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Study: Costs Vary Widely For Care Of Children With Congenital Heart Defects Across U.S. Hospitals

February 25, 2014 5:55 am | Comments

Costs of care differ significantly across hospitals for children born with heart defects, according to new research led by a University of Michigan researcher. Congenital heart defects are known to be the most common birth defects, impacting nearly 1 in every 100 births...


U.S. Governors: 'Obamacare' Here To Stay

February 25, 2014 5:46 am | by Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples, Associated Press | Comments

The explosive politics of healthcare have divided the nation, but America's governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay...               

Centralizing Organ Removal May Benefit Transplants

February 25, 2014 5:34 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer | Comments

A study out Tuesday reports on liver transplants from the nation's first free-standing organ retrieval center. Nearly all organ donors now are transported to Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis from a region including parts of Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas...


Ovary Removal Cuts Cancer Risk In Women As Young As 35

February 25, 2014 5:23 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35...        


Intralign And Hospital For Special Surgery Collaborate On Advanced Training Program For Surgical First Assistants

February 24, 2014 5:22 pm | Comments

Intralign, a specialty healthcare services provider, announced it will partner with one of the world’s most respected orthopedic care providers, Hospital for Special Surgery, to develop a first-of-its-kind training curriculum for Surgical First Assistants – a clinical specialty comprised of surgeons, medical doctors, physician’s assistants, and registered nurse first assists, that is in high demand to help provide better patient care...


Children's Mercy Physician Leads Effort To Update AAP Policy

February 24, 2014 11:06 am | Comments

With less than half of medications including specific labeling for children, Kathleen Neville, MD, MS, a physician at Children's Mercy Hospital, recently led an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) committee in updating the policy with new recommendations guiding the off-label use of drugs in pediatric patients. The policy statement, "Off-Label Use of Drugs in Children," was published recently. 


Study: Computerized Checklist Reduces Type Of Hospital Infection

February 24, 2014 7:05 am | Comments

A computerized safety checklist that automatically pulls information from patients' electronic medical records was associated with a threefold drop in rates of one serious type of hospital-acquired infection, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford...


President: Medicare Cuts Proposed For Next Year

February 24, 2014 6:05 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

Cuts are on the table next year for Medicare Advantage plans, the Obama administration says. The politically dicey move affecting a private insurance alternative highly popular with seniors immediately touched off an election-year fight...


Former Hospital Owner Bribed Senator As Part Of $500M Fraud Scheme

February 24, 2014 5:26 am | by Linda Deutsch, AP Special Correspondent | Comments

The former owner of a tiny orthopedic hospital with an unusually heavy roster of spinal surgery patients was charged Friday with health care fraud in a $500 million scheme to defraud workers' compensation insurance providers with the help of a California state senator...


Researchers Make Powerful Muscles... From Fishing Line And Sewing Thread

February 21, 2014 10:25 am | Comments

The new muscles can lift a hundred times more weight and generate a hundred times higher mechanical power than the same length and weight of human muscle. Per weight, they can generate 7.1 horsepower per kilogram, about the same mechanical power as a jet engine...


New C-Section Guidelines Urge Longer Wait Before Opting For Surgery

February 21, 2014 9:38 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Show more patience in the delivery room: That's the prescription being given to the nation's obstetricians. New guidelines say doctors should give otherwise healthy women more time to deliver their babies vaginally before assuming that labor has stalled. The recommendations are the latest in years of efforts to prevent unnecessary C-sections...


University Of Arizona Surgeon First In S. Arizona To Treat Giant Aneurysm With New Technique

February 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Faye DeHoff | Comments

Using a new minimally invasive treatment, a University of Arizona surgeon was able to successfully treat a giant aneurysm with less risk of stroke or brain damage. Dr. Travis Dumont is the only neurosurgeon in Southern Arizona trained in the use of this flow diversion stent technology....


Thyroid Cancer Cases Soar; Is It Overdiagnosed?

February 21, 2014 9:24 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Comments

A dramatic rise in thyroid cancer has resulted from overdiagnosis and treatment of tumors too small to ever cause harm, according to a study that found cases nearly tripled since 1975. The study is the latest to question whether all cancers need aggressive treatment...


Study: More Women Receiving Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

February 20, 2014 11:16 am | Comments

A new study finds that the majority of women who undergo mastectomy for breast cancer go on to get breast reconstruction, a practice that has increased dramatically over time. Researchers found that 46 percent of patients received reconstruction in 1998 but that figure rose to 63 percent by 2007...


Drug-Eluting Balloon Angioplasty Treatment Shows Encouraging Results In Diabetic Population

February 20, 2014 11:11 am | Comments

Despite good immediate results, in up to 40 percent of patients, obstructed arteries in the leg treated with a stent will again become blocked. This in-stent restenosis is typically treated with balloon angioplasty to clear the artery. The addition of drug-eluting balloons is showing improved outcomes for restenosis and could become the treatment of choice for femoropopliteal in-stent restenosis...



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