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Obese Workers Impact Employer Costs

October 11, 2010 8:48 am | Comments

The cost of obesity among U.S. full-time employees is estimated to be $73.1 billion, according to a new study by a Duke University obesity researcher published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine . This is the first study to quantify the total value of lost job productivity as a result of health problems, which it finds is more costly than medical expenditures.

Technique Relieves Spine Fracture Pain In Patients With Metastatic Cancer

October 11, 2010 8:32 am | Comments

A surgical technique appears to offer quick and effective relief for the debilitating spinal fractures often suffered by patients with metastatic cancer, researchers reported at the 35th Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) in Milan. Many patients with multiple myeloma, or those whose cancer has spread beyond the initial tumor site, suffer compression fractures in their spine.

Cutting-Edge Medical Device Industry Event Comes To Canada

October 11, 2010 7:23 am | Comments

Manufacturing Innovations – Medical Canada, the country’s first industry event, to focus entirely on medical device manufacturers, suppliers Business is booming in Canada’s $7.1-billion dollar medical device industry, a sector that produces everything from implants, prosthetics and orthotics to highly specialized surgical simulation tools and systems that deliver pharmaceuticals.

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Trauma Surgeon Develops Protocol To Eliminate VAP

October 11, 2010 6:37 am | Comments

Team members use a multi-step ‘bundle’ approach to reduce infection rates in hospital trauma unit. October 11, 2010 Critically ill patients on a breathing tube are at risk not only from their injuries or diseases, but also from infections they can contract in the hospital. One of the most common infections is pneumonia from breathing tubes.

Children's Post-Op Agitation May Be Preventable

October 8, 2010 6:55 am | Comments

Temporary combativeness after surgery — a complication affecting up to half of anesthetized children — may be preventable with drugs that decrease epinephrine production, according to a Medical College of Georgia pediatric anesthesiologist. "Some children wake up after surgery and begin crying and become combative," said Dr.

Man Delays Heart Surgery To Watch Football Game

October 8, 2010 6:48 am | Comments

A devout Michigan State football fan called timeout before doctors could install a pacemaker in his chest Thursday, deferring the procedure until after the school's football game this weekend against rival Michigan. Major Hester said he's willing to risk death so that he can watch Saturday's game in Ann Arbor on television.

Radio Frequency Tags May Help Prevent Surgical Sponges From Being Left In Patients

October 8, 2010 6:44 am | Comments

Using the same technology found in clothing tags used in retail store tracking systems, a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that surgical sponges with implanted radio frequency (RF) tags may be an effective adjunct to manual counting and X-ray detection in preventing sponges from being left behind in patients following a surgical procedure.

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Fewer Blood Transfusions Improve Safety, Cut Costs

October 8, 2010 6:36 am | Comments

A Loyola University Hospital study has demonstrated how the hospital has improved patient safety and cut costs by reducing the number of blood transfusions. In 2009, the average amount of blood products transfused per patient at Loyola was 10 percent lower than it was in 2008, saving $453,355.

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Surgeon Shortage Impacting Access To High-Quality, Affordable Care

October 8, 2010 6:23 am | Comments

A new interactive, web-based map from the American College of Surgeons Health Policy Research Institute shows, county-by-county throughout the U.S., where shortages of surgeons and other physicians threaten patient access to timely, safe, high-quality and affordable care.  The Surgery Workforce Atlas was released during ACS’s 96th Annual Clinical Congress in Washington, DC.

The Saving Brother

October 6, 2010 8:41 am | Comments

I heard the patient's agonizing scream emanate from Room 31 just seconds before Nurse Carla ran up to me. "Dr. Jim," she said, grabbing me by my arm, "I need you in 31 right away." Her face was flushed, her voice edged with concern. Carla, usually calm and collected, had me worried with her nervousness.

Titan Medical Adds Urology Expert To Board

October 6, 2010 6:32 am | Comments

Ocotber 6, 2010 Titan Medical, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Hiep Thieu Nguyen, M.D. to the company's Medical Advisory Board. Currently, Dr. Nguyen is an Associate Professor in Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Center at Children's Hospital, Boston (CHB).

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Brain Surgery Through The Eye

October 6, 2010 6:21 am | Comments

Surgeons at UW Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine have determined that transorbital neuroendoscopic surgery (TONES) is a safe, effective option for treating a variety of advanced brain diseases and traumatic injuries.

Nutrient Loss After Gastric Bypass Spawns Concerns For Teen Girls, Unintended Pregnancies

October 6, 2010 6:16 am | Comments

An increasing number of obese adolescents, particularly females, are undergoing gastric bypass surgery. Yet a case study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition highlights the possible link between the surgery in adolescent girls and an increased risk for neural tube defects, which can lead to paralysis and mental retardation in their future children.

Interactive Media Aiding Patient Understanding Of Surgery

October 6, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

Patients facing planned surgery answered 36 percent more questions about the procedure correctly if they watched an interactive multimedia presentation (IMP), as opposed to just talking to medical staff, according to research in the October issue of the urology journal BJUI . Researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, randomised 40 patients due to undergo radical prostatectomy into two groups.

South Africa To Research Mood-Lifting Plant

October 4, 2010 7:54 am | Comments

Jenny Gross, Associated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — For hundreds of years, indigenous South Africans have chewed a plant they say reduces stress, relieves hunger, sedates and elevates moods. Now they have a license to study and market it, and plan to sell it over-the-counter worldwide.

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