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AHRQ Awards $34 Million To Fight Against HAIs

November 4, 2011 5:19 am | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced today that it has awarded $34 million in fiscal year 2011 for grants and contracts to hospitals, academic medical institutions and health care research organizations to expand the fight against healthcare-associated infections.

Cerebral Blood Flow Monitor Offers Surgical, Military Applications

November 4, 2011 5:10 am | Comments

PRNewswire - PhysioSonics announced today that it received a $2.5 million grant from the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center to optimize its proprietary cerebral blood-flow monitor to detect vasospasm. Following a successful launch in the civilian healthcare market, the military will test the monitor with the goal of deploying it at military facilities that care for soldiers with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Vampire Bacteria Could Serve As A Living Antibiotic

November 2, 2011 7:10 am | Comments

A vampire-like bacteria that leeches onto specific other bacteria – including certain human pathogens – has the potential to serve as a living antibiotic for a range of infectious diseases, a new study indicates. The bacterium, Micavibrio Aeruginosavorus, was discovered to inhabit wastewater nearly 30 years ago, but has not been extensively studied because it is difficult to culture and investigate using traditional microbiology techniques.


Hospital Smoking Policies Don't Address All Patient Needs

November 2, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

While smoke-free policies on hospital grounds make sense for the objective of clean air, managing the tobacco withdrawal symptoms of hospitalized patients must also be addressed, states an article in CMAJ ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ). Researchers from the University of Manitoba, University of Alberta and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority undertook a study to understand the consequences of smoke-free policies for patients and healthcare professionals at two large acute-care hospitals in Canada (the University of Alberta Hospital and Winnipeg's Health Sciences Center).

Researchers Examine Nipple-Sparing Mastectomies

November 2, 2011 6:16 am | Comments

A new study suggests some women needing a lumpectomy or mastectomy to treat their breast cancer have another potential option that is safe and effective, say researchers at Georgetown. They say the procedure, known as a nipple-sparing mastectomy, is also a viable surgical option for women who choose to have their breasts removed because of their increased risk of developing the disease.


Surgeons Separate California Conjoined Twins

November 2, 2011 5:57 am | Comments

Brooke Donald, AP Twin 2-year-old girls who were joined at the chest and abdomen were separated Tuesday during a lengthy, complex procedure at Stanford University's children's hospital. The operation that gave Philippines-born sisters Angelina and Angelica Sabuco their independence took more than nine hours and a team of more than 40 people.

Despite Economy, Aesthetic Procedures Still Popular

November 1, 2011 7:39 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ Physicians say consumers are more willing to invest in longer lasting aesthetic treatments, possibly due to the current economic climate. A recent online survey of 160 U.S. dermatology, plastic surgery and aesthetic practices revealed consumers see the value of a longer term solution and in turn will spend more money upfront than they did three years ago.


Smaller Hospitals Catching Up To Urban Counterparts In Advanced Surgical Procedures

November 1, 2011 7:24 am | Comments

A recent study of an advanced procedure for repairing a bulging aorta is challenging the myth that small rural and community hospitals do not adapt advanced operations or perform them as well as academic medical centers in larger cities. Researchers from three New York institutions presented their findings to challenge this illusion at the 2011 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.


Children's Hospital Boston Names Cohen As New Neurosurgeon-in-Chief

November 1, 2011 7:14 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire - Alan R. Cohen, MD, has been named Neurosurgeon-in-Chief and Chair of Children's Hospital Boston's Department of Neurosurgery. Children's Department of Neurosurgery is the largest and most specialized team of pediatric neurosurgeons in the world and was recently ranked first among children's hospitals by U.


Girls Joined At The Chest To Be Separated

November 1, 2011 7:04 am | Comments

Brooke Donald, AP In many ways, Angelina and Angelica Sabuco are like many other two-year-olds. The twin sisters love dancing and drawing. Their faces light up when they see a Dora the Explorer game. For their recent birthday, they enjoyed frosted cakes adorned with Disney princesses. But unlike most siblings, they can't get away from each other — they were born attached at the chest and abdomen.


Casino Winner Says No To Plastic Surgery

November 1, 2011 6:59 am | Comments

(AP) — A woman who won $25,000 worth of plastic surgery from an Atlantic City casino has decided she won't go under the knife. The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort gave the winner of its Nip and Tuck Sweepstakes the option to take the prize in cash, and that's exactly what Saturday night's winner did.

Drugs For HAIs Can Increase Post-Op Complications

October 31, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

The introduction of new antibiotic regimes to tackle hospital-acquired infections, such as C. difficile , must take into account the possibility of increased infections following specific surgical procedures. That is the key finding of a study published in the November issue of the urology journal BJUI .


Surgeons First To Perform Procedures Prior To Transplant

October 31, 2011 6:48 am | Comments

Surgeons at University of Kentucky HealthCare recently became the first ever to perform two specific procedures together as a bridge to lung transplantation. Wanda Craig, of Lexington, is the first patient in history to receive these procedures, and at the age of 68, she is also the oldest living human to be bridged to transplant using an artificial lung device, also known as an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).


Girl Gets $10M After ER Delay Leads To Amputations

October 31, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

(AP) — The family of a California toddler whose feet, left hand and part of her right hand were amputated because of a lengthy emergency room delay has agreed to a $10 million malpractice settlement. Malyia Jeffers was 2-years-old when her parents took her to Sacramento's Methodist Hospital last November with a fever, skin discoloration and weakness.

Post-Op Breast Surgery Complications More Common In Obese Women

October 31, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

GLOBE NEWSWIRE - Obese women are at substantially higher risk of complications following breast surgery, according to a study in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). "Obesity is associated with a nearly 12-fold increased odds of a post-operative complication after elective breast procedures," concludes the report by Catherine Lee Chen, MD and colleagues of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.



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