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South African Trauma Center Launches Portable Electronic Trauma Health Record Application

January 3, 2014 9:35 am | Comments

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become standard practice throughout hospitals in North America, but in countries with fewer resources many front-line clinicians are still collecting data on paper, if they are collecting it at all. But now, surgeons from Vancouver, British Columbia, have developed a way for their peers at a Level I trauma center in South Africa to accurately collect and analyze trauma care data via an iPad app...


Confusion, Relief Mark Start Of New Health Reforms

January 3, 2014 9:28 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | Comments

The new year brought relief for Americans who previously had no health insurance or were stuck in poor plans, but it also led to confusion after the troubled rollout of the federal health care reforms sent a crush of late applications to overloaded government agencies... 

Family Struggles To Get Surgeries For Teen Declared Brain Dead

January 2, 2014 10:25 am | by Lisa Leff and Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

The family of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery is encountering difficulty in obtaining two surgeries that she needs to undergo before she can be safely transferred to a long-term care facility. A lawyer for Children's Hospital Oakland said that it is unwilling to allow an outside doctor to fit Jahi McMath with the breathing and feeding tubes that the family has requested...


Robotic Surgery Injury Reports Lacking, Critics Say

January 2, 2014 9:56 am | by Robert Langreth | Comments

While a U.S. database lists reports of deaths and injuries sent to the Food and Drug Administration, the agency has no authority to force doctors to contribute. And while hospitals are supposed to report, they often don't, critics say...  


Study: Surgery Better Than Non-Invasive Treatment For Certain Herniated Discs

January 2, 2014 9:44 am | Comments

For patients with herniated discs in the lower (lumbar) spine, surgery leads to greater long-term improvement in pain, functioning, and disability compared to nonsurgical treatment, concludes an eight year follow-up study. "Carefully selected patients who underwent surgery for a lumbar disc herniation achieved greater improvement than non-operatively treated patients," according to lead author Dr. Jon D. Lurie...


Persistent Pain A Problem Year After Breast Cancer Surgery

January 2, 2014 9:38 am | Comments

In a study that included more than 800 women who had undergone surgery for breast cancer, the majority reported some level of pain 12 months after surgery, and factors associated with pain included chronic preoperative pain, chemotherapy, preoperative depression, and pain in the area to be operated, according to a study...


Surgeon Who Once Saved MLK's Life Dies At 95

January 2, 2014 9:25 am | by David B. Caruso, Associated Press | Comments

Dr. John W.V. Cordice, a surgeon who was part of the medical team that saved Martin Luther King Jr. from a nearly fatal stab wound in 1958, has died at age 95. Sunday's death was announced by the city agency that oversees Harlem Hospital Center, where Cordice was formerly an attending surgeon and chief of thoracic surgery...


The Affordable Care Act By The Numbers

December 31, 2013 9:58 am | by Calvin Woodward, Associated Press | Comments

Not all the figures associated with the rollout of President Barack Obama's healthcare law are so ridiculously dreary. Three million tells a happier tale, too. That's how many young adults have been able to get coverage under their parents' plan thanks to the law's rule that people up to age 26 can do so. A look at the heathcare law's early going, by the numbers...


Small Improvement For Michael Schumacher After Second Surgery

December 31, 2013 9:29 am | by Graham Dunbar, Associated Press | Comments

Michael Schumacher underwent a second surgery after a brain scan showed small, "surprising" signs of improvement, but grim doctors said Tuesday they could offer no insight into the prognosis for the Formula 1 champion...     


Former F1 Driver Michael Schumacher In Critical Condition After Skiing Accident

December 30, 2013 6:06 am | by Geir Moulson and Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press | Comments

Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday, doctors said. The Grenoble University Hospital Center said the retired racing driver arrived at the clinic in a coma and underwent immediate surgery for a serious head trauma...


Research Compares Surgical Treatment Of Degenerative Meniscal Tears To Placebo Surgery

December 27, 2013 9:41 am | Comments

The Finnish Degenerative Meniscal Lesion Study (FIDELITY) compared surgical treatment of degenerative meniscal tears to placebo surgery. A year after the procedure the study participants, both those in the group who underwent surgery and the ones in the placebo group, had an equally low incidence of symptoms and were satisfied with the overall situation of their knee...

Surgery Beats Chemotherapy For Tongue Cancer, U-M Study Finds

December 27, 2013 9:35 am | Comments

Patients with tongue cancer who started their treatment with a course of chemotherapy fared significantly worse than patients who received surgery first, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center...


Healthcare Site Put To The Test As Deadline Nears

December 27, 2013 8:59 am | by Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer | Comments

The government's retooled healthcare website was put to its biggest test yet as record numbers of Americans rushed to beat Tuesday's extended deadline for signing up for insurance. After a disastrous, glitch-filled rollout in October,, where people in 36 states can shop for coverage, received 2 million visits Monday, its highest one-day total, the government said...

U.S. Speedskater Rebekah Bradford Overcomes Health Scare

December 27, 2013 8:47 am | by Paul Newberry, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Rebekah Bradford was a highly trained athlete. She couldn't figure out why she was out of breath just walking up a flight of stairs. Turns out, she was suffering from a potentially life-threatening condition. Bradford was stricken with a pulmonary embolism last year, making her bid to reach the Olympics for a second time especially challenging...


Hand, Face Transplants Regulated Like Other Organs

December 26, 2013 2:26 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

The government is preparing to regulate the new field of hand and face transplants like it does standard organ transplants, giving more Americans who are disabled or disfigured by injury, illness, or combat a chance at this radical kind of reconstruction...



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