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Feds Dismiss Misconduct Claims At FDA Device Unit

November 10, 2010 5:48 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time this year, federal inspectors have dismissed allegations by Food and Drug Administration scientists who say they were pressured and harassed by their managers into approving medical devices against their judgment. The office of inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the FDA, concluded there is "no evidence of retaliation" against the employees, according to a one-page memo obtained by The Associated Press.

New Risk Factor For Developing Breast Cancer

November 10, 2010 5:47 am | Comments

An Australian research team from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland has identified a new risk factor for developing breast cancer. This has been published online in the journal Cancer Prevention Research. The risk factor involves a modification (DNA methylation) to the BRCA1 gene.

Inconsistent Bloodstream Infection Surveillance Among Medical Centers

November 10, 2010 5:46 am | Comments

"Public reporting of hospital-specific infection rates is widely promoted as a means to improve patient safety. Central line [central venous catheter]-associated bloodstream infection (BSI) rates are considered a key patient safety measure because such infections are frequent, lead to poor patient outcomes, are costly to the medical system, and are preventable.

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Limited Care For Burn Victims In Indonesia

November 9, 2010 5:32 am | Comments

Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press An Indonesian medic check an injured Maunt Merapi victim at hospital in Yogyakarta, Indonesia , Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. The hospital at the foot of Indonesia's most volatile volcano is struggling to cope with victims brought in after the mountain's most powerful eruption in a century.

MIS Techniques Recommended For Most Hysterectomies

November 9, 2010 5:31 am | Comments

Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States annually to treat benign disorders of the pelvis. More than two-thirds are performed through an abdominal incision. In an evidence-based position statement published online today in The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, the AAGL, a medical specialty society of over 5,000 gynecologic surgeons, advocates the practice of performing these procedures vaginally or laparoscopically in a minimally invasive manner, thus reducing morbidity and facilitating a faster recovery period.

Breast Cancer Patients Prefer Silicone Implants After Mastectomy

November 9, 2010 5:30 am | Comments

A new study has found that women who receive silicone implants after a double mastectomy are more satisfied with their breasts than women who receive saline implants. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings may help physicians and breast cancer survivors as they together make decisions related to postmastectomy reconstructive surgery.

Doctors Use Hybrid Approach To Stop Deadly Arrhythmias

November 9, 2010 5:29 am | Comments

New techniques now being used at UCLA allow doctors to more precisely target certain areas of the heart to stop ventricular arrhythmias — serious abnormal rhythms in the heart's lower chambers — in high-risk patients. Generally, arrhythmias can be controlled by medications, and sometimes defibrillators.

MDs Slash Some Drug Co. Ties Amid Rising Scrutiny

November 9, 2010 5:29 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors have sharply cut some financial ties to drug companies, thanks to increased scrutiny about relationships that critics say improperly influence medical treatment, a survey suggests. The biggest change occurred in the number of doctors who accept drug company money for attending medical meetings, including covering travel to sometimes exotic locations.

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Helping Soldiers Who Have Lost Limbs

November 8, 2010 5:29 am | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University's Bone Tissue Engineering Center is working to help soldiers who have lost limbs in combat. CMU's Jeffrey O. Hollinger, director of the center, and Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski have received a three-year, $2.9 million U.S. Department of Defense research grant to develop a therapy that would aid amputees, specifically wounded soldiers.

Study: CT Scans Modestly Cut Lung Cancer Deaths

November 8, 2010 5:29 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A major study shows giving heavy smokers special CT scans can detect lung cancer early enough to modestly lower their risk of death — the first clear evidence that a screening test may help fight the nation's top cancer killer.

Hernia Repair Workshop Highlights Use Of Biologic Grafts

November 8, 2010 5:28 am | Comments

Surgical residents in their final years of surgical training learned the latest techniques in using biologic grafts to treat hernias in a workshop led by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and sponsored through an educational grant from Cook Medical. The workshop, entitled “Advanced Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery Workshop” took place during August in St.

‘The Doctors’ Profiles SPIDER® Surgical System

November 8, 2010 5:27 am | Transenterix, Inc. | Comments

The show aired Friday, Nov. 5. “The Doctors” – which features practicing physicians discussing topical health and medical issues in an easy-to-understand, conversational manner – reaches millions of viewers and just picked up its first Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show in the informative category.

Experts Recommendations For Post-Bariatric Surgery Patients

November 5, 2010 6:48 am | Comments

The Endocrine Society released a new clinical practice guideline for the nutritional and endocrine management of adults after bariatric surgery, including those with diabetes mellitus. The guideline features a series of evidence-based clinical recommendations developed by an expert task force.

Special Election: Ambulance Takes Voter To Poll

November 5, 2010 6:36 am | Comments

(AP) A Philadelphia-area man didn't let an ambulance ride stop him from casting his vote. Eighty-three-year-old Charles Gorby persuaded an emergency crew to stop and let him vote Tuesday as they took him home after a two-week hospital stay. Since the polling place was only about a block from Gorby's Havertown home, the crew agreed.

Surgical And Non-Surgical Bicep Treatments Show Promise

November 5, 2010 6:08 am | Comments

A patient with a long head biceps (LHB) tendinopathy, which is a pain and/or tearing of the tendon, may also have a shoulder problem and/or a rotator cuff tear. Traditional treatments include both surgical and non-surgical approaches. “The surgeon’s goal in treating any long head biceps tendinopathy is to address the pain in a way that also respects the patient’s lifestyle.

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