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In Search Of Reliability And Accuracy

April 24, 2014 | by Michael J. Cross, M.D., F.A.C.S., Breast Treatment Associates | Comments

A new approach has emerged that marks the target area with greater, reproducible accuracy and it appears to have other advantages for post-operative radiotherapy as well. This approach uses a new medical device that is placed by a surgeon when tissue is removed. The surgically implantable, spiral incorporates six permanent titanium clips that are "suspended" in a fixed three-dimensional arrangement that can clearly be identified...

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Kids Get Codeine In ER Despite Risks

April 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Use of the drug in that setting is hardly rampant — just 3 percent of kids' ER visits resulted in a codeine prescription in 2010, the 10-year study found. But with more than 25 million ER visits by children each year, the authors say far too many kids are getting the drug when better options are available...

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FDA Warns Of Cancer Risk With Fibroid Procedure

April 18, 2014 7:02 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure used to eliminate growths in the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The agency is discouraging doctors from performing the procedure, which uses an electronic device to grind and shred uterine tissue so it can be removed through a small incision in the abdomen...

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New Smartphone Apps Remind Patients To Take Their Meds

April 17, 2014 9:33 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | Comments

Only about half of patients take medication as prescribed, resulting in unnecessary hospital admissions and ER visits that cost the U.S. health care system an estimated $290 billion a year. To help combat the problem, many doctors are trying a more high-tech approach: They're recommending smartphone apps that send reminders to patients to take their medications and record when they take each one...

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The Exciting Potential Of Google Glass In Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 10:04 am | Comments

An article recently published in the International Journal of Surgery shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training. The authors of the study obtained a Glass device through Google's Explorer Program and have tested its applicability in their daily pediatric surgical practice...

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President Obama Nominates New Health And Human Services Secretary

April 12, 2014 10:51 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | Comments

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run "Obamacare," would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington's toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the healthcare industry...

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Top-Paid Medicare Doctors Defend Their High Incomes

April 11, 2014 11:07 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press | Comments

How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare? Explanations for Wednesday's eye-popping numbers from Medicare's massive claims database ranged from straightforward to what the government considers suspicious, as the medical world confronted a new era of scrutiny...

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Doctors Thrilled With Progress Growing Body Parts In Lab

April 11, 2014 10:10 am | by Malcom Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels, and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy, which is aimed at avoiding rejection of transplanted organs...

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Medicare Database Reveals Top-Paid Doctors

April 10, 2014 10:18 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press | Comments

Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on healthcare financing...

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Scientists Employ 3D Printer To Build Human Heart

April 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press | Comments

It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3D printed heart would ever be put in a person...

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Surgically-Implanted Electrical Device Helps Paralyzed Men Move Legs

April 9, 2014 10:34 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke. Experts say it's a promising development but warn that the experimental treatment isn't a cure. When the implanted device is activated, the men can wiggle their toes, lift their legs, and stand briefly...

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Florida Lawmakers Look To Expand, Regulate Telehealth

April 9, 2014 10:00 am | by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | Comments

The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren't any neurologists on call. Within 15 minutes, a neurologist pops onto a computer screen and can order an IV drug. It's that sort of potentially life-saving technology that may drive down healthcare costs, while also addressing serious doctor shortages...

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Mercury Rising: Temperature Management Roundtable

April 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Experts from four companies that provide temperature management products discuss the technology that allows clinicians to keep themselves and their patients safe and comfortable...                      

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Scientists Hard At Work Creating Body Parts In Lab

April 8, 2014 9:33 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Comments

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears, and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working on the futuristic idea of growing custom-made organs in the lab...

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New Type Of Battery-Powered Defibrillator Keeps Hearts Going

April 7, 2014 10:29 am | by Jennifer R. Lloyd, San Antonio Express-News | Comments

With a weak heart muscle and heart valve problems, Ruben Rivera said he was apprehensive about having a new type of battery-powered defibrillator implanted under his skin that could shock his heart if it sensed an irregular rhythm. But the 62-year-old San Antonio resident has no regrets since becoming the first patient here to undergo the procedure late last month...

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Victim In Famous Boston Bombing Photo Marks Year Since Marathon

April 7, 2014 10:24 am | by Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press | Comments

The year since Jeff Bauman was pushed in a wheelchair from the Boston Marathon, his legs ravaged and his face ashen, has been marked by pain and difficulty but also by triumphs: He's learned to walk on new prosthetic legs, he's gotten engaged, and he's an expectant father...

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