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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.

C-spine Rule Could Ease ER Overcrowding

May 11, 2010 7:03 am | Comments

Widespread use of the Canadian C-spine rule by triage nurses in emergency departments would ease discomfort of trauma patients and improve patient flow in overcrowded emergency departments in Canada and abroad, according to a study in CMAJ ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ). This clinical decision rule helps clinicians with diagnostic or therapeutic decisions, and was previously developed for c-spine evaluation.


eICU Services Growing In Rural Hospitals

May 11, 2010 6:52 am | Comments

As part of a growing trend, rural hospitals from across the country are collaborating with larger tertiary care facilities and independent critical care monitoring providers to bring eICU telehealth services and support to their local rural communities. Royal Philips Electronics is supporting this trend and addressing clinician shortages by expanding access to critical care support in rural communities with their.

MRSA Takes Center Stage

May 11, 2010 6:33 am | Comments

More Americans die annually from invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections than from HIV/AIDS, H1N1 influenza and Parkinson's disease, yet some feel the U.S. and other countries are not doing enough to combat it. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by MRSA,” states MRSA Survivors Network founder Jeanine Thomas, a survivor of MRSA, sepsis and C.

Chimp Attack Victim Evaluated For Face, Hands Transplant

May 11, 2010 5:55 am | Comments

John Christoffersen, AP Brigham and Women's Hospital issued a statement saying Charla Nash will be at the Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital for a couple of days for the evaluation. A decision is not expected for months. “I'm cautiously optimistic right now,” said plastic surgeon Dr.

Easing Bone Marrow Transplants Key To Greater Adaption

May 11, 2010 5:39 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Bone marrow transplants are undergoing a quiet revolution: No longer just for cancer, research is under way to ease the risks so they can target more people with diseases from sickle cell to deadly metabolic disorders. The old way: High doses of radiation and chemotherapy wipe out a patient's own bone marrow before someone else's is infused to replace it, hopefully before infection strikes.

A Smiling Face Of Survival

May 10, 2010 7:47 am | Comments

Robert Lopez, AP Four-year-old Khalid Amos lifts his shirt up and reveals a faint scar on his chest. “That's my port,” he says. “That's where they put the medicine in, take blood out.” Khalid was diagnosed two years ago with neuroblastoma, a tumor of the sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body's fight or flight responses.


Underpaid ASCs File Lawsuit

May 10, 2010 7:22 am | Comments

A recently filed class action complaint against United Health and other health care plan administrators has been filed on behalf of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) across the country, citing that these ASCs have been underpaid by millions of dollars. The suit centers on improper calculations that have produced low reimbursement amounts for ASCs, effectively leaving patients on the hook for larger amounts than they should owe, argue attorneys from Hooper, Lundy & Bookman.

Travel Health Insurance Vital, Yet Easy To Overlook

May 10, 2010 6:57 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Plane tickets, check. Passport, check. Medical evacuation insurance? It's probably not something most people think about when packing for a vacation. But Louise Robbins says she'd probably be bankrupt without it. The University of Wisconsin library educator and her husband, Robby, were in southwest China last summer when Robby slipped and fell backward on a hotel walkway made of the region's famed red marble.

Kidney Removal May Not Extend Cancer Patients' Lives

May 10, 2010 6:35 am | Comments

A new study indicates that patients 75 years or older who have confined kidney tumors do not live longer if they have their entire kidney removed. The research reveals that these patients typically have other medical problems of greater significance and that many should receive more conservative cancer-related care, such as observation or treatments that spare the non-cancerous parts of their kidneys.

Action Products Dedicates New Site To Pressure Ulcer Prevention

May 7, 2010 6:23 am | Comments

Action Products has unveiled a new website dedicated to pressure ulcer prevention. The site has been combined with the Action International site to give a global solution to decubitus ulcers. The new site will feature improved navigation, specialty related products and much more product information than on the current site.

Oil Spill May Endanger Human Health

May 7, 2010 6:10 am | Comments

John Flesher, AP With a huge and unpredictable oil slick drifting in the Gulf of Mexico, state and federal authorities are preparing to deal with a variety of hazards to human health if and when the full brunt of the toxic mess washes ashore. The list of potential threats runs from temporary, minor nuisances such as runny noses and headaches to long-term risks such as cancer if contaminated seafood ends up in the marketplace.

Deaths Cause VA To Limit Surgeries

May 7, 2010 5:49 am | Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs is implementing a new rating system for its hospitals that will limit the types of surgeries doctors can perform at some facilities. The changes come after several patients died because of surgical mistakes at one Illinois VA hospital.  Officials acknowledged that at least nine patients died directly because of surgical mistakes by doctors at the Marion VA Medical Center in southern Illinois in 2006 and 2007.

Boston Scientific Begins Spinal Cord Stimulation vs. Re-Operation Trial

May 7, 2010 5:37 am | Comments

Boston Scientific today announced the start of patient enrollment in the EVIDENCE Clinical Trial, which compares the therapeutic and cost effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy to spine re-operation in patients with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). EVIDENCE is a randomized, controlled trial enrolling 132 patients at 20 sites worldwide.


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