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Red Cross Issues National Appeal For Blood

January 25, 2011 5:08 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Severe winter weather throughout much of the eastern half of the United States in recent weeks has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross. With more winter weather and a possible coastal storm predicted, the Red Cross is urging all eligible blood donors to help boost its blood supply back up to sufficient levels.

HHS: Affordable Care Act Helps Recover $4 Billion In Healthcare Fraud

January 25, 2011 4:35 am | Comments

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli detailed a new report showing that the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered more than $4 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year 2010.

Cost To Treat Heart Disease To Triple By 2030

January 24, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

"Despite the successes in reducing and treating heart disease over the last half century, even if we just maintain our current rates, we will have an enormous financial burden on top of the disease itself," said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., chair of the American Heart Association expert panel issuing the statement.


Showing Empathy To Patients Can Improve Care

January 24, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

Showing clinical empathy to patients can improve their satisfaction of care, motivate them to stick to their treatment plans and lower malpractice complaints, found a study published in CMAJ. "Empathy is the ability to understand another's experience, to communicate and confirm that understanding with the other person and to then act in a helpful manner," writes Dr.

Training Instrument Allows Surgeon To Feel Grasp Force In Keyhole Surgery

January 24, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

The number of complications following keyhole surgery can be reduced by giving the surgeons a better feeling of how hard they are grasping the tissue with their operating instruments. This is made possible by designing the instrument in such a way that it sends tangible feedback signals to the handle held by the surgeon.

Feds Recover $2.5 Billion In Health Care Fraud

January 24, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

Since publication of this article, the total in recovered health care fraud has been corrected to $4 billion. Click here to read more MIAMI (AP) — Federal officials say they recovered a record $2.5 billion in health care fraud judgments last year, and they're planning new security measures to crack down further on Medicare scams.

Survey Identifies Top Risk Management Concerns For 2011

January 24, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improve patient care, reveals the top 10 concerns facing healthcare risk managers for 2011. Again this year, the Healthcare Risk Control System’s membership survey of challenges confronting healthcare risk managers reflects the diversity of tasks on risk managers’ plates.

Intuitive Surgical Profits Up 56 Percent

January 21, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

(AP) — Intuitive Surgical, Inc. announced ts fourth-quarter net income rose 56 percent on better sales of its minimally invasive surgical platform, da Vinci. Net income increased to $121.2 million, or $3.02 per share, from $77.5 million, or $1.95 per share, in the same period a year earlier.


FDA Seeks Stricter Defibrillator Testing

January 21, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration is recommending stricter testing requirements for heart-zapping defibrillators after years of increasing problems with the emergency medical devices. Under the agency's proposal posted online, makers of external defibrillators would need to submit more data and undergo manufacturing inspections before launching a new product.

Bill Would Make People Donors By Default

January 21, 2011 6:20 am | Comments

Kristen Wyatt, AP Some Colorado lawmakers say their state should be the first one where people become organ donors by default, even though other states' efforts have been halted by worries about making such a personal decision automatic. Colorado's proposal, introduced in the Legislature last week, would change the process for renewing driver's licenses and ID cards so applicants are assumed to be organ and tissue donors unless they initial a statement that says they want to opt out.

Woman Speaks Again After Voice Box Transplant

January 21, 2011 6:13 am | Comments

Alicia Chang, Juliet Williams, AP A woman whose natural voice could have been silenced forever because of vocal cord damage is able to talk again after undergoing a rare voice box transplant. Brenda Charett Jensen, 52, reunited Thursday with the team of surgeons who performed the delicate operation last October, only the second surgery of its kind performed in the United States.

New Resources Help States Implement Affordable Care Act

January 21, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new funding opportunity for grants to help states continue their work to implement a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – Health Insurance Exchanges.  When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in 2014, Health Insurance Exchanges will provide individuals and small businesses with a “one-stop shop” to find and compare affordable, high-quality health insurance options.


Better Than The Human Eye

January 19, 2011 5:52 am | Comments

A tiny camera with adjustable zoom could aid endoscopic imaging, robotics and night-vision. January 19, 2011 Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are the first to develop a curvilinear camera, much like the human eye, with the significant feature of a zoom capability, unlike the human eye.

Pitcher Leaves $12 Million Salary, Avoids Surgery

January 19, 2011 4:58 am | Comments

(AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Gil Meche has retired at the age of 32, walking away from a $12 million salary rather than face shoulder surgery that could have ended his season before it ever started. Meche signed a $55 million, five-year deal with Kansas City as a free agent before the 2007 season.

Little Evidence To Support EHR, Most eHealth Technologies

January 19, 2011 4:51 am | Comments

According to a study by Aziz Sheikh (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland) and colleagues, whish is published in this week's PLoS Medicine , despite the support for eHealth technologies, such as electronic patient records and e-prescribing, the scientific basis of their benefits remains to be firmly established.


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