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Donations Propel Toddler's Miracle Surgery

May 17, 2010 7:47 am | Comments

The parents of an Edmonton, Alberta toddler are now confident their son will be able to undergo surgery for a rare birth defect, thanks to the generosity of people across Canada. The two-year-old, Maddox, was born with lymphatic cystic hydroma, a severe and rare malformation on the left side of his face that has so far been untreatable by doctors.

Reducing Colonoscopy Prep To One Day Just As Effective

May 17, 2010 7:17 am | Comments

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have found that colonoscopy preparation drugs administered the same day as the procedure are equally effective to those given the night before and the morning of the procedure, but result in less complaints of side effects such as abdominal pain, sleep loss and workday interference.

Health Robotics Re-Acquires CytoCare Rights

May 17, 2010 7:08 am | Comments

Health Robotics and B. Braun Melsungen AG today announced that in exchange for undisclosed consideration, Health Robotics has re-acquired from B. Braun the exclusive marketing, sales, installation, implementation, interface, manufacturing, and technical support European rights for CytoCare, a robot designed to manufacture chemotherapy and hazardous IV Admixtures, and which rights B.


Dramatic Surge In Child MRSA Hospitalization

May 17, 2010 7:02 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP The number of children hospitalized with dangerous drug-resistant staph infections surged 10-fold in recent years, a study found. Disease incidence increased from two to 21 cases per 1,000 hospital admissions from 1999 to 2008. Most infections were caught in the community, not in the hospital.

Less Post-Op Pain With Radiofrequency Ablation

May 17, 2010 6:44 am | Comments

A study published in published the June issue of the British Journal of Surgery compared two increasingly popular treatments for varicose veins, and found that patients who received radiofrequency ablation (RFA) reported less post-procedural pain than those treated with endovenous laser ablation (EVLA).

FBI Runs Medical Ad In Search For Murderer

May 14, 2010 7:27 am | Comments

In an attempt to turn up new leads in the search for gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, the FBI is enlisting the surgical community for help. Full-page ads were placed in a recent edition of Plastic Surgery News asking if doctors have seen his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, who had breast implants and other cosmetic work performed before she went on the lam in 1995 with Bulger.

Facilities Lose $1.7 Million, Despite Higher Revenues

May 14, 2010 7:14 am | Comments

Canadian hospital owner Medical Facilities Corporation says it lost $1.7 million in the first quarter, as higher operating expenses offset revenue growth of six percent. Toronto-based Medical Facilities, which also owns hospitals in the United States, said earnings were down by five cents per share.

The Evolving Hip Surgery Patient

May 14, 2010 7:01 am | Comments

John Marshall, AP The surgeon waved his arms like a puppeteer over the body of his 18-year-old patient, the sound of a heartbeat from a monitor giving way to the jarring noise of a saw grinding bone in her hip joint. The sedated college volleyball player agreed to the surgery, not knowing if her insurance would cover the expense but hopeful that it would allow her to again walk up stairs without collapsing in pain.


Physician Portal Allows Instant Sharing Of Medical Records

May 14, 2010 6:48 am | Comments

A new Internet-based physician health portal that will allow for instant sharing of medical records between doctors is the latest expansion of the affiliation between The Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Head and Neck Cancer Center and ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP (ENTA), the largest and most comprehensive ear, nose, and throat, allergy and audiology practice in the tri-state area.

New Record-Sharing Portal Simplifies Care

May 14, 2010 6:38 am | Comments

A new internet-based physician health portal that will allow for instant sharing of medical records between doctors is the latest expansion of the affiliation between The Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Head and Neck Cancer Center and ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP, the largest ear, nose and throat, allergy and audiology practice in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

New Test Predicts Surgical Outcomes For Older Patients

May 14, 2010 6:27 am | Comments

A simple, 10-minute “frailty” test administered to older patients before they undergo surgery can predict with great certainty their risk for complications, how long they will stay in the hospital and whether they are likely to end up in a nursing home afterward, new research from Johns Hopkins suggests.

Catheter-Based Procedure Offers Non-Surgical Option

May 12, 2010 8:28 am | Comments

An innovative catheter-based procedure is providing relief to patients who suffer from shortness of breath and fluid overload as the result of a severely leaky heart valve, but who are too sick for open-chest surgery, according to a study presented at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions.

Israel Denies Surgery To Hamas Affiliate

May 12, 2010 8:11 am | Comments

Karoun Demirjian, AP Israel has barred a cousin of an assassinated Hamas operative from entering from Gaza for medical care, though the man’s doctors warn his life is in danger. Mohammed al-Mabhouh, 56, is the cousin of senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was assassinated in Dubai in January in a hit local authorities blame on Israel’s Mossad spy agency.

For Health Or Ratings, Live Surgery Hits Morning TV

May 12, 2010 7:54 am | Comments

David Bauder, AP Surgery at breakfast time is the latest odd television trend. ABC weatherman Sam Champion had skin cancer cells removed from his shoulder live on Good Morning America this morning, publicizing his own health issues to make viewers more aware of their own. All three network morning shows have gone into operating rooms or doctors' offices the past two months.

FDA Pushes Healthcare Providers To Report Misleading Drug Ads

May 12, 2010 6:26 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration said it will begin asking doctors to keep an eye out for misleading drug advertisements as part of the agency's latest effort to police the pharmaceutical industry's multibillion-dollar marketing machine. The agency's bad ad program urges doctors to report ads and sales pitches that violate FDA rules.


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