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Hearts May Swoon When Stocks Do

March 16, 2010 6:40 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Stock market slides may hurt more than your savings. New research suggests they might prompt heart attacks. Duke University researchers found a link between how a key stock index performed and how many heart attacks were treated at their North Carolina hospital shortly after the recession began in December 2007 through July 2009, when signs of recovery emerged.

New Alternative To Amputation

March 16, 2010 6:24 am | Comments

In the United States, more than 100,000 amputations are performed each year on individuals with critical limb ischemia, the most severe form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The number one priority in treating these patients is to re-establish blood flow to avoid limb amputation. Interventional radiologists have found that a subgroup of patients with critical limb ischemia may avoid amputation through the use of drug-eluting stents on the smaller arteries below the knee, according to a study released at the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Prominent Massachusetts Provider Invests In OR Integration

March 16, 2010 5:56 am | Comments

It was recently announced that UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest healthcare system in Central and Western Massachusetts, has selected Picis CareSuite perioperative and anesthesia solutions for more than 60 operating rooms in its five hospitals. UMass Memorial chose Picis integrated technology to deliver clinical documentation and financial information more quickly across the system.

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Wisconsin Hospital Connected With Legionnaires' Disease

March 15, 2010 7:09 am | Comments

Eight people who have been to Aurora St. Luke's South Shore in Cudahy, WI over the past three to four weeks have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, a form of pneumonia caused by waterborne bacteria. None of the cases has been fatal, although all eight people have been hospitalized for treatment.

Clip Could Be Safer Than Valve Surgery

March 15, 2010 6:58 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Many Americans with leaky heart valves soon might be able to get them fixed without open-heart surgery. A study showed that a tiny clip implanted through an artery was safer and nearly as effective as surgery. The device is already on sale in Europe, and its maker, Abbott Laboratories, hopes to win approval to sell it in the United States next year.

Retained Sponge Lawsuits A Real Head-Scratcher

March 15, 2010 6:34 am | Comments

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that a San Antonio woman could not sue her doctor over a surgical sponge left inside her body because she waited too long to file suit. The patient failed to file the suit less than 10 days after the surgery, which conflicts with a tort reform law. Lawyers for the patient argued that the statute of repose violates the Texas Constitution's open courts provision, which guarantees access to the legal system for those with a valid claim, because she did not have a legitimate chance to discover the cause of her chronic illnesses until exploratory surgery revealed an old sponge lodged in her abdomen.

New Advances In Youth Sports Surgeries

March 15, 2010 6:10 am | Comments

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine has recently made some interesting announcements regarding ACL and elbow surgeries. Eighty-four percent of children 18 and younger had successful clinical outcomes during an eight-year follow-up to repair a torn meniscus at the same time as reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), according to a new study.

Trial To Help In Stent vs. Bypass Debate

March 15, 2010 5:48 am | Comments

A new clinical trial, EXCEL (Evaluation of Xience Prime versus Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery for Effectiveness of Left Main Revascularization), will compare drug-eluting stents to coronary artery bypass graft surgery in patients with left main coronary artery disease. “While the SYNTAX trial suggested that percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents may be safe and effective in selected patients with left main coronary artery disease, the trial was not powered specifically to address this set of patients,” said Gregg W.

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Care Givers Guilty Of Over-testing, Over-treating

March 12, 2010 4:22 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Too much cancer screening, too many heart tests, too many cesarean sections. A spate of recent reports suggest that too many Americans — maybe even President Barack Obama — are being overtreated. Is it doctors practicing defensive medicine? Or are patients so accustomed to a culture of medical technology that they insist on extensive tests and treatments? A combination of both is at work, but now new evidence and guidelines are recommending a step back and more thorough doctor-patient conversations about risks and benefits.

A Sporting Chance For Knee Replacement Patients

March 12, 2010 4:00 am | Comments

Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients may be able to participate in high-impact sports without increasing risk of early implant failure, according to a new study presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). In addition, the authors observed better clinical scores in the group of patients who participated in activities discouraged by the Knee Society (KS) than those of the control group.

Osteoporosis Drug Improves Recovery

March 12, 2010 3:46 am | Comments

Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff is successful for pain management, but in many patients it does not result in full recovery of function. New research shows an approved therapy for osteoporosis, use of the drug Forteo, may speed healing and improve patient outcomes. The preliminary study from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York was presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting in New Orleans.

Gastric Bypass Increases Kidney Stone Risk

March 12, 2010 3:37 am | Comments

Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery experience changes in their urine composition that increase their risk of developing kidney stones, suggests research from UT Southwestern Medical Center investigators. A new study, published in the March issue of The Journal of Urology , found that some of these urinary changes place weight-loss surgery patients at higher risk for developing kidney stones than obese patients who do not undergo the procedure.

More Potentially Unnecessary Surgery Patients Identified

March 12, 2010 3:22 am | Comments

St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, MD, is facing lawsuits and a pair of federal investigations related to its cardiac care business, has informed another 169 heart patients that they received expensive and potentially dangerous treatments they might not have needed. The additional cases brings the total number to 538 patients that have been notified by St.

Posterior Spinal Distraction Implant Receives CE Mark

March 10, 2010 6:45 am | Comments

Replication Medical, Inc., a developer of proprietary, hydrogel-based products for the spine and other surgical applications, recently announced that it has received a CE mark for its GelFix Posterior Spinal Distraction implant. The GelFix device is a one-piece posterior spinal implant made from HPAN, a biocompatible hydrogel which exhibits desirable mechanical properties, including compressive resistance with a dynamic response.

Intuitive Surgical's Stock Up, CEO Compensation Down

March 10, 2010 6:36 am | Comments

According to a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Smith received just under $4.2 million in total compensation, down 56 percent from 2008. His salary rose 2.4 percent to $508,700 while his performance bonus fell 2.1 percent to $382,000. Meanwhile, he received stock options worth just under $3.

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