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Injections Help Postpone Knee Replacement

November 5, 2013 10:52 am | by Nancy Walsh | Comments

Patients with knee osteoarthritis who were given injections of hyaluronic acid were able to delay undergoing total knee replacement, a researcher said here. Overall, among patients who had total knee replacement because of severe osteoarthritis, those who had received hyaluronic acid injections had the surgery up to 2.6 years later than those who didn't have the injections...

Study: Promising Results For Breast Cancer Patients Experiencing Skin Damage Due To Radiation Therapy

November 4, 2013 9:28 am | Comments

A recent study conducted by Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago showed that when breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy applied a topical skin cream formulated with a blend of natural ingredients made from botanical and marine sources to moisturize and soothe skin, none experienced treatment interruptions due to skin damage...


Beta-Blockers Boost Heart Risk During Surgery

November 1, 2013 9:39 am | by Kristina Fiore | Comments

Perioperative administration of beta-blockers during non-cardiac surgery may put patients at risk of acute heart problems, researchers found. In a single-center study, use of beta-blockers during surgery significantly increased the risk of arrhythmia and decompensated heart failure...


Medicare Tab For Spine Surgery Is $3.9 Billion

October 31, 2013 9:37 am | by John Fauber | Comments

Doctor-owned firms that distribute medical devices supplied 19 percent of the products used in spinal surgeries billed to Medicare in 2011, according to an investigation by the Office of Inspector General. In fiscal year 2012, Medicare paid hospitals a total of $3.9 billion for 178,789 spinal surgeries, or an average of $21,613 each, the report said...


Bypass Proves Staying Power

October 30, 2013 10:01 am | by Peggy Peck | Comments

Surgery still trumps stenting for treatment of patients with three-vessel coronary artery disease (CAD), but for patients with left-main disease stents offer "similar health outcomes as CABG at a lower long-term cost," researchers reported...


Numbing No Help For Kids Having Nasendoscopy

October 27, 2013 6:01 pm | by Chris Kaiser | Comments

Adding a topical local anesthetic to a decongestant did not reduce discomfort among children undergoing flexible endoscopy of the upper airway and was similar to placebo, a randomized trial found...              


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

October 24, 2013 10:31 am | Ansell | Comments

The Ansell GAMMEX gloves are not made from natural rubber latex, and are powder free. The GAMMEX line includes products that are chemical-accelerator free and help to prevent Type I and Type IV allergies. The Non-Latex Sensitive glove features the revolutionary SENSOPRENE formulation...


Trachea Implant Holding Up Over Long Term

October 23, 2013 9:00 am | by Crystal Phend | Comments

The first tissue-engineered trachea implant has held up over 5 years without deterioration, immune reaction, or development of tumors, researchers reported. The trachea recellularized with respiratory endothelium and remained open, with normal ciliary function and mucus clearance...


Salvage Therapy Of Little Help In Esophageal Ca

October 22, 2013 9:13 am | by Cole Petrochko | Comments

Salvage strategies produced "unimpressive" results in esophageal adenocarcinoma patients with locoregional failure after preoperative chemoradiation, researchers found. Following chemoradiotherapy with subsequent trimodality therapy including surgery, 36 percent of esophageal adenocarcinoma patients experienced distant metastases with or without locoregional failure, most of which (89 percent) occurred within 36 months of surgery...


Five Things That Have Happened Since Obamacare Launched

October 21, 2013 8:59 am | by Elizabeth Landau and Caleb Hellerman | Comments

Obamacare has survived a Supreme Court appeal, a government shutdown, and ongoing challenges by opposing politicians. With few exceptions, every American must have health insurance by March 31 or pay a penalty fee. The historic rollout has been overshadowed by technical issues and pessimistic predictions about how many people are really clamoring to sign up. Here are five things that have happened since the launch of Obamacare...

Decades Later, Condemnation For A Skid Row Cancer Study

October 18, 2013 9:23 am | by Gina Kolata | Comments

Two papers published on Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health and the Bulletin of the History of Medicine prompted medical historians to denounce this largely forgotten chapter in the history of government-financed medical research on vulnerable populations...


Endoscopic Imaging: At the Intersection of Quality Care, Efficiency, And Innovation

October 17, 2013 11:12 am | by Len Farris, Vice President of Marketing, Americas for PENTAX Medical | Comments

The field of endoscopic imaging is well positioned in this new era of healthcare to rise to the challenge of improving care while reducing cost. Highly trained physicians and staff and high quality endoscopic imaging equipment are the building blocks of a successful endoscopic imaging unit. However, tools and treatment and workflow protocols are critical to achieving both clinical and economic success...


Quality Of Life Better With Both CABG And PCI

October 16, 2013 9:31 am | by Todd Neale | Comments

Both coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents resulted in dramatic improvements in quality of life among diabetic patients with multivessel disease, a subanalysis of the FREEDOM trial showed...


Study: Nonprofit Hospital CEOs Earn $600K A Year

October 15, 2013 9:09 am | by Michelle Castillo | Comments

A new study shows that chief executive officers at non-profit hospitals make about $600,000 a year. The salary findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Oct. 14, were based on data from almost 2,700 hospitals. The study authors wrote that prior to their research, not much information has been available on how much hospital CEOs are compensated...


Superbugs: The Numbers Don't Lie

October 14, 2013 9:17 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

If one is to believe the old adage that “Numbers never lie," then the healthcare industry should be very, very worried about the ever-growing problem of superbugs of in hospitals and medical facilities. A recent report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that every year more than 2 million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics.  Of those 2 million, roughly 23,000 die...



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