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New Technology Could Prolong Implanted Device Lifespans

August 23, 2010 7:09 am | Comments

By creating a unique system of blood vessels that is engineered to interact with the tissue surrounding an implanted device, the longevity and function of these devices may be better preserved, according to a study led by researchers in the University of Louisville Jewish Hospital's Cardiovascular Innovation Institute (CII).

3 Year-Old’s Hernia Surgery Delay Hits 10 Months

August 23, 2010 6:56 am | Comments

Ruby Gittens, a three-year-old from Victoria, British Columbia in Canada has had to wait 10 months for hernia surgery, even though studies show wait times increase patient risk. According to her mom, she tries to keep up with her older brother and sister, but sometimes the discomfort of her hernia means she lags behind.

3 Year-Old's Hernia Surgery Delay Hits 10 Months

August 23, 2010 6:38 am | Comments

Ruby Gittens, a three-year-old from Victoria, British Columbia in Canada has had to wait 10 months for hernia surgery, even though studies show wait times increase patient risk. According to her mom, she tries to keep up with her older brother and sister, but sometimes the discomfort of her hernia means she lags behind.

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World's Tallest Man To Have Surgery

August 20, 2010 7:35 am | Comments

Source: Fox News Sultan Kosen will have surgery to stop the abnormal growth spurts that have made him the tallest man in the world. The 27-year-old from Turkey is more than 8’ tall as a result of a rare hormonal condition called acromegaly, which causes the pituitary gland to produce too much growth hormone, usually as a result of a non-cancerous tumor on the pituitary gland.

Law Looks To Protect Insurance Coverage In New York

August 20, 2010 7:29 am | Comments

Governor David Paterson signed a law into effect that will add more consumer protections when health insurers discontinue a class of policies. The bill requires a written notice of discontinuations to all insured individuals covered by a group plan at least 90 days before the discontinuation date. Insurers will have to notify affected policyholders of their options and they cannot discontinue a group plan to drop a lone high-cost policyholder from the plan.

Nurse Discrimination Suit Filed Against California Hospital

August 20, 2010 7:24 am | Comments

The California Nurses Association is suing a San Francisco hospital, claiming discrimination because managers refused to hire Filipino nurses. The suit was filed Thursday against Sacramento-based Sutter Health and the company's California Pacific Medical Center. Union leaders and Filipino activists in the Bay Area also want the San Francisco Human Rights Commission to investigate the discrimination claims.

Benefits Of Gender-Specific Knee Implants Under Scrutiny

August 20, 2010 7:20 am | Comments

A gender-specific total knee prosthesis was developed to more closely match the anatomy of the female knee, aiming to be a better fit resulting in better outcomes for women. However, a recent study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that 85 women who received a gender-specific implant in one knee and a standard prosthesis in the other knee found no clinical benefits of the gender-specific knee.

Innovative Procedure For Rare Vaginal Defects

August 20, 2010 7:08 am | Comments

A pediatric urologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center has pioneered a successful surgical procedure for young girls who have absent or malformed vaginas, a condition that affects about one in 4,000 females. Unknown causes and certain genetic disorders can cause girls to be born with these defects, along with others that can accompany the vaginal problems, including an abnormal neck, an absent or malformed uterus and fallopian tubes, absent kidneys and abnormal external genitals.

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Celebrity Surgeon Dies In Crash

August 18, 2010 7:18 am | Comments

Sandy Cohen, AP Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan, who made headlines for performing multiple surgeries on reality TV star Heidi Montag, has died. He was 50 years old. The California Highway Patrol says Ryan's 1995 Jeep Wrangler went off the side of Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu and landed on its roof Monday afternoon.

The Cold Costs Of Cancer

August 18, 2010 7:09 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Cancer is the world's top economic killer as well as its likely leading cause of death, the American Cancer Society contends in a new report it will present at a global cancer conference in China. Cancer costs more in productivity and lost life than AIDS, malaria, the flu and other diseases that spread person-to-person, the report concludes.

Surgically Implanted Sponge Doesn't Reduce Infection

August 18, 2010 6:55 am | Comments

Contradicting previous study results, insertion of a sponge that contains the antibiotic gentamicin at the time of surgical closure following cardiac surgery did not reduce the rate of sternal wound infections after three months, compared to patients who did not receive the intervention, according to a study in JAMA .

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Prediction Model Helps Determine Risks

August 18, 2010 6:21 am | Comments

A prediction score that includes factors such as age, blood pressure, and heart and respiratory rate has been developed for patients who received out-of-hospital emergency care associated with the development of a critical illness during their hospitalization. This could include complications such as severe sepsis, the need for mechanical ventilation or death.

Tragedy Of Romanian Hospital Blaze Continues

August 17, 2010 6:42 am | Comments

Alina Wolfe Murray, AP A fourth baby died Tuesday and seven remained in critical condition following a fire at a Bucharest maternity hospital. Authorities launched an investigation to determine what caused the blaze late Monday at Giulesti maternity hospital. The accident provoked a wave of public indignation, throwing light on Romania's poorly funded and understaffed health system.

Diabetes Require Less Medication After Bariatric Surgery

August 17, 2010 6:33 am | Comments

Bariatric surgery appears to be associated with reduced use of medications and lower health care costs among patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Surgery . “From an epidemiological standpoint, once these diseases develop they are rarely reversed.

Safe Surgery With Limited Resources

August 17, 2010 6:21 am | Comments

The humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders performed close to 20,000 procedures in resource-limited settings between 2001 and 2008, with an operative death rate of only 0.2 percent, suggesting surgical care can be provided safely in these circumstances with appropriate minimum standards and protocols, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Surgery .

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