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Three Post-Op Factors Impacting Anesthesia Use

October 19, 2011 6:14 am | Comments

Duke University Medical Center researchers have verified data that suggest three medical factors appear to correlate with mortality for a patient who has been under anesthesia for an operation. The risk of death was 2.5-times higher during the first year after surgery if a patient has low values in all three measures, called a "triple low," compared to patients whose values are all normal.

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Patients With IBD At Increased Risk For Post-Op Blood Clots

October 18, 2011 6:53 am | Comments

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) undergoing surgery may be more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism following surgical procedures, according to a study published Online first by Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "An increased risk of DVT and PE in patients with IBD has been evident for the past 75 years," the authors write as background information for the article.

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Family Members Of Gastric-Bypass Patients Also Lose Weight

October 18, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

Family members of patients who have undergone surgery for weight loss may also shed several pounds themselves, as well as eat healthier and exercise more, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. A year after the 35 patients in the study had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, their obese adult family members weighed, on average, eight pounds less.

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Physicians And Hospitals Join Lawsuit Against ER Visit Limit

October 18, 2011 6:12 am | Comments

PRNewswire/USNewswire - The Washington State Medical Association and the Washington State Hospital Association are joining the Washington Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians' lawsuit against a state plan to limit emergency room access for some of the state's most vulnerable residents.

Study Finds That Less General Anesthesia Better For Obese Kids

October 18, 2011 6:02 am | Comments

PRNewswire/USNewswire - A study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiology's 2011 meeting found that obese children required much smaller doses of the anesthetic propofol than non-obese children to bring about a safe level of unconsciousness. Since the commonly used drug propofol can cause low blood pressure, prolonged sleepiness and decreased breathing, the results of this study could help anesthesiologists safely treat a common, but often misunderstood, type of surgical patient.

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Doctors Tried For Removing Organs From Live Patients

October 18, 2011 5:42 am | Comments

(AP) — Two doctors are in court in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on charges they removed organs for transplant from patients who were still alive. The patients later died in the hospital. Drs. Pedro Torrecillas and Rui Sacramento are each charged with four homicides in a trial that started Monday.

Herbal Supplements May Be Dangerous For Orthopaedic Surgery Patients

October 17, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatments such as herbal supplements have become increasingly popular in the United States, especially among older patients and those with chronic pain. However, many of these products can have serious and potentially harmful side effects when combined with medications prescribed during and after surgery, according to a review article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) .

Delayed Pediatric Appendicitis Treatment Leads To Complications, Death

October 17, 2011 6:49 am | Comments

An in-hospital delay of appendicitis treatment beyond two days was linked to an increased likelihood of complications, including perforation and abscess formation, longer hospitalization, increased costs, and more rarely, death, according an abstract presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Boston last weekend.

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Doctors' Group Backs Legalizing Pot

October 17, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

(AP) — California's largest industry group for doctors is calling for the legalization of marijuana even as it maintains that the drug has few proven health benefits. Trustees of the California Medical Association adopted the new stance at its annual meeting Friday in Anaheim, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Boston Hospital Performs Double Hand Transplant

October 17, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

Denise Lavoie, AP A quadruple amputee who received new hands through a transplant operation says he is looking forward to doing ordinary things again: getting dressed, taking a shower, making coffee and, sweetest of all, touching the faces of his two grandsons. Richard Mangino, 65, lost his arms below the elbows and his legs below the knees after he had a kidney stone in 2002 and contracted a severe bloodstream infection.

Anesthesiologists Join Campaign To Improve Surgical Care In Developing Countries

October 14, 2011 6:59 am | Comments

PRNewswire - Lifebox, a global not-for-profit organization, today announced that the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has joined its campaign to provide life-saving pulse oximeters for operating rooms in developing countries around the world. ASA is the largest anesthesiology organization in the world, with 47,000 potential contributors to the Lifebox initiative.

Surgery To Help Prevent Epileptic Seizures Gains More Support

October 14, 2011 6:49 am | Comments

Almost half of people with epilepsy who had surgery for the condition remained free of seizures 10 years later, according to a recent study published by the British medical journal, The Lancet . Researchers from University College London tracked 615 post-surgery epileptics annually over a period of eight years and found that 82 percent remained seizure-free for a year after surgery.

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Help In The Battle Against Superbugs

October 14, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

Targeting a toxin released by virtually all strains of MRSA could help scientists develop new drugs that can fight the superbug, research suggests. A study led by the University of Edinburgh has discovered the toxin - SElX - which leads the body's immune system to go into overdrive and damage healthy cells.

Doctor Pleads Not Guilty In Stem Cell Implant Case

October 14, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

Ken Ritter, AP A prominent Las Vegas-area pediatrician pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that he and a man who falsely claimed he was a doctor conspired to implant chronically ill patients with stem cells harvested from human placentas. A lawyer for Dr. Ralph Conti issued a statement saying Conti was cooperating with federal authorities and "believes the facts of the case will unfold in a different fashion.

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Research Shows Link Between Accreditation, Quality

October 14, 2011 6:08 am | Comments

New research published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine shows that hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission outperformed non-accredited hospitals on nationally standardized quality measures of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure and pneumonia, and that the performance gap between Joint Commission accredited and non-accredited hospitals increased over the years of the study.

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