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Quality Years Lost To Obesity More Than Doubles

August 4, 2010 7:17 am | Comments

Although the prevalence of obesity and obesity-attributable deaths has steadily increased, the resultant burden of disease associated with obesity has not been well understood. A new study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicates that Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) lost to U.

Study Confirms Quality, Safety Of Nurse Anesthetist Care

August 4, 2010 6:51 am | Comments

There are no differences in patient outcomes when anesthesia services are provided by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), physician anesthesiologists, or CRNAs supervised by physicians, according to the results of a new national study conducted by RTI International. The study, titled "No Harm Found When Nurse Anesthetists Work Without Supervision by Physicians," appears in the August issue of Health Affairs.

Brain May Age Faster In People Whose Hearts Pump Less Blood

August 3, 2010 7:03 am | Comments

Keep your heart healthy and you may slow down the aging of your brain, according to a new study reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. In the study, people whose hearts pumped less blood had brains that appeared older than the brains of those whose hearts pumped more blood.

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Gulf Seafood Declared Safe; Fishermen Not So Sure

August 3, 2010 7:02 am | Comments

Greg Bluestein, Associated Press Writer Jason Dearen, Associated Press Writer August 3, 2010 Seafood from some parts of the oil-fouled Gulf of Mexico has been declared safe to eat by the government, based in part on human smell tests. But even some Gulf fishermen are questioning whether the fish and shrimp are OK to feed to their own families.

Trying Little-Known Option To Seal A Leaky Lung

August 3, 2010 7:02 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP The final straw came when Guy Vance's chest, neck and face ballooned, little air bubbles in his skin crackling to the touch — all because of a leak somewhere in his lung. Air was seeping into his chest cavity and under his skin, seeking another escape route. Two earlier surgeries had failed to seal the leak.

Keeping Patients “In Good Hands”

August 3, 2010 7:01 am | Comments

Hand therapy is one of the most vital treatment steps in recovery from hand injury surgery, according to a literature review published in the August 2010 issue of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). In fact, many patients spend more time with the hand therapist than the orthopaedic surgeon in the effort to ensure the best results and long-term recovery.

Aspen Surgical Products, Inc., Acquires Surgical Blade And Scalpels Business

August 3, 2010 7:01 am | Comments

Aspen Surgical Products, Inc. (“Aspen”) announces that it has acquired the Bard-Parker™ surgical blades and scalpels business from BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company).  Aspen is a leading manufacturer of disposable medical products with an emphasis on the operating room environment and safety.

New Regulations Require Public Reporting Of Certain HAIs

August 3, 2010 7:00 am | Comments

Beginning next year, consumers across the country will be able to find out how their hospital stacks up when it comes to preventing certain infections under new hospital acquired infection reporting regulations adopted by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).  The new reporting requirements apply to hospitals that participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) "pay-for-reporting" program.

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Transplant Advance In Windpipe Cancer

August 2, 2010 7:40 am | Comments

Colleen Barry, Associated Press Writer ROME (AP) — Doctors have successfully transplanted windpipes into two cancer patients in an innovative procedure that uses stem cells to allow a donated trachea to regenerate tissue and create an organ biologically close to the original, they said Friday.

Growing Debate In South Korea Over Traditional Medicine

August 2, 2010 7:39 am | Comments

Hyung-Jim Kim, Associated Press Writer SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Nam-soo has stuck needles into generals, actors, tycoons and at least one president for more than six decades as South Korea's acupuncturist to the stars. Grateful patients say his treatments combining acupuncture with the ancient practice of burning herbs on the skin do as much good, or more, as Western medicine in treating everything from arthritis to diabetes, burns and even cancer.

New Technique In Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy

August 2, 2010 7:39 am | Comments

Stress urinary incontinence is one of the most feared complications of radical prostatectomy. The weighted mean continence rate immediately after catheter removal following robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) is 25.7%. Evidently, early recovery of urinary continence remains a challenge to be overcome.

Patients Lose Weight After Total Joint Replacement

August 2, 2010 7:38 am | Comments

Osteoarthritis patients who were obese lost weight after undergoing total knee or hip replacement surgery, according to a recent study published in Orthopedics. Among a study group of 196 patients, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that nearly 20% lost at least 5% or more of their body weight and experienced a significant decrease in body mass index (BMI) -- a measurement of height and weight -- after undergoing total joint replacement, or arthroplasty.

Should Patients Read The Doctor’s Notes?

August 2, 2010 7:38 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

Their request seemed simple enough: the patient and his wife, both in their 70s, wanted a copy of what I’d written in their medical file. During their visit, I had watched them refer to a well-thumbed collection of doctors’ notes and medication lists, so when they asked for a copy of my note just before leaving, I assumed it would simply be added to the others.

Study: Anesthesiologists Have Role In SSI Prevention

July 30, 2010 8:09 am | Comments

A study published in the August issue of Anesthesiology reports patients who undergo a primary total hip or knee replacement procedure with general anesthesia have a higher risk of surgical site infection (SSI) than those who undergo the procedure with epidural/spinal anesthesia. Chuen-Chau Chang, M.

Alternative to Lap Band Surgery Gaining Momentum

July 30, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

As of late, the most prominently advertised and promoted form of bariatric surgery has been the Lap-Band procedure. However, some patients have achieved comparable results without the use of the band implant. Los Angeles surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz has seen a rise in the popularity of a sleeve gastrectomy procedure on numerous patients suffering from obesity characterized by a BMI of 35 or higher.

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