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China Promises To Improve Hospitals

March 9, 2011 4:35 am | Comments

Gillian Wong, AP Top Chinese officials have promised to improve public hospitals and cut their dependence on drug sales for income — a major driver of high health care costs. Public health care in China has been underfunded for years, and the high cost and poor access of health services are among the public's biggest complaints.

Clinical Alarm Issues Inhibit The Delivery of Safe Health Care

March 8, 2011 5:46 am | Comments

Clinical alarms alert caregivers and hospital staff to critical changes in a patient’s physiologic condition, as well as to safety issues and device malfunctions, so that caregivers may intervene appropriately. Adverse alarm events are accidents waiting to happen, the results of a perfect storm in an error-prone system.


Scientists Make New Urethras For Five Boys

March 8, 2011 5:34 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — Doctors have created urethras using patients' own cells for the first time — another example that scientists may be able to grow replacement body parts one day "It's not so much science fiction anymore to think we can grow replacement organs," said Patrick Warnke, a tissue engineering expert at Bond University in Australia.


Hand Transplant First In U.S.

March 8, 2011 5:16 am | Comments

Surgeons at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center performed the first hand transplant in the western United States in an operation that began one minute before midnight on Friday, March 4, and was completed 14-and-a-half hours later, on Saturday, March 5. The transplant was performed on a 26-year-old mother from Northern California who lost her right hand in a traffic accident nearly five years ago.

Homeless Cost $2,500 More For Hospital Stays

March 8, 2011 5:01 am | Comments

Homeless people with medical or surgical problems arrive at the hospital with underlying health issues and stay longer than others, often because there is no place to send them after their initial medical crisis has been treated, the study found. Those with psychiatric illness arrive at the hospital much sicker than others.

Rehab Within A Day Of Knee Replacement Pays Off

March 7, 2011 8:45 am | Comments

Starting rehabilitation sooner following knee arthroplasty surgery could pay dividends - for both patients and hospitals. Commencing physical therapy within 24 hours of surgery can improve pain, range of joint motion and muscle strength as well as cut hospital stays, according to new research in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation .

Stretchable Electronics Simplify Cardiac Ablation Therapy

March 7, 2011 8:31 am | Comments

In an improvement over open-heart surgery, cardiologists are now using catheters to eliminate damaged heart tissue in certain patients, such as those with arrhythmias. However, this can also be a long and painful procedure as many catheters, with different functions, need to be inserted sequentially.

Doctor Empathy Associated With Positive Outcomes

March 7, 2011 8:19 am | Comments

It has been thought that the quality of the physician-patient relationship is integral to positive outcomes, but until now data to confirm such beliefs has been hard to find. Through a landmark study, a research team from Jefferson Medical College (JMC) of Thomas Jefferson University has been able to quantify a relationship between physicians' empathy and their patients' positive clinical outcomes, suggesting that physician empathy is an important factor associated with clinical competence.


First Robotic Atrial Fibrillation

March 7, 2011 8:07 am | Comments

Doctors at Beaumont Hospital in Troy have performed Michigan's first minimally invasive robotic procedure to correct atrial fibrillation. The robotic maze procedure is an alternative to open-heart surgery performed through keyhole incisions with fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay. Phillip Robinson, M.

Judge Orders Hysterectomy

March 7, 2011 7:51 am | Comments

(AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has delayed an order that a cancer patient undergo a hysterectomy in order to give her time to appeal a finding that she is not mentally competent to make such a decision. The Missoulian reports that District Judge Karen Townsend issued a March 1 ruling requiring the woman to undergo the procedure on March 3 to treat her cancer. Looks To Offer Free Physician Recruitment

March 4, 2011 5:15 am | Comments

MSR Resources is pleased to announce the recent launch of, a network of free physician job boards. With the surge in internet use over the last decade, many physician websites have been launched, but most have advertising fees. is the only physician job board that is completely free and unrestricted for both healthcare organizations and physicians to use.

Patient Safety Authority Highlights Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 4, 2011 5:05 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is partnering with Quality Insights of Pennsylvania (QIP) and consumer groups statewide to raise awareness of patient safety issues during Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 6-12). "Patient Safety Awareness Week is a perfect time for healthcare providers, staff and patients, to think about what more can be done to improve patient safety," Fran Charney, director of Educational Programs for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority said.

Carotid Artery Stenting Seen As Cost-Effective Alternative To Endarterectomy

March 4, 2011 4:52 am | Comments

Researchers determined that carotid artery stenting (CAS) with embolic protection is an economically attractive alternative to endarterectomy (END) for patients at increased surgical risk. The study, based on data from the Stenting and Angioplasty with Protection in Patients at High Risk for Endarterectomy (SAPPHIRE) trial, found that initial procedural cost was higher with CAS, but post-procedure hospital stay was shorter, which significantly offset associated costs compared to END.


Abortion Clinic Head May Face Death Sentence

March 4, 2011 4:25 am | Comments

Maryclaire Dale, AP Prosecutors notified a Philadelphia doctor charged with killing a patient and seven babies at his abortion clinic that they intend to pursue the death penalty against him. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 70, ran a filthy West Philadelphia medical practice that served as a pill mill by day and an abortion mill by night, a grand jury concluded in January after a two-year investigation.

Stomach Pacemaker Could Help The Obese

March 4, 2011 4:15 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Patrick Hetzner tried diets and exercise, just about everything short of stomach stapling to lose weight. Nothing worked. Five months ago he tried something new: a stomach pacemaker that curbed his appetite. Since having it implanted, Hetzner, a 20-year-old Munich mailman, has knocked off more than 22 pounds from his earlier weight of 229 pounds.


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