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Man Fires Shot In New Mexico Hospital

January 7, 2011 5:02 am | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are searching for a man who fired a shot Tuesday inside University of New Mexico Hospital. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Trish Hoffman says officers are looking for 21-year-old Daniel Cesar Dominguez-Garcia in connection with the incident. Hoffman says Dominguez was at the hospital with his girlfriend Tuesday afternoon when he became upset.

Physicians Question Lower BMI Requirements For Lap-Band Surgery

January 7, 2011 5:02 am | Comments

The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) is concerned that the FDA advisory panel recommended lowering the BMI requirement for lap-band surgery, while the FDA recently denied two new obesity medications. Bariatric surgery is drastic and expensive and carries higher morbidity and mortality risks than lifestyle interventions or medication.

Study: Temporal Artery Thermometry Accurate For Surgical Patients

January 5, 2011 6:15 am | Comments

Temperatures taken orally or by temporal artery thermometry "are an accurate means of temperature assessment for adult patients undergoing colorectal or gynecology surgery,"(1) according to analysis published by the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing . Accurate temperature readings are necessary to determine when to intervene for patients at all stages of their hospitalizations but especially during and immediately after surgical procedures to avoid post-operative complications.


Mom Gives Birth To First Twin in 2010, Second In 2011

January 5, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

(AP) — A northern Illinois couple welcomed their new daughter to the world in the last minute of 2010 — and a twin son in the first minute of 2011. Ashley Fansler gave birth to Madisen Carin Lewis at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve in Machesney Park, 85 miles northwest of Chicago. Aiden Everette Lewis was born a minute later, at 12 a.

Many With Implantable Defibrillators Do Not Meet Criteria

January 5, 2011 6:04 am | Comments

A study appearing in JAMA detailed how more than 100,000 patients who received implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) found that about 20 percent did not meet evidence-based guidelines for receipt, and that these patients had a significantly higher risk of in-hospital death than individuals who met criteria for receiving an ICD.


Guidelines Now Available For MRSA Treatment

January 5, 2011 5:50 am | Comments

Physicians now have help in their battle against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a potentially deadly infection that initially was limited to hospitals and health care facilities but has become a growing problem in healthy children and adults. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released its first guidelines for the treatment of increasingly common MRSA infections.

Helicopter Transport Increases Survival Rates

January 5, 2011 5:38 am | Comments

Severely injured patients transported by helicopter from the scene of an accident are more likely to survive than patients brought to trauma centers by ground ambulance, according to a new study published in The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care . The study is the first to examine the role of helicopter transport on a national level and includes the largest number of helicopter-transport patients in a single analysis.

Cosmetic Surgery Product Demand To Continue Growing

January 5, 2011 5:21 am | Comments

According to a report produced by Reportlinker, demand for products used in cosmetic surgery is forecast to increase 6.5 percent per year to $2.8 billion in 2014, when 16.1 million cosmetic procedures are expected to be performed. The economic recession that began in December 2007 impacted the cosmetic surgery industry most profoundly in surgical procedures, which suffered large drops in 2008 and 2009.


Children Averaging Seven Radiation Scans By Age 18

January 4, 2011 5:04 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP The first large study to examine the use of X-rays, CT scans and other medical radiation in children estimates the average child will get more than seven radiation scans by age 18. Most of the scans involve X-rays, which use relatively little radiation, but there is growing concern about CT scans, which entail far more radiation and can raise the risk for cancer, particularly in children.

Vegas Doctor Pays Fine In Federal Fraud Case

January 4, 2011 4:46 am | Comments

(AP) — A Las Vegas doctor has agreed to pay the federal government $1.25 million after prosecutors say he inflated health care claims for surgeries and supplies. U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden announced that anesthesiologist Brian Lemper made the payment to resolve allegations that he defrauded a federal health care insurance program that benefits military members and their families.

Breast Cancer Recurrence May Depend On Surgeon

January 4, 2011 4:37 am | Comments

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or non-invasive breast cancer, is typically treated with either breast-conserving surgery—with or without follow-up radiation—or mastectomy. The treatment choice depends on clinical factors, the treating surgeon, and patient preferences, with long-term health outcomes (disease-free survival) depending on the treatments received.

Clostridium Infecting More Hospitalized Kids

January 4, 2011 4:22 am | Comments

Hospitalized children in the United States are more frequently becoming infected with the bacteria Clostridium difficile, according to a report posted online and appearing in the May print issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. C. difficile can colonize the gastrointestinal tract and lead to infection.

Reliability An Issue For Portable Media Medical Images

January 4, 2011 4:06 am | Comments

Radiologists and referring clinicians frequently use portable media (CDs, DVDs) to review patient medical images acquired at outside imaging centers, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans, but issues regarding access, importability, and viewing of these portable media still exist, according to a study in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (www.

Requiring Surgeons To Disclose Sleep-Deprived Status

January 3, 2011 6:34 am | Comments

While regulations have been put in place to restrict the work hours of doctors in training, no such regulations exist for fully trained physicians. An editorial in this week's New England Journal of Medicine argues that sleep-deprived physicians should not be permitted to proceed with an elective surgery without a patient's informed, written consent.


New Guidelines Target Tonsillectomy In Children

January 3, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

A multidisciplinary clinical practice guideline, Tonsillectomy in Children , will be published in the January issue of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery . The new guideline provides evidence-based recommendations on the pre-, intra-, and postoperative care and management of children 1 - 18 years of age under consideration for tonsillectomy.



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