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Army Health Initiative Could Serve As A National Model

January 28, 2011 5:03 am | Comments

Susanne M. Schafer, AP First lady Michelle Obama stated that the military's push to turn recruits into health-conscious warriors could be a model for making people across the U.S. more focused on fitness and nutrition.Obama, who has made battling childhood obesity one of her signature causes as first lady, visited the Army's largest training post at Fort Jackson outside Columbia, South Carolina to see what the Army has done - from more rigorous training drills to fat-free milk in its mess halls.

Difficult Patients More Likely To Experience Worse Symptoms

January 26, 2011 5:53 am | Comments

Difficult' patient-clinician encounters have a negative impact on patients' health outcomes in the short-term, according to a new study by Sheri Hinchey from the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, and Jeffrey Jackson from the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Their findings show that nearly 18 percent of patients are perceived as difficult by their physicians and are less likely to trust or be satisfied with their doctor.

First Pediatric Surgical Quality Program Shows Potential

January 26, 2011 5:46 am | Comments

A first of its kind surgical quality improvement program for children has the potential to identify outcomes of children's surgical care that can be targeted for quality improvement efforts in helping prevent complications and save lives. The results of a study of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatric phase 1 pilot were published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons .


Ohio To Use Surgical Drug In Lethal Injections

January 26, 2011 5:39 am | Comments

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AP Ohio is set to become the first state to use a surgical sedative as its sole means of executing condemned inmates, a switch made as the shortage of the drug normally used for executions has worsened. Beginning in March, the state execution team will use a single, powerful dose of pentobarbital, a drug sometimes used to induce surgical comas, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced.

Analysis Shows Elderly Patients Don't Receive Same Quality Of Care

January 26, 2011 5:31 am | Comments

As elderly citizens represent an ever growing proportion of the population, trauma centers are being challenged to provide them with same quality of care that younger patients receive during a medical emergency. A recent study by researchers using the American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Trauma Databank (NTDB) published in the January 2011 issue of Annals of Surgery reveals that trauma centers that excel in the care of severely injured young patients do not necessarily provide the same quality of care to elderly ones.

FDA Approves New Robotic-Guided Surgical Implants

January 26, 2011 5:10 am | Comments

Mazor Robotics Ltd., a developer of surgical robotic systems and complementary products, announced today that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the marketing of Emerald, their guided-surgical implant system for spinal fixation procedures. Mazor's flagship product, SpineAssist, is a surgical robotic system that enables surgeons to conduct spine surgeries in a safer and more accurate manner.


Independent Radiation Center Looks To Redefine Patient Care

January 25, 2011 5:52 am | Comments

According to officials at Farber Center for Radiation Oncology, patients tired of endless waits, cold exam rooms and impatient staff can turn to their independent treatment center. Here, they state, more is done to cater to the individual and minimize the impact on patients’ personal lives.

Operation Makes Dementia Patients Faster, Smarter

January 25, 2011 5:23 am | Comments

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital are the first in the world to show that an operation can help patients with dementia caused by white matter changes and hydrocephalus. Presented in the Journal of Neurosurgery , the results are based on the world's first study to demonstrate the effects of a shunt operation using a placebo control.


World First In Cardiac Surgery

January 25, 2011 5:16 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Doctors at London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) are the first in the world to use a new implantable surgical device that could revolutionize aortic valve bypass surgery. On November 3, 2010, LHSC's cardiac surgery team led by Drs. Bob Kiaii and Linrui Guo successfully performed an aortic valve bypass using a specialized Aortic Valve Bypass (AVB) device.

Red Cross Issues National Appeal For Blood

January 25, 2011 5:08 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Severe winter weather throughout much of the eastern half of the United States in recent weeks has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross. With more winter weather and a possible coastal storm predicted, the Red Cross is urging all eligible blood donors to help boost its blood supply back up to sufficient levels.

HHS: Affordable Care Act Helps Recover $4 Billion In Healthcare Fraud

January 25, 2011 4:35 am | Comments

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli detailed a new report showing that the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered more than $4 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year 2010.

Cost To Treat Heart Disease To Triple By 2030

January 24, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

"Despite the successes in reducing and treating heart disease over the last half century, even if we just maintain our current rates, we will have an enormous financial burden on top of the disease itself," said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., chair of the American Heart Association expert panel issuing the statement.

Showing Empathy To Patients Can Improve Care

January 24, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

Showing clinical empathy to patients can improve their satisfaction of care, motivate them to stick to their treatment plans and lower malpractice complaints, found a study published in CMAJ. "Empathy is the ability to understand another's experience, to communicate and confirm that understanding with the other person and to then act in a helpful manner," writes Dr.

Training Instrument Allows Surgeon To Feel Grasp Force In Keyhole Surgery

January 24, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

The number of complications following keyhole surgery can be reduced by giving the surgeons a better feeling of how hard they are grasping the tissue with their operating instruments. This is made possible by designing the instrument in such a way that it sends tangible feedback signals to the handle held by the surgeon.

Feds Recover $2.5 Billion In Health Care Fraud

January 24, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

Since publication of this article, the total in recovered health care fraud has been corrected to $4 billion. Click here to read more MIAMI (AP) — Federal officials say they recovered a record $2.5 billion in health care fraud judgments last year, and they're planning new security measures to crack down further on Medicare scams.


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