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High Levels Of Good Cholesterol Associated With Lower Alzheimer's Risk

December 14, 2010 5:09 am | Comments

High levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as "good" cholesterol, appear to be associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer's disease in older adults, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Neurology , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Dyslipidemia [high total cholesterol and triglycerides] and late-onset Alzheimer's disease are highly frequent in western societies," the authors write as background information in the article.

Addicted Healers: Doctors Who Abuse Drugs

December 14, 2010 4:51 am | Comments

Joel Hood, Chicago Tribune Richard Ready had been a drinker most of his life, but by the time he became chief resident of neurosurgery at a prominent Chicago-area hospital, it was drugs, not alcohol, that kept him going. Ready took stimulants to keep alert through his daily rounds. He took heavy pain relievers to numb his emotions after his mother's death.

New Ways To Predict Risk Of Stroke, Death During Surgery

December 13, 2010 6:31 am | Comments

It's a medical Catch-22: carotid artery surgery can itself cause stroke, but so can asymptomatic carotid disease if left untreated. UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have now developed a clinical risk prediction rule using factors such as sex, race and health history to assess the danger the surgery poses, while a modified version will help patients make a more fully informed choice about whether to have the procedure.

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Insurer Covers Baby's Surgery After Medicaid Denial

December 13, 2010 6:21 am | Comments

Ken Kusmer, AP An Indiana infant born with a rare condition that likely would kill him by age two, will receive a shot at a normal life after an insurance company said it will pay for an experimental procedure that the state's Medicaid program refused to cover. Seth Petreikis was born July 21 without a thymus gland that produces the T-cells the body uses to ward off infections, said his mother, Becky Petreikis of the Chicago suburb of Dyer, Indiana.

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Life Expectancy Figures Slip

December 13, 2010 6:10 am | Comments

Stephanie Nano, AP U.S. life expectancy has dropped slightly — by about a month — after mostly inching up for many years, the government recently reported. The preliminary report indicates that a baby born in 2008 can expect to live to 77.8 years if current trends continue. That's down a bit from an all-time high of 77.

Ultimate Payback After A Breakup? Plastic surgery

December 13, 2010 6:01 am | by Ellen McCarthy, Washington Post Staff Writer | Comments

The reality show in which women compete for pre-wedding cosmetic surgery may be getting all the attention, but doctors who ply their trade sculpting bodies and faces know that just as many - if not more - of the patients walking through their doors are motivated not by a new union but a marital breakup.

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Top Health Technology Hazards For 2011

December 13, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

Where do you start when trying to minimize the risks from healthcare technology? ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, helps hospitals answer this question with the release of its 5th annual list of Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2011 .

NFL Concussion Committee Hears From Helmet Makers

December 10, 2010 5:30 am | Comments

Howard Fendrich, AP Commissioner Roger Goodell was planning to briefly stop by the hotel where the NFL's head, neck and spine medical committee met Wednesday to hear from equipment makers, researchers, the military and NASCAR about how to improve helmet safety and cut down on concussions.Goodell wound up listening in for a few hours.

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National Kidney Swap Program Sees Immediate Success

December 10, 2010 5:12 am | Comments

Holly Ramer, AP As grateful as she was when her sister-in-law offered in October to donate a kidney on her behalf, Kathy Niedzwiecki didn't believe for one second her prediction that it would happen before Christmas. "I'm always the cup half empty, she's always the cup half full. Always," Niedzwiecki said three days after she received a new kidney in the first success for a national pilot program that helps arrange so-called kidney exchanges.

Surgery Complications Linked To Chemotherapy Delays

December 10, 2010 4:56 am | Comments

Patients who have complications after colorectal cancer surgery are less likely to get chemotherapy, even when it is clearly recommended for their diagnosis, a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center finds. In addition, patients with complications were more than twice as likely to have their chemotherapy delayed for more than 120 days after diagnosis or two months after surgery, which is considered the appropriate timeframe for receiving chemotherapy.

Patients May Not Have To Stop Taking Anti-Platelets Before Surgery

December 10, 2010 4:31 am | Comments

Despite the common clinical practice among surgeons to discontinue their patients' anti-platelet therapy prior to surgery, a recent study of patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA) indicated that this practice may be unnecessary. The study will be published in the December issue of the Annals of Vascular Surgery .

New Antimicrobial Polymer Receives Patent

December 9, 2010 12:02 pm | Comments

The United States Patent Office has issued to Biosafe, Inc. a composition of matter patent on the siloxane polymer that is the keystone of the company’s proprietary antimicrobial technology. The chemistry underlying the antimicrobial causes it to molecularly bond to the treated surfaces of film, sheet, molded plastics, non-wovens, metals, wood and other substances, enabling it to resist leaching or migration and providing long-lasting protection against bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungi.

Laparoscopic Technique Not Always Better

December 8, 2010 5:31 am | Comments

If skin is the body’s fortress against germ invaders, shouldn’t minimally invasive surgeries - operations guided by camera probes, conducted entirely within the abdomen – carry less risk for serious infection than procedures that slice the same cavity wide open? New research published in the December Annals of Surgery is challenging that assumption for a subset of patients.

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Support From Employers, Insurers Spurs Increase In Domestic Medical Travel

December 8, 2010 5:09 am | Comments

More employers and insurance companies are providing domestic medical travel incentives such as waived deductibles; coinsurance plans and covered travel expenses if employees will simply travel within the United States for healthcare travel or to another region or city for medical care. "The savings are significant and therefore insurers and third party administrators are partnering with healthcare providers for new revenue sources, especially in these times of reduced revenues," said David Goldstein, president of Health Options Worldwide (HOW), an online medical tourism agency that provides healthcare options domestically and internationally.

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Lawmakers Looking To Restore Arizona Transplant Fund

December 8, 2010 4:52 am | Comments

Bob Christie, AP Democratic state lawmakers criticized Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's cuts to a state health care program, calling the elimination of benefits for some medical transplants equivalent to setting up "death panels." They urged Brewer to either call a special session of the Legislature to restore the funding or to use federal stimulus funds she controls to do so.

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