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Weight-Loss Surgery Offers Complications, Cost Savings

September 7, 2011 6:07 am | Comments

The majority of people who undergo bariatric weight-loss surgery benefit from the procedure, but long-term complications and further surgery are not uncommon, according to a UK paper on late post-operative complications in the October issue of BJS , the British Journal of Surgery . However, a Finnish paper, published in the same issue, says that bariatric surgery is a more cost-effective way of tackling rising morbid obesity rates than non-operative care.


Neurosurgeons Use Adult Stem Cells To Grow Neck Vertebrae

September 7, 2011 5:50 am | Comments

Neurosurgery researchers at UC Davis Health System have used a new, leading-edge stem cell therapy to promote the growth of bone tissue following the removal of cervical discs to relieve chronic, debilitating pain. The procedure was performed by associate professors of neurosurgery Kee Kim and Rudolph Schrot.

EHR Credited With Saving A Patient's Life

September 7, 2011 5:27 am | Comments

Improved outcomes for patients is believed to be an important benefit of using electronic health records, yet few physicians can cite specific instances where such software has made a life-saving difference. Dr. Shankar Santhanam of Lawrenceville, NJ, might be an exception. He credits the use of the Amazing Charts electronic health record system for saving a patient's life by following the evidence-based, decision-support recommendations offered by the software.


Medical Schools Teaching Little About Gay Health

September 7, 2011 5:13 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Future doctors aren't learning much about the unique health needs of gays and lesbians, a survey of medical school deans suggests. On average, the schools devoted five hours in the entire curriculum to teaching content related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients, according to the survey results appearing in the J ournal of the American Medical Association .

Conjoined Twins Separated In China

September 6, 2011 7:10 am | Comments

(AP) — Doctors have successfully separated conjoined twin girls after a six-hour surgery in a Chinese hospital. The official Xinhua News Agency reports that doctors separated "An An" and "Xin Xin" on Monday at the Shanghai Children's Medical Center. The twins were born in April with connected livers and hearts.

Teen Impersonated Physician's Assistant

September 6, 2011 7:04 am | Comments

WESH - Orlando, FL An Osceola County juvenile who faces charges of impersonating a physician's assistant will make his first appearance. Authorities with the Kissimmee Police Department arrested Matthew Scheidt, 17, on Friday. They said he was charged with five counts of impersonating a physician's assistant at Osceola Regional Medical Center.

$11.9 Million For Rural Healthcare IT

September 6, 2011 6:58 am | Comments

Rural health networks across the nation will receive more than $11.9 million to support their adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT) and certified Electronic Health Records (EHR). The funding announced today by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will also help these rural health networks’ participating eligible providers qualify for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payments, administered by the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services.

Paying Now For Pediatric Obesity Saves Later

September 6, 2011 6:21 am | Comments

Pediatric obesity ends up costing $3 billion annually in the U.S., but a significant amount of that could be saved by streamlining medical coverage to address health issues affecting young obese patients now, rather than waiting to treat conditions as they get older, according to UCLA researchers and colleagues.


Doctors Prescribing Fewer Antibiotics To Kids

September 2, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP The push to get pediatricians to stop prescribing antibiotics for the wrong illnesses is paying off a bit, a new government report found. Since the early 1990s, there's been a 10 percent drop in prescription rates for antibiotics for kids 14 and younger, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

Encouraging The Use Of Hospital-Based Radiology Groups

September 2, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

Hospital executives should consider the value-added services of hospital-based radiology groups before allowing radiology departments to be taken over by teleradiologists or other specialists, according to an article in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Taiwan Prosecutors Probe HIV Organ Transplants

September 2, 2011 5:57 am | Comments

(AP) — Physicians at a hospital in Taiwan that mistakenly transplanted four patients with HIV-infected organs may face criminal prosecution, an official said Friday. The doctors involved may face up to 10 years in prison if found to have caused patients to contract the HIV virus by negligence, Taipei Prosecutors' Office spokesman Lin Wen-teh said.


9/11 Dust Still A Medical Mystery

September 2, 2011 5:50 am | Comments

David B. Caruso, AP Like a lot of New Yorkers who spent time near the smoking ruins of the World Trade Center, Lorraine Ashman needs to take a deep breath before listing all the health problems that have afflicted her over the past decade. First, she got bronchiolitis and a constant cough that lasted for months.

Health System Achieves 42 Percent Drop In HAIs

August 31, 2011 7:52 am | Comments

Cone Health announces a dramatic reduction in healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) rates after implementing an infection prevention program which includes Xenex room disinfection systems. Cone Health saw zero MRSA cases in its intensive care units, and the total number of HAIs decreased 42 percent during the time period studied.

Hospital Uniforms Contain Dangerous Bacteria Majority Of The Time

August 31, 2011 7:17 am | Comments

More than 60 percent of hospital nurses' and doctors' uniforms tested positive for potentially dangerous bacteria, according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of APIC - the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Surgeons Remove Shears From Eye Socket

August 31, 2011 7:06 am | Comments

Amanda Lee Myers, AP Leroy Luetscher could feel the pruning shears jutting from his face as he tried to determine just what had happened to him after trimming the plants in his backyard and then falling face-first. At 86, Luetscher was covered in blood and in more pain than he'd ever felt in his life.


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