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Diabetes Raises Risk Of Death In Cancer Surgery Patients

March 29, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

The study, to be published in the April issue of Diabetes Care , finds that newly diagnosed cancer patients — particularly those with colorectal or esophageal tumors — who also have Type 2 diabetes have a 50 percent greater risk of death following surgery. Roughly 20 million Americans are believed to have diabetes, and the numbers continue to grow.

Most Kidney Transplant Candidates Will Accept Risk Of Infection

March 26, 2010 6:13 am | Comments

The majority of patients would accept a kidney from a donor at increased risk of viral infection. March 26, 2010 Most kidney transplant candidates are willing to receive a kidney from a donor at increased risk of viral infection, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology ( CJASN ).

MedShare Ships Emergency Medical Relief Aid To Chile

March 26, 2010 6:12 am | Comments

Over 12,000 pounds of requested medical supplies are shipped to treat earthquake victims March 26, 2010 MedShare has recently shipped over 12,000 pounds of requested medical supplies in efforts to assist and treat victims of the February earthquake in Chile. This is MedShare’s first shipment to Chile and was sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

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Busy Hospitals Have Lower Death Rates

March 26, 2010 6:12 am | Comments

(Reuters) Want to survive a heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia? Go to a busy hospital. Researchers reported on Wednesday that patients suffering from the three common health problems were less likely to die when treated in hospitals that frequently handle those illnesses. Pneumonia patients treated at larger-volume hospitals were 5 percent less likely to die in the first month than patients treated at hospitals that handled few cases.

Boy With 31 Fingers, Toes Has Extra Digits Removed

March 26, 2010 6:11 am | Comments

A 6-year-old boy from China, who was born with 5 extra fingers and 6 extra toes, has undergone an operation to remove his extra digits, the Daily Mail reported. If you do the math – that’s 31 fingers and toes. The unnamed child suffered from a condition known as polydactyly, in which a person has more than five fingers per hand and five toes per foot.

Patient's Bowel Was Sticking Out

March 26, 2010 6:11 am | Comments

Giving evidence on the fourth day of Dr Patel's trial in Brisbane Supreme Court, Dr Emma Igras said patient Mervyn Morris was found to be suffering from the dangerous complication seven days after a colectomy performed by the Indian-born doctor. Referring to her notes made on Mr Morris' chart on May 30, 2003, Dr Igras, who had been training as a surgeon under Dr Patel at the time, said medical staff discovered the wound had burst.

Multi-Year Program Aims For More Support For Young Scientists 

March 24, 2010 8:21 am | Comments

In its new multi-year program, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) aims to make scientific careers in Switzerland more attractive to young scientists. It also wishes to strengthen the competitiveness of Swiss researchers and secure Switzerland’s opportunities for formative action in cross-border research activities.

Patients At Risk For Complications After Coronary Artery Fistula Closure

March 24, 2010 8:20 am | Comments

Long-term complications after procedures to close coronary artery fistulas are particularly prevalent among those whose abnormal connections to the heart result in drainage into the coronary sinus, according to a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions, a journal of the American Heart Association.

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Mind The Gap: Gown Protects UK Patients' Privacy

March 24, 2010 8:20 am | Comments

Jill Lawless, Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) — Some good news for hospital patients: a gown that won't let you down. Stylish hospital gowns that snap down the side were unveiled in Britain on Tuesday, intended to replace those shapeless cloth sacks with useless ties that flash open at the worst possible moments.

US Law To Make Calorie Counts Hard To Ignore

March 24, 2010 8:19 am | Comments

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A requirement tucked into the massive U.S health care bill will make calorie counts impossible for thousands of restaurants to hide and difficult for consumers to ignore. More than 200,000 fast food and other chain restaurants will have to include calorie counts on menus, menu boards and even drive-throughs.

Stent For Wide-Necked Intracranial Aneurysms Approved In Japan

March 24, 2010 8:19 am | Comments

A new Vascular Reconstruction Device and Delivery System (VRD) is a self-expanding stent used to treat wide-necked intracranial aneurysms. March 24, 2010 Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. (Codman), a global neuroscience and neurovascular company, announces that Johnson & Johnson K.

Doctors Test New MS Theory As Patients Demand Care Now

March 23, 2010 7:33 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Under intense pressure from patients, some U.S. doctors are cautiously testing a provocative theory that abnormal blood drainage from the brain may play a role in multiple sclerosis — and that a surgical vein fix might help. If it pans out, the approach suggested by a researcher in Italy could mark a vast change for MS, a disabling neurological disease long blamed on an immune system gone awry.

Poor, Minority Heart Transplant Patients Fare Worse

March 23, 2010 7:33 am | Comments

(Reuters Health) - Lower-income and minority heart transplant recipients may have a poorer long-term outlook than white or more-affluent patients, a new study suggests. In a study of 520 adults and children who received heart transplants at one of four Boston centers between 1996 and 2005, researchers found that those from the most disadvantaged neighborhoods were more likely to die or need a new transplant over the next five years.

Comprehensive Approach Associated With Reduced MRSA

March 23, 2010 7:33 am | Comments

An intensive program of surveillance, precautions, training and feedback in a large multihospital institution appears to be associated with reductions in rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) over a 15-year period, according to a report in the March 22 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Supreme Court Overturns Malpractice Cap

March 23, 2010 7:32 am | Comments

Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that a controversial law capping the amount of money an injured patient could recover from a negligent medical provider is unconstitutional. The 7-0 decision was written by Justice Hunstein. Senate Bill 3, enacted in 2005, stated that a victim of medical malpractice could be limited in the amount of damages they can receive from a jury verdict, even if the harm caused was catastrophic in nature.

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