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Do Surgeons Suffer From "Decision Fatigue"?

August 23, 2011 5:32 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

What is “decision fatigue”? An article in yesterday’s NY Times Magazine describes “decision fatigue” as what happens when people are forced to make numerous decisions in short time periods. Israeli parole boards apparently grant parole to prison inmates much more frequently earlier in the day vs.

New Defense Against Common HAIs

August 22, 2011 7:08 am | Comments

Researchers have discovered a key mechanism used by intestinal cells to defend themselves against one of the world's most common hospital-acquired bacterial infections — a mechanism they think they can exploit to protect against the effects of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The scientists made their discovery while investigating cellular responses to two powerful toxins generated by the bacteria Clostridium difficile, which can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening bowel inflammation.

Feds Resist Controls For Vicodin

August 22, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

Chris Hawley, AP It is the nation's second-most abused medicine, linked to murders, celebrity overdoses and a rising tide of violent pharmacy robberies. However, since 1999 federal regulators have put off deciding whether to tighten controls over hydrocodone, the addictive narcotic that is the key ingredient in Vicodin and other medicines.

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Data Spill Shows Risk Of Online Health Records

August 22, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

Jordan Robertson, AP Until recently, medical files belonging to nearly 300,000 Californians sat unsecured on the internet for the entire world to see. There were insurance forms, Social Security numbers and doctors' notes. Among the files were summaries that spelled out, in painstaking detail, a trucker's crushed fingers, a maintenance worker's broken ribs and one man's bout with sexual dysfunction.

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First Minimally Invasive Procedure Performed In Disc Repair Stem Cell Trial

August 22, 2011 6:08 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- Mesoblast Limited has announced that the first minimally-invasive lumbar disc procedure has been successfully performed in the Phase 2 clinical trial of its proprietary adult Mesenchymal Precursor Cell (MPC) product for the treatment of low back pain and degenerative disc disease. The outpatient procedure lasted less than 20 minutes, with the patient fully awake and under light sedation.

Better Diagnostics Could Reduce Surgical Risks

August 19, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

New research from Neurologist Dr. David Spence of The University of Western Ontario has shown that using 3-D ultrasound to identify ulcers in the carotid arteries is an effective way to pinpoint the small number of high-risk patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis (ACS) who would benefit from surgery to prevent stroke.

Device No Better Than Cheaper Alternatives For Intraoperative Awareness

August 19, 2011 5:58 am | Comments

Anesthesiology researchers have shown that a device approved by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce the risk that patients will recall their surgery does not lower the risk of the problem, known as intraoperative awareness, any more than a less expensive method. The new study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine , involved more than 6,000 surgical patients at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Study Raises Doubts About Pre-Op Heart Ultrasound

August 19, 2011 5:46 am | Comments

A new study has found no evidence that patients who had a heart ultrasound known as an echocardiogram before major surgery had improved survival rates one month or one year after their operation. Some groups of patients actually had worse survival rates, according to Dr. Duminda Wijeysundera, a scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St.

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Jury Ready For Amputation Lawsuit

August 19, 2011 5:20 am | Comments

Bruce Schreiner, AP Opening arguments will be heard Monday in the civil trial of a Kentucky man who is suing a surgeon who amputated his penis four years ago. A jury was swiftly seated in a Shelbyville courtroom Thursday in a lawsuit filed by Phillip Seaton and his wife Deborah. They sued Dr.

Only 1 In 5 Malpractice Cases Pay

August 19, 2011 5:08 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Only one in five malpractice claims against doctors leads to a settlement or other payout, according to the most comprehensive study of these claims in two decades. While doctors and their insurers may be winning most of these challenges, that's still a lot of fighting. The study also found that each year about one in 14 doctors is the target of a claim, and most physicians, as well as virtually every surgeon, will face at least one in their career.

Nerve Identification Technique Ensures Fewer Complications

August 17, 2011 5:33 am | Comments

During thyroidectomy (surgery to remove the thyroid gland), the technique surgeons use to identify an important nerve appears to make a difference in terms of complications such as impairment of the parathyroid glands (which make a hormone that controls calcium levels), according to a report published by Archives of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Titan Medical Announces Financial Results/Progress

August 17, 2011 5:19 am | Comments

Titan Medical, Inc. recently announced finanical information relating to the company's performance progress. Craig Leon, Chief Executive Officer, said, "The momentum created in the first quarter has carried over into the second quarter and we are very proud of our accomplishments to date. We established several industry leading relationships, including Crouse Hospital, Mayo Clinic and Sense Graphics, which enable us to proceed with development and testing of Amadeus Composer.

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Gadhafi's Troops Using Hospital As A Base

August 17, 2011 5:06 am | Comments

Karin Laub, AP The day Libyan rebels advanced into the strategic city of Zawiya, Moammar Gadhafi's forces clamped down on the local hospital. They forced doctors to perform hours of consecutive surgeries, put snipers on the roof and an anti-aircraft gun near the entrance, two doctors who managed to escape said Tuesday.

Stryker Teams With OrthoSensor For New Surgical Platform

August 17, 2011 4:46 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- Stryker Corporation's Orthopaedics Division and OrthoSensor, Inc., a leader in intelligent orthopaedics, today announced an agreement in which OrthoSensor will provide the OrthoSensorT Knee Trial, designed for use with Stryker's Triathlon Knee System. The trial looks to provide quantitative, intra-operative feedback to surgeons in optimizing joint balance during total knee arthroplasty.

Laser Safe For Endoscopic Endonasal Transsphenoidal Surgery

August 16, 2011 7:11 am | Comments

A new study has shown that a Flexible-Fiber CO2 laser can safely cut and coagulate during endoscopic assisted transsphenoidal craniotomies (TSC) without the line of sight problems encountered with conventional CO2 lasers. The findings, reported by researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), appear in the July/August issue of World Neurosurgery .

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