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Questions Raised Over New Pain Medication Rules

September 13, 2010 9:21 am | Comments

(AP) Physicians say that while good intentions may have been behind a new state law mandating tougher controls on prescribing opiates to chronic-pain patients, the rules may harm the people the law was meant to protect. The Legislature passed the law earlier this year after statistics indicated that more middle-aged Washington residents died while taking prescription painkillers than from traffic accidents.

Students Bond With Family Of Donor

September 13, 2010 7:46 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Dot Purcell always knew she would donate her body to science. Even when young, the mother of 11, a doctor's daughter, would say, "there's something good in here" that might help others. That death talk made her doting husband squeamish, and Jim Purcell tried to talk her out of it, saying, as they aged, that her body would be too old to be useful.

Bone-Anchored Prosthetics Greatly Improve Quality Of Life

September 13, 2010 6:53 am | Comments

Today sees the presentation of a study that, for the first time, shows the results of treatment using prostheses attached to titanium implants in the bones of patients with above-the-knee amputations. It reveals that the treatment improves function and quality of life in nine out of ten patients, and is the result of research carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital that is being presented this week at the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT) annual international conference in Gothenburg.

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Fusion Surgery Offers Positive Long-Term Results

September 13, 2010 6:38 am | Comments

A group of children who underwent fusion surgery for spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine 30 years ago showed a clear reduction in back pain after follow-up seven years later. A new study of these patients, now as adults, has found that the benefits have lasted. The research from the Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital was presented at the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT) annual international conference in Gothenburg.

J&J Donates $200 Million To Help Women, Children

September 10, 2010 6:39 am | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP Johnson & Johnson is donating about $200 million in cash and medicine to a sweeping United Nations program created to improve the health and lives of people in poor countries. J&J is launching a five-year program called "Every Mother, Every Child," meant to help almost 400 million women and children in developing countries.

Stents Can Double Risk In Stroke Patients

September 10, 2010 6:22 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Stroke patients over 70 who get stents to keep their arteries open may be doubling their risk of having another stroke or dying compared to patients who get surgery instead, a new study says. European researchers examined past studies from more than 3,400 stroke patients, including 1,725 who got stents and 1,708 who had surgery, and found that a patient's age makes a big difference in how effective stents are.

Bariatric Procedures Can Prevent Diabetes, C-Section

September 10, 2010 6:14 am | Comments

Obese women who have bariatric surgical procedures before pregnancy were three times less likely to develop gestational diabetes (GDM) than women who have bariatric operations after delivery, according to new research findings published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons .

New AAOS Guidelines For Hip And Knee Joint Infections

September 10, 2010 6:06 am | Comments

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently approved and released an evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infections of the hip and knee. A periprosthetic joint infection occurs when bacteria or other foreign organisms enter the wound during or at any point following joint replacement surgery, sometimes even years after surgery.

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Weight Loss Can Trigger Toxins

September 10, 2010 5:48 am | Comments

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations. Even more unique is that one report stemming from the survey and reported on in the International Journal of Obesity , indicates that the environmental pollutants trapped in fat cells could be released back into circulation when people shed a lot of weight.

Weight Loss Can Trigger Toxin Release

September 10, 2010 5:44 am | Comments

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations. Even more unique is that one report stemming from the survey and reported on in the International Journal of Obesity , indicates that the environmental pollutants trapped in fat cells could be released back into circulation when people shed a lot of weight.

Exceeding Suction Performance

September 9, 2010 5:51 am | Comments

  The Patented Via-Guard® Suction System works to exceed standard performance wherever reliable suction is needed. The Atraumatic Tip enhances suction and range of use. The Via-Guard® adds the convenience of instant conversion to poole suction.

Pot Goes Public

September 9, 2010 5:47 am | Comments

  A television station in California airs the first ad promoting medical marijuana.

Brain Surgery Boot Camp

September 9, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

  Brain surgery boot camp is a new way of teaching neurosurgery residents how to operate before seeing the real thing in an OR.

Preventing Blood Clots During Brain Surgery

September 8, 2010 5:54 am | Comments

One of the most severe complications of brain surgery is a life-threatening blood clot in the lungs, or a pulmonary embolism. A Loyola University Health System study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery suggests that screening methods typically used to access the risk of pulmonary embolisms may fall short.

Robotic Head And Neck Surgery Preserves Speech, Prevents Scarring

September 8, 2010 5:46 am | Comments

An incisionless robotic surgical procedure is offering patients a new option to remove certain head and neck cancer tumors without visible scarring, while preserving speech and the ability to eat. Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit is among the first in the country to perform TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) using the da Vinci® Surgical System.

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