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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.

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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.

Primary Care Docs Earn Less

October 26, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

Clinician's wages appear to vary significantly across physician specialties and are lowest for those in primary care, according to a recent report in the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Numerous studies have documented substantial income disparities between primary care and other physician specialties.

Cleveland Clinic-Led Team Develops Quality Index For Hospitals

October 26, 2010 5:49 am | Comments

In a major paper published in the journal Anesthesiology , a Cleveland Clinic-led research team announced the development of a new publicly available tool to help patients, regulators, and hospitals compare patient outcomes and quality.  The Risk Stratification Index was developed using more than 35 million Medicare and Medicaid records, then validated on more than 100,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic.

Surgical Complications Drop When Hospitals Share Safety Data

October 26, 2010 5:40 am | Comments

Michigan hospitals reduced surgical complications by nearly 10 percent at a time when the rest of the nation saw no change in complication rates, according to a new study out next week in the Archives of Surgery . Complications dropped at hospitals participating in what's called the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, a group of 16 hospitals led by the University of Michigan Health System that agreed to pool data and share information about what keeps patients safe.

Reporting Procedures Lead To Underestimating Endoscopy Complications

October 26, 2010 5:26 am | Comments

Hospital visits following outpatient gastrointestinal endoscopies may be more common than previously estimated, according to a recent report in the Archives of Internal Medicine , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. About 15 to 20 million endoscopic procedures are performed each year in the United States, according to background information in the article.

CDC Says 1/3 Of U.S. Adults Could Have Diabetes By 2050

October 25, 2010 6:58 am | Comments

One in 10 U.S. adults has diabetes now. The prevalence is expected to rise sharply over the next 40 years due to an aging population more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, increases in minority groups that are at high risk for type 2 diabetes, and people with diabetes living longer, according to CDC projections published in the journal Population Health Metrics.

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