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ACS Clinical Congress Convenes Next Week

October 1, 2010 6:45 am | Comments

The 96th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), one of the largest meetings of surgeons in the world, will convene October 3-7 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. This year marks the first time that the ACS Clinical Congress has ever been held in the nation's capitol.

First-Ever Pregnancy In A Transplanted Womb

October 1, 2010 6:45 am | Comments

Transplantation of the uterus (womb) looks likely to become a future treatment for women who are infertile either because their uterus is congenitally absent or they have a uterus that is nonfunctional due to disease, according to the results of ground-breaking new research published online in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica .

Reconstruction Options Not Discussed For Many Breast Cancer Patients

September 29, 2010 7:33 am | Comments

A survey of 762 women with breast cancer who were eligible for breast reconstruction conducted by the Cancer Support Community (CSC) found that 43 percent of patients do not receive information about breast reconstruction options when making treatment decisions at diagnosis. Findings also suggest that a credible, accessible and validated single resource for patients on the topic of breast reconstruction is not available - demonstrating the need for a comprehensive information source about breast reconstruction that makes it easier for patients to make an informed, educated and personally satisfying decision.

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Hospital Recognized For Environmental Responsibility

September 29, 2010 7:32 am | Comments

Jersey Shore University Medical Center's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED@) was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. It is the first hospital in New Jersey and the largest on the east coast to receive the honor.

Shorter Hours Approved For Rookie Doctors

September 29, 2010 7:32 am | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Sleep-deprived rookie doctors will be getting shorter work shifts, along with stricter supervision. The Chicago-based Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education announced late Tuesday that its board has approved the rules first outlined in June. Council CEO Thomas Nasca says the new rules aim to ensure patient safety and a humanistic learning environment for doctors-in-training.

Exercise Could Cut Womb Cancer Risk By 30 Percent

September 29, 2010 7:32 am | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Women who regularly work up a sweat exercising have a 30 percent lower risk of developing endometrial cancer, a new study says. Researchers at the United States' National Cancer Institute analyzed 14 previous studies and found physical activity cuts the risk of endometrial cancer by 20 to 40 percent when compared to sedentary women.

Feds Reopen Probe Into Medical Scanner Approvals

September 29, 2010 7:31 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal inspectors have reopened an investigation into complaints by Food and Drug Administration scientists who say they were pressured by their managers to approve high-tech medical scanners that could pose harm to patients. The lead inspector overseeing the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the inquiry into the allegations, which were dismissed in February, is being revisited to look at manager misconduct.

$93,000 Cancer Drug: How Much Is A Life Worth?

September 29, 2010 7:31 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer In this Aug. 16, 2010 photo, patient Bob Svensson is hooked up to a blood infusion machine under the care of Nancy Grant, a registered nurse at the American Red Cross in Dedham, Mass., as he undergoes a $93,000 prostate cancer treatment.

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3M Helps Fight Infection Through Education

September 28, 2010 8:24 am | 3M Health Care | Comments

3M kicked off its Infection Prevention Leadership summit Monday and will host educational events all week, culminating in World MRSA Day, a MRSA Survivor’s Network event, during which the company sponsor the live Webcast of the day’s activities. September 28, 2010 As a company on a mission to help hospitals fight healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), 3M Infection Prevention is hosting educational events this week.

Alzheimer's Fights Brain Cancer

September 28, 2010 8:22 am | Comments

Scientists at the Roskamp Institute in Sarasota, Florida, have shown that mice that naturally develop Alzheimer's are able to ward off the growth of brain cancer. In a series of experiments published in the Journal of Neuroscience, they showed that mice that spontaneously develop Alzheimer's Disease are able to dramatically reduce the growth of a human brain cancer.

New Guideline Finds No Evidence For Popular Back Procedure

September 28, 2010 8:21 am | Comments

As a patient safety best practice and endorsement of evidence-based medicine, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors approved and released a clinical practice guideline, which found a strong recommendation against a popular procedure called vertebroplasty as a way to treat fractures in the spine.

Congress Asked For Study Of Urological War Wounds

September 28, 2010 8:21 am | by Holly Ramer, Associated Press Writer | Comments

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Before he passed out in the medical tent in Iraq, 19-year-old Lance Cpl. James Crosby wanted to know two things: would he survive the rocket attack that sent shrapnel through his side and spine, and was he all in one piece? "I wanted to know not just if my arms and legs were there — I wanted to know if everything else was there," he said.

U.S. Hospitals Reduce CRBSI Using New Technology

September 28, 2010 8:20 am | Comments

Clinicians from three U.S. hospitals today reported significant progress in the fight against deadly IV catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI). Data analyzed and presented by clinicians from St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs, Ark.; Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio; and VA Medical Center Seattle showed that the hospitals virtually eliminated such infections, which annually kill some 62,500 hospital patients nationwide.

Caring

September 27, 2010 6:44 am | by Dr. Rob | Comments

The "empowered patient" movement (which I think is a good thing) strives to take the doctor out of the center of care and put the patient at its focus. The role of doctor is not to be the star of the show, the quarterback, the superhero, but the advocate and helper for the patient to accomplish their goal: health.

Freezing The Patient For Surgery

September 27, 2010 6:26 am | Comments

Surgeons are pioneering a method of inducing extreme hypothermia in trauma patients so that their bodies shut down entirely during major surgery. Their thoughts being that this approach will give doctors more time to perform operations. Advocates also hope it will help reduce the damage done to the brain and other organs while the patient's heart is not beating.

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