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VA Confesses To "Integrity Issue"

June 10, 2014 12:22 pm | by Alan Fram, AP | Comments

A House bill, sponsored by Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., would let veterans facing delayed appointments or living more than 40 miles from a VA facility get care from non-agency providers for the next two years. It would also ban bonuses for all VA employees through 2016.

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Conjoined Twins Celebrate 18th Birthday

June 10, 2014 11:59 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP | Comments

Crystal Copeland, the twins' mother, will never forget the day she learned she was pregnant with conjoined twins. Between 40 and 60 percent are stillborn, and some 35 percent survive one day. "At the time, if you Googled conjoined twins all you got was circus acts and babies that died," Copeland said.

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Anesthesiologist Suspended For Allegedly Sexting During Surgery

June 10, 2014 11:50 am | Comments

A Seattle physician accused of sexting during surgeries and improperly accessing medical images for personal gratification has been suspended. He is suspected of frequently sharing personal, and often sexually explicit, text messages while surgeries were taking place.

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Pre-Operative SPECT/CT Shows More Cancer

June 10, 2014 11:39 am | Comments

Study findings showed that SPECT/CT breast cancer imaging caught 13 percent more cancerous sentinel nodes, 11.5 percent more sentinel nodes when imaging for melanoma, and 29.2 percent more nodes were imaged using SPECT/CT to detect pelvic cancer than with planar imaging.

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New Post-Operative Brain State Identified

June 10, 2014 11:19 am | Comments

New research suggests that the recovery from deep anesthesia after surgery is not the smooth, linear process accepted by many. Instead, there are dynamic way stations, or states of activity, the brain must temporarily occupy on the way to full recovery.

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Biomarkers Accurately Distinguish Mesothelioma From Non-Cancerous Tissue

June 6, 2014 12:57 pm | by Elsevier Health Sciences | Comments

Scientists have identified four biomarkers that may help resolve the difficult differential diagnosis between malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and non-cancerous pleural tissue with reactive mesothelial proliferations (RMPs). This is a frequent differential diagnostic problem in pleural biopsy samples taken from patients with clinical suspicion of MPM...

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Endoscope With Oxygen Sensor Detects Pancreatic Cancer

June 6, 2014 11:55 am | by Mayo Clinic | Comments

An optical blood oxygen sensor attached to an endoscope is able to identify pancreatic cancer in patients via a simple endoscopic procedure, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida...           

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VA Chief: 18 Vets Left Off Waiting List Have Died

June 6, 2014 11:27 am | by Matthew Daly and Terry Tang, Associated Press | Comments

An additional 18 veterans in the Phoenix area whose names were kept off an official electronic Veterans Affairs appointment list have died, the agency's acting secretary said Thursday — the latest revelation in a growing scandal over long patient waits for care and falsified records covering up the delays at VA hospitals and clinics nationwide...

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Better Care Now Available For Hip Fracture Patients

June 6, 2014 9:30 am | by Central Maine Medical Center | Comments

Central Maine Medical Center and Central Maine Orthopaedics, who came together to establish The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine five years ago, have developed the state's first hip fracture program focused on helping patients recover sooner...

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Healthcare Worker Fatigue Cited As Contributing Factor In Over 1,600 Events Reported to Penn. Patient Safety Authority

June 6, 2014 9:12 am | by Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority | Comments

Healthcare worker fatigue is cited as a contributing factor in over 1,600 events reported through the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority with 37 reported as harmful events including four patient deaths...

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VA Healthcare Nominee Withdraws

June 6, 2014 9:10 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama's choice to be the top health official at the Veterans Affairs Department withdrew his nomination Thursday, saying he feared his confirmation could spark a prolonged political battle...       

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NJ Court Rules For Nurse Fired For Refusing Flu Vaccine

June 6, 2014 8:58 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A New Jersey appeals court says a nurse was unfairly denied unemployment benefits after she was fired for refusing a flu shot. June Valent was working as a nurse at Hackettstown Community Hospital in 2010 when the company began requiring employees to take the flu vaccine unless they had medical or religious reasons not to. Anyone who refused would be required to wear a mask...

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Bloodstream Infections Reduced Through Better Central Line Care At Three Hospitals

June 5, 2014 10:27 am | by APIC | Comments

Whether through the use of alcohol-containing caps or basic cleaning of the injection port of the central line, infection preventionists at three hospitals are finding successful ways to stop germs from entering central line catheters and causing bloodstream infections in patients...

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Increase In Number Of Total Knee Replacement Surgeries, Especially In Younger Adults, Linked To Obesity

June 5, 2014 9:47 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Comments

"We observed that growth of knee replacement volumes was far outpacing that of hip replacements and were curious as to the origins of this trend," said lead study author Peter B. Derman, MD, MBA, an orthopaedic surgery resident at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, N.Y...

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New Diagnostic Imaging Techniques Deemed Safe In Simulations

June 5, 2014 9:26 am | by Duke University Medical Center | Comments

Gamma and neutron imaging offer possible improvements over existing techniques such as X-ray or CT, but their safety is not yet fully understood. Using computer simulations, imaging the liver and breast with gamma or neutron radiation was found to be safe, delivering levels of radiation on par with conventional medical imaging, according to researchers at Duke Medicine...

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