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Fewer Complications Despite Greater Bariatric Frequency

July 28, 2010 6:00 am | Comments

An examination of 15,000 bariatric surgery patients in Michigan finds that the frequency of serious complications is relatively low, and is inversely associated with hospital and surgeon procedural volume, according to a study published in JAMA . With rates of bariatric surgery increasing over the last decade, it has become the second most common abdominal operation in the United States.


Studying The Impact Of Fresher Blood

July 27, 2010 7:46 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP The Food and Drug Administration allows red blood cells to be stored for 42 days, and hospitals almost always use the oldest in their refrigerators first to ensure none expires. The age of the blood a patient receives depends on how much the hospital has of that type on a given day.

Restoring Pride To The Faces Of Our Wounded Warriors

July 27, 2010 7:32 am | Comments

Michelle Roberts, AP Master Sgt. Todd Nelson lost his right eye and ear in a flash when a car bomb in Afghanistan exploded, sending fire up his arm and over his head. Although it's taken years of painstaking work, the military has given him a bright blue eye and ear lightly freckled and pinked from summer sun.


Bypass Won't Reduce Neurocognitive Function In Children

July 27, 2010 7:12 am | Comments

School-aged children who undergo cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) during surgery for less complicated congenital heart defects do not appear to suffer any impairments in neurocognitive abilities, such as intelligence, memory, motor skills and behavior. Researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, in a study in the August issue of Pediatrics , reported on neuropsychological effects after surgery for acyanotic heart defects.

Rest Doesn't Help Resident's Outcomes In Common Surgeries

July 27, 2010 7:02 am | Comments

As the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education seeks to improve patient care by further limiting the hours worked by medical residents, the Journal of Surgical Research has published a new study reporting that outcomes in two common surgeries – appendectomy and laparoscopic cholecystectomy – were similar among residents who had worked less than 16 hours and those who had worked more than 16 hours.

Heart Bypass Surgery May Heighten Taste Buds

July 27, 2010 6:54 am | Comments

Contrary to the researchers' predictions, detection of salty, sweet, sour and bitter tastes appeared to be enhanced rather than reduced following heart bypass surgery. The unexpected findings, they note, might be at least partially explained by hunger after fasting around the time of surgery. Nearly half a million coronary artery bypass surgeries are performed in the U.

Patient Safety Requires Doctors Report Incompetent Physicians

July 27, 2010 6:36 am | by by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

OSU Teachers Use Video Link To Help Iraqi Doctors

July 26, 2010 7:17 am | Comments

Kim Archer TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The room full of doctors on the large TV screen spoke over one another, enthusiastically and in Arabic. "We want to know your needs and how we can help you," Dr. Stanley Grogg, interim provost and dean of the Oklahoma State University College of Health Sciences in Tulsa, told them.


Daily Oral Care With CHG Urged For Ventilated Patients

July 26, 2010 7:17 am | Sage Products Inc | Comments

CARY, Ill., July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Oral care helps critical care patients defend against ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), a common, often fatal and very costly hospital-acquired infection. According to research cited by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), hospital mortality of ventilated patients who develop VAP is as high as 46 percent and each incident adds an estimated cost of $40,000 to a typical hospital admission.

Full Face Transplant Patient Displays New Look

July 26, 2010 7:16 am | Comments

Daniel Woolls, Associated Press Writer Oscar,center, a man who underwent a full-face transplant in April, poses beside Dr. Joan Barret, fourth from left, and surrounded by doctors as he appears in public for the first time in a news conference at the Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, .

Medical Device Problems Hurt 70,000+ Kids Annually

July 26, 2010 7:15 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — More than 70,000 children and teens go to the emergency room each year for injuries and complications from medical devices, and contact lenses are the leading culprit, the first detailed national estimate suggests. About one-fourth of the problems were things like infections and eye abrasions in contact lens wearers.

Can Deciphering Doctor's Notes Improve Care?

July 23, 2010 7:24 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't be offended if your doctor writes that you're SOB, or that an exam detected BS. The aim is to help, not insult: A project is beginning to test if patients fare better when given fast electronic access to more of their medical chart — the detailed notes that doctors record about you during and after every visit.

New Guidelines Aim To Reduce Repeated C-Sections

July 23, 2010 7:24 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Most women who've had a C-section, and many who've had two, should be allowed to try labor with their next baby, say new guidelines — a step toward reversing the "once a cesarean, always a cesarean" policies taking root in many hospitals.

CDC: 15 US Deaths Tied To Rare Tropical Fungus

July 23, 2010 7:23 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — A fungus usually found in the tropics has taken root in the Pacific Northwest and has been blamed in the deaths of 15 people over the last six years, health officials said Thursday. At least 60 people have been sickened in four states by the fungus, cryptococcus gattii, which grows on or around trees.

Rehab-First Promising For Amateur Athlete ACL Tear

July 23, 2010 7:23 am | Comments

Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Attention, weekend athletes: Don't be too quick to agree to surgery for a common type of knee ligament tear. A study of Swedish amateur athletes — mostly soccer players — found that those who got an ACL reconstruction right away plus physical therapy fared no better than athletes who started out with rehab and got the surgery later if they still needed it.


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