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Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders Associated With Poor Surgical Outcomes

April 19, 2011 5:37 am | Comments

Surgical patients with do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders appear to be at higher risk for poor surgical outcomes, according to a report published online today by the Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The study will appear in the August print issue of the journal. "Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders preclude the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a clinically unresponsive, pulseless patient," according to background information provided by the authors.

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Previous-Day Alcohol Consumption Affects Surgical Skills

April 19, 2011 5:37 am | Comments

Excessive alcohol consumption appears to be associated with changes in some surgical skills performed on virtual reality simulator testing the following day, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "While surgical performance is certain to be impaired acutely with excessive alcohol consumption, there is little information that defines the persistence of this effect," the authors write as background information in the study.

Surgeon Resigns ACS Leadership Post Over Controversial Editorial

April 19, 2011 5:36 am | Comments

John Flesher, Associated Press TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The world's largest organization of surgeons has accepted the resignation of its president-elect after he wrote a Valentine's Day column for the group's newspaper that some members found demeaning to women. Dr. Lazar J. Greenfield, a renowned surgeon and professor emeritus at the University of Michigan Medical School, said Monday he had stepped down from his leadership post with the American College of Surgeons after the association's board rejected his attempts to make amends.

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Woman To Show Off Newly Transplanted Hand

April 19, 2011 5:36 am | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 26-year-old mother who lost her right hand in a traffic accident several years ago is reuniting with her doctors to show off her new donated hand. The Northern California woman received the donor limb in a marathon surgery last month at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

New Studies Support Lap-Band Surgery

April 18, 2011 6:57 am | Comments

Two new studies published in the current issue of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, a peer-reviewed journal, have concluded that LAP-BAND weight-loss surgery is a safe and effective treatment for obese adults. One study examined patients who received LAGB following the failure of gastric bypass and found they achieved significant weight loss at two years post-banding procedure.

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Non-Cardiac Surgery Found Safe For Patients With Heart Device

April 18, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

Non-cardiac surgery can be performed safely in patients with a heart device typically implanted into patients waiting for a transplant, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) are mechanical pumps implanted in the chest to help a weakened heart pump blood.

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Brain Bypass Surgery Helps Restore Lost Tissue

April 18, 2011 6:27 am | Comments

Neurosurgeons at the Krembil Neuroscience Center, Toronto Western Hospital, have initiated the restoration of lost brain tissue through brain bypass surgery in patients where blood flow to the brain is impaired by cerebrovascular disease. The study, which involved 29 patients, was published online in the journal Stroke .

New Patient Guidelines For Heart Device

April 18, 2011 6:10 am | Comments

A series of new guidelines for cardiac specialists has been developed to determine when heart failure patients should receive a mechanical heart-pumping device. "The new guidelines will likely affect who is referred for a mechanical circulatory support device, and how early in the process a physician would consider implanting a left ventricular assist device," says Jeffrey A.

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Stomach Bug Outbreak Affected 13 NBA Teams

April 18, 2011 5:48 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP U.S. health officials say last fall's outbreak of a stomach virus that swept through pro basketball teams sickened 21 players on 13 teams. They were infected with the norovirus, highly contagious and known for spreading on cruise ships. The federal researchers didn't name the teams, but media reports have said players with a stomach bug at the time included four on the Orlando Magic, including star center Dwight Howard.

Safety Of Stored Blood A Chief Concern For Transfusions

April 15, 2011 6:31 am | Comments

In light of recent studies that suggest the use of stored blood during transfusions may cause adverse effects in patients, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) funded a number of research projects to examine the safety of transfusing older red cells and the impact of stored blood on respiratory gases.

Study: Wound Dressing With Silver Kills MRSA, Other ‘Superbugs’

April 15, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

Silver-containing sodium carboxymethyl cellulose wound dressing killed range of bacteria in vitro that represent significant risks for patients in hospitals and other health facilities April 15, 2011 ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, today announced new in vitro study results showing that a wound dressing containing ionic silver is able to kill several strains of highly-resistant bacteria, commonly referred to as ‘superbugs.

How Can Metabolic Surgery Cure Diabetes So Fast?

April 15, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

No one can explain this strange phenomenon. The majority of type 2 diabetics who undergo metabolic surgery recover from diabetes only a few days after the procedure, long before any weight loss has occurred. Now researchers at Lund University Diabetes Center plan to find out what is happening by studying both patients and pigs before and after metabolic surgery.

Minimally Invasive Thyroid Surgery Effective In Children

April 15, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

  Surgical approaches that reduce incision size and recovery time from thyroid surgery work well in children, physician-scientists report. "It brings parents comfort to know it's going to be a small incision, an outpatient surgery with no drains or staples on the skin. We just use some glue for the skin and the recovery is very rapid," said Dr.

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Jamaica First Stop On U.S. Hospital Ship's Tour

April 15, 2011 6:28 am | Comments

David McFadden, Associated Press KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — An enormous U.S. Navy hospital ship brought state-of-the-art medical care to Jamaica on Thursday, the first stop of a five-month goodwill mission to nine countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. The 894-foot (272-meter) white ship emblazoned with bright red crosses carries more than 600 personnel who will provide free surgical procedures, pediatric and dental care, and eye treatment to roughly 100,000 patients in nine countries, said U.

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Experts Advise Storage Of Blood Cells From Japan Nuke Workers

April 15, 2011 6:28 am | Comments

Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer In this March 23, 2011 file photo released by Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers collect data in the control room for Unit 1 and Unit 2 at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

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