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Nearly 100 New Cases In German E. Coli Outbreak

June 7, 2011 5:26 am | Comments

(AP) — Germany's national disease control center says a further 94 people have been sickened by the deadliest E.coli outbreak in modern history. The Robert Koch Institute said the number of registered infections in Germany rose to 2,325 Tuesday, with those in other European countries still standing at about 100.

Bariatric Patients At Increased Risk For Bone Fractures

June 6, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

People who have had gastric bypass surgery or other bariatric weight-loss surgery have an even higher increased risk of breaking bones. These study findings will be presented Tuesday at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston. "A negative effect on bone health that may increase the risk of fractures is an important consideration for people considering bariatric surgery and those who have undergone bariatric surgery," said lead author Kelly Nakamura, a medical student at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN.

Weight Loss After Gastric Bypass Reduces Expression Of Alzheimer's

June 6, 2011 6:14 am | Comments

Obesity is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, and weight loss due to bariatric surgery may reduce the risk of this common dementia, a new study suggests. The results were presented at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston. "Our study shows for the first time that weight loss resulting from bariatric surgery leads to a reduction in the expression of genes related to Alzheimer's disease," said the study's main author, Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, professor at State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Man Cited After Paying Medical Bill With 2,500 Pennies

June 6, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

(AP) — A Utah man has been cited on a charge of disorderly conduct after paying for a disputed medical bill with 2,500 pennies. The Deseret News of Salt Lake City reports Jason West went to Basin Clinic in Vernal on May 27 prepared to dispute an outstanding $25 bill. Assistant Vernal Police Chief Keith Campbell says that after asking staff members whether they accepted cash, West dumped 2,500 pennies on the counter and demanded that staff count them.

E.Coli Patient Describes Hospital Chaos

June 6, 2011 5:45 am | Comments

Kirsten Grieshaber, AP Nicoletta Pabst could not believe what she saw 12 days ago when she rushed to a Hamburg hospital with stomach cramps, diarrhea and blood in her stool. The emergency room at the University Medical Center in Hamburg-Eppendorf was engulfed by chaos, she said, overwhelmed as it tried to treat hordes of E.

E.Coli Patient Describes Hospital Chao

June 6, 2011 5:42 am | Comments

Kirsten Grieshaber, AP Nicoletta Pabst could not believe what she saw 12 days ago when she rushed to a Hamburg hospital with stomach cramps, diarrhea and blood in her stool. The emergency room at the University Medical Center in Hamburg-Eppendorf was engulfed by chaos, she said, overwhelmed as it tried to treat hordes of E.

Fighting Cancer with Cancer

June 6, 2011 5:29 am | Comments

A mutant gene long thought to accelerate tumor growth in thyroid cancer patients actually inhibits the spread of malignant cells, showing promise for novel cancer therapies, a Mayo Clinic study has found.

And The Winner Is ...

June 3, 2011 7:03 am | Comments

Action Products recently announed that their Nurse Angel of 2011 is Shirley Pollard Ramsay, DNP, APRN, CRNFA. “Action is proud to honor such a deserving nurse,” stated Mistie Witt, president of Action Products, Inc., Medical Products Group. Shirley started out as a Vet Tech, but was spending more time with the owners than her animal patients.

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Not All Hospitals Post-Ops Treat Elderly The Same

June 3, 2011 6:54 am | Comments

Hospitals that provide quality care for young people do not always provide the same quality care for the elderly, a new study has found. As our population ages and requires more healthcare, hospitals need to measure the quality of care they provide for the over 65 age group and implement programs to meet their distinct needs, said the study's author, Dr.

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Paper Workarounds And Communication Breakdowns Pose IT Challenges And Improvements

June 3, 2011 6:47 am | Comments

A new research study investigates the challenges that pen and paper workarounds or computerized communication breakdowns pose to the use of electronic health records. Understanding these challenges may lead to improved coordination of care supported by health IT. Focusing on referrals by primary care physicians to specialists and communications from the specialists back to the referring physician, Paper Persistence, Workarounds, and Communication Breakdowns in Computerized Consultation Management appears in the July 2011 issue of the International Journal of Medical Informatics .

Fewer Deaths During High-Risk Surgeries

June 3, 2011 6:31 am | Comments

Surgery death rates have dropped nationwide over the past decade, according to a University of Michigan Health System study that reveals cancer surgeries have seen the most dramatic improvement in safety. The U-M study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine shows surgery mortality dropped substantially for eight different high-risk surgeries performed on 3.

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Mobile Phone App For Concussions

June 3, 2011 6:18 am | Comments

Joedy McCreary, AP The next tool in the campaign against concussions might be your smartphone. A doctor at the University of North Carolina teamed with other head-trauma researchers to develop an application for mobile devices that helps determine whether someone may have suffered a concussion.

Tonsil And Appendix Surgery Associated With Heart Attack Risk

June 1, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

The surgical removal of the appendix and tonsils before the age of 20 was associated with an increased risk of premature heart attack in a large population study performed in Sweden. Tonsillectomy increased the risk by 44 percent and appendectomy by 33 percent. The risk increases were even higher when the tonsils and appendix were both removed.

Noisy ORs Associated With Increased Post-Op Infection

June 1, 2011 6:18 am | Comments

Patients who undergo surgery are more likely to suffer surgical site infections if the operating room is noisy, according to research published in the July issue of BJS, the British Journal of Surgery . Swiss researchers studied 35 patients who underwent planned, major abdominal surgery, exploring demographic parameters, the duration of the operation and sound levels.

New Substance Could Allow For Use Of "Marginal" Livers

June 1, 2011 6:07 am | Comments

New research raises the possibility that the critically short supply of livers for organ donation could be expanded by treating so-called "marginal" livers with a substance that protects them from damage after being connected to recipients' blood supplies. The report appears in ACS' journal Molecular Pharmaceutics .

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