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Requiring Surgeons To Disclose Sleep-Deprived Status

January 3, 2011 6:34 am | Comments

While regulations have been put in place to restrict the work hours of doctors in training, no such regulations exist for fully trained physicians. An editorial in this week's New England Journal of Medicine argues that sleep-deprived physicians should not be permitted to proceed with an elective surgery without a patient's informed, written consent.


New Guidelines Target Tonsillectomy In Children

January 3, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

A multidisciplinary clinical practice guideline, Tonsillectomy in Children , will be published in the January issue of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery . The new guideline provides evidence-based recommendations on the pre-, intra-, and postoperative care and management of children 1 - 18 years of age under consideration for tonsillectomy.


Amniotic Membrane Use May Cause Complications

January 3, 2011 6:17 am | Comments

Postoperative adhesions are a major complication in strabismus surgery, so amniotic membrane has been used in the hopes of preventing these adhesions by forming a biological barrier during healing. In the December 2010 issue of the Journal of AAPOS , the Official Publication of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, a team of researchers from Cairo University have discovered that the new approach may also have the opposite effect.


Survival Lower Following Reintervantions

January 3, 2011 6:07 am | Comments

A report published in the January issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery® evaluates the rate of reinterventions and readmissions after initial abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair, 30-day mortality and the effect on long-term survival. The cases of over 45,000 Medicare beneficiaries who underwent AAA-related or laparotomy-related EVAR or open repair from 2001 to 2004 were reviewed by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Department of Health Policy at Harvard Medical School.

Children In Areas With Few Pediatricians At Higher Risk For Serious Appendix Ruptures

December 29, 2010 9:21 am | Comments

Fizan Abdullah, M.D. Children who live in areas with fewer pediatricians are more likely to suffer life-threatening ruptures of the appendix than those in areas with more pediatricians, even when accounting for other factors such as the number of hospitals, imaging technology, insurance coverage and the number of surgeons in an area, according to a study from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Experiments Test If Implant Can Block Sleep Apnea

December 27, 2010 9:47 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Loud snoring may do more than irritate your spouse: It can signal sleep apnea, depriving you of enough zzzz's to trigger a car crash, even a heart attack. Now scientists are beginning to test if an implanted pacemaker-like device might help certain sufferers, keeping their airways open by zapping the tongue during sleep.

Boston Hospital Made Three Spine Operation Errors

December 27, 2010 9:46 am | Comments

All three unconnected errors happened since September. Dr. Kenneth Sands is the senior vice president of health care quality at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He tells The Boston Globe the surgeons apparently miscounted the patients' vertebrae and operated directly above or below where they were supposed to.


Surgeon Pens Memoir Of Jim Crow South

December 27, 2010 9:32 am | Comments

Russell Contreras, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Growing up in segregated Memphis, Tenn., during the Jim Crow era, Augustus White III knew about those certain places off-limits to him as a black man — restrooms, diners and schools. He just didn't pay racial barriers much mind.


Woman Charged With Faking Diagnosis For Cash

December 22, 2010 5:13 am | Comments

(AP) Pennsylvania officials say a woman faked having cancer to collect nearly $100,000 in insurance money. The state attorney general's office says 50-year-old Deborah Brown of Canonsburg was charged with altering hospital paperwork to make it appear she had cancer and filing fraudulent claims for treatment she never got.

Hospital Loses Catholic Status After Surgery

December 22, 2010 5:09 am | Comments

Amanda Lee Myers, AP The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix stripped a major hospital of its affiliation with the church recently because of a surgery that ended a woman's pregnancy to save her life. Bishop Thomas Olmsted called the 2009 procedure an abortion and said St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center — recognized internationally for its neurology and neurosurgery practices — violated ethical and religious directives of the national Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Stronger Health Systems: Top 10 Principles

December 22, 2010 4:54 am | Comments

In this week's PLoS Medicine , Robert Chad Swanson from Brigham Young University, and colleagues, present a set of 10 guiding principles for strengthening health systems. It was developed from a comprehensive review of the literature and consultation with industry experts. 1. Holism. Consider all systems components, processes, and relationships simultaneously.

Smart Systems Ensure Nothing Is Missed During Exams

December 22, 2010 4:23 am | Comments

Busy doctors can miss important details about a patient's care during an office examination. To prevent that, Northwestern Medicine researchers have created a smart assistant for physicians which entails using electronic health records to alert doctors when a patient's care is amiss during an exam.

Models Help Motivate Marrow Donors

December 21, 2010 5:09 am | Comments

Denise Lavoie, AP Justin Judkins was approached at a shopping mall by a pretty young model, "all dolled up," wearing high heels, a white lab coat and electric blue wig. The woman asked him if he wanted to be a hero and save a child's life. How could he say no? Like thousands of other people, Judkins agreed to allow bone marrow registry workers to swab the inside of his cheek for a DNA test — lured by a recruiting pitch that an official with a national donor registry calls "a little unusual.

Surgeons Study Stomach-Folding Procedure To Treat Obesity

December 21, 2010 5:07 am | Comments

A new type of weight loss surgery involving folding a patient’s stomach inside itself and then stitching it could be a viable option for bariatric surgery patients, according to a pilot study conducted at Cleveland Clinic. The 15-person prospective study was published in the online edition of the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.


Special Effect

December 21, 2010 4:59 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Elise Lutz never let her friends see what was left of her ear. She'd carefully style her long hair into a one-sided ponytail, or swelter under a swim cap for hours at meets, to cover the molten lump from a severe burn as a toddler in her native China.But as a teenager, the North Carolina girl expressed her desire to be whole again with a simple request: She really wanted pierced earrings.


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