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Medicaid Prescriptions Going To Dealers

December 6, 2010 5:37 am | Comments

Carolyn Thompson, AP Ethel Johnson couldn't get her prescription for pain medication filled fast enough. The 60-year-old Buffalo woman was hurting, but investigators say that wasn't the reason for the rush. According to secretly recorded telephone conversations, the sooner Johnson could pick up her pills, the more quickly she could sell them to her dealer.

New Center Formed To Sutdy Musculoskeletal Surgery Outcomes

December 3, 2010 5:29 am | Comments

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) announced the creation of the Center for Musculoskeletal Outcomes and Patient Oriented Research to translate information collected from an extensive patient population into studies that will guide experts in preventing, diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders.

Regeneration Advancements Made In Nerve Connecting Eye To Brain

December 3, 2010 5:20 am | Comments

Damage to the optic nerve, connecting the eye with the brain, is a major cause of blindness. The most common culprit is glaucoma, estimated to affect more than four million Americans. There is currently no way to restore the lost vision, because the optic nerve, like other nerves in the mature central nervous system (CNS), cannot regenerate.


Gift Guide: Tablet Buying Advice

December 3, 2010 5:10 am | Comments

Dama Wollman, AP This holiday season it could be hard to enter a store without setting eyes on a tablet computer. Big-name manufacturers, along with some you might not have heard of, are jumping on the bandwagon, trying hard to undercut each other with lower-priced gadgets. It doesn't help that so many of them claim to do the same thing.

Duke Surgeons Charged With Embezzling From University

December 3, 2010 4:54 am | Comments

Duke Police have charged a surgeon and surgery department business manager with embezzling $267,000 from the university. John William Cotton, 39, and his boss, Dr. Eric De Maria, 51, face felony charges for allegedly stealing the money in 2009. Cotton also is charged separately with obtaining property by false pretenses.

Top PACS Vendor For Large Hospitals Identified

December 3, 2010 4:46 am | Comments

DR Systems has been recognized by KLAS as the leading PACS vendor for large hospitals. The ranking is published in the November 2010 KLAS Specialty Report: A Read on PACS: Hospital Expectations Rising . KLAS is a research and consulting firm that specializes in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare information technology vendors, including picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) companies.

Pilot Program Expands Organ Recovery

December 1, 2010 5:09 am | Comments

Samantha Gross, AP Families choosing whether to donate a loved one's organs usually have days to grapple with their decision, all while the patient lies hooked up to machines in a hospital bed, but they would have only about 20 minutes to make the choice in a new pilot program meant to recover organs from patients who die at home.

Surgical Piercings Could Solve Swallowing Disorder

December 1, 2010 4:41 am | Comments

In what might be one of the world's first medicinal body piercings, UC Davis Health System surgeons announced today that they have successfully implanted an experimental device in the throat of a man that will enable him to manually control his ability to swallow. The device, which could offer an effective treatment option for people suffering from severe swallowing problems, is controlled by pulling on a tiny metal pin that extends through the skin in the neck.


Acupuncture Changes Brain's Pain Processing

December 1, 2010 4:30 am | Comments

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers have captured pictures of the brain while patients experienced a pain stimulus with and without acupuncture to determine acupuncture's effect on how the brain processes pain. Results of the study, which the researchers say suggest the effectiveness of acupuncture, were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Cancer Risk From Radiation May Have Been Overestimated

December 1, 2010 4:19 am | Comments

The risk of developing radiation-induced cancer from computed tomography (CT) may be lower than previously thought, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). "Radiation from medical imaging has gotten a tremendous amount of attention in recent years," said Aabed Meer, an M.

InnerSpace Offering Lean Strategies Course

December 1, 2010 4:05 am | Comments

Stanley InnerSpace, a leader in storage and inventory solutions for the healthcare industry, is offering healthcare professionals a lean strategies course to earn 2.0 general nursing contact hours. Titled Using Lean Strategies to Reduce Supply Costs , the self-study course book is available for download on the Stanley InnerSpace website.

Making Hospital Surgery Infection Rates Public

November 30, 2010 9:20 am | Comments

The Washington State Hospital Association is releasing hospital-specific surgical infection rate data. This is the first time this information has been made public. The website at provides data on infections following three important types of surgeries: cardiac, orthopedic, and hysterectomies.

Study: Mammography Not Enough For Some Women

November 30, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

Women with a personal history of breast cancer should consider annual screening with MRI in addition to mammography, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines currently recommend annual screening with breast MRI in women with a known gene mutation or with a strong family history indicating a lifetime risk of breast cancer greater than 20 percent.

Wristband Combines Medical Data With Multimedia

November 30, 2010 5:54 am | Comments

MEDICOM Technologies, Inc. has introduced a multimedia-enabled interactive Medical I.D. Wristband that can display an individual's complete medical history to emergency treatment personnel in critical situations. The patent-pending MEDICOM Medical I.D. Wristband also boasts an array of audio, video and voice-driven health and entertainment features.

Using A Patient's Own Blood To Treat Hamstring Injury

November 30, 2010 5:37 am | Comments

Researchers in London say they have found an effective two-part treatment for microtears in the hamstring. The process involves injections of the patient's own blood and a steroid, along with "dry-needling," in which repeated needle punctures cause controlled internal bleeding in the injured area.


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