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Doctor Empathy Associated With Positive Outcomes

March 7, 2011 8:19 am | Comments

It has been thought that the quality of the physician-patient relationship is integral to positive outcomes, but until now data to confirm such beliefs has been hard to find. Through a landmark study, a research team from Jefferson Medical College (JMC) of Thomas Jefferson University has been able to quantify a relationship between physicians' empathy and their patients' positive clinical outcomes, suggesting that physician empathy is an important factor associated with clinical competence.

First Robotic Atrial Fibrillation

March 7, 2011 8:07 am | Comments

Doctors at Beaumont Hospital in Troy have performed Michigan's first minimally invasive robotic procedure to correct atrial fibrillation. The robotic maze procedure is an alternative to open-heart surgery performed through keyhole incisions with fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay. Phillip Robinson, M.

Judge Orders Hysterectomy

March 7, 2011 7:51 am | Comments

(AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has delayed an order that a cancer patient undergo a hysterectomy in order to give her time to appeal a finding that she is not mentally competent to make such a decision. The Missoulian reports that District Judge Karen Townsend issued a March 1 ruling requiring the woman to undergo the procedure on March 3 to treat her cancer.

Advertisement Looks To Offer Free Physician Recruitment

March 4, 2011 5:15 am | Comments

MSR Resources is pleased to announce the recent launch of, a network of free physician job boards. With the surge in internet use over the last decade, many physician websites have been launched, but most have advertising fees. is the only physician job board that is completely free and unrestricted for both healthcare organizations and physicians to use.

Patient Safety Authority Highlights Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 4, 2011 5:05 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is partnering with Quality Insights of Pennsylvania (QIP) and consumer groups statewide to raise awareness of patient safety issues during Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 6-12). "Patient Safety Awareness Week is a perfect time for healthcare providers, staff and patients, to think about what more can be done to improve patient safety," Fran Charney, director of Educational Programs for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority said.

Carotid Artery Stenting Seen As Cost-Effective Alternative To Endarterectomy

March 4, 2011 4:52 am | Comments

Researchers determined that carotid artery stenting (CAS) with embolic protection is an economically attractive alternative to endarterectomy (END) for patients at increased surgical risk. The study, based on data from the Stenting and Angioplasty with Protection in Patients at High Risk for Endarterectomy (SAPPHIRE) trial, found that initial procedural cost was higher with CAS, but post-procedure hospital stay was shorter, which significantly offset associated costs compared to END.


Abortion Clinic Head May Face Death Sentence

March 4, 2011 4:25 am | Comments

Maryclaire Dale, AP Prosecutors notified a Philadelphia doctor charged with killing a patient and seven babies at his abortion clinic that they intend to pursue the death penalty against him. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 70, ran a filthy West Philadelphia medical practice that served as a pill mill by day and an abortion mill by night, a grand jury concluded in January after a two-year investigation.

Stomach Pacemaker Could Help The Obese

March 4, 2011 4:15 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Patrick Hetzner tried diets and exercise, just about everything short of stomach stapling to lose weight. Nothing worked. Five months ago he tried something new: a stomach pacemaker that curbed his appetite. Since having it implanted, Hetzner, a 20-year-old Munich mailman, has knocked off more than 22 pounds from his earlier weight of 229 pounds.


Harmful Bacteria Identified At Playboy Mansion

March 2, 2011 5:14 am | Comments

Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, AP The bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease were found at the Playboy Mansion during an investigation into an illness that affected about 200 people who attended an event there last month, a health official stated. Other infection sources have not been ruled out as the cause of the illness because the bacteria Legionella is common in moist places, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health director Dr.

Surgically-Implanted Artificial Retina Helps Blind Patients

March 2, 2011 5:08 am | by Maria Chen, AP Medical   | Comments

In this photo taken Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, Eric Selby and his guide dog Dino pose for a photograph with a "sight" camera fitted in a pair of glasses, as well as its associated computer and transmitter, which work in conjunction with an artificial retina implant called the Argus II fitted in his right eye, enabling him to detect light, in Coventry, England.

Improved Results For Kidney Patients With Robotic Surgery

March 2, 2011 4:46 am | Comments

Robotic surgery offers the same or better results than minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures for treating kidney disease, and can potentially help more patients because it is not as difficult for surgeons to learn, according to a new study led by Henry Ford Hospital specialists. The findings come at a time both when chronic kidney disease is becoming more common, and while hidden damage to kidney function has been overlooked in more than one-fourth of patients with small kidney tumors, according to earlier studies.


Women Not Covered As Thoroughly In Device Studies

March 2, 2011 4:27 am | Comments

Despite a long-standing requirement for medical device makers to include women in studies they submit to the FDA for device approval, only a few include enough women or analyze how the devices work specifically in women, according to research reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes .

No Guarantees Against Unethical Research

March 2, 2011 4:17 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Experts say that the kind of unethical medical studies that occurred half a century ago could still happen again, despite more than 1,000 rules and regulations that should prevent such abuses. Bioethicists and researchers spoke Tuesday before a presidential panel in Washington.

Chemoradiotherapy Prior To Surgery Improves Survival

March 1, 2011 6:17 am | Comments

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that patients with node negative T3 and T4 non-small lung cancer who underwent chemotherapy before surgery had more than three times the survival rate than patients who only underwent surgery. These findings currently appear on-line in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery .

Depression Common In Recovering From Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

March 1, 2011 5:06 am | Comments

Depression is a common problem in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and negatively impacts patients' symptom burden, ability to function, and quality of life, according to new research published in the March 2011 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery . Nearly 14 percent of Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis and may have the following symptoms for 12 weeks or more; facial pain/pressure, facial congestion/fullness, nasal obstruction/blockage, thick nasal discharge/discolored post-nasal drainage, and periodic high fever.


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