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New Ultrasound Device May Aid In Detecting Risk For Heart Attack, Stroke

April 25, 2014 9:19 am | by NC State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an ultrasound device that could help identify arterial plaque that is at high risk of breaking off and causing heart attack or stroke...

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Surgeon Gets $10 Million In Whistleblower-Retaliation Settlement

April 24, 2014 11:15 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The former chairman of UCLA’s orthopedic surgery department will receive $10 million from University of California regents after a settlement was reached Tuesday in a high-profile whistleblower-retaliation case involving Dr. Robert Pedowitz, the medical school, and other parties...

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Study Finds Physical Signs Of Depression Common Among ICU Survivors

April 24, 2014 10:44 am | Comments

Depression affects more than one out of three survivors of critical illness, according to a Vanderbilt study. The majority of patients experience their symptoms physically rather than mentally...         

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Study Suggests Ways To Widen Access To Fecal Transplants For C. Diff Infections

April 24, 2014 9:44 am | Comments

Using frozen stool from healthy, unrelated donors was safe and effective in treating patients with serious, relapsing diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile, according to a new pilot study. The findings suggest approaches that may make this promising treatment more readily available to patients...

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Three American Doctors Killed In Afghanistan

April 24, 2014 9:38 am | by Amir Shah and Kay Johnson, Associated Press | Comments

An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said. Two of the dead Americans were a father and son. The third American was a Cure International doctor who had worked in Kabul for seven years...

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Texas Children's Hospital Fetal Center Performs Successful Open Fetal Surgery To Treat Fatal Condition

April 23, 2014 9:58 am | Comments

Physicians at Texas Children's Fetal Center proudly announce the birth of Baby Cabellotrejo, a boy born healthy at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women following a complex pregnancy that included open fetal surgery. Early in the pregnancy, doctors diagnosed baby boy Cabellotrejo with a very large lung mass, called congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation...

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ICU Patient Allegedly Sold Heroin From Hospital Bed

April 23, 2014 9:28 am | Comments

A woman in western Pennsylvania is accused of selling heroin from a hospital intensive care unit and a hospital room. Spokeswoman Jennifer Miele for Excela Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg says hospital security became suspicious of the large number of people flowing in and out of the woman's room...

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NY Hospital Patient Burnt, Injured After Electronic Cigarette Fire

April 23, 2014 9:23 am | Comments

A New York hospital is reinforcing its ban on electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen was burned by a fire that erupted while she was puffing on one of the devices. Syracuse Fire Department officials say the exact cause of last month's fire at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center has not yet been determined. However, hospital officials say the patient had a battery-powered e-cigarette...

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Two Nurses Wounded In Separate Stabbings At Calif. Hospitals

April 23, 2014 9:10 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Two nurses were wounded in a pair of unrelated attacks at two Los Angeles-area medical centers this past Sunday. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the incidents occurred at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. Both nurses are currently recovering from their injuries...

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Study: U.S. Medical Innovation Needs Smarter Incentives To Cut Health Spending

April 22, 2014 11:12 am | Comments

To help rein in massive healthcare spending, a new RAND study concludes that U.S. policy makers should urgently find ways to incentivize pharmaceutical companies and device makers to develop products that produce more value. Instead of examining existing medical technologies and their use, a new study suggests the study identifies options to affect what drugs and medical devices get created in the first place...

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Report Recommends Insurers Use Prescription Monitoring Data To Reduce Opioid Abuse, Deaths

April 22, 2014 11:08 am | Comments

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis University has issued a ground-breaking report recommending that medical insurers use prescription monitoring data to reduce the overdoses, deaths, and healthcare costs associated with abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs...

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Low Tolerance For Pain? The Reason May Be In Your Genes

April 22, 2014 9:45 am | Comments

"Our study is quite significant because it provides an objective way to understand pain and why different individuals have different pain tolerance levels," said study author Tobore Onojjighofia, MD, MPH, with Proove Biosciences and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. "Identifying whether a person has these four genes could help doctors better understand a patient's perception of pain..."

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Study IDs Surgical Patients At Risk

April 22, 2014 9:41 am | Comments

Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a leading cause of respiratory failure after surgery. Patients who develop the lung disorder postoperatively are at higher risk of dying in the hospital, and those who survive the syndrome may still bear its physical effects years later. A study is helping physicians better identify patients most at risk, the first step toward preventing this dangerous and costly surgical complication...

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Gene Variant Raises Risk For Aortic Tear And Rupture

April 21, 2014 10:49 am | Comments

Researchers from Yale School of Medicine and Celera Diagnostics have confirmed the significance of a genetic variant that substantially increases the risk of a frequently fatal thoracic aortic dissection or full rupture. Thoracic aortic aneurysms, or bulges in the artery wall, can develop without pain or other symptoms. If they lead to a tear — dissection — or full rupture, the patient will often die without immediate treatment...

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Stanford Scientists Identify Source Of Most Cases Of Invasive Bladder Cancer

April 21, 2014 10:45 am | Comments

A single type of cell in the lining of the bladder is responsible for most cases of invasive bladder cancer, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Their study, conducted in mice, is the first to pinpoint the normal cell type that can give rise to invasive bladder cancers...

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