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Retention Study Identifies Factors For Different Generations Of Nurses

January 17, 2012 5:56 am | Comments

If organisations want to retain qualified nurses they need to tackle the different work factors that are important to the three key age groups of nurses, and build on the strong attachment that many feel to the profession. Those are the key messages to emerge from a large-scale survey of nurses published in the January issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing .

Brooks Files Suit Against Oklahoma Hospital

January 17, 2012 5:40 am | Comments

(AP) — Country music star Garth Brooks is suing an Oklahoma hospital that he says reneged on a promise to name a building after his late mother in exchange for a $500,000 donation. Brooks' lawsuit against Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon seeks the return of the December 2005 donation.

Donation Nurse Provides Kidney For Patient

January 16, 2012 5:38 am | Comments

According to a recent report from WTVM in Columbus, GA, 23-year-old Clay Taber has someone to thank for his new kidney. And he barely knew her until his recent operation. Nurse Allison Batson heard about Taber - how he was engaged to be married and with a bright future in finance after graduating from Auburn University, but in need of a new kidney.


Woman Has Arm, Shoulder And Breast Amputated After Bath Salt Injection

January 16, 2012 5:23 am | Comments

A New Orleans woman who experimented with bath salts was ravaged by flesh-eating bacteria that caused an infection leading to the amputation of her arm, shoulder and breast, and nearly took her life. The 34-year-old woman showed up at a hospital complaining of pain and redness on her right forearm, where there was a puncture wound the woman admitted was a needle stick.

FDA Expands Use Of Endovascular Graft To Aortic Tears

January 16, 2012 5:11 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved usage for an endovascular graft manufactured by W.L. Gore to include treatment of life-threatening tears or ruptures of the aorta (thoracic aortic transection). The Gore TAG Thoracic Endoprosthesis is the first endovascular graft approved by the FDA to treat a variety of thoracic lesions, including dangerously large bulges in the aorta (aneurysms) as well as thoracic aortic transections.

New Indicator For Identifying Throat Cancer Risks

January 16, 2012 5:04 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System have found a new indicator that may predict which patients with a common type of throat cancer are most likely have the cancer spread to other parts of their bodies. Patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma who had matted lymph nodes - nodes that are connected together - had a 69 percent survival rate over three years, compared to 94 percent for patients without matted nodes, according to a study published online ahead of print publication in Head & Neck .

Getting Patients To Take Charge Of Their Health

January 13, 2012 5:52 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D., New York Times blog | Comments

One afternoon, I heard a colleague let out an exasperated groan in front of the hospital computers. His patient had been admitted. Again. Overweight for much of his youth, the patient developed diabetes in his early 30s, then high blood pressure a few years later. By the time he was in his 40s, he had become so debilitated by a heart attack, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, arthritic joint pains and his ever-increasing weight that he could no longer work.

Open-Source Robotic Surgery Platform

January 13, 2012 5:48 am | Comments

Robotics experts at the University of California - Santa Cruz and the University of Washington (UW) have completed a set of seven advanced robotic surgery systems for use by major medical research laboratories throughout the United States. After a round of final tests, five of the systems will be shipped to medical robotics researchers at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Nebraska, UC-Berkeley, and UCLA, while the other two systems will remain at UC-Santa Cruz and UW.


Stenting For Stroke Prevention Becoming Safer

January 13, 2012 5:29 am | Comments

Placing a stent in a key artery in the neck is safer than ever in patients ineligible for the standard surgical treatment of carotid artery disease, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Vascular Surgery . A team of researchers led by Dr. Jon Matsumura, head of the vascular surgery division at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, found the clinical trial PROTECT (Carotid Artery Stenting with Distal Embolic Protection with Improved System) had the lowest rate of complications ever in patients considered high risk for carotid endarterectomy (CEA).


Infamous Surgeon Suing Malpractise Insurance Company

January 13, 2012 5:19 am | Comments

(AP) Mark Weinberger, a former surgeon who became notorious for fleeing the country when faced with legal and ethical questions surrounding his treatment of hundreds of people in and around northwestern Indiana, is suing his malpractice insurance company. If you haven't read his story, click here .

Conventional Nerve Repair Wisdom Defied By Clinical Study

January 13, 2012 5:06 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) In the first-ever multicenter clinical trial on processed nerve allograft, researchers from The Buncke Clinic in San Francisco found that treatment of severed peripheral nerve with processed nerve allograft showed meaningful recovery in 87 percent of patients, comparing favorably to traditional nerve repair (autograft nerve).

Top Causes Of Death No Longer Includes Murder

January 13, 2012 4:57 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP For the first time in almost half a century, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top 15 causes of death, bumped by a lung illness that often develops in elderly people who have choked on their food. The 2010 list reflects at least two major trends: murders are down, and deaths from certain diseases are on the rise as the population ages, health authorities said.

Hip Fracture Guidelines Address Variations In Hospital Care

January 11, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

All patients with hip fractures should be fast-tracked through hospital emergency departments and operated on within 48 hours of admission, according to new consensus guidelines developed by UK experts in anaesthesia, orthopaedics, geriatrics and emergency medicine and published in the January issue of Anaesthesia .

Patient-Matched Technology Works For Patients, Surgeons And System

January 11, 2012 6:05 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Smith & Nephew have announced the publication of a new study on the value of patient-matched technology for total knee replacement. Published in the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) , the official Journal of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, this study specifically looked at the VISIONAIRE patient-matched system from Smith & Nephew.

Parents Admit Denying Care To Ailing Son

January 11, 2012 5:58 am | Comments

(AP) — The parents of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who died from Hodgkin's lymphoma have pleaded guilty to denying him medical treatment. Thirty-seven-year-old Monica Hussing and 40-year-old William Robinson Sr., both of Cleveland, pleaded guilty to attempted involuntary manslaughter. Willie Robinson collapsed at his home on March 22, 2008.


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