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Source: Surgical Error May Be To Blame For Murtha’s Death

February 9, 2010 6:35 am | Comments

A Pennsylvania congressman and longtime friend of the late Rep. John Murtha says the congressman's large intestine was damaged during gallbladder surgery and an infection developed. February 9, 2010 The sudden death Monday of Rep. John Murtha could be attributed to a surgical error, according to a source close to a congressman.

Beer A Source For Bone Health

February 9, 2010 6:32 am | Comments

A new study finds that beer is a rich source of silicon which may help prevent osteoporosis February 9, 2010 A new study suggests that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density. Researchers from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis studied commercial beer production to determine the relationship between beer production methods and the resulting silicon content, concluding that beer is a rich source of dietary silicon.

Investors Losing Patience With Hospitals

February 9, 2010 6:31 am | Comments

As Congress looks less likely to pass a health-care bill, hospital stocks have dropped as much as 20 percent from their January peaks. February 9, 2010 As Congress looks less likely to pass a health-care bill, investors are steering clear of hospitals, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports.


Lighter Sedation For Elderly In Surgery May Reduce Disorientation

February 9, 2010 6:29 am | Comments

A common complication following surgery in elderly patients is postoperative delirium, a state of confusion that can lead to long-term health problems and cause some elderly patients to complain that they “never felt the same” again after an operation. But a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests that simply limiting the depth of sedation during procedures could safely cut the risk of postoperative delirium by 50 percent.

Illinois Court Overturns Malpractice Statute

February 7, 2010 8:31 am | Comments

The Illinois Supreme Court recently overturned the state’s five-year-old medical malpractice law because it limited compensation to injured patients for pain, suffering and other non-economic harms. The ruling came down as federal proposals to cap malpractice awards are receiving fresh attention in Washington.

Nearly Half Of All Cancers Are Preventable

February 7, 2010 8:20 am | Comments

About 40 percent of cancers could be prevented if people stopped smoking and overeating, limited their alcohol, exercised regularly and got vaccines targeting cancer-causing infections, experts say. The International Union Against Cancer released a report focused on steps that governments and the public can take to avoid the disease.

Government Picks Up Huge Health Care Tab

February 7, 2010 8:14 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Government is poised to become king of the hill in America's vast health care system, with or without President Barack Obama's planned redo. According to a recent report, federal and state programs will pay slightly more than half the tab for health care purchased in the United States by 2012, says the analysis by Medicare number crunchers published in the journal Health Affairs .

Nurse Could Face Prison Time For Reporting Surgeon

February 7, 2010 8:01 am | Comments

It occurred to Anne Mitchell that she might lose her job, but it was beyond her conception that she would be indicted and threatened with 10 years in prison for doing what she knew a nurse must: inform state regulators that a doctor at her rural hospital was practicing bad medicine. When she was fingerprinted and photographed at jail last June, it felt as if she had entered a parallel universe.


Landmark For Pressure Ulcer Prevention

February 7, 2010 7:41 am | Comments

Action Products, Inc. has commenced its 40th year of providing pressure ulcer prevention products to the world. Troy McKnight, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “It’s gratifying to see the tremendous progress that’s been made by the medical community in the treatment and prevention of decubitus ulcers and to know that Action Products has contributed to this progress for more than 40 years through its products, technology and dedication.

Intuitive Surgical Avoids ED Lawsuit

February 5, 2010 4:29 am | Comments

A federal appeals court cleared Intuitive Surgical in a case involving the malfunction of a da Vinci surgical robot during a prostatectomy that may have lead to a Pennsylvania man's erectile dysfunction. Roland Mracek sued Intuitive after undergoing a prostatectomy at Bryn Mawr hospital. During the surgery, the da Vinci robot began displaying error messages.

Doctors Sue To Stop Unsupervised Nurse Anesthetists

February 5, 2010 4:16 am | Comments

Surgical patients are being put at risk because a new California regulation allows nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia without the supervision of a physician, claims a lawsuit filed against California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger by two large physician groups. The groups are concerned about the lack of supervision in these instances.

Vegetative Patient Talks With Brain Waves

February 5, 2010 3:54 am | Comments

(Reuters) – A man in a deeply unconscious state for five years has been able to communicate with doctors using just his thoughts in a study scientists say is a “game changer” for care of vegetative state patients. British and Belgian researchers used a brain scanner called functional magnetic resonance imaging to show the man, who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in 2003, was able to think yes or no answers to questions.

Fewer Complications With Sutures For Cesarean

February 5, 2010 3:43 am | Comments

Researchers have found that there were fewer complications for women, after having a cesarean delivery, if sutures were used instead of staples to close the wound. Women undergoing cesarean delivery in labor as well as scheduled cesarean delivery were used in the study. Use of staples resulted in a higher wound separation rate, higher composite wound complication rate, and increased post-operative physician visits.

Canadian Premier Seeks Surgery In The U.S.

February 5, 2010 3:27 am | Comments

Danny Williams’, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, is under fire for his decision to head south for heart surgery. A former lawyer and millionaire businessman, Williams is having an unspecified cardiac surgical procedure at an undisclosed U.S. hospital. The move raised questions about whether he could have the operation in Canada.

Post-Surgery Wireless Skin Patch In Development

February 3, 2010 6:45 am | Comments

Gentag, Inc. and the CORE Institute® announce the signing of a license agreement to develop and commercialize a disposable wireless skin patch to allow patients to self monitor themselves in the comfort of their homes after orthopedic surgery in hospitals through the use of cell phones, a release issued Tuesday reports.


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