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Michael J. Fox Named Honorary Doctor In Sweden

March 5, 2010 7:15 am | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's Karolinska institute says it will give an honorary degree of medicine to Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox for his work to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease. The institute, which awards the annual Nobel Prize in medicine, says the Michael J.

Senators: Lift Ban On Gays Donating Blood

March 5, 2010 7:15 am | Comments

Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The time has come to change a policy that imposes a lifetime ban on donating blood for any man who has had gay sex since 1977, 18 senators said Thursday. "Not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban," said Sen.

Lawsuit: Cosmetic Surgery Killed Mom Of 3

March 5, 2010 7:14 am | Comments

A mother of three wanted a change and went in for a common procedure -- a face-lift. She never came out of surgery. Her family now says that a well-known, nationwide chain is responsible for her death and has filed a lawsuit against Lifestyle Lift in Middlesex Superior Court. The company insists the procedure is safe and the patient is to blame.

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Concerns Over ‘Metal On Metal’ Hip Implants

March 5, 2010 7:14 am | Comments

Some of the nation’s leading orthopedic surgeons have reduced or stopped use of a popular category of artificial hips amid concerns that the devices are causing severe tissue and bone damage in some patients, often requiring replacement surgery within a year or two. In recent years, such devices, known as “metal on metal” implants, have been used in about one-third of the approximately 250,000 hip replacements performed annually in this country.

Bankruptcy Follows Hepatitis Scrutiny For Doctor

March 5, 2010 7:13 am | Comments

Dr. Dipak Desai, whose Las Vegas clinics were at the center of a 2008 hepatitis scare in Las Vegas, has filed for personal Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The filing could affect upcoming malpractice trials involving Desai and other defendants. Litigation is automatically put on hold in bankruptcy cases, though plaintiffs can petition the bankruptcy court to proceed with their cases.

Food Illnesses Costing U.S. $152 Billion Annually

March 3, 2010 6:10 am | Comments

(Reuters)  Food-based illnesses cost the United States $152 billion in health-related expenses each year, according to a study released by consumer and public health groups. Food safety advocates are hoping that the study will boost efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's food safety system.

Less Salt Could Cut Healthcare Costs By Billions

March 3, 2010 5:45 am | Comments

(Reuters) Working with the food industry to cut salt intake by nearly 10 percent could prevent hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes over several decades and save the U.S. government $32 billion in healthcare costs, U.S. researchers said. Eating too much salt is a major cause of high blood pressure, which the Institute of Medicine last week declared a neglected disease that costs the U.

Outlook For Surgical Product Innovation: Stable

March 3, 2010 5:34 am | Comments

(AP) Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday the medical products and device sector is set for stable growth, though it may not fully recover to pre-recession levels. “We foresee generally stable business fundamentals for the medical products and device sector over the next 12 to 18 months,&rdquo said Diana Lee, a Moody's senior credit officer.

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Dirty Air The Source Of Millions In Annual Medical Care

March 3, 2010 5:25 am | Comments

California's dirty air caused more than $193 million in hospital-based medical care from 2005 to 2007. People sought help for problems such as asthma and pneumonia that are triggered by elevated pollution levels, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Researchers estimate that exposure to excessive levels of ozone and particulate pollution caused nearly 30,000 emergency room visits and hospital admissions over the study period.

How Wireless Is Transforming Healthcare

March 2, 2010 6:16 am | Comments

The healthcare industry is going through a major transformation and wireless technology will serve as a key enabler of this shift, noted Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) CEO Dan Hesse in his keynote at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference. “In the remote healthcare setting with the continuing decline of home telephone lines and the less than universal availability of broadband, mobile technologies are shaping up to be a cornerstone for information transmission in the future of remote medicine.

Cornea Transplant Shows Short & Long-Term Promise

March 2, 2010 4:52 am | Comments

One year post-surgery, patients who underwent Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) experienced greater cell loss overall compared to those who underwent penetrating keratoplasty (PKP), according to a new analysis of data collected from the Cornea Donor Study (CDS) Investigator Group's 2008 Specular Microscopy Ancillary Study (SMAS) .

Embedding Images Helps Speed Decisions, Improve Care

March 2, 2010 4:42 am | Comments

Embedding clinical images to accompany findings described in a radiology text report enhances radiologists' communication with referring physicians and can improve patient care, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology ( www.jacr.org ). “The imaging exam report provides an important means of communication between the radiologist and the other physicians rendering care and is often the only form of communication between the radiologist and the referring physician,” said Veena R.

FDA's Top Reviewer Jumps To Microsoft

March 2, 2010 4:27 am | Comments

(AP) — The Food and Drug Administration's top medical device reviewer is stepping down to take a job in Microsoft's lobbying office. Donna Bea Tillman told staffers in a note she is resigning as director of the office of device evaluation after 15 years with the FDA. Tillman said she will serve as director of regulations and policy for Microsoft's health information unit.

FDA's Top Reviewer Jumps To Microsft

March 2, 2010 4:26 am | Comments

(AP) — The Food and Drug Administration's top medical device reviewer is stepping down to take a job in Microsoft's lobbying office. Donna Bea Tillman told staffers in a note she is resigning as director of the office of device evaluation after 15 years with the FDA. Tillman said she will serve as director of regulations and policy for Microsoft's health information unit.

President Hopes Undecided Democrats Can Push Plan Forward

March 2, 2010 4:17 am | Comments

Erica Werner, AP A small number of House Democrats who opposed health overhaul legislation on the first go-round may be President Obama's most important constituency when he unveils a revised proposal. At least nine of the 39 Democrats who voted nay when the House passed sweeping overhaul legislation 220-215 in November, are now undecided or withholding judgment until they see the final product.

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