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Obesity Linked To Increased Risk Of Post-Op Infection

May 18, 2011 5:43 am | Comments

Obese patients appear to have a significantly increased risk of developing a surgical site infection after colectomy, and the presence of infection increases the cost associated with the procedure, according to a report published online today that will appear in the September issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Reminding Surgical Staff Of Phlebotomy Costs Helps Limit Utilization

May 18, 2011 5:28 am | Comments

Surgical house staff and attending physicians who are reminded about the charges for ordering daily blood drawing for routine blood work appear to reduce the amount of routine blood tests ordered, and the charges for these laboratory tests, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Hospitals Over-Promoting Benefits Of Robotic Surgery

May 18, 2011 5:16 am | Comments

An estimated four in 10 hospital websites in the United States publicize the use of robotic surgery, with the lion's share touting its clinical superiority despite a lack of scientific evidence that robotic surgery is any better than conventional operations, a new Johns Hopkins study finds. The promotional materials, researchers report online in the Journal for Healthcare Quality , overestimate the benefits of surgical robots, largely ignore the risks, and are strongly influenced by the product's manufacturer.

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Study Validates Localized Prostate Cancer Procedure

May 18, 2011 5:07 am | Comments

EDAP TMS SA, the global leader in therapeutic ultrasound, announced today that new, 10-year data from an international registry-based multi-center study shows 83 percent of patients had no biopsy evidence of disease after treatment with Ablatherm® HIFU. Study results were presented at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.

Study Validates Localized Prostate Cancer Procedure

May 18, 2011 5:07 am | Comments

EDAP TMS SA, the global leader in therapeutic ultrasound, announced today that new, 10-year data from an international registry-based multi-center study shows 83 percent of patients had no biopsy evidence of disease after treatment with Ablatherm® HIFU. Study results were presented at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.

Giffords To Have Surgery While Husband Is In Space

May 18, 2011 4:56 am | Comments

Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP Representative Gabrielle Giffords' recovery isn't slowing down while her astronaut husband speeds around the Earth. Giffords will undergo surgery today so doctors can replace a piece of her skull with a plastic implant, another encouraging step since the Arizona congresswoman was shot in the head more than four months ago.

It Was Just A Few Drops Of Blood – But It Happened

May 17, 2011 1:20 pm | Bd Medical Systems | Comments

Download video: MP4 format | Ogg format | WebM format Edie, an Emergency/Trauma nurse tells how her friend and co-worker was infected with HIV after being exposed to just a few drops of blood. Her co-worker was a nurse for 25 years adamant about using universal precautions, but with one split second decision her career and life changed.

Obese Patients At Much Greater Risk For Costly Surgical-Site Infections

May 17, 2011 1:11 pm | Comments

Obese patients undergoing colon surgery are 60 percent more likely to develop dangerous and costly surgical-site infections than their normal-weight counterparts, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. These infections, according to findings published in the journal Archives of Surgery, cost an average of $17,000 more per patient, extend hospital stays and leave patients at a three-times greater risk of hospital readmission.

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Procedure Enhances Smiles For Kids With Facial Paralysis

May 17, 2011 6:46 am | Comments

Transferring a segment of muscle from the thigh appears to help restore the ability to smile in children with facial paralysis, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The article is part of a theme issue focusing on facial plastic surgery in the pediatric population.

Budget Cuts vs. Medical Research

May 17, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP A disease standoff may be brewing: How can Alzheimer's research receive more scarce dollars without cutting from areas like heart disease or cancer? In one of the stark realities of the budget crisis, scientists' chances of winning research dollars from the National Institutes of Health for any condition have dipped to a new low.

Voters Keep Suicide Legal

May 17, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

John Heilprin, AP Voters in Zurich have overwhelmingly rejected calls to ban assisted suicide or to outlaw the practice for non-residents. Zurich's cantonal voters, by about a 4-to-1 margin, defeated both measures that had been pushed by political and religious conservatives. Out of more than 278,000 ballots cast, the initiative to ban assisted suicide was opposed by 85 percent of voters and the initiative to outlaw it for foreigners was turned down by 78 percent, according to Zurich authorities.

Study Challenges Lack Of Surgical Access In Rural Areas

May 17, 2011 6:17 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP A surprising study of nearly 46 million Medicare patients says older residents in rural areas are more likely to have any of nine common surgeries than people in cities. Back surgery, hip and knee replacements, and prostate removal were among the operations performed more often in rural Medicare patients, the study found.

Surgeon Caseload, Practice Affect Small Kidney Tumor Treatment

May 16, 2011 6:49 am | Comments

Patients with small kidney tumors are more likely to be offered treatment options based on surgeons' case volume and type of practice than on tumor characteristics, a Mayo Clinic study has found. Fellowship-trained surgeons who practice in academic medical centers with high volumes of patients with kidney tumors were 70 to 80 percent more likely to follow American Urological Association (AUA) guidelines by recommending partial nephrectomy.

Surgery Promotes Long-Term Survival For Prostate Cancer Patients

May 16, 2011 6:49 am | Comments

Long-term survival rates for patients with advanced prostate cancer suggest they can be good candidates for surgery, Mayo Clinic researchers have found. Their study found a 20-year survival rate for 80 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer that has potentially spread beyond the prostate, known as cT3 prostate cancer, and treated with radical prostatectomy, or surgery to remove the prostate gland.

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.

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