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Expanding Stent Surgery

April 5, 2010 5:51 am | Comments

After Louis Prestes suffered a mini-stroke, his doctor told him the artery in his neck was 70 percent blocked with fatty plaque deposits and the likelihood of another, more serious stroke was high. Mr. Prestes, 76, was presented with two options to prevent another stroke. He could undergo conventional surgery performed on his carotid artery, a procedure performed 100,000 times a year in the U.

Patient Safety Incidents At U.S. Hospitals Show No Decline

April 2, 2010 8:19 am | Comments

A recent study finds nearly one million incidents among medicare patients in years 2006 to 2008. The incidences were associated with $8.9 billion in costs. April 2, 2010 Nearly one million patient-safety incidents occurred among Medicare patients over the years 2006, 2007, 2008, a figure virtually unchanged since last year’s annual study of patient safety by HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization.

Woman Has Twins ... A Week Apart

April 2, 2010 7:04 am | Comments

An Ohio couple can look forward to an annual birthday season, because their new twins were born a week apart. Jennifer Renz of North Canton went into labor while at her doctor's office on March 22. She wasn't due for another 12 weeks but gave birth at a Cleveland hospital to a 1-pound, 13-ounce girl, named Grace.

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Soda Tax Won't Impact Obesity

April 2, 2010 6:55 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Small taxes on soda do little to reduce soft drink consumption or prevent childhood obesity, but larger levies probably would, states new research. The study is being released as a recent wave of proposals would raise soda taxes or create new ones on sugared beverages. But they'll have to be a lot steeper than current taxes, which are generally four percent or less, said Roland Sturm, lead author of the new research.

2 Million Waiting To Join Parent's Healthcare Coverage

April 2, 2010 6:40 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Congress voted to overhaul the health care system on a Sunday. On Monday, Patti Lawson e-mailed her employer's human resources office to ask how soon she could get her 22-year-old daughter back on her health insurance. In about six months, the new law will allow at least 2 million young adults to be covered under their parents’ policies.

Surprise Inside - Missing Heads & Torsos

April 2, 2010 6:15 am | Comments

Surprise Inside – Missing Heads & Torsos Sue Major Holmes and Maria Sudekum Fisher, AP A human head and torso were found inside a red biohazard tub as part of what was supposed to be a routine shipment of medical waste from New Mexico to a Kansas company. That gruesome discovery last week turned out to be just the start.

Checklists Help Curb Mortality Rates

April 2, 2010 5:57 am | Comments

Patient deaths at three London hospitals have been cut by almost 15 percent after introducing treatment checklists (known as care bundles), finds a study published on www.bmj.com. The researchers say their methods could be used to reduce mortality in many other hospitals. The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust serves a population of about 500,000 at three sites: Northwick Park Hospital, Central Middlesex Hospital and St Mark's Hospital.

Fraudulent Surgery Payment Nets Patient Jail Time

March 31, 2010 6:31 am | Comments

An Orange County, California woman’s new breasts will cost her six months in jail. Yvonne Jean Pampellonne was sentenced for using a fraudulent line of credit to obtain $12,000 in cosmetic surgery, including breast implants and liposuction. The 30-year-old woman pleaded guilty to burglary, grand theft and identity theft.

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CAE Healthcare Acquires Immersion's Simulation Lines

March 31, 2010 6:13 am | Comments

CAE Healthcare and Immersion, a leading innovator of haptic (touch feedback) technology, have announced that CAE Healthcare has acquired part of Immersion's medical simulation business unit. Three product lines are part of the acquisition and will form the core offerings of CAE Healthcare's newly established surgical simulation division.

FDA Suppressed Imaging Safety Concerns

March 31, 2010 5:39 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP A former Food and Drug Administration scientist said his job was eliminated after he raised concerns about the risks of radiation exposure from high-grade medical scanning. Dr. Julian Nicholas said at a public hearing that he and other FDA staffers “were pressured to change their scientific opinion” after they opposed the approval of a CT scanner for routine colon cancer screening.

Cancer Survivor Sues After Surgical Fire

March 31, 2010 5:17 am | Comments

An Oklahoma woman is suing her Tulsa surgeon after she was severely burned during breast reconstruction surgery last December. The woman had a double mastectomy two years earlier because of breast cancer, and felt this surgery would be her final step after being declared cancer free.  When she woke up from surgery her face was covered in bandages.

Surgeon To Offer 3D Surgical Previews

March 31, 2010 5:03 am | Comments

Using cutting-edge technology to maximize patient-doctor communication, Toronto-based plastic surgeon Dr. Cory S. Goldberg has begun using the Vectra 3D system to give patients a preview of the potential outcome of their desired surgeries. “100 percent of my patients ask, ‘What will I look like?,’” says Goldberg.

Medicare Nominee Faces Challenges

March 30, 2010 6:23 am | Comments

Donald Berwick, President Barack Obama's choice to lead the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid, will face major challenges in implementing the sweeping changes to both programs required under the recently enacted health care overhaul … if elected. According to two administration officials, President Obama will nominate Dr.

FDA Panel Backs Debated Knee Device

March 30, 2010 6:15 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Federal health experts said a device for repairing knees that was subject to a contentious, three-year review by the Food and Drug Administration is likely safe and effective, despite major shortcomings with company studies. The findings by the FDA's independent panel of orthopedic experts came despite the government's highly critical review of Regen Biologic's device published ahead of the meeting.

Device Companies Seek Repeal Of Tax Provision

March 30, 2010 6:00 am | Comments

The chairman of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council said it is trying to line up meetings with members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation to discuss the tax, which industry officials say will cut jobs and force firms to move operations overseas. The 2.3 percent tax contained in a reconciliation bill is expected to be passed by Congress and sent to President Obama next week, although it wouldn’t take effect until January 1, 2013.

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