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New Group Accused Of $375 Million In Medicare, Medicaid Fraud

February 29, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

Nomann Merchant,Associated Press Years after Jacques Roy started filing paperwork that would have made his practice the busiest Medicare provider in the U.S., authorities say they've found most of his work was a lie. They accused Roy of "selling his signature" to collect Medicare and Medicaid payments for work that was never done or wasn't necessary.

Protocol Reduces Sternal Wound Infections In Children

February 28, 2012 5:59 am | Comments

A two-year effort to prevent infections in children healing from cardiac surgery reduced sternum infections by 61 percent, a San Antonio researcher recently announced. Faculty from UT Medicine San Antonio carried out a new infection-control protocol for 308 children who underwent sternotomies at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital between 2009 and 2011.

Fewer Repeat Breast Cancer Surgeries

February 28, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

Nearly one in three women who have breast cancer surgery will need to return to the operating room for additional surgery after the tumor is evaluated by a pathologist. However, a new service at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center cuts that number drastically by having pathologists on-site in the operating suite to assess tumors and lymph nodes immediately after they are removed.


New Procedure Targets Excessive Underarm Sweat

February 28, 2012 5:36 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Dr. Girish Munavalli, a dermatologic surgeon at Dermatology, Laser and Vein Specialists of the Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina has begun offering the miraDry procedure, which provides a lasting solution for primary axillary hyperhidrosis - a condition causing excessive underarm sweat.

Many Seeking Dental Treatment In The ER

February 28, 2012 5:20 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP More Americans are turning to the emergency room for routine dental problems — a choice that often costs 10 times more than preventive care and offers far fewer treatment options than a dentist's office, according to an analysis of government data and dental research.


Migraine Surgery Slow To Catch On

February 27, 2012 6:01 am | Comments

A plastic surgery procedure has helped some patients with migraine headaches, but so far relatively few plastic surgeons are performing migraine surgery, reports a study in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).


New Strategies For Infectious Diseases

February 27, 2012 5:49 am | Comments

The immune system protects from infections by detecting and eliminating invading pathogens. These two strategies form the basis of conventional clinical approaches in the fight against infectious diseases. In the latest issue of the journal Science , Miguel Soares from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Portugal) together with Ruslan Medzhitov from Yale University School of Medicine and David Schneider from Stanford University propose that a third strategy needs to be considered: tolerance to infection, whereby the infected host protects itself from infection by reducing tissue damage and other negative effects caused by the pathogen or the immune response against the invader.

Cancer Therapy More Potent With Two Targets

February 27, 2012 5:41 am | Comments

Simultaneous targeting of two different molecules in cancer is an effective way to shrink tumors, block invasion, and stop metastasis, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have found—work that may improve the effectiveness of combination treatments that include drugs like Avastin.


Quadruple Transplant Fails

February 27, 2012 5:27 am | Comments

(AP) — A Turkish hospital says the world's first quadruple limb transplant has failed. Hacettepe University says doctors had to remove two arms and two legs that were transplanted on 27-year-old Sevket Cavdar because of tissue incompatibility. Doctors attached the limbs on Cavdar on Friday night.

Medical Tattoos Provide Key Information

February 27, 2012 5:23 am | Comments

Maria Sudekum, AP Tattoos have long served as fashion statements, but a small number of Americans are now relying on them for the more practical, potentially lifesaving purpose of warning first responders about important medical conditions. Some medical tattoos are being used to take the place of bracelets that commonly list a person's allergies, chronic diseases or even end-of-life wishes.

Video-Assisted Thorascopic Wedge Resections Offer Multiple Advantages For Lung Cancer Care

February 24, 2012 6:18 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a provider of advanced surgical solutions for minimally-invasive and open procedures, announced today the results of a study suggesting that video-assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS) wedge resections are associated with significantly shorter operative times, shorter lengths of stay and lower hospital costs than open wedge resections for lung cancer indications.


Single-Incision Robotic Surgery For Gallbladder Removal

February 24, 2012 6:10 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) A surgical team at Beaumont Hospital in Troy has performed Michigan's first single-incision, robotic-assisted gallbladder removal surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy). Led by Bruce McIntosh, M.D., chief of General Surgery, the team removed the gallbladders of three local patients through robotic surgeries that required only a belly button incision of less than one inch.

Successful Fetal Surgery For Spina Bifida

February 24, 2012 6:02 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Texas Children's Fetal Center is proud to announce the birth of Charlotte, the team's first patient to undergo in-utero surgery for the treatment of spina bifida. Charlotte's mother went into labor nearly 11 weeks after fetal closure was performed, and delivered Saturday evening by cesarean section.

Glasses, Wheelchairs, Obesity Surgery On Illinois Medicaid Chopping Block

February 24, 2012 4:53 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP It's a tricky math problem to get to the $2.7 billion that Governor Pat Quinn wants cut out of Illinois's projected Medicaid spending, and four lawmakers designated to take a first shot at it will have a tough time figuring out what to subtract. They'll look at services such as the obesity surgery that helped 41-year-old Cicero resident Nova Taggart get off diabetes drugs.

Stronger Intestinal Barrier May Prevent Cancer

February 22, 2012 8:20 am | Comments

PHILADELPHIA— A leaky gut may be the root of some cancers forming in the rest of the body, a new study published online Feb. 21 in PLoS ONE by Thomas Jefferson University researchers suggests. It appears that the hormone receptor guanylyl cyclase C (GC-C)—a previously identified tumor suppressor that exists in the intestinal tract—plays a key role in strengthening the body's intestinal barrier, which helps separate the gut world from the rest of the body, and possibly keeps cancer at bay.


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