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Grants Focus On Reducing Medical Risks, Hospital-Acquired Conditions

November 1, 2010 7:21 am | Comments

Medline Industries, Inc. announced today that it is funding ten new research projects in its second round of Prevention Above All Discoveries Grants focused on reducing the medical risks and harms associated with hospital-acquired conditions. To date the program has provided over $1.1 million in funding to front-line healthcare workers researching evidence-based solutions.

German Anatomist Now Selling Bodies Online

November 1, 2010 7:20 am | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Still wondering what to get that special someone for the holidays? Why not "earrings with giraffe tail slices" from German anatomist Guenter von Hagens' new online shop for euro41.53 ($57.55)? Von Hagens, famous for his "Body Worlds" traveling exhibition of preserved human bodies and body parts, said Friday his new Internet shop is going online Nov.

Intentional Swallowing Of Foreign Bodies A Costly Condition

November 1, 2010 7:14 am | Comments

Study from Rhode Island Hospital identifies an unusual yet financially impactful condition November 1, 2010 PROVIDENCE, RI – A new study from Rhode Island Hospital found that 33 individuals were responsible for 305 cases of medical intervention to remove foreign bodies that were intentionally swallowed, resulting in more than $2 million in estimated hospital costs.

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Stereotactic Radiotherapy Slows Cancer Progression For Inoperable Patients

November 1, 2010 7:13 am | Comments

For pancreatic cancer patients unable to undergo surgery – the only known cure for this form of cancer – a highly targeted cancer radiation therapy may help slow cancer progression and lessen disease symptoms, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Called stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), the study found it was able to delay pancreatic cancer progression locally, on average, by almost six months.

“Ansell Protects” Program Helps Prevent Allergic Contact Dermatitis

October 29, 2010 6:06 am | Comments

Ansell Healthcare announces the launch of the Ansell Protects Program, a major new initiative aimed at helping healthcare facilities understand the risks associated with chemical allergies and providing solutions for them. It is estimated that hand dermatitis affects up to 33% of all nurses, costing the U.

Judge: McDonald's Must Pay Obese Employee $17.5K

October 29, 2010 6:05 am | Comments

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald's must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds (30 kilograms) while working there for a dozen years. The 32-year-old man said he felt forced to sample the food each day to ensure quality standards remained high, because McDonald's hired "mystery clients" to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness.

Surgical Robot Developer Sees Progress

October 29, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

Virtual Incision Corporation announces financing and the opening of its corporate headquarters as it works to develop in vivo single incision laparoscopic robotic surgical devices for abdominal and pelvic procedures October 29, 2010 Virtual Incision Corporation, a developer of in vivo robots for use in single incision laparoscopic surgery, today announced it has completed a $2 million Series A financing led by PrairieGold Venture Partners and Bluestem Capital.

Italian Surgeons Get Prison For Unneeded Surgery In “Clinic Of Horrors”

October 29, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

ROME (AP) — Three surgeons have been convicted of performing unnecessary operations in what the Italian media has dubbed a "clinic of horrors." The sentences were handed down Friday after a trial in which prosecutors produced evidence that unneeded operations including amputations were performed on 83 patients at the Santa Rita clinic in Milan with the aim of getting large reimbursements from the state health system.

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China Red Cross Calls For Urgent Blood Donations

October 29, 2010 6:03 am | Comments

Chi-Chi Zhang, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China's Red Cross asked citizens around the country Friday to urgently donate blood because of an acute shortage that has prompted delays in some surgeries. An emergency notice on the agency's website said blood was in especially short supply this year and called for emergency measures, such as blood drives, in Beijing and the provinces of Yunnan, Shandong, Jilin, Hubei and Guangdong.

Campaign Educates Women About Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism

October 27, 2010 6:36 am | Comments

As many as 600,000 people are affected by deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) every year, and more than half of those are never diagnosed. Some people experience swelling and varying levels of discomfort in the affected area, and some don't feel anything at all. But the symptoms of DVT can be similar to other conditions, like a pulled muscle, and because some people with DVT do not have any symptoms, there is often a delay in diagnosis.

Follow Up: Hospital Fined $300K For Leaving Drill Bit In Patient

October 27, 2010 6:35 am | Comments

Rhode Island officials have ordered the state's largest hospital to pay a $300,000 fine, the largest in state history, after operating room staff left a broken drill bit in a patient's skull during brain surgery. State health officials on Tuesday said Rhode Island Hospital did not follow its own policy, which requires staff to do an X-ray of a patient if a surgical tool or device is missing at the end of a surgery.

Cosmetic Surgery Gets A 'Lift' With Updated Approach

October 27, 2010 6:34 am | Comments

Adam D. Schaffner, M.D., F.A.C.S., Director of Plastic Surgery at JUVA Skin and Laser Center in Manhattan, is challenging the "one size fits all" approach to the traditional facelift with a new, customizable, minimally-invasive and affordable procedure named JuvaLiftT. We all know how the subtle changes on our face reveal our age.

Surgery Gives Infants With Heart Defect Chance Of Survival

October 27, 2010 6:32 am | Comments

When prenatal diagnosis detects the severe heart defect hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) in a fetus, a comprehensive prenatal evaluation is important to provide parents an accurate prognosis. In HLHS, one of the heart's pumping chambers is severely underdeveloped. However, say researchers, in two-thirds of cases, reconstructive surgery affords the infant an excellent chance of early survival.

Better Transparency Needed On Medical Journals' Competing Interests

October 27, 2010 5:54 am | Comments

Journals need to develop policies to handle the inevitable competing interests that arise when they publish papers that may bring them reprint revenue or increase their impact factors. This is the conclusion of a research article by Andreas Lundh and colleagues from the Nordic Cochrane Centre published in this weeks PLoS Medicine .

Man Brain Damaged After Nurse Turns Off Ventilator

October 26, 2010 6:17 am | Comments

A quadriplegic English man has been left brain damaged after a nurse accidentally switched off his ventilator — an act caught on a camera the patient had reportedly installed because he was concerned about the quality of his care. Footage released by the BBC shows nurse Violetta Aylward turning off Jamie Merrett's ventilator in January 2009, then struggling to revive him.

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