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Incision-Less Surgery For Heartbur

February 15, 2011 4:16 am | Comments

Approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from daily heartburn or other symptoms of reflux such as regurgitation, chronic cough, hoarseness and dental erosions. Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock is offering a new procedure to such patients who meet specific requirements and are generally not doing well on daily Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) medication.

Woman Gives Fiancé Kidney For Valentine's

February 15, 2011 3:52 am | Comments

(AP) — Not flowers and hearts, but a kidney: A Minnesota man will get a Valentine's Day gift of a lifetime. Ron Spanier and fiance Amy Anderson are preparing for a kidney donation the day after Valentine's Day at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview. Spanier's been on dialysis since last summer after a disease caused cysts in his kidneys.

Hospital Administrators: Few In Compliance With Language Requirements

February 15, 2011 3:45 am | Comments

A new report, The New Joint Commission Standards for Patient-Centered Care is co-authored by two former language experts/hospital administrators in conjunction with Language Line Services. It calls attention to the lack of compliance with language access requirements for patients with limited English language proficiency.


Harmful Medical Devices Getting Easy Approvals

February 15, 2011 3:32 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Most medical devices recalled in recent years because of deaths or life-threatening problems were cleared for approval under less stringent regulations that don't require human testing, a recent study found. The report comes as the Food and Drug Administration is reviewing sweeping proposals to revise the medical device approval process.

Egypt's US Envoy Says Mubarak May Be Unwell

February 14, 2011 5:25 am | Comments

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's ambassador to the United States says Hosni Mubarak may be in "bad health," the first word on the 82-year-old ousted president's health. Speaking Monday on NBC's "Today" program, Sameh Shoukry said he had received information that Mubarak was "possibly in somewhat of bad health.

Few Physicians Refer Patients To Cancer Clinical Trials

February 14, 2011 5:24 am | Comments

A small proportion of adult cancer patients participate in clinical trials in part due to a low level of physician referrals, according to an online study published Feb. 11 in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Although more than 8000 clinical trials are accepting participants, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), only an estimated 2%��% of newly diagnosed cancer patients participate in them.

Team Hopes To Cut Years Off Development Time Of New Antibiotics

February 14, 2011 5:23 am | Comments

Eliminating tens of thousands of manual lab experiments, two University of Houston (UH) professors are working toward a method to cut the development time of new antibiotics. While current practices typically last for more than a decade, a computerized modeling system being developed at UH will speed up this process.

Initiative Launched To Measure, Improve Trauma Safety And Quality

February 14, 2011 5:23 am | Comments

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network, and 22 trauma centers throughout the state, in partnership with the American College of Surgeons, are launching an initiative aimed at improving quality and safety of care provided in Michigan’s trauma centers. This initiative, called the Michigan Trauma Quality Improvement Program, will create a statewide infrastructure for trauma hospitals to measure and improve patient outcomes, identify best practices for quality and safety of care, and share data to make trauma care more effective.


Action Products Donates OR Supplies To Globus Relief

February 11, 2011 5:50 am | Comments

Action Products, Inc. made a recent donation to Globus Relief, a charity that distributes supplies to underprivileged medical facilities around the world. The total shipment valued at over $15,000. Globus Relief is currently working on major projects in Haiti, Nepal, Ghana and Nigeria. With huge warehouse facilities and 600 charity partners, they give impoverished acute care facilities vitally needed supplies.

Kips Bay Medical IPO Raises $16.5 Million

February 11, 2011 5:41 am | Comments

(AP) — Kips Bay Medical, Inc. said Friday it raised $16.5 million in an initial public offering of 2.1 million shares. The Minneapolis company priced the offering at $8 per share, the low end of its expected range. Underwriters have a 45-day option to purchase an additional 309,375 shares to cover excess demand.


Fame Doesn't Protect Movie Stars From Strokes

February 11, 2011 5:36 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP What do Sharon Stone, Dudley Moore, James Garner and Elizabeth Taylor have in common besides an Oscar nomination? All have suffered strokes, a reminder that money and fame can't insulate you from a health risk that much can be done to prevent, researchers said Thursday.

Nurse Swipes Painkillers, Tells Patient To "Man Up"

February 11, 2011 5:19 am | Comments

Amy Forliti, AP A Minnesota nurse who was supposed to sedate a patient before surgery instead took most of the painkillers for herself and told the patient to "man up" — giving him such a small dose of medication that he was writhing in pain on the operating table, according to criminal charges.

Fetal Surgery Benefits Spina Bifida Treatment

February 11, 2011 5:12 am | Comments

(AP) — Pregnant women were afraid to have it. Doctors were afraid to do it. Hospitals stopped performing the surgery because the government wanted evidence it was safe and worth doing. Now, a landmark study shows that an operation to fix a hole in the spine while the fetus is still in the womb leads to better outcomes for children with spina bifida.

Radio Frequency Technology Effective In All Surgical Patients

February 11, 2011 4:29 am | Comments

RF Surgical Systems, Inc. announces the published data on the power of radio frequency technology to identify retained surgical items in all patient types. The prospective study, published in the February 1 edition of American Journal of Surgery , found that the sensitivity and specificity of radio-frequency (RF) technology is 100 percent in patients of varying body size, including morbidly obese patients.


Enzymes Associated With Increased Mortality After Heart Bypass

February 9, 2011 5:15 am | Comments

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that even small amounts of damage to heart muscle during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is associated with an increased risk of death, even among patients who initially do well following surgery. The study is published in the February 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).



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