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Women More Likely To Opt For Precautionary Breast Surgery When Physicians Don't Counsel Against It

May 1, 2014 10:28 am | by Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital | Comments

Breast cancer is one of the few major illnesses for which physicians may not recommend a specific treatment option. North American women are more likely to opt for precautionary breast surgery when physicians don't specifically counsel against it, according to a new study...

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Hawaii's Public Hospitals Eye Cuts Amid Shortfall

May 1, 2014 10:14 am | Comments

Lawmakers have decided not to privatize Hawaii Health Systems Corp. Instead, members of the Hawaii House and Senate on Friday granted the 12-member public hospital system $102 million for 2015, $48 million less than the system had requested. Alice Hall, the hospital system's acting president and CEO, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the shortfall compels the hospitals to consider cutting services or staff...

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J&J Halts Sale Of Electric Fibroid Removal Devices Following FDA Warnings

May 1, 2014 9:50 am | Comments

Johnson & Johnson is halting sales of devices used to remove growths in the uterus following a government warning that the electronic surgical tools can inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The announcement comes one week after the Food and Drug Administration discouraged doctors from using the devices, known as laparoscopic power morcellators...

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Endo To Pay $830M To Settle Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits

May 1, 2014 9:44 am | Comments

Drug and medical device maker Endo International says it will pay $830 million to resolve roughly 20,000 personal lawsuits from patients who say they were injured by the company's vaginal mesh implants. The Irish company said in a statement Wednesday that the settlement is subject to a number of conditions and is not an admission of liability...

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gSource Announces Fourth Donation Of Instruments To FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital In Ghana

April 30, 2014 3:44 pm | Comments

The donated instruments, valued at $5,730, will be provided to the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital in Accra, Ghana for use in orthopedic procedures to help alleviate musculoskeletal problems including complex spine and pediatric orthopedic disorders. To date, gSource has donated instruments valued at $25,400. Surgical instruments are in need as FOCOS hopes to complete more than 150 surgeries in 2014...

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Major Lung Resection Safer Than Ever, Especially At Busiest Hospitals

April 30, 2014 10:52 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | Comments

A major new study using data from the National Cancer Data Base details the impact of annual hospital volume on 30- and 90-day mortality rates. Investigators found that major lung surgery has become progressively safer over the last few decades, although higher death rates at low-volume hospitals and an unexpected increase in mortality at 90 days compared to 30 days were observed...

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Poor QOL Doesn't Predict Low Survival In High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients Undergoing Surgery

April 30, 2014 10:49 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | Comments

Quality of life (QOL) is rarely reported in surgical publications, yet it can be an important metric that can be of use to physicians and patients when making treatment decisions. Prior studies of average-risk patients undergoing lobectomy suggested that low baseline QOL scores predict worse survival in patients undergoing non-small cell lung cancer surgery...

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Greater Surgeon Experience Increases Likelihood Of Mitral Valve Repair Versus Replacement

April 30, 2014 10:13 am | Comments

A new study presenting data from 17 cardiac surgical centers in Virginia, representing 100 surgeons and 99 percent of cardiac operations performed in the state, demonstrates that, even today, significant variations – among surgeons and hospitals - still exist in the performance of mitral valve repair vs replacement for moderate to severe mitral regurgitation...

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CT In The OR Allows More Precise Removal Of Small Lung Cancers

April 30, 2014 10:08 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | Comments

A new technique that brings CT imaging into the operating room will allow surgeons to precisely demarcate and remove small sub-centimeter lung nodules, leaving as much healthy tissue as possible, according to Raphael Bueno, MD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston...

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New Health System Scorecard Shows Little Progress Among States From 2007-2012

April 30, 2014 10:04 am | Comments

States made little progress in improving health care access, quality, and outcomes and lowering costs in the five years preceding implementation of the major coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (2007-2012), according to the Commonwealth Fund's third state health system scorecard. The majority of states declined or failed to improve on two-thirds of the 34 scorecard indicators that could be tracked over time...

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Congressmen Call For Phoenix VA Health Chief Removed Amid Allegations Of Mismanagement, Neglect

April 30, 2014 9:48 am | Comments

A trio of Arizona congressmen called for the head of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care Center to step down amid allegations of gross mismanagement and neglect at the facility, the latest in a string of issues at VA hospitals across the nation. The call Tuesday from Republican Reps. David Schweikert, Matt Salmon, and Trent Franks comes after weeks of growing outrage about lapses in veteran patient care in Phoenix...

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Technological Advancements Extend Survival Of Transplanted Hearts Across Species

April 29, 2014 9:24 am | Comments

The use of transplant organs from animals (xenotransplantation) could help to compensate for the shortage of human organs available for transplant. NIH researchers have demonstrated that by using hearts from genetically engineered pigs in combination with target-specific immunosuppression of recipient baboons, organ survival can be significantly prolonged...

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Weekly Emails To Hospital C-Suite Halt Two Decades Of Superbug Outbreak

April 29, 2014 9:17 am | Comments

Efforts to reduce and stop the spread of infections caused by a highly resistant organism, carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, at a large Florida hospital proved ineffective until they added another weapon – weekly emails from the medical director of Infection Control to hospital leadership...

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Insight On Managing Surgical Patients Taking New Drugs To Prevent Blood Clots

April 29, 2014 9:04 am | Comments

New oral anticoagulant drugs that treat and prevent clots offer a much-needed alternative to warfarin, which has been used for more than six decades and has serious shortcomings. A new article gives an overview of the major clinical trials and recommendations related to these new agents and will serve as a practical guide for their use in patients who require planned or emergency surgery...

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Safety Scores Reveals Hospitals Becoming Safer, But Dangers To Patients Lurk

April 29, 2014 8:51 am | Comments

New research reveals that one in 25 patients acquire an infection in the hospital – it's one reason more than 1,000 people die each day from preventable medical errors. In fact, medical errors remain the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to newly released data, despite progress, even some premier medical institutions are falling behind when it comes to patient safety...

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