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Nighttime Surgery A Non-Factor For Transplants

June 14, 2011 6:48 am | Comments

Despite concerns that surgeon fatigue is leading to dangerous complications for patients, and data showing worse outcomes for many patients who undergo surgery at night, new Johns Hopkins research suggests that — in the case of heart and lung transplants — time of day has no affect on patient survival.

Facelift Incision Safer For Some Thyroid Procedures

June 14, 2011 6:39 am | Comments

A facelift incision and robotics can help surgeons safely remove a portion of a diseased thyroid from some patients without the characteristic neck scar. Georgia Health Sciences University surgeons developed the technique utilizing the remote access capabilities of robots, experience gained from another no-neck-scar approach through the armpit, and earlier success removing the largest salivary gland from the lower jaw region.

Unique Controls Bring Gaming To The Quadriplegic

June 14, 2011 6:13 am | Comments

Stephen Dockery, AP For Ruben Rios to throw a touchdown, it takes a flick of his tongue. To break away from a tackle, he puffs into a tube. Rios is a quadriplegic with no use of his body below his shoulders. For Rios to play video games like Madden NFL 11 he uses a controller that combines lip controls, puff and sip tubes and a head-operated joystick.

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Too Few Candid Conversations About Weight-Loss Surgery

June 13, 2011 7:06 am | Comments

Significant barriers are keeping adults affected by obesity and physicians from talking frankly about bariatric surgery, a new survey sponsored by the Obesity Action Coalition and Ethicon Endo-Surgery shows. The survey found that while four in five adults affected by obesity had discussed weight with their health care provider, only one in 10 who meet the National Institutes of Health guidelines for bariatric surgery have had their doctor recommend it.

Obesity Surgery Not A Fountain Of Youth

June 13, 2011 6:50 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Very obese older men hoping to live longer may be let down by a new long-term study which found that weight-loss surgery didn't increase survival rates — at least during the first seven years. Prior studies have found stomach stapling and other obesity surgeries improved survival rates after two to 10 years.

Hypnosis/Local Anesthesia Combo During Surgery Helps Reduce Hospital Stays

June 13, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

Using a combination of hypnosis and local anaesthesia (LA) for certain types of surgery can aid the healing process and reduce drug use and time spent in the hospital, anaesthesiologists have found. The combination could also help avoid cancer recurrence and metastases, according to new research presented at the European Anaesthesiology Congress in Amsterdam.

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Heart Monitoring Omitted In Many High-Risk Surgeries

June 13, 2011 6:28 am | Comments

A survey of 463 randomly selected European and U.S. anaesthesiologists found that although more than 95 percent knew that it was of major importance that enough oxygen reached all parts of the body during an operation, and that this was determined by how well the heart was pumping blood around the body, 65 percent of them were failing to monitor the amount of blood the heart was pumping – a procedure known as cardiac output monitoring.

Germany Still Seeking Reason For E. Coli Outbreak

June 13, 2011 6:13 am | Comments

German authorities said Sunday that they haven't yet been able to resolve how sprouts became contaminated with an aggressive strain of E. coli that has been blamed for 35 deaths. Officials determined on Friday that sprouts grown at a farm in Lower Saxony state, in northern Germany, were to blame for an outbreak that has sickened more than 3,000 people.

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Considerations For Single Port Surgery Products

June 13, 2011 5:48 am | by Manish Singh, Senior Product Manager for Olympus Surgical Endoscopy. | Comments

“What should surgeons consider when choosing products for single port surgery?” June 13, 2011 As we consider the evolution of surgery from open to laparoscopy to minimally-invasive surgery, single-site surgery is the latest advancement in the reduction of trauma and scarring of the abdomen.

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First Photos Of Giffords Released Since Shooting

June 13, 2011 5:45 am | Comments

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press June 13, 2011 This photo combo shows U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. At left, Giffords takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan.

Radiation Following Prostate Removal Cost-Effective, But Less Recommended

June 10, 2011 6:59 am | Comments

Receiving radiation therapy immediately after a radical prostatectomy is a cost-effective treatment for prostate cancer patients when compared with waiting and acting on elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, according to a new study by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital .

Pioneering Pay-For-Performance Program Falls Short

June 10, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

Massachusetts' use of "pay-for-performance" bonuses to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the case of Medicaid patients has turned up no evidence of the problem at any of the state's 66 acute-care hospitals, according to a new study that raises questions about the effectiveness of the state's approach.

New Initiative Champions Healthcare IT Innovation

June 10, 2011 6:32 am | Comments

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has unveiled the Investing in Innovations (i2) Initiative – a new program designed to spur innovations in health IT. The program centers on prizes and competitions to accelerate the development of solutions and communities around key challenges in health IT.

Berci Receives ACS Innovation Award

June 10, 2011 6:20 am | Comments

George Berci, MD, FACS, FRCS, Ed. (Hon), a general surgeon from Los Angeles, CA, is the recipient of the 2011 Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  Dr. Berci was honored with the award in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the art and science of endoscopy and laparoscopy for more than 50 years.

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Experts Critical Of German E. Coli Inquiry

June 10, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

Juergen Baetz & Maria Cheng, AP Outside health experts and German lawmakers roundly criticized Germany on for a bungled investigation into the world's deadliest E. coli outbreak, saying the infections should have been spotted much sooner. Many experts have been surprised, even shocked, at lapses in the German inquiry, and some say the culprit food may never be known.

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