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Video Games Lead to Faster Decisions That Are No Less Accurate

September 20, 2010 7:12 am | Comments

Cognitive scientists from the University of Rochester have discovered that playing action video games trains people to make the right decisions faster. The researchers found that video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn't just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.

Follow Up: 911 Calls Detail Johns Hopkins Shooting Afermath

September 20, 2010 7:11 am | Comments

BALTIMORE (AP) — A frightened patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital told 911 operators that her parents were trying to keep the door to her room shut after they heard gunfire. Recordings of 911 released Friday to The Associated Press detail the tense moments after a man opened fire on a surgeon who was updating him on his mother's condition.

Exploring The Power Of Virtual Surgical Planning

September 20, 2010 7:11 am | Comments

Materialise announced that it would lend its expertise in virtual surgical planning to researcher Dr. J. B. Jupiter, Chief Hand and Upper Extremity Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Through an AO funded, IRB approved study, Dr. Jupiter will use SurgiCase® Orthopaedics to explore the advantages of computer-assisted surgery, virtual 3D planning and intra-operative use of patient-specific surgical guides in osteotomies to correct compound wrist fractures-the first research project of its kind.

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The "Surgeon's Dread"

September 20, 2010 7:10 am | by Susan Spencer-Wendel | Comments

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It has been called the "surgeon's dread." The most common mistake made in surgery, according to medical journals, is leaving a sponge or instrument inside a patient. County Judge Nelson Bailey knows precisely what happens when something is left behind.

Diaries Can Help ICU Patients From Developing PTSD

September 17, 2010 5:44 am | Comments

Some intensive care patients develop post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) after the trauma of a difficult hospital stay, and this is thought to be exacerbated by delusional or fragmentary memories of their time in the intensive care unit. Now researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care have found that if staff and close relatives make a diary for patients, featuring information about their stay and accompanied by photographs, PTSD rates can be significantly reduced.

Reducing Blood Clot Risks Before Hip Replacement Surgery

September 17, 2010 5:26 am | Comments

Risk factors for venous thromboembolism after total hip replacement (THR) surgery were identified in a new study published in the September 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) . While the rate of thromboembolism has been significantly reduced through medication, understanding the risk factors could further reduce the likelihood of patients developing this potentially fatal complication.

South African Hospital Charged With Organ Trafficking

September 17, 2010 5:08 am | Comments

Donna Bryson, AP (AP) A major South African hospital chain and its chief executive have been charged after years of investigation into a human organ trafficking case that stretched from Israel to South Africa to Brazil. Police spokesman Vish Naidoo said 11 suspects were ordered to appear in court in November.

Amoeba Blamed In 2 More Organ Transplant Deaths

September 17, 2010 5:01 am | Comments

(AP) U.S. health officials say two Arizona organ transplant recipients died of an infection from a microscopic parasite they got from their organ donor. The deaths are the second confirmed cluster of tranplant-related encephalitis caused by Balamuthia mandrillaris, an amoeba found in soil. It is especially dangerous to people undergoing organ transplants and who have weakened immune systems.

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Tragedy At Johns Hopkins

September 17, 2010 4:54 am | Comments

Alex Dominguez, AP A man who became distraught as he was being briefed on his mother's condition by a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital pulled a gun and shot the doctor Thursday, then killed his mother and himself in her room, police said. The doctor, who was wounded in the abdomen, is expected to survive.

Medline Awarded Premier Contract For Surgical Mesh

September 15, 2010 5:53 am | Comments

Medline Industries, a privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, has announced the signing of a three-year national agreement with Premier Purchasing Partners, the group purchasing unit of Premier, Inc., to provide surgical mesh biomaterials used in soft tissue reinforcement to the more than 2,200 U.

Burnout Associated With Unprofessional Conduct

September 15, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

Medical students with higher levels of distress (burnout) were more likely to partake in unprofessional conduct related to patient care and less altruistic professional values, according to a study in the September 15 issue of JAMA . "Professionalism is a core competency for all physicians.

More Residents Endangering Patients By Working Through Illness

September 15, 2010 5:33 am | Comments

A new study demonstrates that young doctors often fail to heed the Biblical injunction, "physician, heal thyself." In a research letter published in the , issue of JAMA , researchers report that three out of five residents surveyed came to work in the previous year while sick, possibly exposing their patients and colleagues to suboptimal performance and, in many cases, communicable disease.

Being A Better Listener

September 15, 2010 5:18 am | Comments

Doctors can be taught to listen better to individual circumstances that may affect patient care, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. The findings are reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association . In a previous study the investigators had shown that doctors are not good at picking up clues to details in their patients' personal lives that may affect their treatment, or what the researchers call "context.

Medical Students Critical About Depression Among Peers

September 15, 2010 5:00 am | Comments

Medical students experience depression at a higher rate than the general population and attach high levels of stigma to the mental illness, according to University of Michigan research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association . The study showed that 53.3 percent of medical students who reported high levels of depressive symptoms were worried that revealing their illness would be risky.

Operating Better, With Electricity

September 14, 2010 6:07 am | by Aggravated DocSurg | Comments

Sharp knives. Sutures. Hot lights and warm blood. That's what most folks picture when thinking about operating rooms. It's easy to overlook that we make use of plain old electrical energy in the OR - electrosurgery. Sounds like something from a '50s SciFi novel. Perhaps a gift from the Red Lectroids from the 8th dimension? Actually, the modern era of electrosurgery started in 1926, courtesy of Dr.

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