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Strike Averted At Harlem Hospital

December 17, 2010 6:01 am | Comments

A looming strike by doctors at the city-run Harlem Hospital Center was averted, union officials said, after the physicians agreed in principle to a contract that would strip them of certain benefits but restore elements of patient care. Before the agreement, 75 percent of the hospital’s 200 doctors had voted to go on strike.

Brain-Damaged Woman Knows No Fear

December 17, 2010 5:54 am | Comments

Malcolm Ritter, AP Meet SM, a 44-year-old woman who literally knows no fear. She's not afraid to handle snakes. She's not afraid of the "The Blair Witch Project," ''The Shining," or "Arachnophobia." When she visited a haunted house, it was a monster who was afraid of her. SM isn't some cold-blooded psychopath or a hero with a tight rein on her emotions.

Courts May Not Get Last Word In Health Care Fight

December 17, 2010 5:45 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are cheering a federal court ruling that one of its core provisions is unconstitutional. They may not realize that Obama has a fallback option that also could do the job. Even if the Supreme Court ultimately agrees that government cannot require individuals to carry health coverage, the Obama administration could borrow a strategy that Medicare has used for decades to compel consumers to join new insurance groups.

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Human Tumor Tissue Irradiated With Ions For The First Time

December 17, 2010 5:29 am | Comments

Cancer treatment with ion beams is characterized by an excellent cure rate and only minor side effects. The therapy has been routinely in use for a little over one year. The effectiveness of the ion beams not only depends on the tumor type, but also on the genetic disposition and the personal circumstances of the individual patient.

Last Chance Effort At Fighting Intestinal Superbug

December 15, 2010 6:15 am | Comments

(AP) — C-diff, a germ that ravages people's intestines and can't be conquered with even the strongest, most expensive antibiotic, is on the rise. Now, a small but growing number of doctors are trying a last-ditch treatment - using good bacteria to fight off the bad by transplanting stool from a healthy person into the sick person's colon.

Transplant May Have Cured AIDS Patient

December 15, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP A very unusual blood transplant appears to have cured an American man carrying the AIDS virus, but doctors say the approach is not practical for wide use. The man, who resides in Berlin and is in his 40s, had a blood stem cell transplant in 2007 to treat leukemia. His donor not only was a good blood match but also had a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to HIV.

Refinements In Surgery For Chest Deformity

December 15, 2010 5:55 am | Comments

Since 1987, when a surgeon at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters developed a minimally-invasive surgery to correct sunken chest, the procedure has been adopted world-wide as a standard of care and continually refined to increase its effectiveness and safety, according to a paper published in the December issue of the Annals of Surgery .

Mexico's Neonatal ICU Cost Effective

December 15, 2010 5:35 am | Comments

Relative to its costs, neonatal intensive care provides substantial population health benefits in Mexico, even for very premature babies. As such it provides great value within the country's Popular Health Insurance (Seguro Popular) program, which offers free access to a specific set of health care interventions.

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Liver Transplant For Bile Duct Cancer Improves Survival

December 15, 2010 5:16 am | Comments

In what is a rare occurrence for all but a handful of U.S. medical centers, Mayo Clinic in Arizona is treating a life-threatening cancer of the bile duct by performing a liver transplant — an aggressive protocol that is exhibiting dramatic increases in survival rates, offering new hope for patients with this complex disease.

Delaying Surgical Procedures Increases Infection Risk And Costs

December 15, 2010 5:15 am | Comments

Delaying elective surgical procedures after a patient has been admitted to the hospital significantly increases the risk of infectious complications and raises hospital costs, according to the results of a new study in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The occurrence of infection following surgical procedures continues to be a major source of morbidity and expense despite extensive prevention efforts that have been implemented through educational programs, clinical guidelines and hospital-based policies.

DNA Test Predicts Curve Progression In Scoliosis Patients

December 14, 2010 11:11 am | Depuy Spine, Inc. | Comments

A new study shows the SCOLISCORE™ AIS Prognostic Test, a DNA test to determine the likelihood of curve progression in children with mild adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), an abnormal curvature of the spine, is 99 percent accurate in predicting which children are least likely to progress to a severe curve (Cobb Angle of 40 degrees or more).

Pilot Duped Thousands With Fake M.D. Claim

December 14, 2010 5:31 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP He seemed like Superman, able to guide jumbo jets through perilous skies and tiny tubes through blocked arteries. As a cardiologist and United Airlines captain, William Hamman taught doctors and pilots ways to keep hearts and planes from crashing. He shared millions in grants, had university and hospital posts, and bragged of work for prestigious medical groups.

Teeth Pulled, Transplant Called Off

December 14, 2010 5:19 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP In Illinois, a pharmacist closes his business because of late Medicaid payments. In Arizona, a young father's liver transplant is canceled because Medicaid suddenly won't pay for it. In California, dentists pull teeth that could be saved because Medicaid doesn't pay for root canals.

High Levels Of Good Cholesterol Associated With Lower Alzheimer's Risk

December 14, 2010 5:09 am | Comments

High levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as "good" cholesterol, appear to be associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer's disease in older adults, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Neurology , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Dyslipidemia [high total cholesterol and triglycerides] and late-onset Alzheimer's disease are highly frequent in western societies," the authors write as background information in the article.

Addicted Healers: Doctors Who Abuse Drugs

December 14, 2010 4:51 am | Comments

Joel Hood, Chicago Tribune Richard Ready had been a drinker most of his life, but by the time he became chief resident of neurosurgery at a prominent Chicago-area hospital, it was drugs, not alcohol, that kept him going. Ready took stimulants to keep alert through his daily rounds. He took heavy pain relievers to numb his emotions after his mother's death.

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