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The Quest For The Bionic Arm

June 5, 2014 10:18 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Comments

In the past 13 years, nearly 2,000 veterans returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries requiring amputations; 14 percent of those injured veterans required upper extremity amputations. To treat veterans with upper extremity amputations, scientists continue to pursue research and development of bionic arms and hands with full motor and sensory function...

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Midwest VA Hospitals Also Had Secret Waiting Lists

June 4, 2014 11:18 am | by John Milburn, Associated Press | Comments

The problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists that caused a furor at a Veterans Affairs healthcare campus in Arizona existed at several facilities in the Midwest, but in much smaller numbers, VA officials said in letters to two U.S. senators...

Doctors Use Immune Therapy Against Cervical Cancer

June 3, 2014 9:33 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

Two years ago, Arrica Wallace was riddled with tumors from widely spread cervical cancer that the strongest chemotherapy and radiation could not beat back. Today, the Kansas mother shows no signs of the disease, and it was her own immune system that made it go away...

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Product Q&A: Ansell's Gammex Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

June 2, 2014 12:05 pm | by Ansell | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive surgical glove is a unique solution that offers a complete protection against latex and chemical allergies, and an advanced level of sensitivity and comfort thanks to the new SENSOPRENE formulation. It provides the superior strength, resistance, and grip consistent with all Ansell surgical gloves...

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Denver Broncos Safety Rahim Moore Back After Emergency Surgery

May 30, 2014 9:31 am | by Arnie Stapleton, AP Pro Football Writer | Comments

A year ago at this time, Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore was dealing with the emotional scars of having allowed Jacoby Jones' game-turning touchdown in the playoffs. He used it as fodder for a spectacular 2013 season, one which ended in November with a rare muscle condition. Now, it's a physical scar that serves as his motivation...

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IG: Phoenix VA Hospital Missed Care For 1,700 Vets

May 29, 2014 10:00 am | by Brian Skoloff and Matthew Daly, Associated Press | Comments

A probe of operations at the Phoenix VA Health Care System found that about 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off an official waiting list. The investigation, initially focused on the Phoenix hospital, found systemic problems in the VA's sprawling nationwide system, which provides medical care to about 6.5 million veterans annually...

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As Tribal Healthcare Woes Mount, Feds Get Blame

May 28, 2014 9:30 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | Comments

Misdiagnosed illnesses, denied payments, and a shortage of trained medical personnel in government-run clinics are wrecking the federal healthcare system for Native Americans, tribal leaders said Tuesday as they pressed officials to overhaul a system beset with problems...

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Hospitals Struggling To Implement Recommended Movement Protocols For ICU Patients

May 22, 2014 10:47 am | by Hill-Rom | Comments

Recent data sheds light on a major gap in patient care in intensive care units (ICU) around the country. Research has demonstrated that patients in the ICU achieve significantly better outcomes when the process of "early mobility" – having patients sit, stand, and move their bodies early in critical illness – is a systematic part of their care...

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Financial Pressures In Healthcare Driving Need For OR Outsourcing

May 21, 2014 11:39 am | by Accenture | Comments

Financial pressures intensify throughout the healthcare industry. Consider the business of manufacturing medical equipment, such as patient monitoring devices and anesthesia machines, and selling them to hospitals for use in operating room surgical procedures...

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Cost-Control Plan For Healthcare Could Cost Consumers

May 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

You just might want to pay attention to the latest health insurance jargon. It could mean thousands of dollars out of your pocket. The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for a new cost-control strategy called "reference pricing." It lets insurers and employers put a dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip replacements...

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Consumers Losing Doctors With New Health Insurance Plans

May 14, 2014 9:46 am | by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | Comments

The first thing Michelle Pool did before picking a plan under President Barack Obama's health insurance law was check whether her longtime primary care doctor was covered. Pool, a 60-year-old diabetic who has had back surgery and a hip replacement, purchased the plan only to find that the insurer was mistaken...

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Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods Lean On Each Other Through Rehab From Surgery

May 14, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The power couple of sports is a rehab unit all its own. Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods, however, can take heart in knowing they have each other to lean on during the arduous process. Vonn is working her way back from a second right knee operation that kept her from skiing at the Sochi Olympics. Woods is recovering from surgery to relieve pain from a pinched nerve in his back...

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Surgery Study: Worse Health, More Problems, Higher Costs Among Medicaid Patients

May 13, 2014 10:06 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

Surgery patients covered by Medicaid come into their operations with worse health, do worse afterward, stay in the hospital longer and find themselves back in the hospital more often than those covered by private insurance, a new analysis by University of Michigan Medical School researchers finds...

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The Doctor Is In... The Smartphone

May 13, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Mark Matulaitis holds out his arms so the Parkinson's specialist can check his tremors. But this is no doctor's office: Matulaitis sits in his rural Maryland home as a neurologist a few hundred miles away examines him via the camera in his laptop. Welcome to the virtual house call, the latest twist on telemedicine...

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Gov't Report: Hospitals Improving Patient Safety

May 7, 2014 9:56 am | by Department of Health and Human Services | Comments

The Department of Health and Human Services announced that new preliminary data show an overall nine percent decrease in hospital-acquired conditions nationally during 2011 and 2012. National reductions in adverse drug events, falls, infections, and other forms of hospital-induced harm are estimated to have prevented nearly 15,000 deaths in hospitals...

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