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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Funds Targeting Wider EHR Implementation

September 14, 2010 5:52 am | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that nearly $20 million has been allocated in new technical support assistance to help critical access and rural hospital facilities convert from paper-based medical records to certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.

Cosmetic Surgery Worth Over $3 Billion In The U.S. by 2017

September 14, 2010 5:47 am | Comments

According to a new report by iData Research, the market for cosmetic surgery, facial aesthetics and medical lasers is expected to almost double in size, exceeding $3 billion by 2017. The market for aesthetic Botulinum toxin-A drugs such as Botox will grow to an estimated $543 million. The aesthetic laser and light therapy markets for skin resurfacing, hair removal and laser lipolysis are seen as the fastest growing segments.

Cosmetic Surgery Worth Over $3 Billion In The U.S. by 201

September 14, 2010 5:47 am | Comments

According to a new report by iData Research, the market for cosmetic surgery, facial aesthetics and medical lasers is expected to almost double in size, exceeding $3 billion by 2017. The market for aesthetic Botulinum toxin-A drugs such as Botox will grow to an estimated $543 million. The aesthetic laser and light therapy markets for skin resurfacing, hair removal and laser lipolysis are seen as the fastest growing segments.

U.S. Health Workers In Zimbabwe Freed On Bail

September 14, 2010 5:39 am | Comments

Chengetai Zvauya, AP A Zimbabwean court freed four Americans on bail after they were arrested and accused of treating AIDS patients without proper medical licenses. A magistrate ordered the six health workers, who included a New Zealand national and a Zimbabwean, to pay a $200 bail and reappear in court on September 27.

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