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Political Ads Stir Healthcare "Horror Stories"

May 29, 2012 6:35 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP They're throwing granny off a cliff! That's the not-so-subtle message Republicans and Democrats appear to be converging on for political ads on healthcare this year, featuring heavy doses of what each party alleges the other one plans to do to wreck Medicare.

Warnings Of Lower Cure Rates, Longer Follow-up For One-Side Parathyroid Surgery

May 29, 2012 6:19 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Dr. Douglas Politz, MD, one of the world's most experienced parathyroid surgeons, presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology this past weekend. His findings showed that one-side mini-parathyroid surgery does not live up to the hype it has been given over the past decade.

Tool-Wielding Robots Creeping In The Body

May 29, 2012 6:08 am | Comments

Kevin Begos, AP Imagine a tiny snake robot crawling through your body, helping a surgeon identify diseases and perform operations. It's not science fiction. Scientists and doctors are using the creeping metallic tools to perform surgery on hearts, prostate cancer and other diseased organs.


Childhood Cancer Scars Survivors Later In Life

May 25, 2012 6:04 am | Comments

Scars left behind by childhood cancer treatments are more than skin-deep. The increased risk of disfigurement and persistent hair loss caused by childhood cancer and treatment are associated with emotional distress and reduced quality of life in adulthood, according to a new study led by a Northwestern Medicine advanced practice nurse, Karen Kinahan, and based on data from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS).

Woman With Flesh-Eating Disease Shows Improvement

May 25, 2012 5:47 am | Comments

Jefff Martin, AP A young Georgia woman battling a flesh-eating disease sat up in a chair, surprising nurses and loved ones, her father said. Doctors at an Augusta hospital helped Aimee Copeland into the chair, where she sat up for five hours, her father Andy Copeland said. He wrote about Tuesday's development on his Facebook page Thursday morning.

German Doctors Apologize For Nazi Crimes

May 25, 2012 5:39 am | Comments

(AP) — Germany's medical association has adopted a declaration apologizing for sadistic experiments and other actions of doctors under the Nazis. In the statement adopted earlier this week in Nuremberg, the association said many doctors under the Nazis were "guilty, contrary to their mission to heal, of scores of human rights violations and we ask the forgiveness of their victims, living and deceased, and of their descendants.

MRSA Infections Face New Foes Thanks to Drug Development

May 25, 2012 5:22 am | Comments

It is hoped that an increase in serious hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA will be combatted by the new and improved drug treatment options in the pipeline due for launch in the near future, according to pharmaceutical experts GlobalData. Their new report has found that cases of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus have been on the increase during the past decade, due to the steady growth of the elderly and immuno-compromised population, and the emergence of multi-drug-resistant bacterial strains.

Woman Falls Off O.R. Table, Sues Hospital

May 23, 2012 10:06 am | Comments

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A woman sued a Connecticut hospital Tuesday, saying she was severely injured when she fell off an operating table after surgery. Attorneys for 81-year-old Florence Fiedler of New Canaan filed the lawsuit against Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven Superior Court.


FDA Clearance Granted For Single-Use Imaging System

May 23, 2012 9:40 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)--ETView today announced that the company has received clearance of a 510(k) Pre-Marketing Notification Application with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Company expects to enter the US market with the VivaSight(TM)-DL Airway Management System immediately. Additional pre-market regulatory clearances in Europe and Asia are anticipated during 2012.


Healthcare Leaders Join Forces On New Patient Safety Software

May 23, 2012 9:29 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- At the National Patient Safety Foundation Congress beginning today in Washington, D.C., two leaders in their respective healthcare areas have joined forces to improve patient safety. UHC, an alliance of 116 academic medical centers with 264 affiliated hospitals in the U.S., and Datix, a U.

CCSC Awards Recognizes Achievements In Eliminating HAIs

May 23, 2012 9:14 am | Comments

For the second year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, in partnership with the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC), sponsored a program to recognize teams of critical care professionals and healthcare institutions for outstanding leadership to reduce or eliminate healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Men More Likely To Be Readmitted To Hospital

May 23, 2012 8:05 am | Comments

Men are more likely than women to be readmitted to the hospital within a month after being discharged, according to a new study funded by AHRQ.  The risk for returning to the hospital within 30 days is higher among men who are retired, unmarried, screen positive for depression or don’t visit a primary care physician for follow-up after their hospitalization, according to the study from researchers at Boston University School of Medicine.

New Data Supports Role In Optimizing IBD Treatment Management

May 22, 2012 7:28 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Prometheus Laboratories Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical and diagnostic company, announced today the thirteen abstracts relating to its proprietary diagnostic platform presented at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2012. The abstracts highlight Prometheus's innovative technologies aimed at helping healthcare providers personalize patient care with the goal of ultimately helping to improve patient outcomes.

Promising Data For Novel Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine

May 22, 2012 7:17 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- A novel pancreatic cancer vaccine shows promise in improving survival and represents a potential breakthrough in the treatment of this deadly disease. Jeffrey Hardacre, MD, of University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Seidman Cancer Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine presented results of a Phase 2 clinical trial in patients with pancreatic cancer testing the Algenpantucel-L vaccine today at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, part of Digestive Disease Week in San Diego.

Reprocessing Management Site Launched

May 22, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

Fraser, MI -- Healthmark Industries has announced the launch of their newest web site . is focused specifically on products that help endoscopy centers manage the proper reprocessing of their scopes. This site provides useful information on monitoring of cleaning, tools to improve cleaning and products to organize and manage the steps during reprocessing of flexible endoscopes.


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