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Knife Removed From Man's Head - Three Years Later

September 27, 2010 6:11 am | Comments

(AP) A man in northeastern Brazil is recovering after surgeons removed a 4" (10-centimeter) blade that had been stuck in his head for three years following a bar fight. Edeilson Nascimento, a 29-year-old tire repairman, told reporters he is feeling great after the three-hour surgery earlier this week.

Preventive Care Poses Dilemma For ERs

September 27, 2010 6:07 am | Comments

People go to emergency departments when they've broken a leg, been stabbed or otherwise need urgent care. But a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine finds that 90 percent of EDs nationwide also offer preventive-care services. The high prevalence was surprising, said M. Kit Delgado, MD, the study's lead author and a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford's Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, and it likely stems from less-than-ideal conditions.


Gastroenterology Procedure Shows Promise For Pediatrics

September 27, 2010 5:55 am | Comments

The use of device-assisted enteroscopy, a technique that allows complete examination of the small bowel, may be just as successful in pediatrics as it has been in adult medicine, according to a study from Nationwide Children's Hospital. One of these techniques, known as Double-Balloon Enteroscopy (DBE), allows doctors to reach parts of the small intestine that cannot be reached using standard endoscopic procedures.


Clinical Trial Supports Catheter-Based Valve Replacement

September 24, 2010 7:16 am | Comments

One-year data from the PARTNER clinical trial, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine , demonstrates that transcatheter aortic-valve implantation, compared with standard therapy, resulted in significantly lower rates of death among patients who cannot undergo surgery for aortic stenosis.

New Valve Procedure Spares Cracking The Chest

September 24, 2010 7:02 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Thousands of older Americans who need new heart valves but are too frail to survive the surgery might soon get a chance at an easier option — a way to thread in an artificial aortic valve without cracking their chests. Not yet known is whether easier-to-implant valves might work for the less sick who'd like to try the new technology rather than undergo the open-heart surgery required for standard valve replacements.

Quality Of Care Up At U.S. Hospitals

September 24, 2010 6:52 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP A report says treatment has improved substantially at U.S. hospitals for several ailments, including heart attacks, pneumonia and children's asthma. The information is based on more than 3,000 hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission, an independent regulatory group. On average, hospitals in the report gave recommended heart attack treatment almost 98 percent of the time in 2009, versus 89 percent in 2002.


Less Intrusive Identification Of Organ Rejection

September 24, 2010 6:43 am | Comments

A simple, inexpensive blood test could soon help doctors halt organ rejection before it impairs transplanted hearts and kidneys. "In the past, we couldn't spot rejection episodes until they harmed the organ," said Atul Butte, MD, PhD, who is co-senior author of the new research and an associate professor of medical informatics and pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Some Families Win Under New Health Care Provisions

September 24, 2010 6:33 am | by Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Jerry and Becky Morefield enjoy some time together with their 15-year-old triplets with cerebral palsy in Mahomet, Ill., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. The nation's new health care law adds consumer protections that kick in Thursday, forcing insurers to meet new requirements.


2010 Hospital OR & Surgery Center Conference Breaks Records

September 22, 2010 5:02 am | Comments

Health Connect Partners (HCP) announced today that attendance of over 130 Hospital OR Directors, GPOs and Surgery Center Administrators exhibiting at the upcoming 2010 Hospital OR & Surgery Center Conference, set for October 13-15 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville will be the largest combined group of OR directors and surgery eenter administrators ever exhibiting at a Reverse EXPO Conference.

Despite Debate, MS Patients Find Surgical Liberation In Mexico

September 22, 2010 4:51 am | Comments

Jim Bailey, Trail Daily Times TRAIL, B.C. — A pair of British Columbia brothers who travelled to Mexico for a controversial surgical procedure to avoid becoming wheelchair-bound say they're now recovering with a new sense of liberation. Matt Berukoff and his brother Dan, from Fruitvale, both suffer from multiple sclerosis.

Obesity Hurting Wallet And Health

September 22, 2010 4:40 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Obesity puts a drag on the wallet as well as health, especially for women. Doctors have long known that medical bills are higher for the obese, but that's only a portion of the real-life costs. George Washington University researchers added in things like employee sick days, lost productivity, even the need for extra gasoline — and found the annual cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man.

More Hospital Patients Unable To Pay

September 22, 2010 4:32 am | Comments

Hannah Wolfson, AP More patients at UAB Hospital haven't been able to pay their bills over the last two years because of the tough economy, and hospital administrators are predicting the trend will continue in 2011. "High unemployment and fewer insured patients are affecting both the hospital and the faculty," John Faulstich, the UAB Health System's chief financial officer, told the University of Alabama System board of trustees.


New Blood Clot Prevention Strategies

September 22, 2010 4:23 am | Comments

Treating hospital patients with thigh-length surgical stockings, rather than knee-high socks, can reduce life threatening blood clots, a new study suggests. Researchers found that knee-high stockings, which are similar to flight socks, do little in stroke patients to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a life threatening form of blood clot that can travel up into the heart and lungs.

Less Invasive Surgery Approved For Breast Cancer Treatment

September 21, 2010 6:41 am | Comments

September 21, 2010 Maria Cheng, AP (AP) Some breast cancer patients may do just as well with a less invasive surgery to remove selected lymph nodes rather than the aggressive operation normally used to remove them all, a new study says. In the biggest trial yet to compare the two procedures, North American researchers found early breast cancer patients don't need the more interventionist surgery to live longer.


Post-Op High Blood Sugar Associated With Surgical Infections

September 21, 2010 6:33 am | Comments

High blood glucose levels after surgery may be an important risk factor for infection at the surgical site in patients having general surgery, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Surgery . Surgical site infection accounts for 14 to 17 percent of hospital-acquired infections, making it the third most common type of infection acquired at health-care facilities and the most common among patients having surgery, according to background information in the article.


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