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California Doc Charged In Patient Death During Surgery

March 23, 2010 7:32 am | Comments

(AP) An Inglewood surgeon has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter after a patient died during a procedure being carried out in a converted home. The 30-year-old patient, whose name was not released, died after Dr. Roberto Bonilla administered anesthetic ahead of a gallbladder and hernia operation, according to the state attorney general's office, which filed a complaint with the Medical Board of California.

Study: Lesser-Known Bug A Bigger Hospital Threat

March 22, 2010 8:30 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — As one superbug seems to be fading as a threat in hospitals, another is on the rise, a new study suggests. A dangerous, drug-resistant staph infection called MRSA is often seen as the biggest germ threat to patients in hospitals and other health care facilities.

Employer Healthcare Costs Increase In 2009

March 22, 2010 7:24 am | Comments

WASHINGTON Reuters – Average healthcare costs for U.S. employers rose by 7.3 percent in 2009, surpassing inflation and the growth rate in overall healthcare spending. Overall U.S. healthcare spending, including Medicare, Medicaid, and other payers, grew by 4.8 percent in 2009, the report found.


Botox Over Baghdad

March 22, 2010 7:18 am | Comments

Rebecca Santana, AP Dr. Abbas al-Sahan's patient wasn't a war victim. She didn't have a scar that needed cosmetic surgery. All she wanted was a cute nose. And she got it. Speaking after the surgery, bandages and swelling gone, 23-year-old Sarah Saad Abdul-Hameed was ecstatic. Friends who visited “were surprised with the change in my face,” she said.

C U @ The OR

March 22, 2010 7:02 am | Comments

Sixteen-year-old Annie Levitz was recently diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome – which her doctors attribute to the teen sending over 100 text messages a day to family and friends. She might have to have surgery on both wrists. From the minute school was over to sometimes as late as 11 p.m.

Palestinian Girl Receives Reconstructive Skull Surgery

March 22, 2010 6:40 am | Comments

A year after a little girl from the Gaza Strip was shot in the head and nearly died, surgeons at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center preformed reconstructive surgery. She’s being treated as a charity case for a surgery that will provide the protection she needs to live a normal life. When Israeli tanks rolled into the Gaza Strip last January, six-year-old Noor Thabet and her siblings gathered to take a look.

Medical Center Implements Quality Initiatives, Sees Drop In Mortality Rate

March 19, 2010 7:06 am | Comments

Overall mortality rates from the end of 2007 to the beginning of 2010 at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, FL have dropped from 3.4 to 2.1. A 1.3-point drop represents a huge reduction for any hospital and translates into lives saved. To date, Bay Medical Center's rate for heart attack is down from 15.

New Careers Start With A Good Match Day

March 19, 2010 6:23 am | by Kelly Brewington and Joe Burris, Baltimore Sun reporters | Comments

Nikki Alworth stared at the envelope, then stared again, her eyes scanning the words over and over. She wasn't imagining things. The University of Maryland medical student would remain at the university to begin her career as a doctor in emergency medicine. No need to sell the house in Rodgers Forge.


March Madness: Basketball and Vasectomies

March 19, 2010 5:58 am | Comments

Lauren Cox, ABC News A Wisconsin health care clinic ties in its vasectomy promotion with basketball. Yes, a vasectomy. In the past two years, more and more doctors across the nation have jumped on the tournament as a prime opportunity to get men to “take care of the equipment and lower your seed for the tourney,” as one advertisement for an Oregon urologist suggested.

Super-Elastic Metal Designed For Surgical Use

March 19, 2010 5:03 am | Comments

Reuters – Researchers in Japan have designed a super-elastic iron alloy which they hope can be used in sophisticated heart and brain surgeries. In a paper published by the journal Science , researchers said the metal's super-elasticity allows it to return to its original form and gives it additional properties, such as ductility and a change in magnetization.

Patient Referrals Impact Hospital Infection Rates

March 19, 2010 4:47 am | Comments

Patient referrals between hospitals influence the rates of hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA, according to a study published in the journal PLoS Computational Biology . It went on to explain that referred patients often have the potential to carry a hospital-acquired infection with them. The prevalence of hospital-acquired infection is widely believed to reflect the quality of hygiene and health care in individual hospitals, and is therefore often used as a benchmark for hospital quality.

Iowa Surgeons Face Stiffer Penalties For Wrong-Site Errors

March 19, 2010 4:27 am | Comments

New legislation means Iowa physicians who perform a wrong-site procedure will be subject to new state sanctions from the Iowa Board of Medicine. Stronger actions stem from the board’s feelings that these situations represent preventable medical errors that can be addressed via standardized procedures in the perioperative environment.

Transplant Recipient: 'This is Like Science Fiction'

March 18, 2010 7:14 am | Comments

by Gitika Ahuja and Suzan Clark A Harrisburg, Pa., man who lost both hands in a farming accident is now recovering after having become the first man in U.S. history to get a transplanted arm and forearm. "You know, this is like science fiction," Chris Pollock, a mechanic and National Guardsman, said on "Good Morning America.

British Hospitals: No Sitting

March 17, 2010 6:34 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Britons trying to cheer up their hospitalized friends and relatives often have to do so standing up - sitting on the bed usually isn't allowed. In a commentary published Wednesday in the British medical journal BMJ , Dr. Iona Heath argues the recommendation is unjustified and denies patients the chance to be close to their loved ones.

Retired NFL Players Not In Much Better Shape Than Fans

March 17, 2010 6:15 am | Comments

Frederik Joelving, Reuters Despite all their hard work on the field, retired National Football League players may be facing the same health problems that plague obese men who stick to watching the game. “We see these guys as supermen, they are the pinnacle of health,” said Dr. R. Todd Hurst of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.


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