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Clinical Scholars Review Shines Policy Spotlight On Nurse Anesthetists

May 30, 2014 9:59 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | Comments

As a profession, nurse anesthesia is at a tipping point. While recent federal legislation and changes to the U.S. Medicare program have expanded opportunities for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to provide care to more patients and receive reimbursement for their services, many states still restrict their scope of practice and limit their pay...

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Ohio Family Settles Over Kidney Thrown In Trash By Nurse

May 30, 2014 9:39 am | by John Seewer, Associated Press | Comments

A family that sued after a nurse tossed a healthy kidney in the trash during a transplant has settled its lawsuit against an Ohio hospital for $650,000. A patient, Sarah Fudacz, who was 24 at the time, was to receive her brother's kidney in 2012 but awoke without having undergone surgery because the nurse had accidentally thrown it out...

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Medtronic Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit for $9.9M

May 30, 2014 9:32 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. will pay the U.S. Department of Justice $9.9 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of giving doctors gifts in return for using its defibrillators and pacemakers. The lawsuit unsealed this week accused Medtronic of funneling "millions of dollars in unrestricted grant money to physicians" to get them to encourage the use of Medtronic defibrillators and pacemakers...

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Improved Identification Of War Wound Infections Promises More Successful Treatment

May 30, 2014 9:21 am | by American Society for Microbiology | Comments

War wounds that heal successfully frequently contain different microbial species from those that heal poorly, according to a paper published ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. These and other findings have important implications for improving wound healing...

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Taking Prescribed Anti-Clotting Drug May Help Save Stent Patients' Lives

May 29, 2014 10:11 am | by American Heart Association | Comments

If you've just received a coronary artery stent to prop open a blood vessel, your life may depend on filling your prescription and taking an anti-clotting drug within days of leaving the hospital, according to a large study...     

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Researchers Address Major Geographic Disparities In Access To Kidney Transplantation

May 29, 2014 10:06 am | by Wiley | Comments

There is substantial geographic variation in access to kidney transplantation among the more than 4000 US dialysis facilities that treat patients with kidney failure, with a disproportionate lack of access to those in the Southeast. Certain factors seem to explain these differences, and they underscore the need for political, financial, and health systems changes to reduce transplant inequities across the country...

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Officials: Army Hospital Chief Relieved Of Command

May 29, 2014 9:51 am | by Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press | Comments

The chief of an Army medical center has been relieved of his command because of problems with patient care, and the Pentagon has ordered a review of its healthcare system, defense officials said. The commander was replaced Tuesday at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and three deputies were suspended, the Army said in a statement...

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FDA Clears Remote Monitor For Heart Failure

May 29, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new implantable device to help doctors monitor patients with severe heart failure as they go about their day. The agency cleared the CardioMEMS HF system Wednesday for patients who have been hospitalized in the previous year due to heart failure...

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Hospital To Pay $41M Settlement For Falsely Billing Federal Healthcare Programs

May 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press | Comments

A hospital in northeastern Kentucky reached a nearly $41 million settlement with the government Wednesday over claims that it made millions of dollars by falsely billing federal healthcare programs. The settlement ends an investigation into what prosecutors called a practice by King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland performing heart procedures that patients didn't need between 2006 and 2011...

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Study: Ultraviolet Cleaning Reduces Hospital Superbugs By 20 Percent

May 28, 2014 9:57 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | Comments

Healthcare-associated vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (CD), and other multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) were decreased among patients after adding ultraviolet environmental disinfection (UVD) to the cleaning regimen, according to a recent study... 

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MRI Catches Breast Cancer Early In At-Risk Survivors Of Childhood Hodgkin Lymphoma

May 28, 2014 9:50 am | by University Health Network | Comments

The largest clinical study to evaluate breast cancer screening of female survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma (HL), who are at increased risk because they received chest radiation, shows that magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) detected invasive breast tumours at very early stages, when cure rates are expected to be excellent...

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Coating Stents With Vitamin C Could Reduce Clotting Risks

May 28, 2014 9:44 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Every year, more than 1 million people in the U.S. who have suffered heart attacks or chest pain from blocked arteries have little mesh tubes called stents inserted into their blood vessels to prop them open. The procedure has saved many lives, but it still has potentially deadly downsides. Now scientists are reporting in the ACS journal Langmuir that coating stents with vitamin C could lower the implants' risks even further...

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How VA Clinics Falsified Appointment Records

May 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press | Comments

Fake appointments, unofficial logs kept on the sly, and appointments made without telling the patient are among tricks used to disguise delays in seeing and treating veterans at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics. They're not a new phenomenon. VA officials, veteran service organizations and members of Congress have known about them for years...

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Kimberly-Clark Health Care Recognized With Three National Novation Awards Of Excellence For Support Of Hospitals

May 27, 2014 1:32 pm | by Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Health Care today announced it received three national awards of excellence from Novation, a leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company for the more than 100,000 members of VHA, UHC, Children’s Hospital Association and Provista, LLC...

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Two New Possible Drug Targets For Triple Negative Breast Cancer

May 27, 2014 10:52 am | by Houston Methodist | Comments

The suppression of two genes reduce breast cancer tumor formation and metastasis by interfering with blood vessel formation and recruitment, report scientists from Houston Methodist and five other institutions...       

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