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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.

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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.

More Children's Doctors Needed In Rural Areas

December 20, 2010 5:49 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP There are enough children's doctors in the United States, they just work in the wrong places, a new study finds. Some wealthy areas are oversaturated with pediatricians and family doctors. Other parts of the nation have few or none. Nearly one million kids live in areas with no local children's doctor.

Lack Of Specialists In ER Puts Patients At Risk

December 20, 2010 5:38 am | Comments

Almost three quarters of hospital emergency department administrators nationwide report that lack of medical specialists at their facilities poses a risk to ER patients – in some cases a very significant risk. They also express concern that health reform will cause additional ER crowding and that mental health services are becoming increasingly inadequate.

New Test Predicts Kidney Disease Complications

December 20, 2010 5:37 am | Comments

A study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco found that Cystatin C, a blood marker of kidney function, proved significantly more accurate than the standard blood marker, creatinine, in predicting serious complications of kidney disease.

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Strike Averted At Harlem Hospital

December 17, 2010 6:01 am | Comments

A looming strike by doctors at the city-run Harlem Hospital Center was averted, union officials said, after the physicians agreed in principle to a contract that would strip them of certain benefits but restore elements of patient care. Before the agreement, 75 percent of the hospital’s 200 doctors had voted to go on strike.

Brain-Damaged Woman Knows No Fear

December 17, 2010 5:54 am | Comments

Malcolm Ritter, AP Meet SM, a 44-year-old woman who literally knows no fear. She's not afraid to handle snakes. She's not afraid of the "The Blair Witch Project," ''The Shining," or "Arachnophobia." When she visited a haunted house, it was a monster who was afraid of her. SM isn't some cold-blooded psychopath or a hero with a tight rein on her emotions.

Courts May Not Get Last Word In Health Care Fight

December 17, 2010 5:45 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are cheering a federal court ruling that one of its core provisions is unconstitutional. They may not realize that Obama has a fallback option that also could do the job. Even if the Supreme Court ultimately agrees that government cannot require individuals to carry health coverage, the Obama administration could borrow a strategy that Medicare has used for decades to compel consumers to join new insurance groups.

Human Tumor Tissue Irradiated With Ions For The First Time

December 17, 2010 5:29 am | Comments

Cancer treatment with ion beams is characterized by an excellent cure rate and only minor side effects. The therapy has been routinely in use for a little over one year. The effectiveness of the ion beams not only depends on the tumor type, but also on the genetic disposition and the personal circumstances of the individual patient.

Last Chance Effort At Fighting Intestinal Superbug

December 15, 2010 6:15 am | Comments

(AP) — C-diff, a germ that ravages people's intestines and can't be conquered with even the strongest, most expensive antibiotic, is on the rise. Now, a small but growing number of doctors are trying a last-ditch treatment - using good bacteria to fight off the bad by transplanting stool from a healthy person into the sick person's colon.

Transplant May Have Cured AIDS Patient

December 15, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP A very unusual blood transplant appears to have cured an American man carrying the AIDS virus, but doctors say the approach is not practical for wide use. The man, who resides in Berlin and is in his 40s, had a blood stem cell transplant in 2007 to treat leukemia. His donor not only was a good blood match but also had a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to HIV.

Refinements In Surgery For Chest Deformity

December 15, 2010 5:55 am | Comments

Since 1987, when a surgeon at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters developed a minimally-invasive surgery to correct sunken chest, the procedure has been adopted world-wide as a standard of care and continually refined to increase its effectiveness and safety, according to a paper published in the December issue of the Annals of Surgery .

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