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Doctors' Group Backs Legalizing Pot

October 17, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

(AP) — California's largest industry group for doctors is calling for the legalization of marijuana even as it maintains that the drug has few proven health benefits. Trustees of the California Medical Association adopted the new stance at its annual meeting Friday in Anaheim, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Boston Hospital Performs Double Hand Transplant

October 17, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

Denise Lavoie, AP A quadruple amputee who received new hands through a transplant operation says he is looking forward to doing ordinary things again: getting dressed, taking a shower, making coffee and, sweetest of all, touching the faces of his two grandsons. Richard Mangino, 65, lost his arms below the elbows and his legs below the knees after he had a kidney stone in 2002 and contracted a severe bloodstream infection.

Anesthesiologists Join Campaign To Improve Surgical Care In Developing Countries

October 14, 2011 6:59 am | Comments

PRNewswire - Lifebox, a global not-for-profit organization, today announced that the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has joined its campaign to provide life-saving pulse oximeters for operating rooms in developing countries around the world. ASA is the largest anesthesiology organization in the world, with 47,000 potential contributors to the Lifebox initiative.


Surgery To Help Prevent Epileptic Seizures Gains More Support

October 14, 2011 6:49 am | Comments

Almost half of people with epilepsy who had surgery for the condition remained free of seizures 10 years later, according to a recent study published by the British medical journal, The Lancet . Researchers from University College London tracked 615 post-surgery epileptics annually over a period of eight years and found that 82 percent remained seizure-free for a year after surgery.


Help In The Battle Against Superbugs

October 14, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

Targeting a toxin released by virtually all strains of MRSA could help scientists develop new drugs that can fight the superbug, research suggests. A study led by the University of Edinburgh has discovered the toxin - SElX - which leads the body's immune system to go into overdrive and damage healthy cells.

Doctor Pleads Not Guilty In Stem Cell Implant Case

October 14, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

Ken Ritter, AP A prominent Las Vegas-area pediatrician pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that he and a man who falsely claimed he was a doctor conspired to implant chronically ill patients with stem cells harvested from human placentas. A lawyer for Dr. Ralph Conti issued a statement saying Conti was cooperating with federal authorities and "believes the facts of the case will unfold in a different fashion.


Research Shows Link Between Accreditation, Quality

October 14, 2011 6:08 am | Comments

New research published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine shows that hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission outperformed non-accredited hospitals on nationally standardized quality measures of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure and pneumonia, and that the performance gap between Joint Commission accredited and non-accredited hospitals increased over the years of the study.

Cardinal Health Offering $1 Million In Grants To Improve Patient Safety

October 12, 2011 6:51 am | Comments

The Cardinal Health Foundation today announced that, for the fifth consecutive year, it will award more than $1 million in grant funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems, community health clinics and other non-profit health care institutions improve the efficiency and quality of patient care.


Predicting Who Will And Won't Fight Off Infections

October 12, 2011 6:43 am | Comments

Why are some people prone to severe infections, while others handle them with less difficulty? A new research report appearing online in the FASEB Journal attempts to answer this question by shedding light on the genetic differences that influence our ability to fight off bacterial infections.

Misperceptions, Fear Inhibit Discussions About Obesity Treatments

October 12, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

PRNewswire - Significant barriers are keeping adults affected by obesity in Nashville, Tennessee,and physicians from talking frankly about bariatric surgery, according to a new survey sponsored by the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and Ethicon Endo-Surgery. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that 32 percent of adults in Tennessee are affected by obesity.

Doctor Not Fit For Trial In Hepatitis Case

October 12, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

Ken Ritter, AP The ailing former physician-owner of a southern Nevada endoscopy clinic at the center of a hepatitis outbreak isn't fit to stand trial on felony charges, despite findings by state medical personnel, his lawyer said Tuesday. Dipak Desai sat impassively in a Las Vegas courtroom while his lawyer, Richard Wright, told Clark County District Judge Kathleen Delaney that he intends to challenge findings a psychiatrist and psychologist reached while Desai was evaluated for nearly six months at the Lake's Crossing Center in Sparks.


Woman Gives Birth After Running Chicago Marathon

October 11, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

Sophia Tareen, AP Amber Miller felt contractions just minutes after crossing the finish line at the Chicago Marathon. A few hours later, the suburban Chicago woman — who slogged her way through 26.2 miles while nearly 39 weeks pregnant — delivered a healthy baby girl. "For me, it wasn't anything out of the ordinary.

Free Funerals To Boost Organ Donation

October 11, 2011 6:17 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Offering free funerals to people who donate kidneys, livers and other organs could help boost donation rates, an influential British medical ethics group says. In a set of recommendations published Monday, the Nuffield Council listed various ways to encourage people to donate more body parts, including organs, blood, eggs and sperm.

Jurors Lean More About Doctor's Personality

October 11, 2011 6:09 am | Comments

Linda Deutsch, AP Jurors who stared at the stoic face of Michael Jackson's doctor across a courtroom for two weeks have had their first glimpse at his personality, and their impression of him could be as important as if he had taken the stand himself. A more-than two-hour long interview that Dr.

Drug Firms Ordered To Pay $162 Million In Hep C Case

October 11, 2011 5:59 am | Comments

Oskar Garcia, AP A Nevada jury has ordered three pharmaceutical companies to pay $162.5 million in punitive damages in a lawsuit that accused them of negligently distributing large vials of an anesthetic to Las Vegas clinics at the center of a 2008 hepatitis C outbreak. The damages awarded in Clark County District Court are on top of the $20.



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