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Hospital Report Cards Not Influencing Surgery Outcomes

February 6, 2015 10:34 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

Hospitals and doctors see how their overall performance stacks up against others, but this quality reporting, a recent report found, is not enough to accelerate the pace of improvement in surgical safety - nor cost savings. However, that doesn't mean such efforts should stop, or aren't worthwhile, it adds.

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ACS: New Colorectal Approach Cuts Time, Costs

February 6, 2015 8:34 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

"This study shows just how successful small investments can be at raising the quality of care for patients. I think in five years this will be the standard way that we are managing patients, because the results are so dramatic.”                                

Mixed Results in Five-Year Follow-Ups With Patients of BMIs Over 50

February 6, 2015 8:23 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch resulted in more weight loss and better improvement in blood lipids and glucose when compared with usual gastric bypass surgery, but duodenal switch was also associated with more long-term surgical and nutritional complications, according to a recent report.

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Hip and Knee Surgical Needs Continue to Rise

February 5, 2015 9:53 am | by iData Research | Comments

“Solid market growth here is largely driven by demographics. The majority of knee arthroplasty patients are aged 60 and above, and usually require a total knee replacement. By this stage, it is more likely that the entire knee is suffering from arthritis.”

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Surgery May Reduce Life Expectancy for Super Obese

February 5, 2015 9:36 am | by University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center | Comments

"For most patients with diabetes and a BMI greater than 35, bariatric surgery increases life expectancy. However, the benefit of surgery decreases as BMI increases. The patients with a BMI over 62 likely don't gain any life expectancy with surgery."

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DoD-Funded Study to Tackle Chronic Amputee Pain

February 5, 2015 9:10 am | by Northwestern Medicine | Comments

Researchers are leading a new multi-center clinical trial to evaluate a unique surgical method, known as targeted muscle reinnervation, to treat chronic pain that can result from limb amputation. Amputees develop chronic pain in the remaining portion of their amputated limb, which can include phantom limb syndrome, and prevents many patients from using prostheses.

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GOP: Scrap Obama Health Law, Use Tax Credits

February 5, 2015 8:52 am | by Alan Fram, AP | Comments

Republican lawmakers eager to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul are touting tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers. Enacted in 2010, the Affordable Care Act is a growing political liability for Republicans as an estimated 19 million Americans will receive coverage as a result of the law, including many in GOP-dominated states.

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Robotic Hands Could Improve Cancer Treatments

February 5, 2015 8:36 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

The development of a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper could help doctors perform remotely-guided surgical procedures, perform biopsies or create biodegradable, miniaturized surgical tools that could safely dissolve in the body.         

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Cryoablation and Intra-tumoral Injection Offer Promise as Cancer Treatment

February 4, 2015 11:43 am | by Image Guided Cancer Specialists | Comments

Research shows that cryoablation can be an effective treatment alternative for multiple cancer types. By itself, the technique can destroy tumors from the inside out. When combined with a pair of recently approved drugs, cryoablation can help stimulate the body's own immune response to seek out and destroy remaining cancer cells and prevent tumor regrowth.

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Mayo Clinic: Surgical Metrics Do Not Provide Path to Improvement

February 4, 2015 11:28 am | by Mayo Clinic | Comments

The authors suggest that a surgical outcomes reporting system does not provide a clear mechanism for quality improvement. The inability of these outcomes monitoring systems to produce measurable improvements may be related to difficulties in identifying mechanisms that translate changes in how surgical care is provided.

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Obama: Health Law Repeal Makes No Sense

February 4, 2015 11:21 am | by AP | Comments

President Obama spoke from the White House Roosevelt Room, surrounded at a conference table by 10 Americans from across the country who wrote him letters about how they benefited from the Affordable Care Act.             

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Anxiety Brews Over Supreme Court's Latest Dive into Healthcare

February 4, 2015 11:16 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | Comments

This time it's not just the White House and Democrats who have reason to be anxious. Republican lawmakers and governors won't escape the political fallout if the court invalidates insurance subsidies worth billions of dollars to people in more than 30 states.

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FDA Clears 3D -Printed Titanium Bone Tether Plate for Bunion Surgery

February 3, 2015 12:34 pm | by MedShape | Comments

The Bone Tether Plate features a 3-D printed, medical grade titanium alloy for greater customization. The plate serves as the primary component in the FastForward Bunion Correction System, a new approach to surgically correct hallux valgus deformities.

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10 Guidelines for Googling Patients

February 3, 2015 12:23 pm | by Penn State College of Medicine | Comments

With the internet and social media becoming woven into the modern medical practice, Penn State College of Medicine researchers contend that professional medical societies must update or amend their Internet guidelines to address when it is ethical to "Google" a patient.

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Study Links Surgical Quality Improvement Program To Outcomes And Costs

February 3, 2015 12:14 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

The study showed slight overall improvements in all hospitals over a three-year period, but there were no significant differences in mortality rates, serious complications, re-operations or readmissions between hospitals that were involved in quality programs and those that were not.

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