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Dentures Save Shooting Victim

May 31, 2011 6:53 am | Comments

(AP) — An elderly Brazilian man shot in the face escaped death when his dentures deflected a bullet headed for his brain. A hospital official says that 81-year-old Zacarias Pacheco de Moraes was shot Thursday while working in a bar he owns in the small western city of Alta Floresta. Jose Marcos da Silva was quoted by Globo TV's G1 website Saturday as saying that the bullet probably would have pierced Moraes' brain if it hadn't first hit his dentures before lodging in his throat.

VA Infections Lead To 13,000 Tests

May 31, 2011 6:49 am | Comments

Dan Sewell, AP Herman Williams came home safely after fighting in the jungles of Vietnam as a Marine. He was shocked to learn four decades later that his military service had again placed him in jeopardy — this time, because he got a tooth pulled. Williams is among 13,000 U.S. veterans who have been warned in the last two years that their blood should be tested for potentially fatal infections after possible exposures by improper hygiene practices at five VA hospitals in Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee.

FDA Approves New Drug To Fight HAIs

May 31, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antibiotic to treat an intestinal infection that afflicts more than 700,000 U.S. patients each year and can sometimes prove fatal. Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s Dificid tablets were approved Friday to treat Clostridium difficile, an infection that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to potentially life-threatening inflammation of the colon.

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Hospitals Search For Substitutes As Drug Shortages Increase

May 31, 2011 6:18 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP A growing shortage of medications for a host of illnesses has hospitals scrambling for substitutes, and sometimes delaying treatment. "It's just a matter of time now before we call for a drug that we need to save a patient's life and we find out there isn't any," says Dr.

New Procedure Targets Safer Brain Surgeries

May 27, 2011 6:13 am | Comments

Brain interventions must be planned so that the neurosurgeon can access and remove the tumor without causing unnecessary damage. Before the brain tumor can be removed, crucial questions must be answered, like; Where do the functional areas of the cortex (gray matter) of the patient lie? What are the paths of the nerve fiber tracts that connect them? Answering these questions is important because the functional areas of the brain are interconnected via nerve pathways, also known as nerve fiber tracts.

Device Registry Looks To Enhance Patient Safety

May 27, 2011 5:54 am | Comments

MedicAlert@ Implant Connect, a new service which aims to improve the safety of patients with implanted medical devices by creating a safe and secure system to store and link each patient to vital information about their implanted device, has been launched. It's a combined effort of MedicAlert Foundation and Champion Medical Technologies.

Smile Train Partner Registers 20,000th Free Cleft Surgery

May 27, 2011 5:42 am | Comments

In Varanasi, India one of Smile Train's oldest and highest performing partners, GS Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital, will reach a new milestone - 20,000 Smile Train-sponsored free cleft surgeries.GS Memorial, under the leadership of Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh runs one of the largest cleft centers in the world and has been a Smile Train partner since April 2004.

Only 6.5 Percent Active Enough At Work

May 27, 2011 5:35 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP If you think you do enough physical activity at work to keep you healthy, you're probably wrong. Health researchers say only about 6.5 percent of U.S. adults meet physical activity guidelines while they're working. And those that do are disproportionately Hispanic men and men with less than a high school education.

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New Jersey Health Officials Overhaul Medicaid

May 25, 2011 6:25 am | Comments

Josh Lederman, AP New Jersey health officials are pushing to tighten the eligibility requirements for new Medicaid enrollees as part of Governor Christopher Christie's administration's effort to save $300 million by overhauling the healthcare program for low income and disabled residents. The proposal would deny coverage to new adult enrollees who earn more than $5,317 per year for a family of three — about one-fifth of the current income requirement.

Ford's SYNC Platform Offes Health Care Features

May 25, 2011 6:15 am | Comments

Ford researchers have taken a more active role in developing a series of health and wellness in-car connectivity solutions designed to empower people with self-help information while they drive. Leveraging Ford SYNC® and its ability to connect devices via Bluetooth, access cloud-based internet services and control smartphone apps, Ford is developing voice-controlled in-car connections to an array of health aids from glucose monitoring devices, diabetes management services, asthma management tools and web-based allergen alert solutions.

UN Delays Destroying Last Smallpox Viruses

May 25, 2011 6:04 am | Comments

Health ministers from around the world have agreed to put off setting a deadline to destroy the last known stockpiles of the smallpox virus for three more years, rejecting a U.S. plan that had called for a five-year delay. After two days of heated debate, the 193-nation World Health Assembly agreed by consensus to a compromise that calls for another review in 2014.

Health Fund Freezes Payments To China

May 25, 2011 5:58 am | Comments

Gillian Wong, AP A high-profile global fund for fighting diseases is freezing payments of grants to China worth hundreds of millions of dollars over suspected misuse of the money and the government's reluctance to involve community groups in the projects. The decision by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a rebuke to the authoritarian government at a time when it has intensified harassment of all types of activists to squelch any popular democratic uprising like the ones that shook Egypt and Tunisia.

Teen Overcomes Transplant Fear

May 24, 2011 6:09 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Courtney Montgomery's heart was failing fast, but the 16-year-old furiously refused when her doctors, and her mother, urged a transplant. Previous surgeries hadn't helped and the North Carolina girl didn't believe this scarier operation would either. It would take another teen who's thriving with a new heart to change her mind.

China Injects $4.6 Billion Into Health Services

May 24, 2011 5:58 am | Comments

China says it will pump $4.6 billion into expanding public health services this year. This will include additional funds for free vaccinations and routine checkups for children under six years of age. The health ministry said Tuesday the funds will be used to upgrade health programs and services.

Shave Biopsy Safe And Acceptable For Evaluating Melanoma

May 24, 2011 5:36 am | Comments

A shave biopsy is a reasonably safe and accurate method for the initial diagnosis of melanoma, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . In the past, some have criticized shave biopsies for not providing accurate tumor-stage information.

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