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Medtronic To Pay $1B-Plus In Patent Settlement

May 20, 2014 9:24 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Medtronic has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle long-standing patent litigation with fellow medical device maker Edwards Lifesciences over replacement heart valves. The Minneapolis company also said Tuesday a heavy charge from that settlement helped drop its fiscal fourth-quarter profit 54 percent...

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Reports: Hospital Care Is Improving

May 19, 2014 11:41 am | by Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality | Comments

Hospitals are leading the movement to improve the quality of care delivered to U.S. patients, outpacing improvements in other settings, according to two national reports issued today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Three-quarters of hospital quality measures showed significant improvement, compared with 60 percent for home health and nursing home care, and about half for ambulatory settings...

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Robot-Assisted Prostate Cancer Surgery As Safe But More Expensive As Open Surgery In Older Men

May 19, 2014 11:28 am | by Henry Ford Health System | Comments

Minimally-invasive robot-assisted surgery, which has become the main choice for surgically removing cancerous prostate glands during recent years, is as safe as open surgery for Medicare patients over age 65. Those are the primary findings of a newly published nationwide patient survey that included participation by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital, a pioneer of robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP)...

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Hospital Wins Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Former Surgery Resident

May 19, 2014 11:22 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A federal court ruled Thursday that Massachusetts General Hospital did not discriminate against a female surgeon because of her gender. Dr. Nina Shervin, a former orthopedic surgery resident, maintained that her former employer engaged in gender discrimination by putting her on probation and refusing to provide her with a permanent staff position after she complained...

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Sepsis Involved In High Percentage Of Hospital Deaths

May 19, 2014 10:22 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

An analysis that included approximately 7 million hospitalizations finds that sepsis contributed to 1 in every 2 to 3 deaths, and most of these patients had sepsis at admission, according to a study published by JAMA. The study is being released early online to coincide with its presentation at the American Thoracic Society International Conference...

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Novel Device Successfully Treats Central Sleep Apnea In Heart Failure

May 19, 2014 10:18 am | by European Society of Cardiology | Comments

A novel device implanted under the skin like a pacemaker successfully treats central sleep apnea (CSA) in heart failure patients, according to research presented today at the Heart Failure Congress 2014...               

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Utah ER Patient Shot Four Times By Police

May 19, 2014 9:57 am | Comments

A 34-year-old man was on pain pills for a back problem when he was shot four times by police inside a northern Utah hospital emergency room, a family member said. Jason Burr was sent to the emergency room at Cache Valley Hospital in North Logan after being told he needed immediate surgery, said Gar Workman, the grandfather of Burr's wife, Cassy Burr...

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Low-Dose Anticoagulation Therapy Can Be Used Safely With New Mechanical Heart Valve

May 16, 2014 10:00 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | Comments

Less aggressive anticoagulation therapy, combined with low-dose aspirin, can be used safely in conjunction with a newer generation mechanical heart valve. These findings from the first phase of a randomized clinical trial are published in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, an official publication of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery...

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New Kidney Allocation Policy Could Improve The Success Of Transplantations In The U.S.

May 16, 2014 9:56 am | by American Society of Nephrology | Comments

A newly approved U.S. policy regarding allocation of kidneys from deceased donors will likely improve patient and transplant survival, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The true effects of the new policy are yet to be seen, however, and officials will evaluate its intended and unintended consequences on an ongoing basis...

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Congress Growing Impatient On Inquiry In VA Deaths

May 16, 2014 9:39 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | Comments

Patience is wearing thin in Congress as lawmakers confront allegations of treatment delays and falsified patient-appointment reports at health centers run by the Veterans Affairs Department. A former clinic director says dozens of veterans died while awaiting treatment at the Phoenix VA hospital...

Study: Overtreating Medicare Patients Costs Billions

May 15, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A new study suggests that in a single year, up to 42 percent of Medicare patients got at least one medical procedure they didn't need — overtreatment that cost as much as $8 billion. The treatments included prostate cancer screening for men beyond the age most experts recommend, and imaging tests in older women for osteoporosis at too frequent intervals...

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Lawmakers Back Closure Of LSU's Pineville Hospital

May 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Gov. Bobby Jindal received legislative permission Wednesday to shutter the LSU-run public hospital in Pineville as part of a health care privatization deal for central Louisiana. The House voted 65-29 to give final passage to legislation authorizing the closure of the university-run Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville...

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Critical Access Hospitals Have Higher Transfer Rates After Surgery

May 15, 2014 9:45 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

Hospital transfers happened more often after surgery at critical access hospitals (CAHs) but the proportion of patients using post-acute care was equal to or less than that of patients treated at non-CAHs...              

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Cancer Patient Demands Rarely Lead To Unnecessary Tests And Treatments

May 15, 2014 9:19 am | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | Comments

Despite claims suggesting otherwise, inappropriate cancer patient demands are few and very rarely lead to unnecessary tests and treatments from their healthcare providers, according to new results from a study...                            

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Obesity Associated With Longer Hospital Stays, Higher Costs In Total Knee Replacement Patients

May 15, 2014 9:15 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Comments

Obesity is associated with longer hospital stays and higher costs in total knee replacement (TKR) patients, independent of whether or not the patient has an obesity-related disease or condition (comorbidity), according to a new study...   

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