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Joint Replacement Surgeries Still Troubled by Infected Fluids

March 17, 2015 11:47 am | by Thomas Jefferson University | Comments

More Americans than ever will receive joint replacements, and with an infection rate of approximately 1 percent, the potential exists for tens of thousands to experience post-operative infection and complications each year.

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Heart Valve Repair Improves Emotional Wellbeing

March 17, 2015 11:39 am | by Elsevier | Comments

Patients with severe mitral regurgitation (MR) often suffer from psycho-emotional symptoms, such as depression and anxiety. However, after undergoing mitral valve repair surgery patients experienced a marked improvement in emotional and physical wellbeing.

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Flawed Data Says U.S. Has Over 6.5 Million People At 112 Years-Old

March 17, 2015 11:29 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | Comments

Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112.

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Pregnant Woman Shot Several Times; Bullets Miss Unborn Baby

March 16, 2015 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say a pregnant woman shot multiple times at a Los Angeles park is in critical condition, and police are searching for the gunman.

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Redesigned Labels Reduce OR Errors

March 16, 2015 2:40 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

Special redesigned labels for intravenous (IV) medication bags may help to prevent serious medication errors in the operating room.

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Senate Dems Threaten to Oppose Deal on Medicare Doc Fees

March 16, 2015 2:27 pm | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | Comments

Democratic senators would oppose a potential House bipartisan deal preventing cuts in physicians' Medicare payments if it doesn't finance a children's health program for four years, senior Senate Democratic aides said Sunday.

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Study Calls Heart Imaging Into Question

March 16, 2015 2:20 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

People checked with a heart CT scan after seeing a doctor for chest pain have no less risk of heart attack, dying or being hospitalized months later than those who take a simple treadmill test or other older exam, finds a big federal study.

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Bariatric Surgery Cuts Risks for Asthma-Related Events

March 13, 2015 12:10 pm | by Massachusetts General Hospital | Comments

Study finds that weight-loss surgery reduces asthma-associated emergency visits, hospitalizations by half.

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FDA Wants More Info On Scopes Linked To Superbug Outbreaks

March 13, 2015 12:04 pm | Comments

Federal health officials are stepping up their oversight of medical scopes linked to potentially fatal superbug outbreaks.

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German Court Orders Vaccination Cynic To Pay For Virus Proof

March 13, 2015 11:59 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A German court has ruled that a prominent anti-vaccination advocate must pay a doctor 100,000 euros ($105,720) in prize money he had promised to anyone who could prove measles is a virus.

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Synthetic Spider Silk Could Have Wide Medical Applications

March 12, 2015 2:20 pm | Comments

The Stockholm-based biomaterials company Spiber Technologies AB is working to apply spider silk in several medical fields, including cardiology, heart tissue regeneration, bone reconstruction, skin cell growth and vaccines.

Less Liver Removed, Fewer Complications

March 12, 2015 2:11 pm | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

A new Journal of the American College of Surgeons study shows that a surgical approach focused on preserving liver tissue in patients undergoing a liver operation leads to lower mortality rates and fewer complications.

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How Much Cancer Imaging is Too Much?

March 12, 2015 1:55 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

A study concluded that regional culture and infrastructure could contribute to an inappropriate level of prostate and breast cancer imaging.

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ACA May Reduce ER Visits; Doesn't Affect Hospitalizations

March 12, 2015 1:48 pm | by American College of Emergency Physicians | Comments

Two patient groups created by the Affordable Care Act had slightly fewer emergency department visits than they had before health care reform. However, there was no change in the rate of the most expensive types of emergency visits: those that lead to hospitalization.

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One-Year TAVR Outcomes Available

March 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

David R. Holmes Jr., M.D., of Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and colleagues examined 1-year outcomes for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) patients who had 30-day outcomes previously reported. 

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