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Feds Reopen Probe Into Medical Scanner Approvals

September 29, 2010 7:31 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal inspectors have reopened an investigation into complaints by Food and Drug Administration scientists who say they were pressured by their managers to approve high-tech medical scanners that could pose harm to patients. The lead inspector overseeing the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the inquiry into the allegations, which were dismissed in February, is being revisited to look at manager misconduct.

$93,000 Cancer Drug: How Much Is A Life Worth?

September 29, 2010 7:31 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer In this Aug. 16, 2010 photo, patient Bob Svensson is hooked up to a blood infusion machine under the care of Nancy Grant, a registered nurse at the American Red Cross in Dedham, Mass., as he undergoes a $93,000 prostate cancer treatment.

3M Helps Fight Infection Through Education

September 28, 2010 8:24 am | 3M Health Care | Comments

3M kicked off its Infection Prevention Leadership summit Monday and will host educational events all week, culminating in World MRSA Day, a MRSA Survivor’s Network event, during which the company sponsor the live Webcast of the day’s activities. September 28, 2010 As a company on a mission to help hospitals fight healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), 3M Infection Prevention is hosting educational events this week.

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Alzheimer's Fights Brain Cancer

September 28, 2010 8:22 am | Comments

Scientists at the Roskamp Institute in Sarasota, Florida, have shown that mice that naturally develop Alzheimer's are able to ward off the growth of brain cancer. In a series of experiments published in the Journal of Neuroscience, they showed that mice that spontaneously develop Alzheimer's Disease are able to dramatically reduce the growth of a human brain cancer.

New Guideline Finds No Evidence For Popular Back Procedure

September 28, 2010 8:21 am | Comments

As a patient safety best practice and endorsement of evidence-based medicine, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors approved and released a clinical practice guideline, which found a strong recommendation against a popular procedure called vertebroplasty as a way to treat fractures in the spine.

Congress Asked For Study Of Urological War Wounds

September 28, 2010 8:21 am | by Holly Ramer, Associated Press Writer | Comments

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Before he passed out in the medical tent in Iraq, 19-year-old Lance Cpl. James Crosby wanted to know two things: would he survive the rocket attack that sent shrapnel through his side and spine, and was he all in one piece? "I wanted to know not just if my arms and legs were there — I wanted to know if everything else was there," he said.

U.S. Hospitals Reduce CRBSI Using New Technology

September 28, 2010 8:20 am | Comments

Clinicians from three U.S. hospitals today reported significant progress in the fight against deadly IV catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI). Data analyzed and presented by clinicians from St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs, Ark.; Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio; and VA Medical Center Seattle showed that the hospitals virtually eliminated such infections, which annually kill some 62,500 hospital patients nationwide.

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September 27, 2010 6:44 am | by Dr. Rob | Comments

The "empowered patient" movement (which I think is a good thing) strives to take the doctor out of the center of care and put the patient at its focus. The role of doctor is not to be the star of the show, the quarterback, the superhero, but the advocate and helper for the patient to accomplish their goal: health.

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Freezing The Patient For Surgery

September 27, 2010 6:26 am | Comments

Surgeons are pioneering a method of inducing extreme hypothermia in trauma patients so that their bodies shut down entirely during major surgery. Their thoughts being that this approach will give doctors more time to perform operations. Advocates also hope it will help reduce the damage done to the brain and other organs while the patient's heart is not beating.

Knife Removed From Man's Head - Three Years Later

September 27, 2010 6:11 am | Comments

(AP) A man in northeastern Brazil is recovering after surgeons removed a 4" (10-centimeter) blade that had been stuck in his head for three years following a bar fight. Edeilson Nascimento, a 29-year-old tire repairman, told reporters he is feeling great after the three-hour surgery earlier this week.

Preventive Care Poses Dilemma For ERs

September 27, 2010 6:07 am | Comments

People go to emergency departments when they've broken a leg, been stabbed or otherwise need urgent care. But a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine finds that 90 percent of EDs nationwide also offer preventive-care services. The high prevalence was surprising, said M. Kit Delgado, MD, the study's lead author and a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford's Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, and it likely stems from less-than-ideal conditions.

Gastroenterology Procedure Shows Promise For Pediatrics

September 27, 2010 5:55 am | Comments

The use of device-assisted enteroscopy, a technique that allows complete examination of the small bowel, may be just as successful in pediatrics as it has been in adult medicine, according to a study from Nationwide Children's Hospital. One of these techniques, known as Double-Balloon Enteroscopy (DBE), allows doctors to reach parts of the small intestine that cannot be reached using standard endoscopic procedures.

Clinical Trial Supports Catheter-Based Valve Replacement

September 24, 2010 7:16 am | Comments

One-year data from the PARTNER clinical trial, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine , demonstrates that transcatheter aortic-valve implantation, compared with standard therapy, resulted in significantly lower rates of death among patients who cannot undergo surgery for aortic stenosis.

New Valve Procedure Spares Cracking The Chest

September 24, 2010 7:02 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Thousands of older Americans who need new heart valves but are too frail to survive the surgery might soon get a chance at an easier option — a way to thread in an artificial aortic valve without cracking their chests. Not yet known is whether easier-to-implant valves might work for the less sick who'd like to try the new technology rather than undergo the open-heart surgery required for standard valve replacements.

Quality Of Care Up At U.S. Hospitals

September 24, 2010 6:52 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP A report says treatment has improved substantially at U.S. hospitals for several ailments, including heart attacks, pneumonia and children's asthma. The information is based on more than 3,000 hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission, an independent regulatory group. On average, hospitals in the report gave recommended heart attack treatment almost 98 percent of the time in 2009, versus 89 percent in 2002.

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