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Seeing From the Patient’s Point of View

June 24, 2011 6:45 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

One day during medical school, my classmates and I learned that one of the most well-liked doctors-in-training in the hospital had had a seizure while leading morning work rounds. The sight of him writhing had caused the other doctors and nurses on the ward to panic. Some stood mute, frozen with fear.

Higher Risk For Blood Clots In Open Colorectal Surgery

June 24, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

The risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE) may be nearly twice as high for patients undergoing open surgery for colorectal problems, versus those undergoing laparoscopic colorectal (LC) resections, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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$2.7M Grant Secured To Advance ‘Scarless' Surgery

June 24, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

New study uses virtual reality tools to accelerate development of next-generation natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have secured a $2.7 million grant to develop the first-ever virtual reality simulator for next-generation "scarless" endoscopic surgery.

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FDA: Breast Implant Problems Grow With Time

June 24, 2011 6:43 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press Matthew Perrone, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't expect breast implants to last for life, the government warned Wednesday: About 1 in 5 women who receive them for cosmetic reasons will have them removed within 10 years, and those odds are even higher for cancer survivors.

Up To $500 Million In Funding Will Help Improve Care

June 24, 2011 6:42 am | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that up to $500 million in Partnership for Patients funding will be available to help hospitals, health care provider organizations and others improve care and stop millions of preventable injuries and complications related to health care acquired conditions and unnecessary readmissions.

Moldable Skin Barriers Prevent, Improve Peristomal Skin Issues

June 24, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

ConvaTec, a developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, announced new observational study results showing that use of ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers helped to maintain skin integrity and improve peristomal skin issues in stoma patients.

Checklist In ICUs Reduces Deaths

June 22, 2011 7:09 am | Comments

A new Northwestern Medicine study shows that the mortality rate plummeted 50 percent when the attending physician in the intensive care unit had a checklist and a trusted person prompting him to address issues on the checklist if they were being overlooked. Simply using a checklist alone did not produce an improvement in mortality.

Gastric Banding Pays For Itself In Two To Four Years

June 22, 2011 6:57 am | Comments

PRNewswire -- Allergan, Inc. today announced a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases that found the cost of a gastric banding weight-loss surgery procedure could be offset by reductions in obesity-related medical costs within 2.25 years for surgery eligible patients with diabetes, and within four years of the procedure for all surgery eligible patients.

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Octomom's Fertility Doctor Works To Keep License

June 22, 2011 6:47 am | Comments

Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, AP The fertility doctor who helped Nadya Suleman become the mother of 14 children through repeated in-vitro treatments is asking that he be allowed to continue practicing medicine while he appeals his license revocation. Dr. Michael Kamrava asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to delay a decision that revokes his license to practice medicine as of July 1.

New AMA President

June 22, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

(AP) — A pediatric neurosurgeon from Newark, N.J. is the new president of the American Medical Association. Dr. Peter Carmel officially began his yearlong term Tuesday afternoon during the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago. He is 74. He'll lead the nation's largest doctors' group at a tumultuous time for physicians.

Cancer, Heart Disease Deaths On The Rise

June 22, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

Edith M. Lederer, AP Nearly two-thirds of deaths in the world are caused by non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart and lung disease which are rapidly increasing at a cost to the global economy of trillions of dollars, according to U.N. estimates and preliminary results of a new study.

Blood Clot Risk In Colorectal Surgery Greater With Open Approach

June 21, 2011 5:59 am | Comments

The risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE) may be nearly twice as high for patients undergoing open surgery for colorectal problems, versus those undergoing laparoscopic colorectal (LC) resections, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Evaluating Tonsillectomy Techniques

June 21, 2011 5:52 am | Comments

A review of tonsillectomy technique studies found that some new methods have advantages over traditional methods, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. As background information, the article states that tonsillectomy is well established in terms of safety, but is often accompanied by pain, postsurgical bleeding, and a prolonged recovery.

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Doctors Shortchanged By Insurer Mistakes

June 21, 2011 5:37 am | Comments

(AP) — The nation's largest doctors' group says about one in five payments of medical claims by commercial health insurers is inaccurate, shortchanging physicians. The American Medical Association released its annual report card on insurers Monday. The AMA says eliminating mistakes would save doctors and insurers $17 billion a year.

National Library Of Medicine Launches MedlinePlus Connect

June 21, 2011 5:26 am | Comments

The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has formally launched MedlinePlus Connect. This free service allows health organizations and health information technology (HIT) providers to link patient portals and electronic health record systems to MedlinePlus.

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