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Swiss Surgeons Report Negatives Of Resident Work Hour Limits

June 22, 2010 5:54 am | Comments

Many Swiss surgical residents and consultants believe recently implemented 50-hour workweek limitations for residents have a negative effect on surgical training and the quality of patient care, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Surgery . “On Jan. 1, 2005, the Swiss government implemented new work hour limitations for all residency programs in Switzerland, and the federal work law became effective for all medical and surgical residents throughout the country,” the authors write.

Judge Offers Malpractice Fix

June 21, 2010 7:37 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP To settle medical malpractice lawsuits, Judge Douglas McKeon sometimes quietly listens to heartbroken family members as they vent their anger. He calls it humanness. Curiosity about medical matters led the longtime New York City judge to become a specialist in resolving wrenching cases that involve life-changing harm to patients.

Judge Offers Malpractice Fix<

June 21, 2010 7:37 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP To settle medical malpractice lawsuits, Judge Douglas McKeon sometimes quietly listens to heartbroken family members as they vent their anger. He calls it humanness. Curiosity about medical matters led the longtime New York City judge to become a specialist in resolving wrenching cases that involve life-changing harm to patients.

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Lawsuit Fears Lead To More ER Testing

June 21, 2010 7:19 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP The fear of missing something weighs heavily on every doctor's mind. But the stakes are highest in the ER, and that fear often leads to extra blood tests and imaging scans for what may be harmless ailments. Many ER doctors say the No. 1 reason is fear of malpractice lawsuits.

Senate Fails To Spare Doctors From Medicare Cuts

June 21, 2010 6:42 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Stephen Ohlemacher, AP Last Friday the Senate passed legislation to spare doctors a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments that had been looming for months, but the last-ditch effort came too late. Moments after the Senate acted, Medicare announced it would begin processing claims it has already received for June at the lower rate.

Bariatric Surgery Improves Insulin Sensitivity Better Than Diet

June 21, 2010 6:29 am | Comments

“Our study shows that in the short term, weight loss by diet alone does not achieve the same improvements in diabetes as gastric bypass surgery,” said the author, Judith Korner, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Korner and her colleagues found that gastric bypass surgery better improved insulin sensitivity – the body's ability to successfully clear glucose sugar from the bloodstream into the cells.

Conscious Sedation Shortens Hospital Stays

June 21, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

A new study suggests that the recovery time and cost of brain-tumor surgery could be reduced if surgery is performed while patients are awake during part of the procedure. The study, conducted at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, examined the outcomes of 39 patients treated for glioma, a type of brain tumor that affects about 20,000 Americans annually.

Abuse Of Meds Sends As Many To ER As Illegal Drugs

June 18, 2010 6:55 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — For the first time, abuse of painkillers and other medication is sending as many people to the emergency room as the use of illegal drugs. In 2008, ERS saw an estimated 1 million visits from people abusing prescription or over-the-counter medicines — mostly painkillers and sedatives.

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Kidneys Transplanted Between HIV-Infected Patients

June 18, 2010 6:54 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — South African surgeons have transplanted kidneys between donors and patients who were both infected with the AIDS virus — a medical first that has some U.S. doctors buzzing about whether it could be tried here. The first four of the transplants, which occurred in 2008, are described in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.

Elderly Patients In Need Of Heart Valve Replacements Have Alternative To Surgery

June 18, 2010 6:54 am | Comments

Doctors in Germany have shown a transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation provides an option for high-risk patients July 18, 2010 Doctors at the University Heart Center in Hamburg, Germany successfully used transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation in elderly patients with degenerated bioprostheses in aortic and mitral position.

Solid Growth Of Asia-Pacific Healthcare Market

June 18, 2010 6:53 am | Comments

The Asia-Pacific healthcare market has experienced solid growth over the past decade.  According to statistics, this healthcare market is projected to grow from US$ 246 billion in 2009 to US$ 348 billion in 2012, accounting for almost 27% of the global market. By 2015, Asia-Pacific’s healthcare revenues could represent 40% of the global market.

Transfer High-Quality HD Video Of Surgical Cases To An Apple® iPhone Or iPod Touch

June 18, 2010 6:48 am | Leica Microsystems, Inc | Comments

Now surgeons can immediately share video and still images of surgical cases with patients, patient families, and colleagues upon surgery completion with a new Apple® app from Leica Microsystems. Leica Microsystems, in partnership with Med X Change, has unveiled a new Apple® app called Med X Mobile.

King Picks Up Tab For Iraqi Conjoined Twins' Surgery

June 16, 2010 6:27 am | Comments

(AP) Iraqi conjoined twins will be flown to Saudi Arabia to undergo separation surgery after the Saudi king offered to pay for the operation. The two-week-old twins Zainab and Ruqqaya Naseer, from the Shiite holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq, are joined at the hip and have problems with their digestive and reproductive systems.

Woman Shoots Herself For Medical Attention

June 16, 2010 6:21 am | Comments

An out-of-work Michigan woman shot herself in the hope she'd receive medical treatment for a shoulder injury. Kathy Myers says she injured the shoulder a month ago while playing with her dogs. The 41-year-old has been unable to see a specialist because she can't afford health insurance. So she shot herself.

Protein Could Heal Erectile Dysfunction After Surgery

June 16, 2010 6:09 am | Comments

After men have surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland, up to 80 percent of them will lose the ability to have an erection because of damage to a critical nerve that runs along the prostate. New research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine shows the damaged nerve can be regenerated more quickly with a protein called Sonic Hedgehog, which is delivered via a nanofiber gel.

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