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Wrong Surgery Down, Close Salls Up At VA

July 19, 2011 7:05 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical procedures and surgeries on the wrong patient and wrong body part have declined substantially at Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide, while reports of close calls have increased, according to a study that credits on-going quality improvement efforts. These efforts include a VA requirement for doctors, nurses and other hospital workers to report medical errors and near-misses to their bosses.


Discovery Opens New Options For Improving Transfusions

July 18, 2011 6:28 am | Comments

DURHAM, N.C. - Donated red blood cells lose a key feature that diminishes their lifesaving power the longer they have been stored, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. The finding, published Friday in the journal Critical Care Medicine, details how banked blood undergoes a change during storage that decreases its ability to transport oxygen.

Program To Provide Face, Hand and Abdominal Wall Transplants

July 18, 2011 6:27 am | Comments

LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a major step into a new transplantation frontier, UCLA has established a first-of-its-kind program to restore functionality and enhance quality of life for people who have suffered severe trauma or other disfiguring injuries to the upper extremities, face or abdomen.


3 Die At UK Hospital Where Saline Was Contaminated

July 18, 2011 6:27 am | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British police are investigating whether three hospital patients died as a result of receiving saline solution contaminated with insulin. Detectives were hunting Saturday for the person who tampered with a batch of saline at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, northwest England.

FDA Favors Innovative Heart Valve For The Frail

July 18, 2011 6:26 am | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health scientists say the first artificial heart valve designed to be implanted without major surgery appears to help patients who are too frail to undergo chest-opening surgery. The Food and Drug Administration has posted its review of a highly anticipated heart valve from Edwards Lifesciences, which can be threaded into place through one of the body's major arteries.

Study Identifies Patients With Higher Risk After Bilateral Knee Replacement

July 15, 2011 4:59 am | Comments

A new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery has identified patients who are at a higher risk of morbidity and mortality when undergoing knee replacement surgery in both legs at the same time. The study found that patients who have a history of significant medical problems, especially congestive heart failure or pulmonary hypertension, are at increased risk for major complications.


Transplant More Than Doubles Survival For Some Leukemia Patients

July 15, 2011 4:58 am | Comments

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators reported markedly improved survival of pediatric patients transplanted for high-risk leukemia regardless of donor; cite treatment advances and better donor selection. July 15, 2011 Bone marrow transplant survival more than doubled in recent years for young, high-risk leukemia patients treated at St.

Pelvic Mesh For Women Riskier Than Thought

July 15, 2011 4:58 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A product commonly used in surgery to treat pelvic collapse and other women's health problems causes far more complications than previously thought and is likely exposing patients to unnecessary risks, according to U.S. health officials.


Heavy Exercise Feasible For Bariatric Surgery Patients

July 13, 2011 7:45 am | Comments

Bariatric surgery patients can undertake a rigorous exercise program after the procedure, in order to continue to lose weight and avoid regaining weight, according to a UT Southwestern Medical Center study. "Until now, we didn't know whether morbidly obese bariatric surgery patients could physically meet this goal," said Dr.

Male Smokers Less Likely To Need Joint Replacement Surgery

July 13, 2011 7:39 am | Comments

Surprising results from a new study revealed that men who smoke had less risk of undergoing total joint replacement surgery than those who never smoked. Researchers also confirmed that men who were overweight, or who engaged in vigorous physical activity were more likely to need arthroplasty.

Artery-Opening Procedure Still Used In Spite Of Changes

July 13, 2011 7:29 am | Comments

Despite changes in standard treatment practice guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology several years ago, there has been no meaningful change in the practice of opening completely blocked coronary arteries with balloons and stents in the days after a heart attack, according to a new study published in the July 11, 2011 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine .


Surgeon Says Leg Transplant Patient Is Elated

July 13, 2011 7:17 am | Comments

Daniel Woolls, AP A young man who underwent the world's first double leg transplant might be able to walk with the aid of crutches in six or seven months if his rehabilitation goes well, the surgeon who oversaw the operation said Tuesday. Dr. Pedro Cavadas said the patient is a man in his 20s who lost his legs high above the knees in an accident, but gave no other details on him or the donor.

HHS Moves To Give Americans The Same Insurance As Congress

July 12, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a framework to assist states in building Affordable Insurance Exchanges, state-based competitive marketplaces where individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase affordable private health insurance and have the same insurance choices as members of Congress.

ACS: Healthcare Reforms Could Trigger Labort Shortfalls

July 12, 2011 6:15 am | Comments

One consequence of the expanded access to healthcare reforms will be a shortfall in the necessary numbers of physicians and other advanced medical professionals, states a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . The United States will face serious shortages in the combined workforce of physicians, advance practice nurses, and physician assistants over the next two decades, the study concludes, and without an adequate supply of advanced medical professionals, the U.

Texas Mom Delivers 16-Pound Newborn

July 12, 2011 5:58 am | Comments

(AP) — A Texas mom expected a big baby, but nothing like 16 pounds, 1 ounce. Janet Johnson remained in an East Texas hospital after giving birth to what her doctors called one of the biggest newborns they've ever seen. She was awaiting word on whether her son, JaMichael Brown, ranked among the biggest births in state history.


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