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Child “Cancer Cluster” Confounds Parents, Investigators

January 3, 2011 5:33 am | Comments

John Seewer, Associated Press In this Dec. 14, 2010 photo, Tanner Hisey, center, puts icing on Christmas cookies with his sister Siera, right, and half-sister Tyler Smith in their home near Clyde, Ohio. Tanner, 12, and Tyler, 17, are among 36 kids who live within a few miles of this small farming town and have been struck by cancer in the last decade.

After Surgery To Slim Down, The Bills Can Pile Up

January 3, 2011 5:23 am | by Lesley Alderman | Comments

After dieting unsuccessfully her entire life, Barbara Warnock-Morgan, 46, decided she needed to do something radical.  “I was the fat kid,” she said. “Over the years I yo-yo dieted my way up the scale. I’d lose 20 pounds, then gain back 30.” The cycle was so insidious that by her early 40s, Ms.

Favorite ER Superstitions

December 22, 2010 5:02 am | by 911Doc, MD | Comments

ER docs and nurses (and paramedics) are a superstitious lot. In no particular order, here are my favorites. 1. The “Q” word. “Quiet.” it’s truly the kiss of death. The “S” word, “slow” carries the same jinx. Usually some newbie nurse or clerk who is “not superstitious” will say, “Wow, I haven’t seen it this quiet in here in a while.

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The Reminder

December 21, 2010 4:36 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams. -Norman Cousins   Even many years later, my dad could still recall how his mother had hovered over him and wept. When he was 6 years old, one of the horses had pulled a hay wagon over his toes while he was helping in the fields.

How Does Your Hospital Room Make You Feel?

December 20, 2010 5:37 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

During a conversation with the wife of one of my former surgery patients, I was surprised to learn that her husband had chosen to receive his postoperative chemotherapy treatments at a hospital across town from mine. His wife assured me that he had liked the highly respected colleague I had referred him to; what had troubled him was that the doctor’s office and the hospital chemotherapy infusion suites were, well, depressing.

A Nurse And The System To Deal With Medical Errors

December 15, 2010 5:17 am | by Mary Lynn Summer | Comments

Challenging Cases In Hernia Repair

December 14, 2010 5:05 am | by David Earle, MD, FACS, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Baystate Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine | Comments

One of my most challenging hernia case was a gentleman in his 40s who had undergone a Hartmann's procedure for perforated diverticulitis and subsequent colostomy closure. He developed a large midline hernia as well as a hernia at the old stoma site in the left lower quadrant.

So You Want to Be a Clinical Investigator

December 14, 2010 4:58 am | by Dr. Wes | Comments

Young doctors raised in the sheltered environment of hospital systems are finding the foray into a private practice setting increasingly anxiety-provoking thanks to the economic uncertainty of such a practice due to the recent health care reform legislation. Consequently, many are turning to clinical research as an alternative career path.

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Obesity Patients Are Not Victims

December 13, 2010 5:30 am | by David Gratzer, MD | Comments

Call it the McVictim syndrome. Too many pundits, public health experts and politicians are working overtime to find scapegoats for America’s obesity epidemic. In his latest book, former FDA Commissioner David A. Kessler argues that modern food is addictive. In it, he recounts how he was once helpless to stop himself from eating a cookie.

Health Care Legislation’s Impact On Infection Control

December 10, 2010 4:35 am | by Cynthia Crosby, vice president of Medical Affairs for Infection Prevention at CareFusion | Carefusion | Comments

Surgical Products: Can you discuss how new health care legislation could affect hospital protocols for preventing infection? How will this change the standards hospitals have in place for preventing infection? Crosby : The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act contains a national quality improvement strategy that includes improving patient health outcomes such as infection rates.

The Need For Doctors' Right To Investigative Free Speech

December 10, 2010 4:33 am | Comments

Imagine having a medical device that is being tested in multiple centers, but one doctor thinks the device has problems. He says so at a national conference despite glowing reviews by others. Should the company sue the doctor for liable and remove him from their investigative panel? Today, it seems that might not be such a good idea.

Spent

December 8, 2010 5:18 am | by Dr. Rob | Comments

“I need you to do me a favor,” my nurse asked me at the end of our day on Friday. “Sure,” I answered, “what do you want?” “Please have a better week next week,” she said with a pained expression. “I don’t think I can handle another one like this week.

Global Warming In The Operating Room

December 7, 2010 6:05 am | by Jes Anderson, University of Copenhagen | Comments

When doctors want their patients asleep during surgery they gently turn the gas tap. But Anaesthetic gasses have a global warming potential as high as a refrigerant that is on its way to be banned in the EU. Yet there is no obligation to report anaesthetic gasses along with other greenhouse gasses such as CO2, refrigerants and laughing gas.

10 Most Expensive Errors In Healthcare Settings

December 7, 2010 6:05 am | by Brian Goldman, MD | Comments

Medical errors have been in the news lately.  An Ontario provincial review probing unnecessary surgeries at a Windsor hospital found significant concerns with the work of a pathologist involved in a mistaken mastectomy case.

Miniaturization, Telesurgy Next In The Robotic Realm

December 6, 2010 6:57 am | by Interview by Jeff Reinke | Comments

Dr. Vipul Patel Surgical Products recently had the opportunity to discuss current and future trends impacting robotic surgery with Dr. Vipul Patel, medical director of the Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Dr. Patel has peformed over 4,000 robotic prostate removal surgeries in his career and been involved with robotic surgery techologies from its beginnings more than 10 years ago.

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