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Reused Syringes Lead To Clinic Suspension

July 28, 2014 11:53 am | Comments

West Virginia's state epidemiologist said an investigation found that the clinic reused syringes on more than one patient, surgical masks were not worn during epidural injections, and that the facility had other sanitation and hygiene issues.

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House & Senate Agree On A Deal For VA

July 28, 2014 11:45 am | by Matthew Daly, AP | Comments

Their plan is expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics, hire more doctors and nurses, and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to obtain outside care.        

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New Radiological Indicators For Lap Band Slippage

July 25, 2014 12:41 pm | Comments

Researchers have identified two previously undescribed radiological signs of potentially life-threatening slippage of laparoscopically adjustable gastric bands. Adding widespread knowledge of the new signs—inferior displacement of the superolateral band margin by more than 2.4 cm from the diaphragm and the presence of an air-fluid level above the band will aid in diagnosing affected bariatric patients.

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Incisionless Transcatheter Valve Replacement Surgery Can Shorten Recovery

July 25, 2014 12:32 pm | Comments

New research from Penn Medicine shows that incisionless transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30 percent and has no impact on post-operative vascular complication rates when compared with conventional transfemoral TAVR, which requires an incision in the groin.

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Tests Improve Approaches For Thyroid Cancer Surgery

July 25, 2014 12:08 pm | Comments

Previously, “if the portion removed during the first surgery came back positive for cancer, a second surgery was needed to remove the rest of the thyroid. The molecular testing panel now bypasses that initial surgery, allowing us to go right to fully removing the cancer with one initial surgery. This reduces risk and stress to the patient, as well as recovery time and costs.”

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Alabama Man Suing Over Mistaken Amputation

July 25, 2014 11:54 am | Comments

An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis. A hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit.                                                                         

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Surgeons Remove 232 "Tooth-Like Structures" From Teen

July 25, 2014 11:41 am | Comments

Surgeon Vandana Thoravade said Ashik Gavai suffered complex odontoma, a rare condition in which a tumor grows under a gum and creates smaller tooth-like growths called denticles. He said the team of dental surgeons took seven hours to remove all the denticles.

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Varying Insurance Premium Subsidies Worry Patients, Employers

July 25, 2014 11:14 am | by Kelli Kennedy, AP | Comments

The Obama administration says policyholders will keep getting financial aid as it sorts out legal implications. The government said consumers who received multiple subsidy estimates, or disagree with their subsidy amount, can appeal. They hope to resolve most of the appeals this summer, but it's unclear how many people received or appealed varying subsidy amounts.

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Selig Waiting On Tommy John Surgery Report

July 24, 2014 12:37 pm | Comments

Major League Baseball's commissioner has called the trend "puzzling" and said there was a time earlier in the season when he was afraid to pick up a newspaper out of fear of more bad news. Over two dozen major league pitchers have been sidelined with elbow injuries this season.

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After 13-Hour Surgery, Optimism For Rock Attack Victim

July 24, 2014 12:17 pm | Comments

Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass had shattered Sharon Budd's skull — keep her alive. Screws, bolts and plates now hold together the face of the seventh-grade teacher from Uniontown, Ohio.

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ERAS Program Validated For Colorectal Surgery Patients

July 24, 2014 12:08 pm | by Cristina B. Geltzeiler, M.D., of Oregon Health and Science University, and Colleagues | Comments

The fundamental aspects of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs are guidelines that focus on education, fluid management, minimal incision length, decreased use of tubes and drains, opioid-sparing analgesia, early mobilization and eating after surgery.

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Prevention Programs Lead To Drop in Post-Op Pneumonia

July 24, 2014 11:54 am | by Hadiza S. Kazaure, M.D., of the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Colleagues | Comments

A postoperative pneumonia prevention program for patients in the surgical ward at a California Veterans Affairs hospital lowered the case rate for the condition. Pneumonia is a common infection that accounts for about 15 percent of all hospital-acquired infections and as much as 3.4 percent of complications among surgical patients.

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Deer Jet Medical Launches China's First Global Air Ambulance

July 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Deer Jet Medical Co., Ltd. | Comments

Whenever a medical emergency occurs, a Chinese traveling abroad only has to make one call to receive a medical evacuation and repatriation from a safe, fast and dedicated air ambulance jet ...                  

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Activity Level May Predict Orthopedic Outcomes

July 23, 2014 10:22 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Comments

According to a literature review, patients' activity level is a strong predictor for how well they will do with certain treatments and how well they recover from injuries after treatment...                 

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Ketamine Can Be A Wonder Drug For ER Patients And Their Physicians

July 23, 2014 10:11 am | by American College of Emergency Physicians | Comments

For critically ill patients arriving at the emergency department, the drug ketamine can safely provide analgesia, sedation and amnesia for rapid, life-saving intubation...                       

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