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Justice Department: Incompetence Killed One Patient, Injured Others

April 6, 2010 5:58 am | Comments

The United States Justice Department has intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that Satilla Health Services, Inc., dba Satilla Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Najam Azmat submitted claims to Medicare and Medicaid for medically substandard and unnecessary services. Among other things, the complaint alleges that the defendants submitted claims for medical procedures performed by Dr.

Opening Day's All Surgical Team

April 5, 2010 7:10 am | Comments

With today signifying the start of the baseball season for most around the country, here’s a look at the All-Stars lighting up post-op. While none are on their team’s active roster for opening day due to their injuries, it’s a team many wouldn’t mind having once their surgeries mend.

3-D Takes Another Step Towards The OR

April 5, 2010 6:45 am | Comments

Yuri Kageyama, AP Sharp's latest 3-D displays deliver bright, clear imagery without the cumbersome glasses usually required for such technology. Now the bad news: They only work on a 3” screen held 1’ from the viewer's face. Sharp recently demonstrated liquid crystal screens for mobile devices that showed 3-D animation, touch-panel screens that switched from one 3-D photo to another and a display connected to a 3-D video camera.

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Organ Donation Increases, But Still Not Enough

April 5, 2010 6:31 am | Comments

According to a new survey by Donate Life America, 43 percent of people are undecided, reluctant or do not wish to have their organs and tissue donated after their deaths. While an improvement over findings from a similar survey last year in which 50 percent reported the same, the statistic illustrates a need to continue to increase the level of support for organ donation.

General, Pelvic Endoscopic Procedures On The Rise

April 5, 2010 6:05 am | Comments

According to a recent report from Medtech Insight, general and pelvic endoscopic/laparoscopic surgeries such as gastric bypass, endometrial ablation, laparoscopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH), appendectomy and prostatectomy were performed more than 2.8 million times in 2008. This translates to the U.

Expanding Stent Surgery

April 5, 2010 5:51 am | Comments

After Louis Prestes suffered a mini-stroke, his doctor told him the artery in his neck was 70 percent blocked with fatty plaque deposits and the likelihood of another, more serious stroke was high. Mr. Prestes, 76, was presented with two options to prevent another stroke. He could undergo conventional surgery performed on his carotid artery, a procedure performed 100,000 times a year in the U.

Patient Safety Incidents At U.S. Hospitals Show No Decline

April 2, 2010 8:19 am | Comments

A recent study finds nearly one million incidents among medicare patients in years 2006 to 2008. The incidences were associated with $8.9 billion in costs. April 2, 2010 Nearly one million patient-safety incidents occurred among Medicare patients over the years 2006, 2007, 2008, a figure virtually unchanged since last year’s annual study of patient safety by HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization.

Woman Has Twins ... A Week Apart

April 2, 2010 7:04 am | Comments

An Ohio couple can look forward to an annual birthday season, because their new twins were born a week apart. Jennifer Renz of North Canton went into labor while at her doctor's office on March 22. She wasn't due for another 12 weeks but gave birth at a Cleveland hospital to a 1-pound, 13-ounce girl, named Grace.

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Soda Tax Won't Impact Obesity

April 2, 2010 6:55 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Small taxes on soda do little to reduce soft drink consumption or prevent childhood obesity, but larger levies probably would, states new research. The study is being released as a recent wave of proposals would raise soda taxes or create new ones on sugared beverages. But they'll have to be a lot steeper than current taxes, which are generally four percent or less, said Roland Sturm, lead author of the new research.

2 Million Waiting To Join Parent's Healthcare Coverage

April 2, 2010 6:40 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Congress voted to overhaul the health care system on a Sunday. On Monday, Patti Lawson e-mailed her employer's human resources office to ask how soon she could get her 22-year-old daughter back on her health insurance. In about six months, the new law will allow at least 2 million young adults to be covered under their parents’ policies.

Surprise Inside - Missing Heads & Torsos

April 2, 2010 6:15 am | Comments

Surprise Inside – Missing Heads & Torsos Sue Major Holmes and Maria Sudekum Fisher, AP A human head and torso were found inside a red biohazard tub as part of what was supposed to be a routine shipment of medical waste from New Mexico to a Kansas company. That gruesome discovery last week turned out to be just the start.

Checklists Help Curb Mortality Rates

April 2, 2010 5:57 am | Comments

Patient deaths at three London hospitals have been cut by almost 15 percent after introducing treatment checklists (known as care bundles), finds a study published on www.bmj.com. The researchers say their methods could be used to reduce mortality in many other hospitals. The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust serves a population of about 500,000 at three sites: Northwick Park Hospital, Central Middlesex Hospital and St Mark's Hospital.

Fraudulent Surgery Payment Nets Patient Jail Time

March 31, 2010 6:31 am | Comments

An Orange County, California woman’s new breasts will cost her six months in jail. Yvonne Jean Pampellonne was sentenced for using a fraudulent line of credit to obtain $12,000 in cosmetic surgery, including breast implants and liposuction. The 30-year-old woman pleaded guilty to burglary, grand theft and identity theft.

CAE Healthcare Acquires Immersion's Simulation Lines

March 31, 2010 6:13 am | Comments

CAE Healthcare and Immersion, a leading innovator of haptic (touch feedback) technology, have announced that CAE Healthcare has acquired part of Immersion's medical simulation business unit. Three product lines are part of the acquisition and will form the core offerings of CAE Healthcare's newly established surgical simulation division.

FDA Suppressed Imaging Safety Concerns

March 31, 2010 5:39 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP A former Food and Drug Administration scientist said his job was eliminated after he raised concerns about the risks of radiation exposure from high-grade medical scanning. Dr. Julian Nicholas said at a public hearing that he and other FDA staffers “were pressured to change their scientific opinion” after they opposed the approval of a CT scanner for routine colon cancer screening.

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