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Minimally Invasive Treatment For Ruptured Aneurysms Could Be Safer, More Effective

March 26, 2012 6:09 am | Comments

A burst aneurysm in the abdominal aorta is a deadly condition. In fact, about half of these patients don't make it to the hospital in time. Those who do more often than not face open surgery to repair the blood vessel. This study finds that a minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment for ruptured aneurysms called endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is safer than open surgical repair and is associated with lower mortality rates, say researchers at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 37th Annual Scientific.

Spot-Freezing Breast Cancer Tumors

March 26, 2012 5:57 am | Comments

Individuals fighting metastatic breast cancer, where the disease has progressed to other areas of the body, may finally have another weapon in their arsenal: percutaneous cryoablation. The cancer treatment could potentially be used as a last line of defense to halt individual spots of remaining metastatic disease by freezing and destroying tumors, say researchers presenting a study at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 37th Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Cheney's Transplant Re-opens Debate About Age

March 26, 2012 5:47 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Doctors say it is unlikely that former Vice President Dick Cheney got special treatment when he was given a new heart at age 71, which thousands of younger people also were in line to receive. Still, his case re-opens debate about whether rules should be changed to favor youth over age in giving out scarce organs.

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Wireless Technologies Bring Patient Monitoring Home

March 26, 2012 5:36 am | Comments

Patient care is improving at home and in remote areas, as rising rates of chronic disease, a growing elderly population and advancements in wireless and sensor technologies continue to drive the global patient monitoring market, according to a new report by GBI Research. The new report shows that efficient patient management through the use of wireless technology will help to reduce the rising healthcare burden which now affects many developed and developing countries, as large elderly populations who have increased life expectancy further add to the global patient pool.

How Music Prevents Organ Rejection

March 23, 2012 12:00 pm | Comments

Music has a fundamental affect on humans. It can reduce stress, enhance relaxation, provide a distraction from pain, and improve the results of clinical therapy. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery demonstrates that music can reduce rejection of heart transplants in mice by influencing the immune system.

Ultrasound-Guided Surgery Best Way To Remove Breast Tumors

March 23, 2012 11:56 am | Comments

The use of ultrasound-guided surgery to remove tumors from women who have palpable breast cancer is much more successful than standard surgery in excising all the cancerous tissue but sparing as much healthy tissue as possible, according to the results of a randomised controlled trial. As a consequence, researchers told the eighth European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-8) that they expect their findings will change surgical practice, as ultrasound-guided surgery should become the norm for excising palpable tumors.

Non-Narcotic Medication Safe And Effective Post Sinus Surgery

March 23, 2012 11:33 am | Comments

Patients who have undergone sinus surgery can safely take an alternative pain medication that does not cause the side effects of narcotics such as fentanyl and Vicodin, a Loyola University Health System study has found. The alternative medication is ketorolac (brand name, Toradol). It is in the same class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as Advil and Aleve.

Healthcare Cuts Send Patient Treatment Home

March 23, 2012 11:24 am | Comments

More patients are choosing to install at-home medical equipment, as technological advancements and reductions in government healthcare funding mean that cutting costs in healthcare expenditure is essential, according to a new report by GBI Research. The new report states that technological improvements, rising disposable incomes and a notable decrease in the number of hospital beds in some areas have all contributed to an increase in the demand for home healthcare devices in recent years.

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Healthcare Cuts Send Patient Treatment Home

March 23, 2012 11:22 am | Comments

More patients are choosing to install at-home medical equipment, as technological advancements and reductions in government healthcare funding mean that cutting costs in healthcare expenditure is essential, according to a new report by GBI Research. The new report states that technological improvements, rising disposable incomes and a notable decrease in the number of hospital beds in some areas have all contributed to an increase in the demand for home healthcare devices in recent years.

Patients Reverse Roles To Become Doctors For A Day

March 23, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) This week doctors and nurses at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital handed over their white coats and stethoscopes to a group of very special caregivers - hospitalized kids. Becoming "Doctors for a Day," pediatric patients switched roles with their caregivers and treated pretend illnesses and broken bones.

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China To Phase Out Prisoner Organ Donation

March 23, 2012 6:22 am | Comments

(AP) — China will abolish the transplanting of organs from executed prisoners within five years and try to spur more citizens to donate, a top health official says. Rights groups call transplants from condemned prisoners a form of abuse and allege that the government, which executes far more people than any other nation, pressures them to donate organs.

Hospitals Back EMR Ability To Control Costs

March 23, 2012 3:34 am | Comments

Unhealthy modern lifestyles, ageing populations and struggling national health services will combine to create a huge demand for Electronic Medical Records (EMR), according to a new report by medical intelligence company GBI Research. The new report shows that information communication technology (ICT) is to play a leading role in future medical care, as more efficient administration of diverse healthcare practices will lower costs.

U.S. Heart Surgery On The Decline

March 23, 2012 3:11 am | Comments

According to a new report by GBI Research, the number of cardiac surgeries will fall in the U.S. due to a growing preference for non-surgical options. The U.S. is the biggest market for cardiovascular surgery devices, due to factors such as an aging population and increasing numbers of patients with heart disease.

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Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Diagnosis Confusing Patients

March 21, 2012 7:57 am | Comments

Women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) need clear communication and tailored support in order to understand this complex breast condition, which has divided the medical profession when it comes to its perception and prognosis. That is the key finding of a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing .

More Anesthesiologists Providing Sedation During Endoscopies, Colonoscopies

March 21, 2012 7:47 am | Comments

Between 2003 and 2009, the use of anesthesia services to provide sedation during endoscopies and colonoscopies increased substantially, according to a study in the March 21 issue of JAMA . The authors also found that most of the gastroenterology anesthesia use was for low-risk patients, and that there was considerable regional variation in use.

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