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Beta-Blockers Before Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery Not Associated With Better Outcomes

June 19, 2014 9:35 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

Use of beta (β)-blockers in patients who have not had a recent heart attack but were undergoing nonemergency coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery was not associated with better outcomes...                               

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Study Shows Cost-Effectiveness Of Smoking Cessation Counseling During Hospitalization

June 19, 2014 9:28 am | by University of Ottawa Heart Institute | Comments

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute have demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC), an intervention that includes in-hospital counseling, pharmacotherapy, and post-hospital follow-up, compared to usual care among smokers hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...

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Study Examines How Brain 'Reboots' Itself To Consciousness After Anesthesia

June 19, 2014 9:22 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | Comments

One of the great mysteries of anesthesia is how patients can be temporarily rendered completely unresponsive during surgery and then wake up again, with their memories and skills intact. A new study and colleagues provides important clues about the processes used by structurally normal brains to navigate from unconsciousness back to consciousness...

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Mammograms May Cut Breast Cancer Deaths By 28 Percent

June 18, 2014 10:55 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Comments

In the latest major study to consider whether the dangers of mammograms outweigh the benefits, experts say the tests can reduce the chances of dying from breast cancer by nearly 30 percent and that national screening programs should continue. The debate over the value of mammograms has raged in recent years...

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Surgeries Help Ukrainian Boy To Walk

June 18, 2014 10:32 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | Comments

Ihor Lakatosh struggles to describe his life before the surgeries, when his severe burns went untreated for years in his native Ukraine, leaving him with one arm fused to his body, unable to walk and abandoned by his mother...        

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Groundbreaking Research Finds Human Sweat Can Reduce Bacteria Defenses

June 18, 2014 10:01 am | by University of Leicester | Comments

Sweaty hands can reduce the effectiveness of bacteria-fighting brass objects in hospitals and schools after just an hour of coming into contact with them, according to scientists at the University of Leicester...               

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Ramsey Boy Doing Well After Laser Ablation Surgery On Previously "Inoperable" Brain Tumor

June 18, 2014 9:46 am | by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota | Comments

A rare brain tumor in a previously inoperable area of an 8-year-old boy's brain remains dormant nearly four months after a second laser ablation surgery, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota reported today upon the story being featured on the nationally syndicated talk show, The Doctors...

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Anonymous Peer Feedback Through Social Networking Helped Residents Improve Their Skills

June 18, 2014 9:33 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | Comments

Surgical residents who received anonymous feedback from their peers through a social networking site on their robotic surgery skills improved more than those who did not receive any peer feedback on their procedures, UCLA researchers found...    

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Medtronic To Buy Covidien

June 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Josh Boak, AP Business Writer | Comments

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock. The combined company would have its executive offices in Dublin, where it could benefit from Ireland's lower corporate tax rates. But the merged company would continue to operate in Minneapolis, where Medtronic employs more than 8,000, the companies said late Sunday in a statement...

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C. Difficile Epidemic Should Concern People At Home, Not Just Hospital Patients

June 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

Without proper infection prevention in hospitals, and now homes, the Clostridium difficile bacteria poses a major health threat, cautions a Case Western Reserve University infection control researcher...                     

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Surgical Patients More Likely To Follow Medication Instructions

June 17, 2014 9:27 am | by American Society of Anesthesiologists | Comments

A study in the July issue of Anesthesiology revealed that patients who receive a simple, multicolor, standardized medication instruction sheet before surgery are more likely to comply with their physician's instructions and experience a significantly shorter post-op stay in recovery...

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New Study Aims To Rapidly Test Lung Cancer Drugs

June 17, 2014 9:13 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

A bold new way to test cancer drugs started Monday in hundreds of hospitals around the U.S. In a medical version of speed dating, doctors will sort through multiple experimental drugs and match patients to the one most likely to succeed based on each person's unique tumor gene profile...

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Cancer Patient Sues For $1M After Surgeons Remove Wrong Kidney

June 16, 2014 11:13 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

According to a June 12 article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Glenn Hermes learned those tasked with overseeing his treatment for kidney cancer misread a CT scan prior to the surgery. Doctors were supposed to remove his right kidney before the cancer spread to other parts of his body. Instead, doctors took out his left one...

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Helping Patients Train For Surgery Earns MSHOP $6.4M Health Care Innovation Award

June 16, 2014 9:45 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

The Michigan Surgical and Health Optimization Program (MSHOP) has earned a $6.4 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for its work to lower surgery costs and help Michigan patients train for surgery...

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Groundbreaking Collaborative Clinical Trial Launched

June 16, 2014 9:38 am | by The Foundation for the NIH | Comments

A unique public-private collaboration among the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, SWOG Cancer Research, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends), the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), five pharmaceutical companies, and Foundation Medicine today announced the initiation of the Lung Cancer Master Protocol (Lung-MAP) trial...

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