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Engineering Shorter ER Times

August 24, 2010 6:45 am | Comments

Emergency room waiting times could be cut by over one-third and patients' length of stay by almost two-thirds, thanks to a new approach to the triage process of sorting patients for further assessment and treatment, according to research published in the International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage .

Practice Opens For Football Team Plagued By Mystery Ailment

August 24, 2010 5:57 am | Comments

Anne M. Peterson, AP Doctors were trying to determine why 24 McMinnville High School players developed a condition that caused intense pain and dangerous swelling in their arms, hospitalizing two boys just as a football training camp was getting under way. The athletes were taking part in the immersion camp organized last week by new coach Jeff Kearin to get ready for the season.

Stem Cell Regulations Temporarily Blocked

August 24, 2010 5:18 am | Comments

Pete Yost, AP The Obama administration's expansion of stem cell research has suffered a significant setback with a judge's ruling that blocks work on treating life-threatening conditions, say private groups pushing for scientific breakthroughs in medicine. Monday's decision by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth will “drive the best scientific minds into work less likely to yield treatments,” says Sean Tipton of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

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Rural Hospital A Case Study In Medical/Financial Priorities

August 23, 2010 7:54 am | Comments

Cathy Bussewitz, AP Modoc County is wedged into California's far northeastern corner, a land apart from much of the rest of the nation's most populous state. Little visited, the sparsely populated region of cave-riddled lava beds, sagebrush-covered plains and rolling ranch land has much in common with the rural areas of Oregon and Nevada that it adjoins.

da Vinci's Latest Enhancement

August 23, 2010 7:35 am | Comments

Novadaq Technologies, Inc. a developer of real-time imaging systems for use in the operating room, announced today that it has completed the final design review for the integration of the company's SPY imaging technology into the 3-D high definition imaging capabilities of the da Vinci Surgical Robotic System.

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Kenyan Patients Receive Prison Sentence For Not Following Doctor's Orders

August 23, 2010 7:20 am | Comments

Tom Odula, AP A court has sentenced two tuberculosis patients to eight months in prison after they skipped their medications. The jail time should help avoid spreading the deadly disease among the public, said a senior health official. The male patients were locked up in Kapsabet prison in western Kenya nearly 10 days ago to make sure they take their pills as prescribed and do not infect others, said Joseph Sitienei, the head of tuberculosis and lung diseases at the public health and sanitation ministry.

New Technology Could Prolong Implanted Device Lifespans

August 23, 2010 7:09 am | Comments

By creating a unique system of blood vessels that is engineered to interact with the tissue surrounding an implanted device, the longevity and function of these devices may be better preserved, according to a study led by researchers in the University of Louisville Jewish Hospital's Cardiovascular Innovation Institute (CII).

3 Year-Old’s Hernia Surgery Delay Hits 10 Months

August 23, 2010 6:56 am | Comments

Ruby Gittens, a three-year-old from Victoria, British Columbia in Canada has had to wait 10 months for hernia surgery, even though studies show wait times increase patient risk. According to her mom, she tries to keep up with her older brother and sister, but sometimes the discomfort of her hernia means she lags behind.

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3 Year-Old's Hernia Surgery Delay Hits 10 Months

August 23, 2010 6:38 am | Comments

Ruby Gittens, a three-year-old from Victoria, British Columbia in Canada has had to wait 10 months for hernia surgery, even though studies show wait times increase patient risk. According to her mom, she tries to keep up with her older brother and sister, but sometimes the discomfort of her hernia means she lags behind.

World's Tallest Man To Have Surgery

August 20, 2010 7:35 am | Comments

Source: Fox News Sultan Kosen will have surgery to stop the abnormal growth spurts that have made him the tallest man in the world. The 27-year-old from Turkey is more than 8’ tall as a result of a rare hormonal condition called acromegaly, which causes the pituitary gland to produce too much growth hormone, usually as a result of a non-cancerous tumor on the pituitary gland.

Law Looks To Protect Insurance Coverage In New York

August 20, 2010 7:29 am | Comments

Governor David Paterson signed a law into effect that will add more consumer protections when health insurers discontinue a class of policies. The bill requires a written notice of discontinuations to all insured individuals covered by a group plan at least 90 days before the discontinuation date. Insurers will have to notify affected policyholders of their options and they cannot discontinue a group plan to drop a lone high-cost policyholder from the plan.

Nurse Discrimination Suit Filed Against California Hospital

August 20, 2010 7:24 am | Comments

The California Nurses Association is suing a San Francisco hospital, claiming discrimination because managers refused to hire Filipino nurses. The suit was filed Thursday against Sacramento-based Sutter Health and the company's California Pacific Medical Center. Union leaders and Filipino activists in the Bay Area also want the San Francisco Human Rights Commission to investigate the discrimination claims.

Benefits Of Gender-Specific Knee Implants Under Scrutiny

August 20, 2010 7:20 am | Comments

A gender-specific total knee prosthesis was developed to more closely match the anatomy of the female knee, aiming to be a better fit resulting in better outcomes for women. However, a recent study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that 85 women who received a gender-specific implant in one knee and a standard prosthesis in the other knee found no clinical benefits of the gender-specific knee.

Innovative Procedure For Rare Vaginal Defects

August 20, 2010 7:08 am | Comments

A pediatric urologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center has pioneered a successful surgical procedure for young girls who have absent or malformed vaginas, a condition that affects about one in 4,000 females. Unknown causes and certain genetic disorders can cause girls to be born with these defects, along with others that can accompany the vaginal problems, including an abnormal neck, an absent or malformed uterus and fallopian tubes, absent kidneys and abnormal external genitals.

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Celebrity Surgeon Dies In Crash

August 18, 2010 7:18 am | Comments

Sandy Cohen, AP Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan, who made headlines for performing multiple surgeries on reality TV star Heidi Montag, has died. He was 50 years old. The California Highway Patrol says Ryan's 1995 Jeep Wrangler went off the side of Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu and landed on its roof Monday afternoon.

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