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Data Point To Safer Bariatric Surgery

December 20, 2013 8:42 am | by Cole Petrochko | Comments

Mortality following bariatric surgery isn't as high as previously reported, an updated meta-analysis has concluded. Bariatric surgery was associated with a 30-day mortality rate of 0.08 percent (95% CI 0.01%-0.24%), down from the 0.3 percent risk as reported in previous research...

Toddler Recovers After So-Called 5-Organ Transplant

December 19, 2013 9:34 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

A Florida hospital announced Tuesday that a 3-year-old patient had survived a five-organ transplant, but it might not be five organs -- the number depends on how they're counted. Adonis Ortiz underwent the multiple organ transplant surgery in October, and Jackson Memorial Hospital held a news conference this week to proclaim the operation a success...


Doctors Save Hand By Attaching It To Man's Calf

December 18, 2013 10:03 am | by Jen Christensen | Comments

A worker operating a machine in a family workshop in China accidentally cut off his hand -- which doctors were able to save by grafting it onto his lower calf. The worker, Xie Wei, said he was initially unsure if his right hand could be saved, but he thought it was worth a try. The hand went without a blood supply for many hours while Xie searched for a hospital that could perform such a surgery...


Enrollment Errors Cut, Officials Say; Fixes Are Overstated, Insurers Report

December 16, 2013 9:30 am | by Robert Pear | Comments

The Obama administration said Saturday that it had reduced the error rate in enrollment data sent to insurance companies under the new healthcare law, even as insurers said that the government’s records were still riddled with mistakes...


Report: Most States Do A Poor Job Informing Consumers About Physician Quality

December 12, 2013 9:33 am | by Julie Appleby | Comments

When it comes to providing consumers with easily accessible information about physician quality, a report out today gave most states grades of ‘D’ or ‘F,’ often because they compile data only about primary care doctors, not specialists...


New York State Hospital Data Exposes Big Markups, Odd Bargains

December 10, 2013 9:59 am | by Nina Bernstein | Comments

As part of an effort to make healthcare pricing more transparent, the state is naming hospitals and listing their median charges and costs for 1,400 conditions and procedures from 2009 to 2011. In 2011, prices ranged from the $8 bill at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, N.Y., for treating a case of gastritis (cost: $2), to a $2.8 million charge for a blood disorder case at University Hospital of Brooklyn that cost it $918,462...


Enrollment Errors Put Medical Coverage At Risk

December 9, 2013 8:54 am | by Robert Pear | Comments

The Obama administration said Friday that the enrollment records for roughly a quarter of all the people who signed up for health insurance on its website in October and November could contain errors, raising questions about whether those consumers would get coverage in time to pay for their medical care next month...


Think The ER Is Expensive? Look At How Much It Costs To Get There

December 6, 2013 8:53 am | by Elisabeth Rosenthal | Comments

Although ambulances are often requested by a bystander or summoned by 911 dispatchers, they are almost always billed to the patient involved. And the charges, as well as insurance coverage, range widely, from zero to tens of thousands of dollars...


Substance Abuse Grows Among Med Trainees

December 5, 2013 9:40 am | by John Gever | Comments

Rates of apparent substance use disorders among anesthesiology residents have recently been at their highest level since 1975, researchers said. Disciplinary records and other data sources on more than 44,000 individuals starting anesthesiology residencies from 1975 to 2009 identified 384 with evidence of substance use disorders during training, for an overall rate of 2.16 per 1,000 resident-years...

Engineering A Better Artificial Heart

December 4, 2013 10:03 am | by Madeline Stix | Comments

Dr. Billy Cohn and his mentor -- veteran heart surgeon Dr. O.H "Bud" Frazier -- are working to develop a long-term, artificial replacement for the failing human heart. Unlike existing short-term devices that emulate the beating organ, the new machine would propel blood through the body at a steady pace so that its recipients will have no heartbeat at all...

Ghrelin Normal After Gastric Bypass

December 3, 2013 10:38 am | by Salynn Boyles | Comments

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery restored normal regulation of the appetite hormone ghrelin, an analysis of the STAMPEDE trial found. In addition, bypass patients lost more belly fat and had improved insulin secretion compared with patients who had sleeve gastrectomy, even though their total weight loss was the same...

Hospital Studies Link Heart Device To Clots

December 2, 2013 10:07 am | by Barry Meier | Comments

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic began to suspect in 2012 that something might be wrong with a high-tech implant used to treat patients with advanced heart failure like former Vice President Dick Cheney. The HeartMate II is a left ventricular assist device, which contains a pump that continuously pushes blood through the heart...  


Frustration From A Deal On Flawed Hip Implants

November 27, 2013 9:20 am | by Barry Meier | Comments

Patients injured by a flawed hip implant sold by Johnson & Johnson have directed their anger at myriad places over the years. The regulatory system that allowed the product’s sale. The company that repeatedly denied problems with the device. Even the doctors who implanted the hips. Now, some patients have found a new target for their ire: the legal system and the lawyers they hired to sue Johnson & Johnson... 


VA Hospital In Georgia Apologizes For Deaths After Delayed Care

November 26, 2013 9:44 am | by Nelli Black and Scott Bronstein | Comments

The director of the VA hospital in Augusta, Georgia, has publicly apologized for the deaths of three veterans at the facility that were caused by delays in care. The rare public apology from an official at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was prompted by a CNN exclusive investigation on Tuesday that detailed the deaths at the Augusta facility, and also other deaths and delays at other VA hospitals...


Q&A: Taking Retractors To The Next Level

November 25, 2013 10:16 am | Comments

Joshua Aferzon got his start in the medical industry at a very young age. He was just 16 when he developed his first patent. Aferzon then researching medical devices during his time as a biomedical engineering major at the University of Connecticut. Before even finishing school in 2011, he launched Orthozon Technologies and quickly released his first product, the Lumiere Retractor System...



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