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Biden: Healthcare Sign-ups May Fall Short Of Goal

February 20, 2014 6:44 am | by Patrick Condon, Associated Press | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that it would be a good start for the federal healthcare law if 5 million to 6 million people sign up by the end of March, an acknowledgement that enrollments might fall significantly short of the Obama administration's unofficial target of 7 million...

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Study: Low Rate Of SSIs Following Ambulatory Surgery

February 19, 2014 9:59 am | Comments

In an analysis that included nearly 300,000 patients from eight states who underwent ambulatory surgery (surgery performed on a person who is admitted to and discharged from a hospital on the same day), researchers found that the rates of surgical site infections were relatively low; however, the absolute number of patients with these complications is substantial, according to a study...

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One-Quarter Of High Risk Patients Denied Anticoagulation After AF Ablation

February 19, 2014 7:04 am | Comments

The EORP Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Pilot Study, conducted by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), reveals that 65 percent of patients were taking anticoagulants one year after ablation of AF.1 But up to 25 percent of patients at high risk of stroke (defined as a CHA2DS2-VASc score >1) were not taking any anticoagulant drug...

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Study: Blood Test Serves As 'Crystal Ball' For Heart Transplant Patients

February 19, 2014 6:55 am | Comments

A new UCLA-led study shows that a blood test commonly used to determine whether heart transplant recipients are rejecting their new organ can also predict potential rejection-related problems in the future...         

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Online Doctor Reviews Not Commonly Researched By Patients

February 19, 2014 6:48 am | by Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press | Comments

Doctor ratings are less popular than those of toasters, cars, and movies when it comes to online consumer sites. That's according to a survey that found most adults hadn't checked online physician reviews — and most said a conveniently located office and accepting patients' health insurance was more important...

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Researchers Develop Sticky Nanoparticles To Fight Heart Disease

February 18, 2014 11:09 am | Comments

Clemson University researchers have developed nanoparticles that can deliver drugs targeting damaged arteries, a non-invasive method to fight heart disease. The researchers, led by Clemson bioengineering professor Naren Vyavahare, hope their advanced nanoparticles could be used alongside stents or in lieu of them...

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Russian Olympic Skier Breaks Back, Undergoes 6 1/2-Hour Surgery

February 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Stephen Wilson, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova has been airlifted to Germany for further treatment after surgery on her fractured spine, the Russian freestyle ski federation said Sunday. The 23-year-old Komissarova crashed during a training run Saturday, fracturing the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower-middle back, and underwent emergency surgery lasting 6 ½ hours...

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Researchers Developing Technology To Link Patient Records Between Hospitals, Medical Flight Crews

February 18, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

Although trauma, heart, and stroke patients benefit from being transferred from a local hospital to a higher-level care facility, it’s unclear why patients transferred with non-urgent medical conditions show at least a 30 percent higher death rate than had they stayed put, according to researchers from Case Western Reserve University’s nursing school...

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Researchers Recommend Mobile Compression Device To Prevent Blood Clots After Joint Surgery

February 18, 2014 9:50 am | Comments

A study published today as the lead article in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery determined that after lower extremity joint replacement surgery a mobile compression device was just as effective as blood thinners in preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), but without negative side effects including bleeding complications...

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Kidney Transplant: Donors May Risk ESRD

February 14, 2014 2:15 pm | by Kristina Fiore | Comments

People who donate one of their kidneys have an increased risk of developing end-stage renal disease (ESRD), although the overall magnitude of that risk is small, researchers found...          

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FDA Rejects Wider Use Of J&J Xarelto For Third Time

February 14, 2014 1:56 pm | Comments

Johnson & Johnson said Friday that the Food and Drug Administration has rejected — for a third time — its application to expand use of the blood thinner Xarelto to reduce dangerous blood clots and related problems in patients with coronary artery disease...

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Ice Worker Hit By Olympic Bobsled Is Stable After Surgery

February 14, 2014 12:48 pm | by Stephen Wilson, AP Sports Writer | Comments

The Russian ice worker struck by a speeding bobsled was conscious and in stable condition Friday after undergoing surgery on two broken legs, Olympic organizers said. IOC and Sochi officials said they are still investigating why the worker was on the track and didn't hear the warning signals about the sled approaching...

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Biomarker Identified For Noncancerous Pancreatic Cysts

February 14, 2014 12:35 pm | Comments

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered a highly accurate, noninvasive test to identify benign pancreatic cysts, which could spare patients years of nerve-racking trips to the doctor or potentially dangerous surgery...

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Muscle Loss Ups Mortality And Sepsis Risk In Liver Transplant Candidates

February 14, 2014 7:47 am | Comments

Japanese researchers have determined that sarcopenia—a loss of skeletal muscle mass—increases risk of sepsis and mortality risk in patients undergoing live donor liver transplantation. While sarcopenia, defined as loss of muscle connected to bones, is associated with aging, studies have shown it can occur in patients with chronic diseases such as cancer, liver disease, and malnutrition...

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Assisted Suicide Charge Dropped Against Pennsylvania Nurse

February 14, 2014 7:34 am | by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press | Comments

A Pennsylvania judge threw out an assisted suicide charge Tuesday against a nurse accused of handing her 93-year-old terminally ill father a bottle of morphine, a decision that brought elation and relief to the defendant and her family one year to the day after his death...

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