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Simple Surgery May Help Prevent Heart Damage In Children

May 16, 2011 6:48 am | Comments

Removing enlarged tonsils and adenoids may help prevent high blood pressure and heart damage in children who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a study conducted at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In some children with OSA, adenotonsillectomy can result in significantly lower blood pressure within 24 months of the procedure.

HHS Unveils New HAI Prevention Training Program

May 16, 2011 6:48 am | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health has released Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections , an interactive computer-based video-simulation training program. This training program helps support the goals of the Partnership for Patients, a new public-private partnership that will help improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans.

$100M In Grants To Help Create Healthier Communities

May 16, 2011 6:47 am | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the availability of over $100 million in funding for up to 75 Community Transformation Grants. Created by the Affordable Care Act, these grants are aimed at helping communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases – such as diabetes and heart disease.

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Bedbugs Teaming With Superbugs

May 13, 2011 6:20 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Hate insects? Afraid of germs? Researchers are reporting an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying a staph "superbug." Canadian scientists detected drug-resistant staph bacteria in bedbugs found on three hospital patients from a downtrodden Vancouver neighborhood. Bedbugs have not been known to spread disease, and there's no clear evidence that the five bedbugs found on the patients or their belongings had spread the MRSA germ they were carrying or a second, less dangerous drug-resistant bacteria.

Language Barriers Lead To Longer Hospital Trips

May 13, 2011 6:14 am | Comments

Researchers analyzed English comprehension among 210 patients at four New York City hospitals who suffered heart attacks with a heart artery completely blocked. Doctors often refer to this type of heart attack as a STEMI, for ST-elevation myocardial infarction. In follow-up telephone interviews, 16.

Synthetic Mesh Improves Prolapse Surgery Outcomes

May 13, 2011 6:08 am | Comments

A multi-center study, headed by researchers from Karolinska Institute, shows that pelvic organ prolapse surgery using synthetic mesh can be more effective than traditional surgery. The advantages indicated by the study mainly concern restored genital anatomy and more efficient symptom relief, although there is an associated greater risk of complications.

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HHS Offers New Tools To Help Lower Medicaid Costs

May 13, 2011 5:59 am | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a series of initiatives to work with states to save money and better coordinate care for the nine million Americans enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. The new initiatives include better access to Medicare data and better coordination of healthcare between Medicare and Medicaid.

Quality Of New Healthcare Plan Attacked By Industry

May 13, 2011 5:48 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP President Barack Obama's main idea for getting quality healthcare at less cost was in jeopardy after key medical providers called his administration's initial blueprint so complex it's unworkable. Just over a month ago, the administration released long-awaited draft regulations for "accountable care organizations," networks of doctors and hospitals that would collaborate to keep Medicare patients healthier and share in the savings with taxpayers.

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“Because One Droplet Found My Eye, I Was At Risk”

May 12, 2011 5:35 am | Bd Medical Systems | Comments

Download video: MP4 format | Ogg format | WebM format Registered nurse Cheryll Collins shares how her life changed after being exposed to HIV infected blood during a peripheral IV catheter insertion. Watch the video above to hear Cheryll in her own words tell how it has affected her work, her health and her family.

The Fat Is Back

May 11, 2011 6:03 am | Comments

Liposuction has become one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the country. It has been around since 1974 and there are now more than 450,000 operations a year. But does the fat come back? A recent study by Teri L. Hernandez, PhD, RN and Robert H. Eckel, MD, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have found that the fat eventually returns within one year, and is redistributed to other areas of the body, especially the upper abdomen.

Dermatologist Using Robot To Ensure Constant Care

May 11, 2011 5:53 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Dermatology patients in Palm Beach County now have the comfort of knowing their doctor is available to see them for emergencies even when he is on vacation. Dr. Steven Hacker is the first dermatologist in the country to introduce the brand new robotic telemedicine technology as a service to his patients.

Titan Partners With Crouse Hospital

May 11, 2011 5:45 am | Comments

Titan Medical, Inc. announced today that it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Crouse Hospital, Inc., a 506-bed acute care hospital in Syracuse, NY. Under the terms of the agreement, Crouse Hospital will test and evaluate the company's Amadeus Next Generation Surgical Robotic Platform.

No Surprise - Most Uninsured Not Paying Hospital Bills

May 11, 2011 5:31 am | Comments

A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that few families without health insurance have the financial assets to pay potential hospital bills. On average, uninsured families can only afford to pay in full for approximately 12 percent of hospital stays, and even higher income uninsured families are unable to pay for most potential hospital stays.

Stem Cell Technology Used In Unique Surgery

May 10, 2011 7:23 am | Comments

Surgeon and Professor Michael Olausson was recently able to create a new connection between a young girl's intestines and liver with the aid of a blood vessel developed from her own bone marrow. The girl is now in good health and with an excellent prognosis. She developed, during her first year of life, a blood clot in the vessel that leads from the intestines to the liver, introducing the risk of internal bleeding or the possible need for a liver transplant.

More Nurses Not Using Intramuscular Injection Site, Despite Risks

May 10, 2011 7:04 am | Comments

Seven out of ten hospital nurses who took part in a Canadian study used the dorsogluteal (DG) buttock site to administer intramuscular injections - despite the potential risks of sciatic nerve injury. Only 14 percent used the ventrogluteal (VG) hip site recommended by nursing literature. The research, published in the May issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing , found that younger, newer nurses were significantly more likely to follow the latest VG site advice than their older, experienced colleagues.

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