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Conservative Surgery Comparable To Nephrectomy

April 19, 2010 6:26 am | Comments

The latest results from a European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer study were presented in a plenary session at the Anniversary EAU Congress, and showed that conservative surgery is not inferior to radical renal surgery or nephrectomy in addressing kidney cancer. Amongst the study's pertinent findings were that overall survival rates did not differ enough between the two groups to find one approach more preferable.


Opinions Range On Volcanic Ash Health Risks

April 19, 2010 6:05 am | Comments

Eliane Engeler, AP Europeans should try to stay indoors if ash from Iceland's volcano starts settling, the World Health Organization warned Friday as small amounts fell in Iceland, Scotland and Norway. WHO spokesman Daniel Epstein said the microscopic ash is potentially dangerous for people when it starts to reach the Earth because inhaled particles can enter the lungs and cause respiratory problems.

Brain Implant Melts Into Place

April 19, 2010 5:51 am | Comments

Scientists have developed a brain implant that essentially melts into place, snugly fitting to the brain's surface. The technology could pave the way for better devices to monitor and control seizures, and to transmit signals from the brain past damaged parts of the spinal cord. “These implants have the potential to maximize the contact between electrodes and brain tissue, while minimizing damage to the brain.


California DOH Continues Crack Down On Preventable Mistakes

April 19, 2010 5:36 am | Comments

The CDPH reported the patient had to undergo two additional surgeries after her hysterectomy to remove the sponge. This is reportedly the second penalty issued against the hospital since 2007. It was about this time that the CDHP began stepping up their punishments for hospitals and medical centers that were guilty of preventable mistakes.

Smith & Nephew Expands Portfolio

April 16, 2010 7:22 am | Comments

The Advanced Wound Management Division of Smith & Nephew, Inc. will launch extensions to its ACTICOAT™ Silver Coated Antimicrobial Barrier Dressing portfolio at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care this weekend. The ACTICOAT range of antimicrobial dressings helps in the management of wounds at risk for infection.

Hospitals Update Visitation Rules

April 16, 2010 7:13 am | Comments

President Obama ordered new rules that will give gays and lesbians the right to visit their partners in the hospital and make decisions about their care, a marriage benefit sometimes denied to same-sex couples. The president ordered his health secretary to issue these regulations to all hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid, which nearly all do.

No Plea Bargain For Jackson's Doctor

April 16, 2010 6:58 am | Comments

Linda Deutsch, AP The lawyer for Michael Jackson's doctor says there will be no plea bargain in the involuntary manslaughter case, though he worries whether an impartial jury can be seated for a trial in the death of one of the world's most famous entertainers. The case against Dr. Conrad Murray is complicated, involving drugs, dosages, medical protocols and other complex issues.

Surgeries Prevented By Magnetically Lengthening Girl's Leg As She Grows

April 16, 2010 6:42 am | Comments

Nine-year-old Morgan LaRue is the first cancer patient in Texas to benefit from a procedure that will magnetically lengthen her leg, sparing her the possibility of up to 10 future surgeries as her body grows. The implant and extension took place at Texas Children’s Cancer Center in Houston.


Iceland's Volcano Ash Continues To Present Risks

April 16, 2010 6:18 am | Comments

Eliane Engeler, AP Europeans should try to stay indoors if ash from Iceland's volcano starts settling, the World Health Organization warned Friday as small amounts of ash fell in Iceland, Scotland and Norway. WHO spokesman David Epstein said the microscopic ash is potentially dangerous for people when it starts to reach the Earth because inhaled particles can enter the lungs and cause respiratory problems.

Varying Body Composition Measurement Techniques

April 14, 2010 8:30 am | Comments

Measuring body composition can provide valuable information for determining an individual’s overall health status. However, obtaining accurate measurements can be difficult and expensive, according to Steve Ball, University of Missouri Extension fitness specialist. Now, MU researchers are comparing measurement techniques to determine the most efficient and cost-effective method for assessing body composition.

Malpractice Worries Dive Health Care Costs

April 14, 2010 8:25 am | Comments

Stephanie Nano, AP A substantial number of heart doctors — about one in four — say they order medical tests that might not be needed out of fear of getting sued, according to a new study. Nearly 600 doctors were surveyed for the study to determine how aggressively they treat their patients and whether non-medical issues have influenced their decisions to order invasive heart tests.

Love Handles Repurposed For Breast Reconstruction

April 14, 2010 8:23 am | Comments

A new technique using tissue from those below-the-waist love handles improves cosmetic breast reconstruction in slim, athletic cancer patients without adequate fat sources elsewhere, a small Johns Hopkins study has found. The method also turns out to be less complicated than other options. Plastic and reconstructive surgeons from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine describe the procedure they developed in a paper published in the online version of the journal Microsurgery , based on experience from their work on cadavers and on 12 breast cancer patients over the course of a year.


Nurses Roles Expanded During Doctor Shortage

April 14, 2010 8:17 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners. These nurses with advanced degrees want the right to practice without a doctor's watchful eye and to prescribe narcotics. And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called Doctor.

Weight-Loss Surgery Can Lower Pregnancy Complications

April 14, 2010 6:35 am | Comments

Obesity, especially extreme obesity, is a risk factor for hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. These include serious conditions such as pre-eclampsia, which can effect about seven percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. Bariatric surgery is an effective weight loss intervention for women with a body mass index of 40 or more, or a BMI of 35-40 with associated conditions like diabetes.

Surgeon Terminates Wrong Fetus - Loses License

April 13, 2010 7:51 am | Comments

Florida state officials stripped a Sarasota doctor of his license after he aborted the wrong fetus in a woman carrying twins. The procedure, known as selective termination, was supposed to be performed on the fetus with congenital birth defects. During a state hearing the doctor blamed his mistake on ultrasound equipment that he said didn't allow him to view the fetuses as clearly as possible.


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