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Nine-Year-Old Bouncing Back After Six Organ Transplants

February 3, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

Clarke Canfield, AP A nine-year-old Maine girl is home from a Boston hospital healthy, active and with high hopes, along with a new stomach, liver, spleen, small intestine, pancreas, and part of an esophagus to replace the ones that were being choked by a huge tumor. It's believed to be the first-ever transplant of an esophagus and the largest number of organs transplanted at one time in New England.

Hospital Bloodstream Infection Data Made Public

February 1, 2012 5:43 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) The Department of Health & Human Services is now disclosing, for the first time, how hospitals across the country compare when it comes to central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units. CLABSI information for each hospital is posted on the federal Hospital Compare website and will be updated quarterly.

Rate of Follow-up Surgeries After Partial Mastectomy Varies Greatly

February 1, 2012 5:36 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) A new study reveals substantial differences - by both surgeon and institution - in the rates of follow-up surgeries for women who underwent a partial mastectomy for treatment of breast cancer. Those differences, which cannot be explained by a patient's medical or treatment history, could affect both cancer recurrence and overall survival rates, according to the study led by Laurence McCahill, M.


Study Questions Proton Therapy For Prostate Cancer

February 1, 2012 5:29 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Research suggests proton therapy might have more side effects than traditional radiation. A study of Medicare records found that men treated with proton beams later had one-third more bowel problems, such as bleeding and blockages, than similar men given conventional radiation.

Stents And Surgery Show Low Re-Blockage Rate

February 1, 2012 5:19 am | Comments

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Opening blocked neck arteries with a metal stent or surgery were equally durable, states research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2012. Two years after the procedures, less than seven percent of patients had developed repeat blockages (restenosis), researchers said.


Teenage Bariatric Surgery Helping Prevent Obesity-Related Disease

January 31, 2012 6:22 am | Comments

Today, about one in five children in the United States are obese, meaning that in just one generation alone that number has quadrupled in the U.S. Doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, who perform weight loss surgery on adolescents, took a look at their patient population in a retrospective study published in the January 2012 print edition of Pediatric Blood & Cancer .

Fat Grafting And Implants Show Promise In Initial Breast Cancer Study

January 31, 2012 6:10 am | Comments

For breast cancer patients who have undergone radiation therapy, a new technique consisting of fat injection followed by implant placement may provide a much-needed alternative for breast reconstruction, reports a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

New App For Medical Tourism Compares Surgical Costs

January 31, 2012 5:57 am | Comments

Global Health Voyager, Inc. has announced that it has begun development of a Medical Tourism-related smart phone application. The App is being designed to allow potential patients to select a procedure that they may need in the near future, ranging from minor cosmetic surgery to major procedures such as hip replacement.


Bariatric Surgeons Reach Consensus On Lap Sleeve Techniques

January 31, 2012 5:50 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) For the first time, an international panel of experts has reached consensus on the best practices for performing Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. The panel, made up of 25 leading bariatric surgeons, compiled the consensus statement to help the surgical community continue to improve patient outcomes, minimize complications and move toward adoption of standardized techniques.


Dream Of A Medical ‘Price List’ Dies In Florida Legislature

January 31, 2012 5:00 am | by Sarah Barr | Comments

Imagine if finding out the cost of a particular treatment or procedure at a doctors’ office was as easy as locating the prices of entrees at a restaurant. The menu might read: school physicals – $40; office visit for a cold – $80; diabetes screening – $200. But to the dismay of some consumer advocates, this push for health care pricing transparency never made it out of the kitchen.

CT Scans For Dizziness In The ER May Not Be Worth The Cost

January 30, 2012 5:41 am | Comments

Performing CT scans in the emergency department for patients experiencing dizziness may not be worth the expense, report Henry Ford Hospital researchers. According to their study, less than one percent of the CT scans performed in the emergency department revealed a more serious underlying cause for dizziness – intracranial bleeding or stroke – that required intervention.

More Weight, More Lumbar Disc Problems

January 30, 2012 5:30 am | Comments

One of the largest studies to investigate lumbar spine disc degeneration found that adults who are overweight or obese were significantly more likely to have disc degeneration than those with a normal body mass index. Assessments using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) show elevated BMI is associated with an increased number of levels of degenerated disks and greater severity of disc degeneration, including narrowing of the disc space.

Alaska Hospitals Expand To Keep Pace With Growth

January 30, 2012 5:21 am | Comments

(AP) — A growing population has created a boom in Alaska hospital construction. Providence Health and Services is renovating and expanding a facility in Anchorage, upgrading the maternity ward, operating rooms and other sections. The Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks is replacing its hospital with a new 150,000-square-foot building.

Despite Higher Recurrence, Patients Prefer Less-Invasive Procedure

January 30, 2012 5:11 am | Comments

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) For disabling hand contractures caused by Dupuytren's disease, patients prefer a percutaneous needle fasciotomy procedure, despite the higher contracture recurrence rate when compared to conventional surgery. These findings are the results of a clinical trial report in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).


Limiting Protein, Certain Amino Acids Before Surgery May Reduce Complications

January 27, 2012 6:14 am | Comments

Limiting certain essential nutrients for several days before surgery—either protein or amino acids—may reduce the risk of serious surgical complications, such as heart attack or stroke, according to a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study. The study appears in the January 25, 2012 issue of Science Translational Medicine .


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