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Implanted Heart Device Linked To Increased Survival

June 4, 2014 7:03 am | by Duke University Medical Center | Comments

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are associated with improved survival among heart failure patients whose left ventricles only pump 30 to 35 percent of blood out of the heart with each contraction, according to a study from the Duke Clinical Research Institute...

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Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs May Reduce Deaths

June 4, 2014 6:46 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

Community opioid overdose prevention programs (OOPPs)—including the use of naloxone for rapid drug reversal—can improve bystander responses to overdose of heroin and related drugs, according to a review in the June Journal of Addiction Medicine...

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Adopting New Definition Of Kidney Disease For Clinical Trials Could Accelerate Development Of New Treatments

June 4, 2014 6:42 am | by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health | Comments

A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that new therapies for kidney disease could be developed more quickly by revising the definition of kidney disease progression used during clinical trials. If adopted, the new definition could shorten the length of some clinical trials and also potentially encourage more clinical trials in kidney disease...

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Connecticut Hospital Ordered to Pay $12M After Surgeon Punctured Woman's Colon

June 3, 2014 11:20 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A Connecticut woman was awarded $12 million by a Danbury Superior Court jury in a medical malpractice case late last week. The woman said a surgeon punctured her colon, resulting in permanent injuries, during a routine hernia operation...    

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Surgeons Gather To Learn New MIS Procedure For Treatment Of Rectal Cancer

June 3, 2014 10:33 am | by NovaTract Surgical, Inc. | Comments

Twelve advanced minimally invasive colorectal surgeons, experts who treat rectal cancer, convened to participate in the first Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME) training course in the United States this past weekend to learn how to safely incorporate this novel technical approach into their practice...

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Reduced Neurosurgical Resident Hours: No Significant Positive Effect On Patient Outcomes

June 3, 2014 10:19 am | by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group | Comments

Focusing on the specialty of neurosurgery, researchers found no significant positive changes in patient outcomes after neurosurgical resident duty hours were reduced...                    

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Study: Screening Has Prevented Half A Million Colorectal Cancers

June 3, 2014 10:14 am | by Cancer | Comments

An estimated half a million cancers were prevented by colorectal cancer screening in the United States from 1976 to 2009, report researchers from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale Cancer Center...

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Study: Side Effects Experienced By BRCA Mutation Carriers Following Cancer Risk-Reducing Surgery

June 2, 2014 11:32 am | by Penn Medicine | Comments

The majority of women with cancer causing BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations experience sexual dysfunction, menopausal symptoms, cognitive and stress issues, and poor sleep following prophylactic removal of their Fallopian tubes and ovaries - a procedure known as risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO) - according to results of a new study from the Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania...

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MRSA Rates Varied Dramatically Across Geographic Areas

June 2, 2014 11:26 am | by Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) | Comments

The rates of community-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CO-MRSA) varied dramatically among academic medical centers in California, New York, Illinois and North Carolina, suggesting there is not a uniform change in the "national epidemic" of the "superbug" that has generated extensive public health concern over the past decade, according to a new study...

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Surgeons Report Fewer Postoperative Deep-Vein Blood Clots Using Risk-Based Preventive Measures

June 2, 2014 11:22 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

Results from a surgical quality improvement study indicate that the odds of this common and potentially life-threatening postoperative complication steadily declined after the implementation of a multicomponent prevention program in a hospital’s department of surgery...

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More Patients With Ovarian Cancer Are Receiving Chemotherapy Before Surgery

June 2, 2014 11:18 am | by Fox Chase Cancer Center | Comments

The use of chemotherapy before surgery to remove ovarian cancer has increased dramatically in recent decades, particularly among certain patients, according to a new analysis from Fox Chase Cancer Center that will be presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology...                     

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Medicare Ban On Sex Reassignment Surgery Lifted

June 2, 2014 9:19 am | by Lisa Leff, Associated Press | Comments

Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex...

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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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