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Fake ER Valet Steals Patient's Car

January 19, 2011 4:21 am | Comments

(AP) — Police say a fake valet at a Massachusetts emergency room offered to park a pregnant woman's car, then drove away with it. Lowell police Capt. Kelly Richardson tells the Boston Herald that the woman drove herself to Lowell General Hospital at 3 a.m. Friday while suffering labor pains.

Jobs Makes Health Info A Trade Secret

January 19, 2011 4:17 am | Comments

(AP) — It would be easier to gauge Apple CEO Steve Jobs' current medical problems if he had said more about the ones he has faced in the past. Jobs, who turns 56 next month, said Monday that he would take a third leave of absence to focus on his health. It may not be as serious as many fear, but coming from a man who has had cancer and a liver transplant, the lack of detail is causing concern.

Independent Research Looks To Validate SurgiCount System

January 18, 2011 6:39 am | Comments

Results of a multi-year, independent clinical research study on retained surgical sponges published in the February edition of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety shows that the institution implementing the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® System eliminated the occurrence of retained surgical sponges and the costs associated with these preventable surgical errors.


Sleep Evaluation Helps Identify Complications After Kids Tonsil Surgery

January 18, 2011 6:25 am | Comments

Performing polysomnography (a sleep study) prior to pediatric adenotonsillectomy may help identify children at a higher risk of developing post-operative respiratory complications, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of Otolaryngology - Head Neck Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Minimally Invasive Technique Helps With Facial Paralysis

January 18, 2011 6:13 am | Comments

A procedure involving one small incision and no major modifications to bone can be used to transpose a tendon and appears helpful in re-animating the lower face after paralysis, according to a report in the January/February issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Errors Lead Surgeons To Contemplate Suicide

January 18, 2011 6:06 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP A study suggests medical errors, job burnout and depression lead surgeons to contemplate suicide at higher rates than the general public, and they're much less likely to seek help. Fear of losing their jobs contributes to surgeons' reluctance to get mental health treatment, according to the study.

New Facility To Test Electronic Health Records Software

January 18, 2011 5:57 am | Comments

The Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Health Data Management , a publication for healthcare IT executives, today announced the launch of a new healthcare software testing facility. Health Data Tech Labs will provide physicians and hospitals with expert, independent reviews of electronic health records (EHR) software.

Researchers Unzip MRSA, Discover Route For Vaccine

January 17, 2011 5:41 am | Comments

University of Rochester Medical Center orthopaedic scientists are a step closer to developing a vaccine to prevent life-threatening methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections following bone and joint surgery. Other MRSA vaccine research has failed to produce a viable option for patients because of the inability to identify an agent that can break through the deadly bacteria's unique armor.


Cancer Survivor Aims To Raze Barriers With App

January 17, 2011 5:34 am | Comments

Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the late 1990s, Marty Tenenbaum was a hotshot e-commerce entrepreneur riding high on the dot-com boom when he noticed a lump on his body. His doctor told him it was nothing, but when he finally had it removed, he learned he had melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Study: Shoulder Function Not Fully Restored After Surgery

January 17, 2011 5:33 am | Comments

Shoulder motion after rotator cuff surgery remains significantly different when compared to the patient's opposite shoulder, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. In a study that updated prior findings, researchers used X-rays providing a 3D view of motion of the arm bone in relation to the shoulder blade, to compared motion in the shoulders of 22 patients who had arthroscopic surgical repair of tendon tears and no symptoms in their other shoulders.

Doctors Replace Giffords' Breathing Tube

January 17, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Doctors on Saturday removed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' breathing tube and could soon know if she can speak. Giffords had an operation Saturday to replace the breathing tube with a tracheotomy tube in her windpipe. That allows her to breathe better and frees her from the ventilator.


ACS: Value-Based Purchasing To Improve Patient Care

January 17, 2011 5:31 am | Comments

The American College of Surgeons believes that given the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) focus on improving the value of health care, the proposed value-based purchasing rule it issued on January 7 is an important step toward improving the quality of care and patient outcomes while reducing complications and the cost of care.

Medicine Prices Factor Into Poorer Kids Needing IBD Surgery

January 14, 2011 5:11 am | Comments

Anne-Marie Tobin Children in low-income neighbourhoods who have inflammatory bowel disease are more likely to go under the knife for surgery than their counterparts in high-income areas, a new study finds. It's a concern, says the lead author, because the goal in treating IBD is to avoid taking out a piece of bowel for as long as possible, and the way that's done is through medication.

BC Hospital Plagued By Dirty Surgical Tools

January 14, 2011 4:47 am | Comments

A Kamloops, British Columbia hospital plagued by dirty surgical tools and surgery delays is getting a new facility to clean the instruments used in operating rooms.The provincial government says $10.7 million will be spent to build the facility at Royal Inland Hospital, and the unit should be ready early next year.

Giffords' Doctors Balancing Role As Rock Stars

January 14, 2011 4:41 am | Comments

Alicia Chang, AP One is an irrepressible South Korea native who has treated some of the most horrific wartime injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. The other is a reserved neurosurgeon who happens to be the brother-in-law of television show host Dr. Oz. Together, they have stood in their white lab coats before a gaggle of TV cameras every morning to update the nation about their highest-profile patient to date: Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded after being shot point-blank in the head last weekend.


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