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Investigating The Side Effects Of Prophylactic PEG Placement

March 15, 2011 6:52 am | Comments

Impairment of oral intake occurs in the majority of patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) receiving chemoradiotherapy. Placement of a prophylactic percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube in asymptomatic newly diagnosed patients before chemoradiation is a common practice in some centers.

Surgery Leads To Fertility For Cancer Survivors

March 15, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

(AP) — New research shows a painstaking surgical technique can help some men to become fathers after being deemed infertile because of childhood cancer. Young men can bank sperm before cancer treatment if they are told that treatment may render them sterile. For men who had not, surgeons essentially performed tiny biopsies of their testicular tissue to hunt for any pockets of hidden sperm, to be used for in vitro fertilization.

Hospitals Open ERs Focused On Seniors

March 15, 2011 6:17 am | Comments

(AP) — Many hospitals run emergency rooms just for children. Now a few are opening ERs specially designed for seniors, without all the confusion and clamor and with a little more comfort. It's a fledgling trend, but expected to increase as the population rapidly grays. The question is whether they'll truly improve care.

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Pre-mature Birth Drug Sees 15,000 Percent Increase

March 14, 2011 7:45 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP The price of preventing pre-term labor is about to go through the roof. A drug for high-risk pregnant women has cost about $10 to $20 per injection. Next week, the price shoots up to $1,500 a dose, meaning the total cost during a pregnancy could be as much as $30,000. That's because the drug, a form of progesterone given as a weekly shot, has been made cheaply for years by non-federally approved special pharmacies that custom-compound treatments.

Strike Closes Hospitals Despite World's Highest HIV Rate

March 14, 2011 7:30 am | Comments

(AP) — A Swaziland union official says public hospitals closed for three days this week after nurses went on strike in the country with the highest rate of HIV in the world. Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union spokesman Sibusiso Lushaba said that the strike for overtime wages would resume next week.

New Rules Could Limit Prescription Marijuana

March 14, 2011 7:18 am | Comments

Kristen Wyatt, AP Colorado's dispute over which doctors can recommend medical marijuana could become more confusing this week when state health authorities consider tighter limits as lawmakers debate conflicting rules. One question is whether doctors with conditions on their medical licenses — such as a surgeon being banned from surgery after developing arthritis — should be able to recommend pot.

Hormone Therapy Produces Significant Gains Following Prostate Surgery

March 14, 2011 7:06 am | Comments

Seventy percent of men who received androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) after surgery to remove their prostate gland gained significant weight in the first year, putting on an average of 9.3 pounds, according to a paper in the March issue of the urology journal BJUI . Researchers studied the recorded weights of 132 men who underwent radical prostatectomy between 1988 and 2009 at four U.

Giffords Makes "Leaps And Bounds" In Recovery

March 14, 2011 6:50 am | Comments

Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP Doctors helping Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recover from a gunshot wound to the head talk enthusiastically about her progress, saying some of the greatest moments come when her personality shines through with big grins and excitement over her rehabilitation milestones.

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Alcohol Has Stronger Impact On Gastric Bypass Patients

March 11, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

Patients who have had a gastric bypass operation take longer to process alcohol, potentially leading some of them to overindulge when drinking, according to the results of a new study in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . Previous studies have shown that gastric bypass patients often find it difficult adjusting to physical and psychological changes after the procedure.

Acquiring Robotics Leads To More Prostate Surgeries

March 11, 2011 5:21 am | Comments

A new study conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and Yale School of Medicine shows that when hospitals acquire surgical robotic technology, men in that region are more likely to have prostate cancer surgery. The study, The Association between Diffusion of the Surgical Robot and Radical Prostatectomy Rates , was published this week in the online edition of the journal Medical Care.

St. Louis VA Re-Opens After Sterilization Scare

March 11, 2011 4:53 am | Comments

(AP) — Surgeries have resumed at the Veterans Affairs hospital in St. Louis after being shut down for more than a month over sterilization concerns. The John Cochran VA Medical Center suspended surgeries on February 2 after surgical trays were found to be pitted with corrosion. Hospital director Rima Nelson says investigators who examined the sterilization processing department determined it was OK to start surgeries again.

Developer To Turn NYC Hospital Into Apartments

March 11, 2011 4:48 am | Comments

Verena Dobnik, AP One of New York's most powerful real-estate families has teamed up with a health care provider to turn the historic St. Vincent's medical center into a walk-in emergency facility that also contains hundreds of luxury apartments, according to a deal announced Thursday. An affiliate of Rudin Management — RSV LLC — will spend $260 million to help cover the debt of the closed and bankrupt Greenwich Village hospital.

Referrals To Higher-Volume Hospitals Don't Always Improve Outcomes

March 11, 2011 4:25 am | Comments

Referring patients to hospitals that have the largest volume of surgical procedures does not necessarily lead to improved outcomes for the overall population, according to the results of a new study in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . The findings of studies that suggest the higher the volume of specialty surgical procedures performed at any given hospital, the better that hospital’s outcomes will be, has resulted in calls for volume-based referrals.

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Refferrals To Higher-Volume Hospitals Don't Always Improve Outcomes

March 11, 2011 4:25 am | Comments

Referring patients to hospitals that have the largest volume of surgical procedures does not necessarily lead to improved outcomes for the overall population, according to the results of a new study in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . The findings of studies that suggest the higher the volume of specialty surgical procedures performed at any given hospital, the better that hospital’s outcomes will be, has resulted in calls for volume-based referrals.

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Alternative Surgical Robot In The Works

March 9, 2011 5:38 am | Comments

Viking Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VKNG), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of 3D and 2D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery, announces that its 3DHD system has been selected as the vision component of an alternative, cost-effective surgical robotic system demonstration that will be featured at the European Association of Urology (EAU) Annual Meeting which will be held in Vienna, March 18-22.

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