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Medicare Fund Given 12 Years - Maybe

August 6, 2010 6:01 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Stephen Ohlemacher, AP Medicare is in better shape and could stay afloat a dozen years longer than earlier projected, trustees forecast, but that depends on cuts in care that the system's top analyst says are highly doubtful. The annual report by the trustees who oversee Medicare and Social Security, led by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, gives backers of the new health care law evidence of a positive impact on government entitlement programs, but it also undercuts the findings with a host of caveats.

Lasers Can Reduce Sexual Side Effects Of Prostate Surgery

August 6, 2010 5:44 am | Comments

One of the challenges of prostate cancer surgery is removing the cancer-affected gland without side effects. The procedure is estimated to cause long-term sexual dysfunction in half of men. Now, new published research by urologic surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center presents evidence that a new laser technology used with robotic prostate cancer surgery may reduce the risk of damaging the crucial nerves necessary for erections and urinary continence.

Lubricating Cartilage After ACL Surgery Can Prevent Osteoarthritis

August 6, 2010 5:26 am | Comments

An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament is fairly common, especially among young athletes. While it can often be corrected through surgery, the injury can lead to increased risk of developing degenerative joint diseases, including osteoarthritis (OA). The problem is that fluid in the knee joint, which lubricates the cartilage, is impacted by the trauma of the injury and begins to deteriorate.

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Man Grateful For Having Toe Chewed Off

August 4, 2010 7:52 am | Comments

AP – A Michigan man says he's grateful his dog ate most of his toe while he was passed out drunk. Jerry Douthett of Rockford says Kiko's action helped uncover an undiagnosed diabetic condition and led to treatment that could save his life. The Grand Rapids Press reported that the 48-year-old musician knew for a while something was wrong with his foot.

Chemo Can't Be Forced On Patient

August 4, 2010 7:42 am | Comments

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AP A state juvenile court judge has rejected the request of a Christian convert's Muslim parents to order their daughter to continue chemotherapy for uterine cancer. The request from the parents of Rifqa Bary does not meet the legal requirement of a medical emergency needing immediate treatment, Franklin County Juvenile Court Magistrate Mary Goodrich said during a hearing.

FDA Moves Toward Tighter Device Oversight

August 4, 2010 7:29 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Makers of medical devices would have to submit more safety information to win federal approval under a proposal designed to tighten regulation of thousands of products reviewed each year. The Food and Drug Administration has released recommendations designed to improve oversight of the U.

Quality Years Lost To Obesity More Than Doubles

August 4, 2010 7:17 am | Comments

Although the prevalence of obesity and obesity-attributable deaths has steadily increased, the resultant burden of disease associated with obesity has not been well understood. A new study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicates that Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) lost to U.

Study Confirms Quality, Safety Of Nurse Anesthetist Care

August 4, 2010 6:51 am | Comments

There are no differences in patient outcomes when anesthesia services are provided by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), physician anesthesiologists, or CRNAs supervised by physicians, according to the results of a new national study conducted by RTI International. The study, titled "No Harm Found When Nurse Anesthetists Work Without Supervision by Physicians," appears in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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Brain May Age Faster In People Whose Hearts Pump Less Blood

August 3, 2010 7:03 am | Comments

Keep your heart healthy and you may slow down the aging of your brain, according to a new study reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. In the study, people whose hearts pumped less blood had brains that appeared older than the brains of those whose hearts pumped more blood.

Gulf Seafood Declared Safe; Fishermen Not So Sure

August 3, 2010 7:02 am | Comments

Greg Bluestein, Associated Press Writer Jason Dearen, Associated Press Writer August 3, 2010 Seafood from some parts of the oil-fouled Gulf of Mexico has been declared safe to eat by the government, based in part on human smell tests. But even some Gulf fishermen are questioning whether the fish and shrimp are OK to feed to their own families.

Trying Little-Known Option To Seal A Leaky Lung

August 3, 2010 7:02 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP The final straw came when Guy Vance's chest, neck and face ballooned, little air bubbles in his skin crackling to the touch — all because of a leak somewhere in his lung. Air was seeping into his chest cavity and under his skin, seeking another escape route. Two earlier surgeries had failed to seal the leak.

Keeping Patients “In Good Hands”

August 3, 2010 7:01 am | Comments

Hand therapy is one of the most vital treatment steps in recovery from hand injury surgery, according to a literature review published in the August 2010 issue of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). In fact, many patients spend more time with the hand therapist than the orthopaedic surgeon in the effort to ensure the best results and long-term recovery.

Aspen Surgical Products, Inc., Acquires Surgical Blade And Scalpels Business

August 3, 2010 7:01 am | Comments

Aspen Surgical Products, Inc. (“Aspen”) announces that it has acquired the Bard-Parker™ surgical blades and scalpels business from BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company).  Aspen is a leading manufacturer of disposable medical products with an emphasis on the operating room environment and safety.

New Regulations Require Public Reporting Of Certain HAIs

August 3, 2010 7:00 am | Comments

Beginning next year, consumers across the country will be able to find out how their hospital stacks up when it comes to preventing certain infections under new hospital acquired infection reporting regulations adopted by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).  The new reporting requirements apply to hospitals that participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) "pay-for-reporting" program.

Transplant Advance In Windpipe Cancer

August 2, 2010 7:40 am | Comments

Colleen Barry, Associated Press Writer ROME (AP) — Doctors have successfully transplanted windpipes into two cancer patients in an innovative procedure that uses stem cells to allow a donated trachea to regenerate tissue and create an organ biologically close to the original, they said Friday.

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