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Survey Shows Healthcare Executives Prioritizing Perioperative Cost Reduction Efforts

November 18, 2011 6:33 am | Comments

PRNewswire - An annual survey of hospital executives highlights the increased importance of reducing costs in the perioperative department. Seventy-eight percent of the survey's respondents are considering or planning projects to reduce perioperative costs in the next year, a 34 percent increase in OR cost reduction projects since 2010.

Surgical Leaders Create Spine Research Foundation

November 18, 2011 6:19 am | Comments

PRNewswire/USNewswire - Two flagship foundations for advancing spine care through support for research, the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), announced today a collaborative grant program that will broadly cultivate multidisciplinary clinical spine research.

Pneumonia The Most Common Post-Op Infection

November 16, 2011 6:10 am | Comments

New research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has shown for the first time that pneumonia is the most common serious infection after heart surgery. The new study, presented at the 2011 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, also revealed that most infections occur about two weeks after surgery, not one week as physicians previously thought.

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Surgeon Sued For Off-Label Device Use

November 16, 2011 6:04 am | Comments

PRNewswire - A manufacturer of infusion pain pumps has filed a claim against a doctor for off-label use of the device, according to court documents filed last week. According to the claim, Dr. Bruce Holladay used a pain pump manufactured by I-Flow Corporation to administer pain medication to a teenager following shoulder surgery in 2007.

Previously Conjoined Twins Set To Go Home

November 16, 2011 5:58 am | Comments

Brooke Donald, AP Two weeks after surgery, twin sisters who had been joined at the chest are preparing to leave the hospital — each in their own car seat. Angelica and Angelina Sabuco have been recovering at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University since their November 1 operation.

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Study Finds Patients Don't Take Free Medication

November 16, 2011 5:52 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Give people free prescription drugs and many of them still won't bother to take their medicine. Doctors were stunned to see that happen in a major study involving heart attack survivors. The patients were offered well-established drugs to prevent a recurrence of heart trouble, including cholesterol-lowering statins and medicines that slow the heart and help it pump more effectively.

Bariatric Survey Finds An Increase In Patient Admissions

November 15, 2011 8:33 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Novation, the leading health care supply contracting company, announces the release of its 2011 Bariatric Report, a nationwide survey of VHA Inc. and UHC member hospitals. The results confirm that while hospitals continue to see an increase in morbidly obese patients, hospitals are also expanding the services, supplies and training needed to serve this patient population.

Consumers Union Urges Congress to Strengthen Medical Device Oversight

November 15, 2011 8:25 am | Comments

The consumer group called on Congress to ensure that all implantable and life-sustaining medical devices are subject to more rigorous review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and to establish a better system for tracking devices after approval so patients and doctors can be notified when safety problems arise.

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Malpractice Suits Cause Psychological Distress And Career Burnout Among U.S. Surgeons

November 15, 2011 7:01 am | Comments

CHICAGO: According to the results of a new study published in the November 2011 Journal of the American College of Surgeons, malpractice lawsuits against U.S. surgeons occur often and can take a profound personal toll on the surgeon, resulting in emotional exhaustion, stress, and professional dissatisfaction.

New Tasteless Additive Helps Prevent Absorption Of Sugar

November 15, 2011 6:54 am | Comments

(PR NewsChannel)—A diabetic-friendly sugar that has been proven to help reduce sugar intake will soon be added to popular breads and cereals to help fight epidemic of obesity, especially in children, the makers of the new sugar said today. The news comes on the heels of a new diabetes study released early this morning.

Deep-chilling Trauma Patients To Try To Save Them

November 15, 2011 6:41 am | by Lauran Neergaard | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspended animation may not be just for sci-fi movies anymore: Trauma surgeons soon will try plunging some critically injured people into a deep chill — cooling their body temperatures as low as 50 degrees — in hopes of saving their lives. Many trauma patients have injuries that should be fixable but they bleed to death before doctors can patch them up.

Study: More Hospitals Can Safely Unclog Arteries

November 14, 2011 8:59 am | Comments

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A large study finds that it is OK to have a non-emergency procedure to open clogged heart arteries in a hospital that doesn't have surgeons ready to operate if something goes wrong. Doctors say the procedure, called balloon angioplasty, has become so safe that surgical backup is no longer needed.

Supreme Court Will Hear Health Care Case This Term

November 14, 2011 8:54 am | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear arguments next March over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul — a case that could shake the political landscape as voters are deciding if Obama deserves another term. This decision to hear arguments in the spring sets up an election-year showdown over the White House's main domestic policy achievement.

Phase I Trial Using Gene Therapy And Bone Marrow Stem Cells To Treat Brain Cancer

November 14, 2011 8:48 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Lentigen Corporation announced today the initiation of a novel Phase I clinical trial of LG631 gene therapy for the protection of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) from the dose limiting toxicity of chemotherapy with Temodar.

New Findings for Safe OA Joint Pain Management

November 14, 2011 7:16 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Physician's Technology, LLC welcomes and supports information released yesterday relating to the discovery of a new cause of osteoarthritis. Findings by senior investigator Dr. William Robinson at Stanford are reported in the journal Nature Medicine. Over 100 million Americans are faced with the daily challenges of joint pain that produce signs and symptoms comprising Toxic Joint Syndrome.

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