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Doctor On Trial In Ohio Painkiller Deaths

March 1, 2011 4:52 am | Comments

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AP Federal prosecutors say Dr. Paul Volkman was part of a scheme that illegally distributed millions of highly addictive pain pills that may have led to a dozen deaths. The doctor says he is innocent and was vigilant about conducting drug tests to make sure patients weren't abusing substances.

Pessimism Can Block Surgical Recovery

March 1, 2011 4:01 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Spine surgeon Anders Cohen puts a lot of stock in patients' expectations of pain relief. He prefers to operate only on those who "grab you by the collar and say, 'I can't take it anymore.'" New brain research proves doctors like Cohen are onto something: Pessimism can override the effectiveness of even powerful treatments.

Radio-Guided Surgery Seen As Safe And Simple For Removing Lung Nodules

February 28, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

Using tiny spheres of radioactive liquid to guide surgeons as they remove potentially cancerous material in the lungs is safe and more effective than other techniques, Italian researchers reported at the European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology. Dr Luca Bertolaccini, Dr Alberto Terzi and colleagues from Santa Croce e Carle Hospital in Cuneo, Italy, studied a technique known as radio-guided surgery in 19 patients.


Experts Call For Greater Pain Assessment In Hospitals

February 28, 2011 5:56 am | Comments

Nearly two-thirds of the hospital in-patients who took part in a survey had experienced pain in the last 24 hours, and 42 percent of those rated their pain as more than seven out of ten, where ten was the worst pain imaginable, according to the March issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing .

Old Bones Help Treat Modern Back Pain

February 28, 2011 5:45 am | Comments

The bones of people who died up to a hundred years ago are being used in the development of new treatments for chronic back pain. It is the first time old bones have been used in this way. The research is bringing together the unusual combination of latest computer modelling techniques developed at the University of Leeds, and archaeology and anthropology expertise at the University of Bristol.

Past Medical Testing On Humans Revealed

February 28, 2011 5:29 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital.

Long-Acting Local Anesthetic Derived From Algae

February 25, 2011 6:32 am | Comments

A U.S.-Chile collaboration is bringing surgical patients closer to having a long-acting local anesthetic. In a randomized, double-blind trial, patients given neosaxitoxin, a new local anesthetic derived from algae, had significantly less postoperative pain and recovered about two days sooner than those given the commonly used local anesthetic bupivacaine.

Action Products, Inc. To Host Nurse Angel Contest

February 25, 2011 6:31 am | Action Products, Inc. | Comments

At the 58th AORN Congress, the Action Booth #2023 will be turning celestial in celebration of its Angel series product launch. To kick off the event and in celebration of Nurse Angels worldwide, Action is hosting a contest in search of the ultimate Nurse Angel. Action has created an online social community where nurses are invited to nominate their own Nurse Angel by sharing their personal stories of exceptional nurses or nursing experiences.


Whole Fresh Blood May Have Longer Shelf Life

February 25, 2011 6:28 am | Comments

In a finding that may potentially improve survival from war injuries and disasters, laboratory researchers report that refrigerated whole blood may have a shelf life well beyond the current standard of 24 to 48 hours. "We have found that whole blood retains its clotting properties at least 11 days under standard refrigeration," said the study leader, David Jobes, M.

Surgeon Removes Kidney Through Patient’s Belly Button

February 25, 2011 6:27 am | Transenterix, Inc. | Comments

Using SPIDER® Surgical System, Dr. Raymond J. Leveillee performs UHealth’s first single-incision nephrectomy February 25, 2011 A surgeon at UHealth-the University of Miami Health System recently removed a patient’s kidney through her belly button, leaving no visible scar.

Tainted IV Fluid Kills 12 Pregnant Women In India

February 25, 2011 6:26 am | Comments

Prakash Bhandari, Associated Press JAIPUR, India (AP) — Contaminated intravenous fluid is suspected in the deaths of 12 pregnant women at a government hospital in northwestern India, police and health authorities said Friday. Doctors are battling to save the lives of four more women who fell critically ill after being given the fluid in the maternity ward, hospital superintendent Narendra Chhangani said.

Hamstring Grafts Prove More Effective In ACL Knee Reconstruction

February 23, 2011 5:16 am | Comments

Patients receiving anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee reconstruction with a hamstring tendon graft rather than a knee tendon graft were less likely to suffer from pain and mobility issues 15 years after surgery, said researchers presenting a study at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Specialty Day.


Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Study Reveals Some Surprises

February 23, 2011 5:09 am | Comments

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is highly effective and provides durable results five years after surgery, according to a large, prospective study by Hospital for Special Surgery investigators. The study also surprisingly revealed that the rotator cuff has the ability to heal even when early imaging studies have found a defect at the site of repair.

Famed Neurosurgeon's Century-Old Notes Reveal Admissions Of Error

February 23, 2011 4:53 am | Comments

The current focus on medical errors isn't quite as new as it seems. A Johns Hopkins review of groundbreaking neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing's notes, made at the turn of the last century, has turned up copious documentation of his own surgical mishaps as well as his suggestions for preventing those mistakes in the future.

American Legion: St. Louis VA Acted Quickly, Correctl

February 23, 2011 4:34 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire - The Department of Veterans Affairs acted swiftly and correctly to temporarily suspend surgeries earlier this month at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis after stains and water spots were noticed on some medical trays and one surgical instrument, American Legion National Commander Jimmie Foster stated.



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