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Leadless Pacemaker Showing Promising Results After One Year

May 12, 2014 10:57 am | Comments

The findings, which assessed device performance and patient outcomes through 12-months of follow-up, show pacing thresholds (0.43 volts) and sensing (10.32 mV) of the leadless pacemaker device are equivalent to those in traditional pacemakers. In addition, there was no experience of infections or failure to sense, pace, or communicate with the pacemaker...

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Current Guidelines Underestimate U.S. Cervical Cancer Incidence

May 12, 2014 10:50 am | Comments

Rates of cervical cancer in American women may be higher than previously thought, and the disease may arise most often at an age when adequately screened women are advised to stop getting screened. The findings come from a new study published early online...

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Understanding Aspirin's Effect On Wound Healing Offers Hope For Treating Chronic Wounds

May 12, 2014 10:46 am | Comments

In addition to its known capacity to promote bleeding events, aspirin also inhibits wound healing. New research published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine now describes how aspirin acts on key skin cells called keratinocytes, delaying skin repair at wound sites. A better understanding of this process offers hope for the development of drugs to encourage wounds to heal...

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Fiscal Trouble Looms Thanks To LSU Hospital Privatization Deals

May 12, 2014 10:39 am | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | Comments

On paper, the federal rejection of financing plans for Gov. Bobby Jindal's LSU hospital privatization deals looks like it has all the makings of a fiscal calamity for the state. Louisiana's long-term budget could face sizable gaps and healthcare services could be threatened for thousands of poor and uninsured residents around the state...

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Doctor: Lap Band Surgery Success Depends On Strong Relationship With Physician

May 9, 2014 10:49 am | Comments

With research mounting showing the potential of lap band surgery to help sustain dramatic weight loss and, very often, the remission of type 2 diabetes, obese Americans are considering the procedure more than ever before. However, Dr. Michael Feiz realizes that the lap band is just a tool, not a complete solution, for weight loss...

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Surgeons ‘Light Up’ GI Tract to Safely Remove Gall Bladder

May 9, 2014 10:31 am | by University of Illinois - Chicago | Comments

A green fluorescent dye is helping surgeons at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System perform robotic gall bladder surgery more safely. UI Health surgeons used near-infrared light to make the indocyanine green dye light up, allowing them to better see the biliary tract...

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Recycling A Patient's Lost Blood During Surgery Better Than Using Banked Blood

May 9, 2014 10:14 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Patients whose own red blood cells are recycled and given back to them during heart surgery have healthier blood cells better able to carry oxygen where it is most needed compared to those who get transfusions of blood stored in a blood bank, according to results of a small study at Johns Hopkins...

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States Opting Out Of Medicaid Leave 1.1M Community Health Center Patients Without Health Insurance

May 9, 2014 10:05 am | by George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services | Comments

An estimated 1.1 million community health center patients are left without the benefits of health coverage simply because they live in one of 24 states that have opted out of the Medicaid expansion, a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new report...

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San Diego Zoo Giant Panda Recovering From Cancer Surgery

May 8, 2014 9:36 am | Comments

Gao Gao, one of the San Diego Zoo's three giant pandas, was recovering Wednesday from surgery to remove his right testicle because of the presence of a tumor. The one-hour procedure Tuesday was a success, and veterinarians were hopeful Gao Gao would make a full recovery, zoo officials said...

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Multidimensional Frailty Score Helps Predict Postoperative Outcomes In Older Adults

May 8, 2014 9:10 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

A multidimensional frailty score may help predict postoperative outcomes in older adults. More than half of all operations are performed on patients 65 years and older in the United States. Frail elderly patients who undergo surgery are more likely to have postoperative complications...

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All-Clear Given After San Francisco Hospital Shooting Scare

May 8, 2014 9:04 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

A major hospital in San Francisco was briefly put under lockdown Wednesday after a loud noise was mistakenly reported as gunfire, police said. Three buildings at San Francisco General Hospital were evacuated as dozens of law enforcement officers swarmed the area shortly before 1 p.m., said officer Albie Esparza, a San Francisco police spokesman...

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Embattled VA Secretary Shinseki Refusing To Resign Amid Vets Treatment Scandal

May 8, 2014 8:56 am | Comments

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is brushing aside calls for his resignation in the wake of reports of 40 deaths because of delayed treatment at a Phoenix VA hospital. But in an interview with CBS News, Shinseki acknowledges that the controversy, says it "makes me angry" and vows to get to the bottom of it...

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Renal Denervation May Reduce Hypertension In Patients With Renal Artery Stents

May 7, 2014 10:10 am | by Journal of Endovascular Therapy | Comments

Patients with hypertension after renal artery stenting who do not respond to drug treatment may have another option. Renal sympathetic denervation can help lower blood pressure by desensitizing nerve endings in the vascular wall. However, recent studies of this treatment concept have excluded patients with stented renal arteries...

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Expert Guidance Strengthens Strategies To Prevent Most Common And Costly Infection

May 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America | Comments

Surgical-site infections (SSIs) are the most common and costly healthcare-associated infection (HAI) in the United States. New evidence-based recommendations provide a framework for healthcare institutions to prioritize and implement strategies to reduce the number of infections...

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Access To Electronic Health Records May Influence Care

May 7, 2014 9:43 am | by Medical College of Wisconsin | Comments

Unlike medical records kept in paper charts, electronic health records (EHR) provide numerous access points to clinicians to review a patient's medical history. A new study has found access to electronic health records in acute care situations may influence the care given to that patient, and in some cases, failure to review the EHR could have adversely affected the medical management...

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