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Green Tea Flavonoid May Prevent Hepatitis C Reinfection

December 7, 2011 6:40 am | Comments

German researchers have determined that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)—a flavonoid found in green tea—inhibits the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from entering liver cells. Study findings available in the December issue of Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, suggest that EGCG may offer an antiviral strategy to prevent HCV reinfection following liver transplantation.

Ankle Fractures Often Not Diagnosed

December 7, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Mistaking an ankle fracture for an ankle sprain has serious consequences when the foot does not heal correctly. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons reminds patients to seek correct diagnosis to ensure proper recovery, especially in the cold-weather months when most ankle injuries occur.

Breast Cancer Studies: Faults With Partial Radiation, New Alternatives To Surgery

December 7, 2011 4:03 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP New research casts doubt on a popular treatment for breast cancer - a week of radiation to part of the breast instead of longer treatment to all of it. Women who were given partial radiation were twice as likely to need their breasts removed later because the cancer came back, doctors found.

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CERTAS Programmable Valve For Hydrocephalus

December 6, 2011 7:51 am | Codman | Comments

December 6, 2011 Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. (Codman), recently launch their CODMAN® CERTAS Programmable Valve, a shunt used in the treatment of congenital or acquired hydrocephalus, an excess accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. It represents the latest offering in the company's portfolio of products for the treatment of hydrocephalus, and provides surgeons with another choice when determining the appropriate course of treatment.

Apple's Secret Plan To Steal Your Doctor's Heart

December 6, 2011 7:35 am | Comments

by Robert McMillan, Wired.com Nancy Luo didn’t expect an answer when she e-mailed Steve Jobs one Wednesday evening two summers ago. But less than a day later, an Apple emissary knocked on her door at the University of Chicago Hospitals. It was August 25, 2010, the last day of a long heatwave in Chicago.

Time Of Surgery Doesn't Influence Results

December 6, 2011 7:30 am | Comments

(HealthDay News) - The timing of an operation doesn't affect a patient's subsequent risk of complications or death, a new study finds. For example, there's no difference in death rates between elective surgery performed in the afternoon versus the morning or on Monday instead of Friday, the researchers said.

C. Difficile Lengthens Hospital Stays By Six Days

December 6, 2011 6:08 am | Comments

A new study published in the CMAJ ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ) reports that hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infection increases length of stay in hospital by an average of six days. C. difficile is the most common cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitals, and it is estimated that 10 percent of patients who become infected will die.

Pre-Operative Aspirin Can Benefit Surgery Patients

December 6, 2011 6:00 am | Comments

Aspirin taken within five days of cardiac surgery is associated with a significant decrease in the risk of major post-operative complications, including renal failure, a lengthy intensive care unit stay and even early death (30-day mortality), according to a study by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University and UC Davis Medical Center, which is set to appear in the journal Annals of Surgery.

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Medicare Data Now Available For Rating Surgeons

December 6, 2011 5:46 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Picking a specialist for a delicate medical procedure like a heart bypass could get a lot easier in the not-too-distant future. The government announced Monday that Medicare will finally allow its extensive claims database to be used by employers, insurance companies and consumer groups to produce report cards on local doctors — and improve current ratings of hospitals.

Telemonitoring Market Could Exceed $1 Billion By 2015

December 6, 2011 5:36 am | Comments

Rising rates of chronic disease are pushing healthcare providers into seeking better and more-cost-effective ways of delivering care. Telemonitoring technology has great promise but has yet to be widely implemented, and the early results reveal significant operational obstacles which must be overcome in the medium term if it is to reach its full commercial potential.

Transplant Candidates Seek Quality Despite Remaining On Waiting List

December 5, 2011 7:20 am | Comments

New research reveals that liver transplantation candidates want to be involved in decisions regarding quality of the donor organ, and many are reluctant to accept organs with a higher risk of failure. In fact, more than 42 percent of patients would choose to remain on the waiting list rather than accept a "lower quality" liver according to the study appearing in the December issue of Liver Transplantation , a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

Researchers Develop A Way To Monitor Engineered Blood Vessels

December 5, 2011 7:09 am | Comments

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nanoparticle technology, researchers from Yale have devised a way to monitor the growth of laboratory-engineered blood vessels after they have been implanted in patients. This advance represents an important step toward ensuring that blood vessels, and possibly other tissues engineered from a patient's own biological material, are taking hold and working as expected.

Probiotics Reduce ICU Infections

December 5, 2011 6:55 am | Comments

Traumatic brain injury is associated with a profound suppression of the patient's ability to fight infection. At the same time the patient also often suffers hyper-inflammation, due to the brain releasing glucocorticoids in response to the injury. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care shows that including probiotics with nutrients, supplied via the patient's feeding tube, increased interferon levels, reduced the number of infections, and even reduced the amount of time patients spent in intensive care.

Administration Takes New Steps To Encourage Health IT Investment

December 5, 2011 6:49 am | Comments

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently released a report showing that the adoption of health information technology (IT) has doubled over the last two years. This technology is seen as a way to help improve access to care, help coordinate treatments, measure outcomes and reduce costs.

Two Out Of Three Medical Students Don't Know When To Wash Hands

December 2, 2011 5:23 am | Comments

Only 21 percent of surveyed medical students could identify five true and two false indications of when and when not to wash their hands in the clinical setting, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control , the official publication of APIC - the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

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