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Medical Device Problems Hurt 70,000+ Kids Annually

July 26, 2010 7:15 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — More than 70,000 children and teens go to the emergency room each year for injuries and complications from medical devices, and contact lenses are the leading culprit, the first detailed national estimate suggests. About one-fourth of the problems were things like infections and eye abrasions in contact lens wearers.

Can Deciphering Doctor's Notes Improve Care?

July 23, 2010 7:24 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't be offended if your doctor writes that you're SOB, or that an exam detected BS. The aim is to help, not insult: A project is beginning to test if patients fare better when given fast electronic access to more of their medical chart — the detailed notes that doctors record about you during and after every visit.

New Guidelines Aim To Reduce Repeated C-Sections

July 23, 2010 7:24 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Most women who've had a C-section, and many who've had two, should be allowed to try labor with their next baby, say new guidelines — a step toward reversing the "once a cesarean, always a cesarean" policies taking root in many hospitals.


CDC: 15 US Deaths Tied To Rare Tropical Fungus

July 23, 2010 7:23 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — A fungus usually found in the tropics has taken root in the Pacific Northwest and has been blamed in the deaths of 15 people over the last six years, health officials said Thursday. At least 60 people have been sickened in four states by the fungus, cryptococcus gattii, which grows on or around trees.

Rehab-First Promising For Amateur Athlete ACL Tear

July 23, 2010 7:23 am | Comments

Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Attention, weekend athletes: Don't be too quick to agree to surgery for a common type of knee ligament tear. A study of Swedish amateur athletes — mostly soccer players — found that those who got an ACL reconstruction right away plus physical therapy fared no better than athletes who started out with rehab and got the surgery later if they still needed it.

Patient Falls Off Surgical Table, Hospital Sued

July 23, 2010 7:22 am | Comments

The straps holding a 300-lb., 61-year-old man to a surgical table failed in an OR at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, MN. The man hit his head on the floor and eventually died. July 23, 2010 The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune recently reported that Max DeVries,61, a patient at St. Joseph's Hospital in St.

Study: Automated Endoscope Cleaning Superior To Manual Method

July 21, 2010 9:03 am | Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) | Comments

Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) announces newly published data showing the ASP EVOTECH® Endoscope Cleaner and Reprocessor (ECR) provides an automated approach superior to the manual cleaning required when using traditional AERs. Published in the July issue of Biomed Central, the combination clinical-use and simulated-use study was led by Michelle Alfa, Ph.

New Bandage Material Could Fight Post-Op Infection

July 21, 2010 8:44 am | Comments

A new form of paper with the built-in ability to fight disease-causing bacteria could have applications that include anti-bacterial bandages. A report about the new material, which consists of the thinnest possible sheets of carbon, appears in ACS Nano , a monthly journal. Chunhai Fan, Qing Huang, and colleagues explained that scientists in the United Kingdom first discovered the material, known as graphene, in 2004.


94 Charged In Medicare Scams Worth $251 Million

July 21, 2010 7:46 am | Comments

Kelli Kennedy and Tom Hays, AP Elderly Russian immigrants lined up to take kickbacks from the backroom of a Brooklyn clinic. Claims flooded in from Miami for HIV treatments that never occurred. One professional patient was named in nearly 4,000 false Medicare claims. Authorities said busts carried out in Miami, New York City, Detroit, Houston and Baton Rouge were the largest Medicare fraud takedown in history.

Arthroscopic Hip Treatment Keeps Athletes In The Game

July 21, 2010 7:22 am | Comments

Patients who undergo arthroscopic surgery for a mechanical disorder of the hip have a good chance of being able to return to their sport at a high level of competition, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Almost 80 percent of patients were able to return to play after hip arthroscopy at an average of 9.

Trauma Patients Receiving Their Own Blood

July 21, 2010 7:05 am | Comments

Transfusion with a trauma patient's own blood may offer a cost-effective alternative to transfusion with blood from another individual as a resuscitation method during surgery, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Surgery . Injury from trauma is the leading cause of death for individuals age 1 to 44 years, and extensive blood loss plays a significant role in as many as half of these deaths, according to background information in the article.

Tissue Transplants Not A Losing Situation

July 21, 2010 6:53 am | Comments

Athletes with bone and cartilage knee damage who are treated with transplanted tissue can return to sports after surgery, according to a study reported at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. The study overturns the widely held belief that patients who undergo this surgery do not return to athletics.

Custom Recycling Programs Help Hospitals Drive Revenue

July 20, 2010 7:15 am | Comments

MediCycle has joined Practice Greenhealth, a membership organization for institutions and businesses in the healthcare sector that are engaged in helping lower the industry’s environmental footprint, as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability. MediCycle’s membership in Practice Greenhealth comes at a time when it’s experiencing heightened demand for its medical device recycling services, which are driving revenue and cost savings for hospitals while reducing the environmental impact of healthcare.

Aussie State: Doctor’s Punishment Not Tough Enough

July 20, 2010 7:15 am | Comments

SYDNEY (AP) — The Queensland state Attorney General has appealed the seven-year prison sentence of an American surgeon convicted of killing three patients, arguing the punishment isn't tough enough. Indian-born U.S. citizen Jayant Patel, 60, was convicted last month of three counts of manslaughter and one of causing grievous bodily harm while he was a surgeon at a state-run hospital in Bundaberg, a sugar industry town 230 miles north of Brisbane in Queensland.

Italian Doctors' Strike Blocks 40,000 Surgeries

July 20, 2010 7:14 am | Comments

Medical workers are protesting outside of parliament in Rome to protest expected shortages of medical workers in the system due government plans to not renew many temporary contracts. The government says the €25 billion ($32.5 billion) austerity plan does not foresee cuts in Italy's state-run health care system but is seeking to stem waste.


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