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Alcohol Abuse Among Surgeons

March 7, 2012 5:09 am | by Jon Minnick | Comments

A story sweeping across the airwaves recently concerns surgeons and alcohol. Alcohol use disorders are a significant issue among U.S. surgeons, a recent nation survey revealed. The anonymous study found that 1 in 6 (15 percent) of the nearly 7,200 surgeons to respond admitted they are struggling with alcohol abuse, which is higher than the 8 to 12 percent figure typically cited for the public at large.

Egyptian Lawmaker Out By A Nose

March 6, 2012 6:18 am | Comments

Aya Batawy, AP A lawmaker from Egypt's most conservative Islamist party resigned from parliament after he was caught lying to cover up a nose job, claiming the injuries to his heavily bandaged face were from a carjacking and beating. Parliament member Anwar al-Balkimy represented the Al-Nour party, whose members are known as Salafis and follow a strict interpretation of Islam that forbids cosmetic surgery.

Family Members Of ICU Patients Too Optimistic

March 6, 2012 6:09 am | Comments

Family members of patients in the intensive care unit tend to be overly optimistic about the possibility of recovery despite being told that the prognosis is grim, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings, reported in the March 6 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine , indicate that family members try to sustain hope and harbor beliefs that their loved one will defy medical odds.

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Radiation Still Used Despite Lack Of Benefits For Older Patients

March 6, 2012 6:02 am | Comments

Even though a large clinical study demonstrated that radiation has limited benefit in treating breast cancer in some older women, there was little change in the use of radiation among older women in the Medicare program, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in the March Journal of Clinical Oncology .

New Partnership Works To Better Prepare Surgeons For The OR

March 6, 2012 5:53 am | Comments

Measure twice and cut once is a well-known phrase among surgeons, but this is not always what happens. To better prepare new surgeons for the operating room, University of Houston (UH) computer scientists are working with medical researchers at the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE) to improve existing training processes.

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Surgeon Recognized For Breast Reconstruction Procedure

March 6, 2012 5:40 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) awarded Dr. Maria M. LoTempio for her outstanding paper on the profunda artery perforator flap (PAP) for breast reconstruction. Dr. LoTempio was the only female surgeon to receive this honor in the January 2012 annual meeting. Dr.

New Screening Improves Breast Cancer Detection

March 5, 2012 6:08 am | Comments

Scientists have successfully completed an initial trial of a new, potentially more reliable, technique for screening breast cancer using ultrasound. The team at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute, working with the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, are now looking to develop the technique into a clinical device.

Ankle Replacement Rapidly On The Rise

March 5, 2012 5:33 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Ankle replacements in the U.S. more than doubled last year, thanks in part to technological advances in ankle implants (prostheses). Total ankle replacement surgery - also called ankle arthroplasty - involves replacing the damaged joint with an artificial one. The procedure greatly improves function for people who cannot perform everyday activities without experiencing severe pain.

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Price Of Surgeries Most Disparate Around the Globe

March 5, 2012 5:24 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) The International Federation of Health Plans today released its 2011 Comparative Price Report detailing its annual survey of medical costs per unit. Designed to showcase the variation in healthcare costs around the world, the report examines the costs of medical procedures, tests, scans and treatments in nine countries.

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Company Sued Over Bone Cement Surgery Deaths

March 5, 2012 5:01 am | Comments

(AP) — A medical firm and former executives convicted of running unauthorized clinical tests of bone cement are blamed in a lawsuit for contributing to the deaths of two elderly California women. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Contra Costa County Superior Court. It alleges 83-year-olds Ryoichi Kikuchi and Barbara Marcelino died after receiving bone cement injections during surgeries at a Walnut Creek hospital in 2003 and 2004.

Robotic Surgery Proven Less Invasive For Treating HPV-Related Oral Cancer

March 2, 2012 6:09 am | Comments

Over the past few decades, doctors have noted a surprising trend in cancer of the tonsils and base of the tongue. Though oral cancer previously appeared predominantly in elderly patients with a history of tobacco and alcohol use, it's increasing in younger patients: 30 to 50-year-old nonsmokers with the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Hospital Data Shows Errors Increase When In-House Pharmacy Is Closed

March 2, 2012 5:54 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Between June 2004 and September 2010, Pennsylvania hospitals submitted 519 medication error reports to the Patient Safety Authority that implied an event occurred while the pharmacy department was closed, according to information published in the March Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory released today.

Finding Unseen Brain Damage

March 2, 2012 5:45 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP The soldier on the fringes of an explosion. The survivor of a car wreck. The football player who took yet another skull-rattling hit. Too often, only time can tell when a traumatic brain injury will leave lasting harm — there's no good way to diagnose the damage.

California Doctor Charged With Murder For Prescriptions

March 2, 2012 5:28 am | Comments

Andrew Dalton & Linda Deutsch, AP The doctor passed out prescriptions for drugs like Xanax and OxyContin, Vicodin and Adderall at a rate of 25 per day for three years, with only cursory patient examinations and a minimum of questions, authorities said. Now Los Angeles County prosecutors are determined to show that Dr.

Bird, Pig And Now Bat Flu - All With Unclear Human Risks

February 29, 2012 6:10 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP For the first time, scientists have found evidence of flu in bats, reporting a never-before-seen virus whose risk to humans is unclear. The surprising discovery of genetic fragments of a flu virus is the first well-documented report of it in the winged mammals. So far, scientists haven't been able to grow it, and it's not clear if — or how well — it spreads.

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