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States Stop Circumcisions Funds Amid Budget Crisis

June 27, 2011 6:57 am | Comments

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — A nationwide debate about circumcisions for newborn boys, combined with cash-strapped public health budgets, has Colorado taking sides with 17 other states that no longer fund Medicaid coverage of the once widely accepted procedure. For years, Colorado lawmakers considered doing away with funding for circumcisions under Medicaid — a move that would save the state $186,500 a year.


$10M To Help Create Workplace Health Programs

June 27, 2011 6:57 am | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the availability of $10 million to establish and evaluate comprehensive workplace health promotion programs across the nation to improve the health of American workers and their families. The initiative, with funds from the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, is aimed at improving workplace environments so that they support healthy lifestyles and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

Rogue Blood Cells May Contribute To Post-Surgery Organ Damage

June 27, 2011 6:56 am | Comments

A study from scientists at Queen Mary, University of London, sheds new light on why people who experience serious trauma or go through major surgery, can suffer organ damage in parts of the body which are seemingly unconnected to the injury. The study, published today in Nature Immunology *, examines the way certain white blood cells, called neutrophils move out of blood vessels to defend damaged organs against injury or infection.


Many Breast Cancer Patients Not Receiving Life-Saving Treatment

June 27, 2011 6:56 am | Comments

New research reveals nearly half of women with advanced breast cancer did not receive post-mastectomy radiation therapy, despite evidence-based guidelines that show its benefits, June 27, 2011 Forty-five percent of women with advanced breast cancer in the U.S. did not receive post-mastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) despite the publication of evidence-based guidelines outlining PMRT as a potentially lifesaving treatment, according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Seeing From the Patient’s Point of View

June 24, 2011 6:45 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

One day during medical school, my classmates and I learned that one of the most well-liked doctors-in-training in the hospital had had a seizure while leading morning work rounds. The sight of him writhing had caused the other doctors and nurses on the ward to panic. Some stood mute, frozen with fear.

Higher Risk For Blood Clots In Open Colorectal Surgery

June 24, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

The risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE) may be nearly twice as high for patients undergoing open surgery for colorectal problems, versus those undergoing laparoscopic colorectal (LC) resections, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.


$2.7M Grant Secured To Advance ‘Scarless' Surgery

June 24, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

New study uses virtual reality tools to accelerate development of next-generation natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have secured a $2.7 million grant to develop the first-ever virtual reality simulator for next-generation "scarless" endoscopic surgery.


FDA: Breast Implant Problems Grow With Time

June 24, 2011 6:43 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press Matthew Perrone, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't expect breast implants to last for life, the government warned Wednesday: About 1 in 5 women who receive them for cosmetic reasons will have them removed within 10 years, and those odds are even higher for cancer survivors.


Up To $500 Million In Funding Will Help Improve Care

June 24, 2011 6:42 am | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that up to $500 million in Partnership for Patients funding will be available to help hospitals, health care provider organizations and others improve care and stop millions of preventable injuries and complications related to health care acquired conditions and unnecessary readmissions.

Moldable Skin Barriers Prevent, Improve Peristomal Skin Issues

June 24, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

ConvaTec, a developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, announced new observational study results showing that use of ConvaTec Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers helped to maintain skin integrity and improve peristomal skin issues in stoma patients.

Checklist In ICUs Reduces Deaths

June 22, 2011 7:09 am | Comments

A new Northwestern Medicine study shows that the mortality rate plummeted 50 percent when the attending physician in the intensive care unit had a checklist and a trusted person prompting him to address issues on the checklist if they were being overlooked. Simply using a checklist alone did not produce an improvement in mortality.

Gastric Banding Pays For Itself In Two To Four Years

June 22, 2011 6:57 am | Comments

PRNewswire -- Allergan, Inc. today announced a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases that found the cost of a gastric banding weight-loss surgery procedure could be offset by reductions in obesity-related medical costs within 2.25 years for surgery eligible patients with diabetes, and within four years of the procedure for all surgery eligible patients.


Octomom's Fertility Doctor Works To Keep License

June 22, 2011 6:47 am | Comments

Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, AP The fertility doctor who helped Nadya Suleman become the mother of 14 children through repeated in-vitro treatments is asking that he be allowed to continue practicing medicine while he appeals his license revocation. Dr. Michael Kamrava asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to delay a decision that revokes his license to practice medicine as of July 1.

New AMA President

June 22, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

(AP) — A pediatric neurosurgeon from Newark, N.J. is the new president of the American Medical Association. Dr. Peter Carmel officially began his yearlong term Tuesday afternoon during the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago. He is 74. He'll lead the nation's largest doctors' group at a tumultuous time for physicians.

Cancer, Heart Disease Deaths On The Rise

June 22, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

Edith M. Lederer, AP Nearly two-thirds of deaths in the world are caused by non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart and lung disease which are rapidly increasing at a cost to the global economy of trillions of dollars, according to U.N. estimates and preliminary results of a new study.


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