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Carotid Artery Stenting Seen As Cost-Effective Alternative To Endarterectomy

March 4, 2011 4:52 am | Comments

Researchers determined that carotid artery stenting (CAS) with embolic protection is an economically attractive alternative to endarterectomy (END) for patients at increased surgical risk. The study, based on data from the Stenting and Angioplasty with Protection in Patients at High Risk for Endarterectomy (SAPPHIRE) trial, found that initial procedural cost was higher with CAS, but post-procedure hospital stay was shorter, which significantly offset associated costs compared to END.

Abortion Clinic Head May Face Death Sentence

March 4, 2011 4:25 am | Comments

Maryclaire Dale, AP Prosecutors notified a Philadelphia doctor charged with killing a patient and seven babies at his abortion clinic that they intend to pursue the death penalty against him. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 70, ran a filthy West Philadelphia medical practice that served as a pill mill by day and an abortion mill by night, a grand jury concluded in January after a two-year investigation.

Stomach Pacemaker Could Help The Obese

March 4, 2011 4:15 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Patrick Hetzner tried diets and exercise, just about everything short of stomach stapling to lose weight. Nothing worked. Five months ago he tried something new: a stomach pacemaker that curbed his appetite. Since having it implanted, Hetzner, a 20-year-old Munich mailman, has knocked off more than 22 pounds from his earlier weight of 229 pounds.

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Harmful Bacteria Identified At Playboy Mansion

March 2, 2011 5:14 am | Comments

Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, AP The bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease were found at the Playboy Mansion during an investigation into an illness that affected about 200 people who attended an event there last month, a health official stated. Other infection sources have not been ruled out as the cause of the illness because the bacteria Legionella is common in moist places, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health director Dr.

Surgically-Implanted Artificial Retina Helps Blind Patients

March 2, 2011 5:08 am | by Maria Chen, AP Medical   | Comments

In this photo taken Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, Eric Selby and his guide dog Dino pose for a photograph with a "sight" camera fitted in a pair of glasses, as well as its associated computer and transmitter, which work in conjunction with an artificial retina implant called the Argus II fitted in his right eye, enabling him to detect light, in Coventry, England.

Improved Results For Kidney Patients With Robotic Surgery

March 2, 2011 4:46 am | Comments

Robotic surgery offers the same or better results than minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures for treating kidney disease, and can potentially help more patients because it is not as difficult for surgeons to learn, according to a new study led by Henry Ford Hospital specialists. The findings come at a time both when chronic kidney disease is becoming more common, and while hidden damage to kidney function has been overlooked in more than one-fourth of patients with small kidney tumors, according to earlier studies.

Women Not Covered As Thoroughly In Device Studies

March 2, 2011 4:27 am | Comments

Despite a long-standing requirement for medical device makers to include women in studies they submit to the FDA for device approval, only a few include enough women or analyze how the devices work specifically in women, according to research reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes .

No Guarantees Against Unethical Research

March 2, 2011 4:17 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Experts say that the kind of unethical medical studies that occurred half a century ago could still happen again, despite more than 1,000 rules and regulations that should prevent such abuses. Bioethicists and researchers spoke Tuesday before a presidential panel in Washington.

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Chemoradiotherapy Prior To Surgery Improves Survival

March 1, 2011 6:17 am | Comments

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that patients with node negative T3 and T4 non-small lung cancer who underwent chemotherapy before surgery had more than three times the survival rate than patients who only underwent surgery. These findings currently appear on-line in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery .

Depression Common In Recovering From Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

March 1, 2011 5:06 am | Comments

Depression is a common problem in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and negatively impacts patients' symptom burden, ability to function, and quality of life, according to new research published in the March 2011 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery . Nearly 14 percent of Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis and may have the following symptoms for 12 weeks or more; facial pain/pressure, facial congestion/fullness, nasal obstruction/blockage, thick nasal discharge/discolored post-nasal drainage, and periodic high fever.

Doctor On Trial In Ohio Painkiller Deaths

March 1, 2011 4:52 am | Comments

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AP Federal prosecutors say Dr. Paul Volkman was part of a scheme that illegally distributed millions of highly addictive pain pills that may have led to a dozen deaths. The doctor says he is innocent and was vigilant about conducting drug tests to make sure patients weren't abusing substances.

Pessimism Can Block Surgical Recovery

March 1, 2011 4:01 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Spine surgeon Anders Cohen puts a lot of stock in patients' expectations of pain relief. He prefers to operate only on those who "grab you by the collar and say, 'I can't take it anymore.'" New brain research proves doctors like Cohen are onto something: Pessimism can override the effectiveness of even powerful treatments.

Radio-Guided Surgery Seen As Safe And Simple For Removing Lung Nodules

February 28, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

Using tiny spheres of radioactive liquid to guide surgeons as they remove potentially cancerous material in the lungs is safe and more effective than other techniques, Italian researchers reported at the European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology. Dr Luca Bertolaccini, Dr Alberto Terzi and colleagues from Santa Croce e Carle Hospital in Cuneo, Italy, studied a technique known as radio-guided surgery in 19 patients.

Experts Call For Greater Pain Assessment In Hospitals

February 28, 2011 5:56 am | Comments

Nearly two-thirds of the hospital in-patients who took part in a survey had experienced pain in the last 24 hours, and 42 percent of those rated their pain as more than seven out of ten, where ten was the worst pain imaginable, according to the March issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing .

Old Bones Help Treat Modern Back Pain

February 28, 2011 5:45 am | Comments

The bones of people who died up to a hundred years ago are being used in the development of new treatments for chronic back pain. It is the first time old bones have been used in this way. The research is bringing together the unusual combination of latest computer modelling techniques developed at the University of Leeds, and archaeology and anthropology expertise at the University of Bristol.

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