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Survey: 9 Million Adults Lost Health Insurance In 2010

March 16, 2011 6:50 am | Comments

An estimated nine million working-age adults—57 percent of people who had health insurance through a job that was lost—became uninsured in the last two years, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey, released today. The survey paints a bleak picture for the 43 million adults under age 65 who reported that they or their spouse lost a job in the past two years, finding that job losses are often compounded by the loss of health insurance, leaving families vulnerable to catastrophic financial losses and bankruptcy in the event of a serious illness or accident.

Some Blind People 'See' With Their Ears

March 16, 2011 6:50 am | Comments

Dr. Olivier Collignon of the University of Montreal's Saint-Justine Hospital Research Centre compared the brain activity of people who can see and people who were born blind, and discovered that the part of the brain that normally works with our eyes to process vision and space perception can actually rewire itself to process sound information instead.

Increase In Plastic Surgery Procedures Reported

March 16, 2011 6:49 am | Comments

Amae Plastic Surgery Center in Michigan has seen a significant increase in everything from breast augmentation procedures to facelift surgeries. While Dr. M. Azhar Ali is a much sought-after board certified plastic surgeon in Michigan, he attributes the recent influx to a new attitude toward plastic surgery.

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Quitting Smoking Won't Increase Surgical Complications

March 15, 2011 7:19 am | Comments

A meta-analysis of nine previous studies found that quitting smoking shortly before surgery was not associated with an increased risk of post-operative complications, according to a report that will appear in the July 11 print issue of Archives of Internal Medicine , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Investigating The Side Effects Of Prophylactic PEG Placement

March 15, 2011 6:52 am | Comments

Impairment of oral intake occurs in the majority of patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) receiving chemoradiotherapy. Placement of a prophylactic percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube in asymptomatic newly diagnosed patients before chemoradiation is a common practice in some centers.

Surgery Leads To Fertility For Cancer Survivors

March 15, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

(AP) — New research shows a painstaking surgical technique can help some men to become fathers after being deemed infertile because of childhood cancer. Young men can bank sperm before cancer treatment if they are told that treatment may render them sterile. For men who had not, surgeons essentially performed tiny biopsies of their testicular tissue to hunt for any pockets of hidden sperm, to be used for in vitro fertilization.

Hospitals Open ERs Focused On Seniors

March 15, 2011 6:17 am | Comments

(AP) — Many hospitals run emergency rooms just for children. Now a few are opening ERs specially designed for seniors, without all the confusion and clamor and with a little more comfort. It's a fledgling trend, but expected to increase as the population rapidly grays. The question is whether they'll truly improve care.

Pre-mature Birth Drug Sees 15,000 Percent Increase

March 14, 2011 7:45 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP The price of preventing pre-term labor is about to go through the roof. A drug for high-risk pregnant women has cost about $10 to $20 per injection. Next week, the price shoots up to $1,500 a dose, meaning the total cost during a pregnancy could be as much as $30,000. That's because the drug, a form of progesterone given as a weekly shot, has been made cheaply for years by non-federally approved special pharmacies that custom-compound treatments.

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Strike Closes Hospitals Despite World's Highest HIV Rate

March 14, 2011 7:30 am | Comments

(AP) — A Swaziland union official says public hospitals closed for three days this week after nurses went on strike in the country with the highest rate of HIV in the world. Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union spokesman Sibusiso Lushaba said that the strike for overtime wages would resume next week.

New Rules Could Limit Prescription Marijuana

March 14, 2011 7:18 am | Comments

Kristen Wyatt, AP Colorado's dispute over which doctors can recommend medical marijuana could become more confusing this week when state health authorities consider tighter limits as lawmakers debate conflicting rules. One question is whether doctors with conditions on their medical licenses — such as a surgeon being banned from surgery after developing arthritis — should be able to recommend pot.

Hormone Therapy Produces Significant Gains Following Prostate Surgery

March 14, 2011 7:06 am | Comments

Seventy percent of men who received androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) after surgery to remove their prostate gland gained significant weight in the first year, putting on an average of 9.3 pounds, according to a paper in the March issue of the urology journal BJUI . Researchers studied the recorded weights of 132 men who underwent radical prostatectomy between 1988 and 2009 at four U.

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.

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.

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