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Studies Unclear On Role Of Pre-Surgery Beta Blockers

February 12, 2010 6:56 am | Comments

Heart specialists at the University of Michigan Health System make a plea for clarity on the best approach for prescribing beta blockers before surgery. February 12, 2010 In a commentary appearing in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association , heart specialists at the University of Michigan Health System make a plea for clarity on the best approach for prescribing beta blockers before surgery.

Feeding Tubes May Be Overused In Demented Patients

February 12, 2010 6:55 am | Comments

Dr. Joan M. Teno of Brown University and her colleagues found that hundreds of patients who had specified, in writing, that they did not want a feeding tube received one anyhow. Reuters Health February 12, 2010 Whether or not a person with advanced dementia winds up with a feeding tube inserted down their throat may have more to do with economic concerns than his or her wishes, suggests a new study out in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).

Telemedicine Technology Now Includes Smart Pills

February 12, 2010 5:07 am | Comments

(Reuters) Drugmakers are starting to get into bed with information technology companies as they struggle to prove the value of their medicines to governments and insurers. By using smart gadgets to monitor patients in real time, pharmaceutical companies believe they can improve clinical outcomes and establish the cost-effectiveness of treatments.

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Common Sense Prevails As Nurse Acquitted

February 12, 2010 4:53 am | Comments

Anne Mitchell, a nurse at Winkler County Memorial Hospital in the small West Texas town of Kermit, was acquitted after authorities had charged her with “misuse of official information” following her filling a complaint with the Texas Medical Board regarding what she felt were unsafe practices by Dr.

Vaccine Needle Size Matters For Obese Patients

February 10, 2010 6:51 am | Comments

A new study finds that using a standard 1-inch needle to immunize obese adolescents against hepatitis B virus produced a much weaker effect than using a longer needle . Frederik Joelving, Reuters Health February 10, 2010 Our ever-expanding waistlines may have outgrown the doctor's needle, researchers say, in what could be another casualty of the obesity epidemic.

Study: Medicare Rewards MDs For Overuse

February 10, 2010 6:50 am | Comments

Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters Medicare's move in 2005 to pay doctors to do bladder cancer surgery in their offices rather than in hospitals dramatically raised the number of procedures and overall health costs, U.S. researchers say. The findings reflect the complexity of cutting health costs in the United States, showing how in some cases Medicare—the insurance program for the elderly and disabled—gives doctors incentives to provide too much care, the researchers say.

New Safeguards Planned For Medical Imaging Tests

February 10, 2010 6:49 am | Comments

Reuters U.S. health officials want manufacturers of CT machines and certain other medical imaging devices to incorporate new safeguards to help reduce patient exposure to radiation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it planned to issue requirements for manufacturers to use when designing their equipment and would hold a public meeting on the matter March 30-31.

Acupuncture Insufficient Treatment For Fibromyalgia

February 10, 2010 6:48 am | Comments

Laura Buchholz, Reuters Health Acupuncture may provide some temporary pain relief for people with fibromyalgia, but does not help with fatigue, sleep problems, or physical function, reveals a new research review. However, the results are too inconsistent to recommend acupuncture as a treatment fibromyalgia, the reviewers conclude.

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Questions Remain On Bariatric Surgery For Adolescents

February 10, 2010 6:47 am | Comments

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery can effectively treat obesity in adolescents and seems to offer a better alternative than gastric bypass surgery, but further study is needed to determine whether it's better than nonsurgical options, a UT Southwestern Medical Center surgeon writes in an editorial in the Feb.

Source: Surgical Error May Be To Blame For Murtha’s Death

February 9, 2010 6:35 am | Comments

A Pennsylvania congressman and longtime friend of the late Rep. John Murtha says the congressman's large intestine was damaged during gallbladder surgery and an infection developed. February 9, 2010 The sudden death Monday of Rep. John Murtha could be attributed to a surgical error, according to a source close to a congressman.

Beer A Source For Bone Health

February 9, 2010 6:32 am | Comments

A new study finds that beer is a rich source of silicon which may help prevent osteoporosis February 9, 2010 A new study suggests that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density. Researchers from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis studied commercial beer production to determine the relationship between beer production methods and the resulting silicon content, concluding that beer is a rich source of dietary silicon.

Investors Losing Patience With Hospitals

February 9, 2010 6:31 am | Comments

As Congress looks less likely to pass a health-care bill, hospital stocks have dropped as much as 20 percent from their January peaks. February 9, 2010 As Congress looks less likely to pass a health-care bill, investors are steering clear of hospitals, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports.

Lighter Sedation For Elderly In Surgery May Reduce Disorientation

February 9, 2010 6:29 am | Comments

A common complication following surgery in elderly patients is postoperative delirium, a state of confusion that can lead to long-term health problems and cause some elderly patients to complain that they “never felt the same” again after an operation. But a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests that simply limiting the depth of sedation during procedures could safely cut the risk of postoperative delirium by 50 percent.

Illinois Court Overturns Malpractice Statute

February 7, 2010 8:31 am | Comments

The Illinois Supreme Court recently overturned the state’s five-year-old medical malpractice law because it limited compensation to injured patients for pain, suffering and other non-economic harms. The ruling came down as federal proposals to cap malpractice awards are receiving fresh attention in Washington.

Nearly Half Of All Cancers Are Preventable

February 7, 2010 8:20 am | Comments

About 40 percent of cancers could be prevented if people stopped smoking and overeating, limited their alcohol, exercised regularly and got vaccines targeting cancer-causing infections, experts say. The International Union Against Cancer released a report focused on steps that governments and the public can take to avoid the disease.

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