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First Human Totally Endoscopic Aortic Valve Replacements Reported

March 12, 2014 9:24 am | Comments

Surgeons in France have successfully replaced the aortic valve in two patients without opening the chest during surgery. The procedure, using totally endoscopic aortic valve replacement (TEAVR), shows potential for improving quality of life of heart patients by offering significantly reduced chest trauma...

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Statins May Lower Blood Clot Risk Following Joint Replacement Surgery

March 12, 2014 9:22 am | Comments

New, first-of-its-kind research found that statins, when used in conjunction with conventional blood clot prevention therapies, significantly reduced the risk for venous thromboembolic (VTE) events following total joint replacement (TJR) surgery...

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New MRI Can 'See Through' Metal Screws To Follow Patients After Hip Fracture Surgery

March 12, 2014 9:17 am | Comments

People who sustain the most common type of hip fracture, known as a femoral neck fracture, are at increased risk of complications. A special type of MRI developed at Hospital for Special Surgery in collaboration with GE Healthcare can show a detailed image following fracture repair, without the distortion caused by metal surgical screws that are problematic in standard MRIs...

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Postoperative 'Doctor Shopping' Linked To Higher Narcotic Use Among Orthopedic Patients

March 11, 2014 10:30 am | Comments

"Doctor shopping," the growing practice of obtaining narcotic prescriptions from multiple providers, has led to measurable increases in drug use among postoperative orthopedic trauma patients, according to a new study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)...

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Clinical Trial Identifies Women Most Likely To Benefit From Vaginal Mesh Surgery

March 11, 2014 10:01 am | Comments

Certain women with vaginal prolapse are most likely to benefit from undergoing vaginal mesh surgery, a technique that has become controversial and is the focus of numerous lawsuits. The findings provide valuable information regarding who should and should not be considered candidates for the surgery...

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Anesthetic Technique Improves Quality Of Recovery For Women Having Breast Cancer Surgery

March 11, 2014 9:58 am | Comments

"Real time, image-guided ultrasound nerve blocks have revolutionized the practice of regional anesthesia," said Dr. Faraj Abdallah, an anesthesiologist at St. Michael's Hospital and lead author of the study. "This is the first study to show how effective these ultrasound-guided blocks can now be for breast cancer surgery."

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Non-Profit Hospitals Face Negative Credit Potential From ICD-10 Conversion

March 11, 2014 9:49 am | Comments

"It is a challenging time as healthcare reform moves forward and other pressures, such as sequestration, inpatient volume declines, and reduced reimbursement, are being felt. ICD-10 conversion will bring additional costs at a time when hospital operations are already under pressure," said Gary Sokolow, Director in the U.S. Public Finance Group.

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Study: Two Percent Of Americans Have New Hips, Knees

March 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

"They are remarkable numbers," said Dr. Daniel J. Berry, chairman of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Roughly 7 million people in the United States are living with a total hip or knee replacement.                   

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PBS's Miles O'Brien Says He'll Be OK After Having Arm Amputated

March 10, 2014 9:26 am | by Frazier Moore, AP Television Writer | Comments

Three weeks after losing much of his left arm, science correspondent Miles O'Brien appeared on the "PBS NewsHour" to declare "I'll be OK" and to announce he had tied his necktie Friday morning. "It's good to be here," he told "NewsHour" co-host Judy Woodruff. "It's good to be anywhere. It's good to be alive..."

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Surgeon Who Botched, Faked Thousands Of Procedures Sentenced To Jail

March 10, 2014 9:18 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A New York orthopedic surgeon was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail Friday for one count of healthcare fraud after admitting to both botching and faking thousands of surgical procedures over the course of five years...    

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Poultry Meat Delivered To Hospital Kitchens A Source Of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

March 10, 2014 9:15 am | Comments

A new study found more than 80 percent of raw chicken used in hospitals in food for patients and staff was contaminated with a form of antibiotic resistant bacteria called extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing E. coli. While sufficient preparation eliminated the presence of bacteria, poultry meat delivered to hospital kitchens remains a potential point of entry for these dangerous bacteria into the hospital...

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Research On 3D Scaffolds Sets New Bar In Lung Regeneration

March 10, 2014 9:13 am | by Jennifer Nachbur | Comments

In end-stage lung disease, transplantation is sometimes the only viable therapeutic option, but organ availability is limited and rejection presents an additional challenge. Innovative research efforts in the field of tissue regeneration hold promise for this population...

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Emerging Multi-Drug Resistant Infections Lack Standard Definition And Treatment

March 10, 2014 9:04 am | Comments

Infection control practices for detecting and treating patients infected with emerging multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB) vary significantly between hospitals. A study found this inconsistency could be contributing to the increase in multidrug-resistant bacteria...

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NJ Medical Center's New Care Center Redefines 'Emergency Department'

March 10, 2014 8:52 am | Comments

"It's about time for an emergency department that understands patients better," says Dean Q. Lin, FACHE, president of Ocean Medical Center. "We've taken into consideration the needs and wants of our patients, such as being seen immediately, having private rooms, and comfortable amenities for family and friends."

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Closed Hospitals Are Being Repurposed As For-Profit 'Medical Malls'

March 7, 2014 10:17 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Real estate developers in New Jersey are buying up local abandoned hospitals and repurposing them as private medical facilities. While these "medical malls" will continue to provide much-needed care to their communities, critics are worried about the long-term consequences of their existence...

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