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Surgery Center Safety Continues to Be Scrutinized

January 5, 2015 10:25 am | by Sandra G.Boodman, Washington Post | Comments

Wendy Salo was alarmed when she learned where her doctor had scheduled her gynecologic operation -- at an outpatient surgery center. "My first thought was 'Am I not important enough to go to a real hospital?'" recalled Salo, 48, a supermarket department manager who said she felt "very trepidatious" about having her ovaries removed outside a hospital. ...   

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More Than 1.5 Million Cancer Deaths Prevented With Dropping Mortality

January 2, 2015 12:52 pm | Comments

The American Cancer Society's annual cancer statistics report finds that a 22% drop in cancer mortality over two decades led to the avoidance of more than 1.5 million cancer deaths that would have occurred if peak rates had persisted. ...     

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Marathon Bombing Survivor Takes First Steps After Surgery

January 2, 2015 12:37 pm | by Nancy Chen, NBC Boston | Comments

Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah DiMartino's reached a major milestone by taking her first steps since having surgery to remove her left leg last month. ...                

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51 Years After Wreck, Surgery Finds Car Part in Man's Arm

January 2, 2015 12:21 pm | by the Associated Press | Comments

Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm. ...     

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Woman Wakes Up During Brain Surgery

January 2, 2015 12:05 pm | Comments

A teenager woke up while undergoing brain surgery in Poland and began speaking to doctors about cats and how the surgery was going. ...                    

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Researchers Use Nanotechnology to Engineer ACL Replacements

January 2, 2015 11:33 am | Comments

Lindsey Vonn. Derrick Rose. Tom Brady. Mickey Mantle. They have all fallen victim to the dreaded pop of the knee. ...                       

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Predicting Superbugs' Countermoves to New Drugs

January 2, 2015 11:11 am | Comments

With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades -- such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections -- are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics. ...       

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For Facial Transplant Patients, Blink Assessment Essential

December 30, 2014 12:32 pm | Comments

Face transplantation can dramatically enhance a patient's quality of life after severe facial trauma, but lack of attention to eyelid function and vision can leave patients with impaired vision, corneal exposure, eyelid retraction that occurs when the upper or lower eyelid pulls away from the eyeball, and other eyelid-related complications. ...   

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HHS Report: 87 Percent Getting Financial Assistance Through HealthCare.gov Plans

December 30, 2014 12:20 pm | Comments

A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services today provides the first detailed analysis of enrollment in the Marketplaces for the first month of the 2015 open enrollment period. ...                 

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New Test Measures Doctors' Ability to Deliver Patient-Centered Care

December 30, 2014 11:56 am | Comments

When health care providers take patients' perspectives into consideration, patients are more likely to be actively engaged in their treatment and more satisfied with their care. ...            

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Breast Reconstruction Using Patient's Own Tissues Yield Better Results

December 30, 2014 11:32 am | Comments

For women who have undergone mastectomy, breast reconstruction using the patient's own tissues--rather than implants--provides higher satisfaction scores, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ...   

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Complications After Thigh Lift Surgery Common, But Usually Minor

December 30, 2014 11:08 am | Comments

Performed as part of body contouring procedures in patients with massive weight loss, a procedure called medial thigh lift carries a substantial risk of complications, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ...  

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Weight-Loss Surgery Not an Easy Way Out

December 30, 2014 10:28 am | by Jen Rini, The News Journal | Comments

Craig Gilbert had estimated he had about 10 years left to live. At 363 pounds he had diabetes, sky-rocketing blood pressure and cholesterol so high it actually had begun to block the coronary artery in his heart. ...        

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Scientists Help Put Bed Bugs to Bed - Forever

December 29, 2014 12:08 pm | Comments

The world owes a debt of gratitude to Simon Fraser University biologist Regine Gries. Her arms have provided a blood meal for more than a thousand bedbugs each week for five years while she and her husband, biology professor Gerhard Gries, searched for a way to conquer the global bedbug epidemic. ...   

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Scientists Focus on How Lung Cancer Spreads

December 29, 2014 11:45 am | Comments

CANCER RESEARCH UK scientists have taken microscopic images revealing that the protein ties tethering cells together are severed in lung cancer cells - meaning they can break loose and spread, according to research published in Cell Reports on Dec. 24. ...   

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