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Facilities Lose $1.7 Million, Despite Higher Revenues

May 14, 2010 7:14 am | Comments

Canadian hospital owner Medical Facilities Corporation says it lost $1.7 million in the first quarter, as higher operating expenses offset revenue growth of six percent. Toronto-based Medical Facilities, which also owns hospitals in the United States, said earnings were down by five cents per share.

The Evolving Hip Surgery Patient

May 14, 2010 7:01 am | Comments

John Marshall, AP The surgeon waved his arms like a puppeteer over the body of his 18-year-old patient, the sound of a heartbeat from a monitor giving way to the jarring noise of a saw grinding bone in her hip joint. The sedated college volleyball player agreed to the surgery, not knowing if her insurance would cover the expense but hopeful that it would allow her to again walk up stairs without collapsing in pain.

Physician Portal Allows Instant Sharing Of Medical Records

May 14, 2010 6:48 am | Comments

A new Internet-based physician health portal that will allow for instant sharing of medical records between doctors is the latest expansion of the affiliation between The Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Head and Neck Cancer Center and ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP (ENTA), the largest and most comprehensive ear, nose, and throat, allergy and audiology practice in the tri-state area.

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New Record-Sharing Portal Simplifies Care

May 14, 2010 6:38 am | Comments

A new internet-based physician health portal that will allow for instant sharing of medical records between doctors is the latest expansion of the affiliation between The Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Head and Neck Cancer Center and ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP, the largest ear, nose and throat, allergy and audiology practice in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

New Test Predicts Surgical Outcomes For Older Patients

May 14, 2010 6:27 am | Comments

A simple, 10-minute “frailty” test administered to older patients before they undergo surgery can predict with great certainty their risk for complications, how long they will stay in the hospital and whether they are likely to end up in a nursing home afterward, new research from Johns Hopkins suggests.

Catheter-Based Procedure Offers Non-Surgical Option

May 12, 2010 8:28 am | Comments

An innovative catheter-based procedure is providing relief to patients who suffer from shortness of breath and fluid overload as the result of a severely leaky heart valve, but who are too sick for open-chest surgery, according to a study presented at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions.

Israel Denies Surgery To Hamas Affiliate

May 12, 2010 8:11 am | Comments

Karoun Demirjian, AP Israel has barred a cousin of an assassinated Hamas operative from entering from Gaza for medical care, though the man’s doctors warn his life is in danger. Mohammed al-Mabhouh, 56, is the cousin of senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was assassinated in Dubai in January in a hit local authorities blame on Israel’s Mossad spy agency.

For Health Or Ratings, Live Surgery Hits Morning TV

May 12, 2010 7:54 am | Comments

David Bauder, AP Surgery at breakfast time is the latest odd television trend. ABC weatherman Sam Champion had skin cancer cells removed from his shoulder live on Good Morning America this morning, publicizing his own health issues to make viewers more aware of their own. All three network morning shows have gone into operating rooms or doctors' offices the past two months.

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FDA Pushes Healthcare Providers To Report Misleading Drug Ads

May 12, 2010 6:26 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration said it will begin asking doctors to keep an eye out for misleading drug advertisements as part of the agency's latest effort to police the pharmaceutical industry's multibillion-dollar marketing machine. The agency's bad ad program urges doctors to report ads and sales pitches that violate FDA rules.

C-spine Rule Could Ease ER Overcrowding

May 11, 2010 7:03 am | Comments

Widespread use of the Canadian C-spine rule by triage nurses in emergency departments would ease discomfort of trauma patients and improve patient flow in overcrowded emergency departments in Canada and abroad, according to a study in CMAJ ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ). This clinical decision rule helps clinicians with diagnostic or therapeutic decisions, and was previously developed for c-spine evaluation.

eICU Services Growing In Rural Hospitals

May 11, 2010 6:52 am | Comments

As part of a growing trend, rural hospitals from across the country are collaborating with larger tertiary care facilities and independent critical care monitoring providers to bring eICU telehealth services and support to their local rural communities. Royal Philips Electronics is supporting this trend and addressing clinician shortages by expanding access to critical care support in rural communities with their.

MRSA Takes Center Stage

May 11, 2010 6:33 am | Comments

More Americans die annually from invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections than from HIV/AIDS, H1N1 influenza and Parkinson's disease, yet some feel the U.S. and other countries are not doing enough to combat it. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by MRSA,” states MRSA Survivors Network founder Jeanine Thomas, a survivor of MRSA, sepsis and C.

Chimp Attack Victim Evaluated For Face, Hands Transplant

May 11, 2010 5:55 am | Comments

John Christoffersen, AP Brigham and Women's Hospital issued a statement saying Charla Nash will be at the Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital for a couple of days for the evaluation. A decision is not expected for months. “I'm cautiously optimistic right now,” said plastic surgeon Dr.

Easing Bone Marrow Transplants Key To Greater Adaption

May 11, 2010 5:39 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Bone marrow transplants are undergoing a quiet revolution: No longer just for cancer, research is under way to ease the risks so they can target more people with diseases from sickle cell to deadly metabolic disorders. The old way: High doses of radiation and chemotherapy wipe out a patient's own bone marrow before someone else's is infused to replace it, hopefully before infection strikes.

A Smiling Face Of Survival

May 10, 2010 7:47 am | Comments

Robert Lopez, AP Four-year-old Khalid Amos lifts his shirt up and reveals a faint scar on his chest. “That's my port,” he says. “That's where they put the medicine in, take blood out.” Khalid was diagnosed two years ago with neuroblastoma, a tumor of the sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body's fight or flight responses.

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