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Cleaner and Greener

April 13, 2015 10:47 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Comments

Instrument sterilization and re-processing not only protects against infection, but can go a long way in helping control operating costs.

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Pain Relievers May Diminish Joy

April 13, 2015 10:44 am | by OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY | Comments

In the study, participants who took acetaminophen reported less strong emotions when they saw both very pleasant and very disturbing photos, when compared to those who took placebos.

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New Precautions Released for Hospital Visitors

April 13, 2015 10:41 am | by SOCIETY FOR HEALTHCARE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF AMERICA | Comments

The guidance looks to reduce the potential for healthcare visitors in spreading dangerous bacteria within the healthcare facility and community.

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Nearly 9 in 10 US Adults Have Health Insurance

April 13, 2015 10:38 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | Comments

Whether the new number from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index turns out to be a high-water mark for President Barack Obama's health care law, or a milestone on the path toward his goal of getting virtually all U.S. residents covered, remains to be seen.

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Racial Disparities Persist Among Trauma Patients

April 13, 2015 10:35 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

The dependent care provision of the Affordable Care Act allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health coverage until age 26, but racial disparities in coverage persist for young African-Americans and Hispanics who require trauma care.

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2015 Surgical Expansion Report

April 10, 2015 9:16 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Comments

We asked our readers what types of investments were being made and how these expenditures will impact their surgical capabilities.

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Transfusing Shorter-Storage RBCs Doesn't Benefit Cardiac Surgery Patients

April 10, 2015 8:53 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cardiac surgery patients often receive multiple RBC units and may be especially vulnerable to end-organ injury because of compromised cardiac output or the pro-inflammatory state following cardiopulmonary bypass. 

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Temperature Management – A Hot Topic

April 9, 2015 10:57 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Comments

Transitioning to the operating room, the individual with the most influence on the temperature controls is the one who has the least amount of input. 

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New Cases of Pediatric Melanoma Trends Downward

April 9, 2015 10:52 am | by ELSEVIER HEALTH SCIENCES | Comments

In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that the incidence of pediatric melanoma in the United States actually has decreased from 2004-2010.

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Assessment Could Predict Survival After Liver Transplant

April 9, 2015 10:48 am | by BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER | Comments

The tools currently used to assess that risk are limited in predicting which patients will need a liver transplant and which will be healthy enough to survive transplantation. 

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Analysis Suggests Pancreatic Cancers Harbor Targetable Genetic Alterations

April 9, 2015 10:01 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | Comments

A comprehensive DNA sequencing of pancreatic cancer cases revealed not only a plethora of damaged genes, but potential diagnostic biomarkers that could help identify those with longer or shorter survival, and provide opportunity for new therapeutic interventions.

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A Clearer Picture

April 8, 2015 10:47 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Comments

While one could argue the semantics of a definition and its true versus intended impact, the reality is that this statement and its relation to hybrid OR design and integration gives stronger credence to the use of diagnostic imaging equipment in the operating room. 

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Skin Barrier Helps Prevent Ostomy-Related Skin Lesions

April 8, 2015 10:28 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A skin barrier, which attaches a collection pouch to the abdomen, is designed to protect the skin around the stoma.

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Obama: Healthcare law an 8 out of 10

April 8, 2015 10:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Obama tells ABC News he doesn't give it a 10 is because things can always be improved. 

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Tools Available to States Participating in State Innovation Models

April 8, 2015 10:16 am | by ​U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | Comments

The State Innovation Models initiative supports states in planning or implementing a customized, fully developed proposal capable of creating statewide health transformation to improve health care, focusing on Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries.

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