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Kimberly-Clark Sponsors HAI WATCHDOG Award

November 30, 2010 5:04 am | Comments

Healthcare-associated infections are a growing global challenge with more than 1.7 million cases at any given time across the world.  In the U.S. alone, HAIs cause at least 99,000 deaths per year and cost the healthcare system more than $4 billion. Kimberly-Clark Health Care created the HAI WATCHDOG Awards program to recognize the efforts of dedicated healthcare professionals helping to prevent HAIs in their healthcare facilities, and to allow healthcare providers to share best practices for infection prevention.

Photo Of The Day: A Third Eye

November 30, 2010 4:41 am | Comments

                                  This photo provided by New York University arts professor Wafaa Bilal, shows Bilal holding the prototype of a digital camera that he had implanted in the back of his head, in New York.

Researchers Use Patient's Own Blood To Treat Hamstring Injury

November 30, 2010 4:40 am | Comments

Researchers in London say they have found an effective two-part treatment for microtears in the hamstring: injections of the patient's own blood and a steroid along with "dry-needling," in which repeated needle punctures cause controlled internal bleeding in the injured area. Results of the study were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

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GE Surgery Launches Radiation Program For Mobile C-Arm Users

November 29, 2010 5:56 am | Comments

At the RSNA 2010 conference in Chicago, GE Healthcare Surgery is introducing Brilliant, an educational program designed to help mobile C-arm users manage radiation doses. The educational program, which complements the company’s existing customer training offerings and dose reduction product features, includes radiation safety classes, an iPad application and reference tools.

Singer Dies During Bone Grinding Surgery

November 29, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

AFP) Chinese authorities have launched a probe into the death of an aspiring pop singer during plastic surgery, an incident that has sparked concerns about the dangers of going under the knife. Wang Bei, 24, a former contestant on Super Girl - China's smash-hit answer to American Idol - died on November 15 during "facial bone-grinding surgery" in Wuhan, capital of the central province of Hubei.

More CT Exams In The ER

November 29, 2010 5:38 am | Comments

A new study reports that the use of computed tomography (CT) in the nation's emergency departments is growing exponentially. If the growth trend continues, by 2011, nearly 20 percent of all emergency department visits may involve a CT exam. The results of this study were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and published online and in the journal Radiology .

There Is Such A Thing As Too Clean

November 29, 2010 5:26 am | Comments

Young people who are overexposed to antibacterial soaps containing triclosan may suffer more allergies, and exposure to higher levels of Bisphenol A among adults may negatively influence the immune system, a new University of Michigan School of Public Health study suggests. Triclosan is a chemical compound widely used in products such as antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, pens, diaper bags and medical devices.

Inadequate Surgical Coverage In The ER

November 24, 2010 3:45 am | Comments

The majority of emergency department directors responding to a survey report inadequate on-call trauma coverage, and nearly one-quarter report a loss or downgrade of their hospitals' trauma center designations. The survey results are reported in a new study appearing online and in the December print edition of Academic Emergency Medicine.

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NYU Artist Gets Camera Implanted In Head

November 24, 2010 3:39 am | Comments

Ula Ilnytzky, AP A tiny camera has been surgically implanted to the back of a New York University professor's head — all in the name of art. Visual artist Wafaa Bilal teaches at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He had the surgery for a project called "The 3rd I." It's been commissioned by a new museum in the Arab Gulf state of Qatar that opens December 30.

Bladder Regeneration Offers New Treatment Option

November 24, 2010 3:32 am | Comments

Researchers in the United States have developed a medical model for regenerating bladders using stem cells harvested from a patient's own bone marrow. The research, published in Stem Cells , is especially relevant for paediatric patients suffering from abnormally developed bladders, but also represents another step towards new organ replacement therapies.

Poor Air Transportation Impacting Organ Transplant Success

November 24, 2010 3:20 am | Comments

The transplant community was largely unaware of sub-standard transportation practices for donor organs until a number of fatal air crashes took the lives of transplant personnel, calling attention to procurement aviation safety. A new report highlighting the need for improved safety measures in organ procurement travel appears in the December issue of Liver Transplantation , a peer-reviewed journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).

Gonorrhea At A Record Low, Other STDs On The Rise

November 23, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

(AP) — A new government report on sexually spread diseases shows gonorrhea in the United States has dipped to the lowest rate ever recorded. However, chlamydia and syphilis infections continued to increase last year. That's according to a report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kids' ER Visits Down After Cold Medicines Removed

November 23, 2010 5:39 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Removing cough and cold medicines for very young children from store shelves led to a big decline in emergency room visits for bad reactions to the drugs, government research found. But the results are a mixed bag: Some parents were still giving their infants and toddlers these medicines, and many ER cases still involved youngsters who apparently got hold of the medications themselves.

Students Learn Surgical Techniques Before Operating On Patients

November 23, 2010 5:31 am | Comments

In the last 50 years, modern medicine has made astounding advances in surgery, yet many of today’s veterinary and human medicine students still hone basic surgical and suturing skills on carpet pads and pig’s feet before transitioning to a live patient. An invention by Colorado State University veterinarians provides students with artificial body parts that look, feel, behave, and even bleed just like real skin, muscles and vessels.

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Eliminating Unnecessary Thyroid Surgeries

November 23, 2010 5:21 am | Comments

Doctors at the University of Colorado School of Medicine were concerned recently when they found a nodule in the thyroid of a 64-year-old Colorado man. They extracted cells from the nodule, hoping to determine whether the man had cancer. But the biopsy results were inconclusive. Even a few months ago, such uncertainty would have likely led to surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid.

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