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Use Of ER CT Scans Up 330 Percent

August 10, 2011 6:06 am | Comments

A review of national data from 1996 through 2007 reveals a sharp uptick in the use of computed tomography scans to diagnose illnesses in emergency departments, a University of Michigan Health System study finds. The rate of CT use grew 11 times faster than the rate of ED visits during the study period.

Red Cross Warns Of Rising Attacks On Medics

August 10, 2011 5:51 am | Comments

AP) — Attacks on medics in war zones are becoming more frequent and drawing less outrage, despite being explicitly forbidden under international law, the Red Cross said Wednesday. The neutral aid group said recent incidents in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen indicated a wider trend toward targeting health care workers, hospitals and ambulances.

New Approach To Thyroid Surgery Eliminates Scar

August 10, 2011 5:29 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the rate of thyroid cancer continues to climb, doctors are urging patients to be more cautious about thyroid nodules, a common disorder that is responsible for a small but growing number of thyroid cancer cases. Until recently, the only way to remove nodules and rule out cancer was through surgery that required a five centimeter incision across the front of the neck.


Improved Radical Surgery Techniques Improve Bladder Cancer Outcomes

August 9, 2011 7:04 am | Comments

Bladder cancer patients who have radical surgery can benefit from local control of the disease, acceptable clinical outcomes and low death rates, according to research in the August issue of British Journal of Urology International . Researchers studied 2,287 patients who had radical cystectomy surgery, where the bladder is removed, together with nearby tissue and organs as required.

ED Assessments Could Reduce Surgical Decision Times

August 9, 2011 6:55 am | Comments

The use of Acute Care Emergency Surgical Service (ACCESS) in emergency departments can lead to significant reductions in key patient measures, such as length of stay, surgical decision-making time and "time-to-stretcher" (one measure of overall ER overcrowding), according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons .

Laparoscopic Bariatric Procedures Continue To Increase

August 9, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

According to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons , there was an increase in the number of laparoscopic bariatric procedures, an increase in the number of bariatric surgeons, and a decrease of inhospital mortality rates between 2003 and 2008.


Antibiotic Could Help Reduce Revision Surgery

August 9, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

Total joint replacement surgeries can help relieve joint pain common in people with conditions like osteoarthritis. But sometimes, the debris from prosthetic joints leads to aseptic loosening, or disintegration of surrounding bones. In 2009, a Wayne State University researcher determined that the anti-inflammatory antibiotic erythromycin can prevent and treat such disintegration.

Formerly Conjoined Twin Girls Turn 10

August 8, 2011 5:50 am | Comments

Christina Hoag, AP Reaching that first double-digit age of 10 is a milestone for any kid, but for these Guatemalan twins born conjoined at the head, it's cause for joyous celebration — they've repeatedly defied the odds against survival at all. The girls, Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa Quiej-Alvarez, garnered international attention when they were separated in 2002 via a 23-hour surgery at Mattel Children's Hospital at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center.


Hacking Insulin Pumps And Blood-Sugar Monitors

August 8, 2011 5:38 am | Comments

Jordan Robertson, AP Even the human bloodstream isn't safe from computer hackers. A security researcher who is diabetic has identified flaws that could allow an attacker to remotely control insulin pumps and alter the readouts of blood-sugar monitors. As a result, diabetics could get too much or too little insulin.

Woman Finishes Bar Exam While In Labor

August 8, 2011 5:26 am | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — A pregnant suburban Chicago woman was so determined to finish the Illinois bar exam that she completed the test even after going into labor. The Chicago Tribune reports that 29-year-old Elana Nightingale Dawson had started the final portion of the exam last week when the Northwestern Law School graduate went into labor.

Massachusetts Hospitals Gain Is Others Loss

August 8, 2011 5:17 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP An obscure provision tucked into the federal health care law has turned into a jackpot for Massachusetts hospitals, but officials in other states are upset because the money will come from their hospitals. The Medicare windfall for Massachusetts is $275 million a year.

Baby Boomers Worried About Finances, Health Costs

August 1, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

Jennifer C. Kerr, AP Many of the nation's 77 million boomers are worried about being able to pay their medical bills as they get older, a new poll finds. The concern is so deep that it outpaces worries about facing a major illness or disease, dying, or losing the ability to do favorite activities.

Judge Orders Circumcision Ban Off San Francisco Ballot

August 1, 2011 6:10 am | Comments

Lisa Leff, AP A judge struck a measure from the city's November ballot that called for a ban on most circumcisions of male children, saying the proposed law violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of religious freedom and a California law that makes regulating medical procedures a function of the state, not cities.


Anesthesia Killed Vegas Woman During Cosmetic Surgery

August 1, 2011 6:03 am | Comments

Cristina Silva, AP A husband and wife who performed an illegal buttocks enhancement surgery that resulted in a Las Vegas woman's death are expected to plead guilty to manslaughter despite an autopsy report that shows the death was accidental. Elena Caro, 42, died from an allergic reaction to the tumescent anesthesia commonly used in cosmetic surgery procedures, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said Friday.


Israeli Doctors Rally For Better Pay And Conditions

August 1, 2011 5:54 am | Comments

(AP) — Hundreds of Israel's doctors are demonstrating in Jerusalem, stepping up their protest for higher wages and better hospital conditions. Last week, doctors marched to Jerusalem and pitched tents, echoing a grass-roots movement of tent camps that have sprung up nationwide with young people demanding affordable housing.


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