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Double Transplant Patient Shows Off New Hand

September 7, 2010 5:13 am | Comments

Dylan Lovan, AP The recipient of a rare double hand transplant says he feels fantastic and can wiggle fingers on both his new hands. Richard Edwards made his first appearance on Thursday, about a week after he underwent a nearly 18-hour transplant procedure at a hospital in Louisville. The 55-year-old chiropractor from Edmond, Oklahoma had his hands severely burned in a fire in 2006.

Surgeons Have Significant Impact On Patient Breast Reconstruction Decisions

September 7, 2010 5:12 am | Comments

Source: University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Where a woman goes for breast cancer treatment can vary widely – ranging from small private practices to large hospital settings. That choice can also impact the type of care a woman receives when it comes to reconstruction. “Breast reconstruction is a very complex treatment issue that requires a lot of discussion.

Shoulder Surgery In The Elderly Validated

September 7, 2010 5:11 am | Comments

Repairing torn shoulder muscles in elderly patients is often discouraged because of fears of complications. But a new study conducted at Rush University Medical Center has shown that arthroscopic surgery can significantly improve pain and function. The study has just been published online in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery and will appear in the October issue.

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Putting Patients At The Center

September 7, 2010 5:10 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Comments

For several years now and with a growing messianic fervor, physicians and health care experts have been responding to the need to deliver more efficient and better primary care with one response: patient-centered medical homes. Not long ago, I found myself doing the same with a friend who prides himself on being a well-informed patient.

Accidental Alcohol Injection Kills Baby During Surgery

September 7, 2010 5:09 am | Comments

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer An Ohio coroner says a seven-month-old heart surgery patient died after alcohol, instead of saline, was injected during the procedure. Hamilton County Coroner O'dell Owens says Tressel Meinardi’s parents were told that there's “no question a mistake was made.

Follow Up: Cash-Strapped County Saves Hospital

September 1, 2010 8:29 am | Comments

Cathy Bussewitz, AP Voters in a rural California county that is in such dire financial condition that it's seeking a state bailout, approved a tax to fund their hospital. The vote gives Modoc County, in the state's northeastern corner, a much-needed infusion of cash and likely means it will avoid bankruptcy.

Diagnostic Error Review Looks To Improve Patient Safety

September 1, 2010 8:13 am | Comments

Errors related to missed or delayed diagnosis are frequently a cause of patient injury, and therefore an underlying cause of patient safety related events. Autopsy analysis spanning several decades show error rates at four to 50 percent, according to an article released today by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.

Botox Maker Pays $600 Million In Settlement

September 1, 2010 8:06 am | Comments

(AP) Allergan says it will pay $600 million to settle a years-long federal investigation into how it marketed its top-selling drug, Botox. The company says it will plead guilty to one misdeameanor charge of “misbranding”, in which the company's marketing led physicians to use Botox for unapproved uses.

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Prophylactic Surgeries Associated With Lower Cancer Risks For Women

September 1, 2010 8:00 am | Comments

Women at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer because of inherited mutations of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes who had prophylactic mastectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries) had an associated decreased risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, according to a study in the September 1 issue of JAMA .

Crohn's Disease Surgery Risks Lower Than Reported

September 1, 2010 7:52 am | Comments

A new multi-center study of 854 children with Crohn's disease shows a five-year cumulative risk of bowel surgery is significantly lower than reported in recent studies. The findings of the study, led by Hasbro Children's Hospital, also indicate that children diagnosed between ages 13 and 16 had an increased risk of bowel surgery, and that a common treatment that begins at diagnosis, immunomodulator therapy, did not alter the risk of surgery.

Public System Needs Private Sector To Clear Surgical Logja

August 31, 2010 7:50 am | Comments

Saskatchewan has turned to private health care to help clear up a backlog of patients waiting for day surgeries. The province said Monday that the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region has started booking patients for dental surgery and knee arthroscopy procedures at Omni Surgery Center, a private surgical facility.

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Agent Orange Now Part Of A Different Battle

August 31, 2010 7:34 am | Comments

Mike Baker, AP By his own reckoning, a Navy electrician spent just eight hours in Vietnam, during a layover on his flight back to the U.S. in 1966. He bought some cigarettes and snapped a few photos. The jaunt didn't make for much of a war story, and there is no record it ever happened. But the man successfully argued that he may have been exposed to Agent Orange during his stopover and that it might have caused his diabetes — even though decades of research into the defoliant have failed to find more than a possibility that it causes the disease.

C-Section Rate Will Continue To Rise

August 31, 2010 7:16 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP More women will be giving birth by C-section for the foreseeable future, government scientists said Monday, releasing a study into the causes of a trend that troubles maternal health experts. Overall, cesarean deliveries account for about one-third of births in the U.

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Hospitals Face Legal Dilemma In Testing Incapacitated Patients

August 31, 2010 7:05 am | Comments

Anaesthetists are calling for greater clarity on the legal implications of testing incapacitated patients for blood-borne viruses, after a survey found that this is often done following staff needlestick injuries, in possible breach of UK legislation. The paper, in the September issue of Anaesthesia , reports on the results of an anonymous survey of intensive care units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

13 Nails And 5 Needles Later, Maid Recovering From Surger

August 30, 2010 7:27 am | Comments

(AP) Doctors removed 13 nails and five needles from a Sri Lankan maid who says the couple she worked for in Saudi Arabia hammered them into her body. L.G. Ariyawathi, who was hospitalized with severe pain after returning from Saudi Arabia, has said the family she worked for punished her by heating the nails and needles before sticking them into her.

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