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New Technology For Post-Op Foot And Ankle Wounds

February 12, 2013 12:36 pm | Comments

Preliminary results at four weeks show reduced incidence of infection as well as a greater reduction in scar length, width and height among patients using SilverSeal, compared to those who had the control dressing applied.


Strokes Associated With Surgery Can Be Devastating

February 12, 2013 12:27 pm | Comments

Strokes that occur during or shortly after surgery can be devastating, resulting in longer hospital stays and increased risks of death or long-term disability. However, prompt identification and treatment of such strokes can improve neurologic outcomes.


Recoveries From Combating Healthcare Fraud Exceed $4 Billion

February 11, 2013 12:32 pm | Comments

Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have released a new report showing that for every dollar spent on healthcare-related fraud and abuse investigations in the last three years, the government recovered $7.90. This is the highest three-year average return on investment in the history of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Program.


Difficult To Obtain Pricing, Costs For Total Hip Replacement

February 11, 2013 12:17 pm | Comments

Researchers found a wide range of complete prices for a total hip replacement, from $11,100 to $125,798.


Suits Target Mesh Manufacturers, Surgeons Disagree

February 11, 2013 12:01 pm | by Kate Brumback, AP | Comments

"The innovation — and the skill sets to use the innovation — is outpacing the skill sets that the surgeons have, and no one is trying to close that gap." Dr. Vincent Lucente believes there should be a credentialing process to ensure expertise, as there is for other surgical procedures.


IBM Offers Watson's Medical Expertise

February 11, 2013 11:43 am | by Jim Fitzgerald, AP | Comments

The Watson supercomputer is graduating from its medical residency and is being offered commercially to doctors and health insurance companies, IBM said.


Implants Could Make Light Work Of Fixing Broken Bones

February 8, 2013 10:48 am | Comments

The use of bone stem cells combined with a degradable rigid material that inserts into broken bones and encourages real bone to re-grow has been developed at the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton.


Clot-Busting Drug Yields Better Results After Stroke

February 8, 2013 10:34 am | Comments

Patients who randomly received the minimally invasive surgery to deliver a drug designed to dissolve their golf ball-sized clots went home from the hospital an average of 38 days sooner and saved an estimated $44,000.


Treating Nerve Compression Disorders In Athletes

February 8, 2013 10:11 am | by Julia Evangelou Strait | Comments

Two new studies from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggest ways to improve surgical treatment for a debilitating condition caused by compressed nerves in the neck and shoulder.


Warning Signs For Complications In Colorectal Surgery Released

February 8, 2013 9:59 am | Comments

Colorectal surgical patients are often discharged from the hospital with vague guidance on how to recognize complications, but researchers at the Michael DeBakey Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, aim to change that scenario.


Researchers Discover Enzyme Behind Breast Cancer Mutations

February 6, 2013 1:09 pm | Comments

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have uncovered a human enzyme responsible for causing DNA mutations found in the majority of breast cancers. The discovery of this enzyme – called APOBEC3B – may change the way breast cancer is diagnosed and treated.


Study Identifies Skiers Who Can Be Treated Without Surgery After ACL Tear

February 6, 2013 1:03 pm | Comments

The study found that at six to twelve weeks post ACL tear, results from two tests that involve only the physical manipulation of a knee can identify skiers with a torn ACL who will recover without surgery. Oftentimes, ACL tears from skiing are less traumatic than ligament tears seen in sports that involve pivoting, such as soccer or football.


FDA Clears Sculptor Robotic Guidance Arm For Unicompartmental Knee Replacement Surgery

February 6, 2013 12:59 pm | Comments

Partial knee resurfacing only replaces the parts of the knee that are worn out and painful rather than cutting away the entire joint. This preservation technique retains the natural ligaments around the knee, reduces surgical damage to tissue, and is less invasive compared to total knee replacement. Sculptor RGA utilizes a robotic guidance arm to assist the surgeon's operation of a cutting tool, limiting the removal of bone to a pre-defined safe area using  'Active Constraint' technology.


Teens Recovering After Fingers Lost In Tug-of-War

February 6, 2013 12:55 pm | by Robert Jablon, Associated Press | Comments

A simple length of rope tore off the fingers of two teenagers during a schoolyard tug-of-war staged to boost campus spirit. The boy and girl had stable vital signs Tuesday after undergoing hours of surgery, but no information was disclosed on whether doctors reattached their fingers. A get-well banner hung at the South El Monte High School campus, and counselors consoled students after the horrific start Monday to the traditional Spirit Week celebrating homecoming.


EHR Payoff Comes With Time

February 5, 2013 11:19 am | Comments

Doctors who view electronic health records (EHRs) as time-draining and a waste of resources should take a larger view of their use within the practice, EHR advocates said Monday. Physicians should view EHRs as more of a shared care plan of a patient's health, not just a billing mechanism under a fee-for-service model, experts said.


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