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More Anesthesiologists Providing Sedation During Endoscopies, Colonoscopies

March 21, 2012 7:47 am | Comments

Between 2003 and 2009, the use of anesthesia services to provide sedation during endoscopies and colonoscopies increased substantially, according to a study in the March 21 issue of JAMA . The authors also found that most of the gastroenterology anesthesia use was for low-risk patients, and that there was considerable regional variation in use.


Legislation May Improve Patient Access To Medications

March 21, 2012 7:40 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Cost-sharing practices that limit access to vital medications for people with serious health conditions may soon be alleviated for many patients thanks to a bill just introduced in Congress. The bi-partisan legislation, supported by the American College of Rheumatology, the Arthritis Foundation and other medical and patient groups, has been introduced by Rep.

Cosmetic Surgery Enhancing Wound Closure Devices

March 21, 2012 7:05 am | Comments

The growing popularity of cosmetic procedures is the main factor behind a noteable increase in surgical procedures and rising revenue from the global wound closure devices market, according to a new report by business intelligence expert GlobalData. The new report shows that cosmetic surgery is playing a greater role in the growing number of surgeries being carried out, catching up to the numbers of people undergoing life-saving procedures for cardiovascular, orthopedic and laparoscopic issues.


Kimberly-Clark Launches Pain Education Portal

March 20, 2012 7:21 am | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Health Care today announced the availability of a new, proprietary online learning portal to boost understanding and knowledge of its interventional pain management procedures among clinicians and support staff. The portal was built to function as a central repository of educational information for clinicians to review and refresh clinical techniques.


Comparing Open And MIS Hernia Repair Techniques

March 20, 2012 7:06 am | Comments

The minimally invasive hernia repair procedure known as total extraperitoneal inguinal hernioplasty (TEP) was associated with higher patient satisfaction, less chronic pain and less impairment of inguinal (groin) sensation compared to the open surgical Lichtenstein repair, according to a study published in the March issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.


ICU May Be Unnecessary For Sleep Apnea Surgery Patients

March 20, 2012 7:01 am | Comments

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea who undergo surgery for their condition should be closely monitored after their procedures are performed but may not need to be in an intensive care unit, according to a report published by Archives of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.


Kidney Transplant Patients Seek Life Without Drugs

March 20, 2012 6:53 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer Lindsay Porter's kidneys were failing rapidly when a friend offered to donate one of his. Then she made an unusual request: Would he donate part of his immune system, too? Every day for the rest of their lives, transplant recipients must swallow handfuls of pills to keep their bodies from rejecting a donated organ.

Breaking Triple-Negative Breast Cancers

March 19, 2012 7:42 am | Comments

Putting the brakes on an abundant growth-promoting protein causes breast tumors to regress, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine . Triple-negative breast tumors lack all of the known growth receptors that serve as treatment targets in other types of breast cancer, making this the most clinically challenging subtype of the disease.


Pleurectomy/Decortication Preferred Surgical Procedure

March 19, 2012 7:36 am | Comments

Patients with early stage malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), a cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, may be eligible for aggressive multi-modality therapy involving surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. There are two main approaches, and controversy has existed about which approach is superior.

MRI Improves Pulmonary Embolism Detection

March 19, 2012 7:30 am | Comments

New research shows that the addition of two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequences to a common MR angiography technique significantly improves detection of pulmonary embolism. Results of the study are published online in the journal Radiology . Pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot travels to the lung and blocks the pulmonary artery or one of its main branches.

Feds To Halt Texas Women's Health Program Funding

March 19, 2012 7:22 am | Comments

Will Weissert, AP The federal government on Thursday began making good on its promise to cut off all funding for the Texas Medicaid Women's Health Program amid an escalating fight over the state's ban on funding for clinics affiliated with abortion providers. In a letter to state officials, Cindy Mann, director of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said her agency regretted the move.

Why Isn’t Everyone Excited About Robotic Assisted Surgery?

March 19, 2012 7:03 am | by Kelly Wright, MD | Comments

It’s cool. So cool, that President Obama used one. So cool, it’s been on the cover of  Newsweek . It’s been in multiple television commercials, radio advertisements, highway billboards, and was even coined one of the top 14 medical breakthroughs of 2011 by  Boston Magazine , a city teeming with medical innovation.


More UK Women Discover Faulty Implants

March 16, 2012 7:23 am | Comments

(AP) — Britain's health ministry says an additional 7,000 women were fitted with potentially faulty French-made breast implants, raising the total in the U.K. to about 47,000. The ministry said Thursday that the new cases follow confirmation by French authorities that implants manufactured before 2001 by the now-defunct French company Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP, also may have contained non-medical grade silicone.

Hero Neurosurgeon Granted U.S. Citizenship

March 16, 2012 7:19 am | Comments

Tamara Lush, AP An otherwise routine citizenship ceremony was extra special for a Florida immigration officer who presented a naturalization certificate to a doctor from Peru who saved her life with an emergency brain surgery. In front of 450 people from 75 countries gathered in the Tampa Convention Center, immigration services officer Melissa Wingerd presented Dr.

A Gift Of Scrubs For Philippine Nurses

March 16, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Uniforms and scrubs no longer used by Adena Health System nurses have found a new use in the Philippines, inside the San Juan Medical Hospital, which serves some of the poorest people in that country. Christina Cain, a registered nurse on the Adena Medical Center's 3A Medical-Surgical Unit conducted a "scrubs drive" earlier this year and last month hand-delivered more than 100 scrubs and uniforms to the hospital staff in Manila.


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