making them easier for surgeons to identify and remove. Scientists at the Ohio State University are experimenting with different nanoparticles that they hope may one day be injected into the blood of patients and help surgeons remove lethal brain tumors known as glioblastomas.

Experts Discuss Potential For Radiosurgical Technique To Treat Cancer

April 28, 2010 7:55 am | Comments

Radiosurgical approaches to cancer treatment are showing promise in the treatment of lung, liver, and spinal tumors, according to four leading clinical experts who presented at a symposium in New York earlier this month. New approaches to image-guidance and motion management are making it possible to successfully target tumors that are typically hard to reach with a radiosurgical technique doctors call stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT).

Suspended Brain Surgeons Supported By Expert

April 28, 2010 6:43 am | Comments

Frank Eltman, AP An expert on a rare form of brain surgery is backing a Long Island hospital under scrutiny after two of its top physicians were suspended for leaving a patient on the operating table. In a review commissioned by North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health Systems, UCLA neurosurgeon James Ausman called the Long Island hospital's Chiari Institute “the finest center of its kind in the world.

Mr. Baseball To Undergo Heart Surgery

April 28, 2010 6:26 am | Comments

Chris Jenkins, AP Bob Uecker has made a 40-year career out of delighting baseball fans with his self-deprecating sense of humor. Even facing heart surgery at the end of the week, that didn't change. Addressing reporters, the Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer opened up by joking that he called a press conference to announce that he was joining the Brewers' active roster.

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