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Haitian Hospital Woes Show Challenges In Recovery

July 12, 2010 6:32 am | Comments

Jonathan M. Katz, AP It was a simple problem with a novel solution. Doctors, nurses and technicians at Haiti's most important hospital had not been paid since before the earthquake — causing strikes and staffing shortages, and turning the facility into a dangerously inefficient, rat-infested mess.

Drug Offers Way Of Improving Orthopedic Surgery Care

July 12, 2010 6:17 am | Comments

An ultra-low-molecular-weight heparin called semuloparin has been found to reduce the incidence of venous thromboembolism in orthopedic surgery patients in a large clinical program being lead by a steering committee chaired by McMaster University professor Dr. Alexander Turpie. The follow-up analysis of three recently completed international clinical studies on short-term venous thromboembolism (VTE) protective medicine in patients undergoing major orthopedic surgery demonstrated that the ultra-low-molecular-weight heparin semuloparin reduced the incidence of VTE and all-cause death by 25 percent, compared to the commonly used therapy drug enoxaparin.

Computerized Systems Key To Fighting HAIs

July 12, 2010 5:58 am | Comments

Hospitals that adopt advanced computer technology to identify healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are more likely to have implemented best practices to prevent such infections, according to research presented at the 37th Annual Conference and International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).


Olympus Expands With Pulmonary Device Acquisition

July 9, 2010 6:36 am | Comments

The U.S.-based medical division of Olympus has reached an agreement to buy Spiration, a pulmonary device company in Redmond, WA. Financial details of the deal are not currently available. Spiration will become a consolidated subsidiary of Olympus, a company that developed the first gastro-camera in 1950 and has since developed fiberscopes and videoscopes for direct internal observation of the human body.

Decline In International Grads Impacts Surgeon Shortage

July 9, 2010 6:28 am | Comments

A decline in the number of international medical graduates is threatening patient access to quality surgical care, according to a new study in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . For years, a flat supply of new U.S.-educated medical school graduates in the specialty of general surgery has created a strong need for IMGs, graduates of medical schools located outside the U.

General Surgery’s “Crisis Of Urgency”

July 9, 2010 6:23 am | Comments

A new study reports the decline of international medical graduates exacerbates the shortage of the general surgeons in the United States. July 9, 2010 A decline in the number of international medical graduates (IMGs) is threatening patient access to quality surgical care, according to a new study in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Surgery Improves Outcomes For Flat Foot Deformity

July 9, 2010 6:16 am | Comments

A surgery developed at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City claims to be able to improve outcomes in individuals with severe adult flat foot deformity. Patients who undergo the new surgery have a better long-term outcome and mobility than those who undergo the traditional procedure. The paper was presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

Diabetics Target Surgery In Taming Blood Sugar

July 9, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

Alicia Chang, AP For nearly a decade, Cristina Iaboni tried to tame her diabetes the usual way, through daily shots of insulin and other medicine. Still, her blood sugar raged out of control. So Iaboni combed the internet for another solution. She found a doctor who is testing weight loss surgery on diabetics who, like herself, are overweight in an attempt to curb the disease.


Full Face Transplant, Complete With Tears And Facial Hair

July 9, 2010 5:13 am | Comments

Angela Charlton, AP A 35-year-old man with a genetic disorder has an entirely new face, including tear ducts that cry and a chin that sprouts stubble. A rare full-face transplant was performed by a French surgeon and hailed as a new advance in improving the lives of the disfigured. Dr. Laurent Lantieri, one of the few doctors in the world who has performed face transplants in the past, said that the patient, “gave me two thumbs up” after the operation at the Henri-Mondor hospital in the Paris suburb of Creteil.

Website Expands Hospital Quality Information For Consumers

July 7, 2010 8:34 am | Comments

The Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) today applauded the public availability of new information on hospital quality of care at the Hospital Compare website ( ).  The HQA is a broad working group of hospitals, consumer representatives, physician and nursing organizations, employers and payers, oversight organizations and government agencies dedicated to improving health care quality and making useful and understandable information about hospital quality available to the public.

Obesity May Not Impact Outcomes From Robotic Prostate Surgery

July 7, 2010 8:31 am | Comments

At the recent 25th Annual European Association of Urology Congress, Dr. David Samadi, Chief of the Division of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, presented findings that showed that obesity does not adversely impact the outcomes of robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomies (RALP) for prostate cancer treatment.

Company Offers Vendor Credentialing Solution

July 7, 2010 7:32 am | Comments

Universal Vendor Services, LLC (UVS) is entering the business of Health Care Industry Representative (HCIR) Credentialing by implementing 2009 joint recommendations of AdvaMed, Joint Commission, and a host of other stake-holding professional organizations. Until today, there has been no Vendor Credentialing Organization that has standardized HCIR credentialing.

9 In 10 Docs Blame Lawsuit Fears For Overtesting

July 7, 2010 7:32 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Ninety percent of physicians surveyed said doctors overtest and overtreat to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits. That sentiment is more common among male doctors than female doctors, according to the survey published Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine.


Some Prostate Cancer Patients Not Given All Possible Treatment Options

July 7, 2010 7:31 am | Comments

At the recent meeting of the American Urological Association in San Francisco, researchers presented studies regarding the decision-making process men go through when considering proposed prostate cancer treatments. Dr. Vorstman, renowned Florida urologist, believes these studies would have more meaning if patients were presented with information about prostate cancer treatment options in a different fashion.

Colon Cancer Screenings Up, Breast Rate Stalled

July 7, 2010 7:31 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — More older Americans are getting tested for colon cancer, with nearly two out of three getting recommended screenings. Meanwhile, rates for breast cancer screening remain stuck on a higher plateau, according to a government report released Tuesday.


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