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Children In Areas With Few Pediatricians At Higher Risk For Serious Appendix Ruptures

December 29, 2010 9:21 am | Comments

Fizan Abdullah, M.D. Children who live in areas with fewer pediatricians are more likely to suffer life-threatening ruptures of the appendix than those in areas with more pediatricians, even when accounting for other factors such as the number of hospitals, imaging technology, insurance coverage and the number of surgeons in an area, according to a study from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Experiments Test If Implant Can Block Sleep Apnea

December 27, 2010 9:47 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Loud snoring may do more than irritate your spouse: It can signal sleep apnea, depriving you of enough zzzz's to trigger a car crash, even a heart attack. Now scientists are beginning to test if an implanted pacemaker-like device might help certain sufferers, keeping their airways open by zapping the tongue during sleep.

Boston Hospital Made Three Spine Operation Errors

December 27, 2010 9:46 am | Comments

All three unconnected errors happened since September. Dr. Kenneth Sands is the senior vice president of health care quality at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He tells The Boston Globe the surgeons apparently miscounted the patients' vertebrae and operated directly above or below where they were supposed to.

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Surgeon Pens Memoir Of Jim Crow South

December 27, 2010 9:32 am | Comments

Russell Contreras, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Growing up in segregated Memphis, Tenn., during the Jim Crow era, Augustus White III knew about those certain places off-limits to him as a black man — restrooms, diners and schools. He just didn't pay racial barriers much mind.

Woman Charged With Faking Diagnosis For Cash

December 22, 2010 5:13 am | Comments

(AP) Pennsylvania officials say a woman faked having cancer to collect nearly $100,000 in insurance money. The state attorney general's office says 50-year-old Deborah Brown of Canonsburg was charged with altering hospital paperwork to make it appear she had cancer and filing fraudulent claims for treatment she never got.

Hospital Loses Catholic Status After Surgery

December 22, 2010 5:09 am | Comments

Amanda Lee Myers, AP The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix stripped a major hospital of its affiliation with the church recently because of a surgery that ended a woman's pregnancy to save her life. Bishop Thomas Olmsted called the 2009 procedure an abortion and said St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center — recognized internationally for its neurology and neurosurgery practices — violated ethical and religious directives of the national Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Stronger Health Systems: Top 10 Principles

December 22, 2010 4:54 am | Comments

In this week's PLoS Medicine , Robert Chad Swanson from Brigham Young University, and colleagues, present a set of 10 guiding principles for strengthening health systems. It was developed from a comprehensive review of the literature and consultation with industry experts. 1. Holism. Consider all systems components, processes, and relationships simultaneously.

Smart Systems Ensure Nothing Is Missed During Exams

December 22, 2010 4:23 am | Comments

Busy doctors can miss important details about a patient's care during an office examination. To prevent that, Northwestern Medicine researchers have created a smart assistant for physicians which entails using electronic health records to alert doctors when a patient's care is amiss during an exam.

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Models Help Motivate Marrow Donors

December 21, 2010 5:09 am | Comments

Denise Lavoie, AP Justin Judkins was approached at a shopping mall by a pretty young model, "all dolled up," wearing high heels, a white lab coat and electric blue wig. The woman asked him if he wanted to be a hero and save a child's life. How could he say no? Like thousands of other people, Judkins agreed to allow bone marrow registry workers to swab the inside of his cheek for a DNA test — lured by a recruiting pitch that an official with a national donor registry calls "a little unusual.

Surgeons Study Stomach-Folding Procedure To Treat Obesity

December 21, 2010 5:07 am | Comments

A new type of weight loss surgery involving folding a patient’s stomach inside itself and then stitching it could be a viable option for bariatric surgery patients, according to a pilot study conducted at Cleveland Clinic. The 15-person prospective study was published in the online edition of the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.

Special Effect

December 21, 2010 4:59 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Elise Lutz never let her friends see what was left of her ear. She'd carefully style her long hair into a one-sided ponytail, or swelter under a swim cap for hours at meets, to cover the molten lump from a severe burn as a toddler in her native China.But as a teenager, the North Carolina girl expressed her desire to be whole again with a simple request: She really wanted pierced earrings.

Robotic Kidney Transplant Procedure Aids The Obese

December 21, 2010 4:46 am | Comments

Surgeons at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago are the first to offer robotic kidney transplantation to morbidly obese patients, and are reporting fewer complications among this high risk population. "We have been able to eliminate wound infections, pulmonary complications, and reduce the length of hospitalization for obese kidney transplant recipients using robotic-assisted surgery," said Dr.

Some Speech And Swallowing Problems Linked To Cancer Treatments

December 21, 2010 4:33 am | Comments

Most patients with locally advanced head and neck cancers who successfully complete treatment with chemotherapy and radiation manage to do so without losing the ability to speak clearly and swallow comfortably, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute. "This is good news," said Joseph K.

SteriTek Offers New SPD Triage Center

December 20, 2010 6:17 am | Comments

In response to demand for sterile processing process improvement support, SterilTek, Inc. has launched a web-based resource for healthcare administrators; the SterilTek SPD Triage Center. The site provides administrators with access to information and tools that help them identify improvement opportunities for their sterile processing functions.

Stuffed Germ Toys Are Catching On

December 20, 2010 5:56 am | Comments

Stephanie Reitz, AP Jim Henson's Muppets made pigs and frogs endearing, and Walt Disney turned a common rodent into a cultural icon. Now, Drew Oliver thinks it's time for bacteria, viruses and other maligned microorganisms to share the love. Instead of standard Christmas gifts, a growing number of people are looking under the tree for giant stuffed cold germs, cuddly E.

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