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Giffords Makes "Leaps And Bounds" In Recovery

March 14, 2011 6:50 am | Comments

Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP Doctors helping Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recover from a gunshot wound to the head talk enthusiastically about her progress, saying some of the greatest moments come when her personality shines through with big grins and excitement over her rehabilitation milestones.

Alcohol Has Stronger Impact On Gastric Bypass Patients

March 11, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

Patients who have had a gastric bypass operation take longer to process alcohol, potentially leading some of them to overindulge when drinking, according to the results of a new study in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . Previous studies have shown that gastric bypass patients often find it difficult adjusting to physical and psychological changes after the procedure.

Acquiring Robotics Leads To More Prostate Surgeries

March 11, 2011 5:21 am | Comments

A new study conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and Yale School of Medicine shows that when hospitals acquire surgical robotic technology, men in that region are more likely to have prostate cancer surgery. The study, The Association between Diffusion of the Surgical Robot and Radical Prostatectomy Rates , was published this week in the online edition of the journal Medical Care.

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St. Louis VA Re-Opens After Sterilization Scare

March 11, 2011 4:53 am | Comments

(AP) — Surgeries have resumed at the Veterans Affairs hospital in St. Louis after being shut down for more than a month over sterilization concerns. The John Cochran VA Medical Center suspended surgeries on February 2 after surgical trays were found to be pitted with corrosion. Hospital director Rima Nelson says investigators who examined the sterilization processing department determined it was OK to start surgeries again.

Developer To Turn NYC Hospital Into Apartments

March 11, 2011 4:48 am | Comments

Verena Dobnik, AP One of New York's most powerful real-estate families has teamed up with a health care provider to turn the historic St. Vincent's medical center into a walk-in emergency facility that also contains hundreds of luxury apartments, according to a deal announced Thursday. An affiliate of Rudin Management — RSV LLC — will spend $260 million to help cover the debt of the closed and bankrupt Greenwich Village hospital.

Referrals To Higher-Volume Hospitals Don't Always Improve Outcomes

March 11, 2011 4:25 am | Comments

Referring patients to hospitals that have the largest volume of surgical procedures does not necessarily lead to improved outcomes for the overall population, according to the results of a new study in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . The findings of studies that suggest the higher the volume of specialty surgical procedures performed at any given hospital, the better that hospital’s outcomes will be, has resulted in calls for volume-based referrals.

Refferrals To Higher-Volume Hospitals Don't Always Improve Outcomes

March 11, 2011 4:25 am | Comments

Referring patients to hospitals that have the largest volume of surgical procedures does not necessarily lead to improved outcomes for the overall population, according to the results of a new study in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . The findings of studies that suggest the higher the volume of specialty surgical procedures performed at any given hospital, the better that hospital’s outcomes will be, has resulted in calls for volume-based referrals.

Alternative Surgical Robot In The Works

March 9, 2011 5:38 am | Comments

Viking Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VKNG), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of 3D and 2D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery, announces that its 3DHD system has been selected as the vision component of an alternative, cost-effective surgical robotic system demonstration that will be featured at the European Association of Urology (EAU) Annual Meeting which will be held in Vienna, March 18-22.

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Non-Invasive Approach To Essential Tremor Treatment

March 9, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) A new chapter in medical history opened days ago when noninvasive MR-guided focused ultrasound was used to successfully treat a patient with essential tremor (ET), a progressive neurological disorder that affects millions of people worldwide and causes involuntary shaking of the hands, head, face, eyelids, voice or other muscles.

Virtual Surgery Takes On Gastric Banding

March 9, 2011 5:08 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) "Not a day goes by that I don't think about what I eat, how I eat, or how it looks on me," states Leslie Riopel, Clinical Hypnotherapist. After going back to pursue her Master's degree, she formed Sweetdreams Hypnosis in 2010. Her sister, Cynthia Morris, an RN, is also involved in a business that now offers Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis.

U.S. Funds Training For African Health Workers

March 9, 2011 4:50 am | Comments

Michelle Faul, AP The United States will fund training for 140,000 African health care workers in an initiative to "transform and dramatically increase" medical education on the continent, the top U.S. AIDS official announced. Ambassador Eric Goosby said the plan will bring partnerships between African and U.

China Promises To Improve Hospitals

March 9, 2011 4:35 am | Comments

Gillian Wong, AP Top Chinese officials have promised to improve public hospitals and cut their dependence on drug sales for income — a major driver of high health care costs. Public health care in China has been underfunded for years, and the high cost and poor access of health services are among the public's biggest complaints.

Clinical Alarm Issues Inhibit The Delivery of Safe Health Care

March 8, 2011 5:46 am | Comments

Clinical alarms alert caregivers and hospital staff to critical changes in a patient’s physiologic condition, as well as to safety issues and device malfunctions, so that caregivers may intervene appropriately. Adverse alarm events are accidents waiting to happen, the results of a perfect storm in an error-prone system.

Scientists Make New Urethras For Five Boys

March 8, 2011 5:34 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — Doctors have created urethras using patients' own cells for the first time — another example that scientists may be able to grow replacement body parts one day "It's not so much science fiction anymore to think we can grow replacement organs," said Patrick Warnke, a tissue engineering expert at Bond University in Australia.

Hand Transplant First In U.S.

March 8, 2011 5:16 am | Comments

Surgeons at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center performed the first hand transplant in the western United States in an operation that began one minute before midnight on Friday, March 4, and was completed 14-and-a-half hours later, on Saturday, March 5. The transplant was performed on a 26-year-old mother from Northern California who lost her right hand in a traffic accident nearly five years ago.

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