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New Medication, Surgery May Offer Relief For Psoriatic Arthritis

January 20, 2012 5:07 am | Comments

Medications or biologic agents that target T-cells appear to offer significant benefit to patients suffering from psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a type of arthritis that affects up to 48 percent of patients with the skin disease psoriasis, according to a new review article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS).

Drug Shortages Pose Public Health And Patient Care Concerns

January 20, 2012 4:58 am | Comments

Shortages of key drugs used to fight infections represent a public health emergency and can put patients at risk, according to a review published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online. Frequent anti-infective shortages can substantially alter clinical care and may lead to worse outcomes for patients, particularly as the development of new anti-infectives has slowed and the prevalence of multidrug-resistant pathogens is increasing.


Hospital Sending Tiny Baby Home

January 20, 2012 4:37 am | Comments

(AP) — One of the world's smallest surviving babies is headed home. Melinda Star Guido weighed only 9.5 ounces at birth— less than a can of soda. After spending her early months in the neo-natal intensive care unit, a team of doctors and nurses will gather Friday to see her off. Melinda has been growing steadily and gaining weight since she was born premature, at 24 weeks, in August at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.


Reporter Finds Health Problem While On Routine Story

January 20, 2012 4:28 am | Comments

David Bauder, AP A routine news story took a strange turn when an ABC Nightline anchor had a full body scan that turned up a possible warning sign. Bill Weir was interviewing Dr. David Agus, who gave him a full series of tests. That included a costly body scan that's not recommended for screening people with no symptoms of disease.

One-In-Four U.S. Adults Would Consider Plastic Surgery

January 18, 2012 5:46 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Some people may be going under the knife to alter their appearance, with more saying they would do so if cost weren't an issue. A new survey from reports that nearly one-in-four U.S. adults (23 percent) said they would get plastic surgery if cost were not an issue. Women were more likely than men to indicate this, at 28 and 18 percent respectively.


Study Shows How Drugs Help Bridge Stent Patients To Surgery

January 18, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) New findings from a research study led by physicians at Scripps Health reveal that the investigational drug Cangrelor has the unique properties of achieving very fast blood thinning effects when needed to protect from heart attacks, but also dissipates rapidly so patients can undergo surgery without the excessive bleeding often associated with blood thinning medications.


Research Could Help Prevent Catheter Infections

January 18, 2012 5:27 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Researchers at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering, backed by funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, are developing tools that promise powerful new ways to combat catheter-based and other infections without provoking bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

Robbery Suspect Used Infection Threat

January 18, 2012 5:10 am | Comments

(AP) — Police say a man tried to rob a western Pennsylvania gambling parlor by threatening to spread a staph infection. He walked into Lucky's Internet Cafe on Monday night and began touching the walls and gambling machines, claiming he had MRSA. Sharon police Chief Mike Menster says the man then threatened to infect the cashier if he didn't give him money.


Disabled Girl Reportedly Denied Transplant

January 18, 2012 5:02 am | Comments

Kevin Begos & Matt Moore, AP The parents of a three-year-old New Jersey girl say she's being denied a kidney transplant because of her mental disabilities, but experts caution the situation may be much more complex. The girl's mother, Chrissy Rivera, last week posted a blog entry that described an encounter she claimed happened at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

New Surgical Technique For Eardrum Perforations

January 17, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

A new surgical technique for treating perforations of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) in children and adults has been developed at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center, an affiliate of the Université de Montreal, by Dr. Issam Saliba. The new technique, which is as effective as traditional surgery and far less expensive, can be performed in 20 minutes at an outpatient clinic during a routine visit to an ENT specialist.


Knee Replacement Surgery Soars

January 17, 2012 6:06 am | Comments

Researchers in Finland found that annual cumulative incidences of partial and total knee arthroplasty, commonly known as knee replacement surgery, rose rapidly over a 27-year period among 30 to 59 year-olds, with the greatest increase occurring in patients aged 50 to 59 years. According to the study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatism , incidences were higher in women throughout the study period.


Retention Study Identifies Factors For Different Generations Of Nurses

January 17, 2012 5:56 am | Comments

If organisations want to retain qualified nurses they need to tackle the different work factors that are important to the three key age groups of nurses, and build on the strong attachment that many feel to the profession. Those are the key messages to emerge from a large-scale survey of nurses published in the January issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing .

Brooks Files Suit Against Oklahoma Hospital

January 17, 2012 5:40 am | Comments

(AP) — Country music star Garth Brooks is suing an Oklahoma hospital that he says reneged on a promise to name a building after his late mother in exchange for a $500,000 donation. Brooks' lawsuit against Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon seeks the return of the December 2005 donation.

Donation Nurse Provides Kidney For Patient

January 16, 2012 5:38 am | Comments

According to a recent report from WTVM in Columbus, GA, 23-year-old Clay Taber has someone to thank for his new kidney. And he barely knew her until his recent operation. Nurse Allison Batson heard about Taber - how he was engaged to be married and with a bright future in finance after graduating from Auburn University, but in need of a new kidney.

Woman Has Arm, Shoulder And Breast Amputated After Bath Salt Injection

January 16, 2012 5:23 am | Comments

A New Orleans woman who experimented with bath salts was ravaged by flesh-eating bacteria that caused an infection leading to the amputation of her arm, shoulder and breast, and nearly took her life. The 34-year-old woman showed up at a hospital complaining of pain and redness on her right forearm, where there was a puncture wound the woman admitted was a needle stick.


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