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Variation In Hospitalizations From ER Costs Billions

September 8, 2014 10:45 am | Comments

It sounds like the setup for a joke: Two identical patients go to two different hospital emergency entrances, complaining of the same symptoms. But what happens next is no laughing matter, according to a new University of Michigan study published in Health Affairs. While one patient may get treated and released from the emergency department, the other gets sent upstairs to a hospital bed – at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars.

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Bureaucracy Consumes One-Quarter Of US Hospitals' Budgets

September 8, 2014 10:08 am | Comments

A study of hospital administrative costs in eight nations published today in the September issue of Health Affairs finds that hospital bureaucracy consumed 25.3 percent of hospital budgets in the U.S. in 2011, far more than in other nations. The researchers analyzed detailed accounting data that hospitals reported to each nation's government. The data covered virtually all hospitals in each nation.

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Study: One Facial Operation Can Safely Address Major Aspects Of Aging

September 8, 2014 9:43 am | Comments

A total facial rejuvenation that combines three procedures to address the multiple signs of an aging face and neck can be performed safely at one time, a new study shows. Total facial rejuvenation, which combines an extensive facelift to tighten skin and muscle; specialized, midface implants to restore fullness; and laser resurfacing to reduce skin's irregular texture and discoloration, can be safely performed at one time.

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Breast Cancer Has Pharma’s Largest and Most Innovative Drug Pipeline

September 5, 2014 11:54 am | Comments

The breast cancer therapeutics pipeline boasts a high degree of innovation in first-in-class molecules, with many new technologies holding the potential to transform the clinical and commercial treatment landscape over the coming decade, says business intelligence provider GBI Research.

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FDA OKs Merck Drug, First In New Cancer Drug Class

September 5, 2014 11:40 am | Comments

Merck & Co. on Thursday won the first U.S. approval for a new kind of cancer drug with big advantages over chemotherapy and other older cancer treatments. Experts called the news "game-changing" for patients with the deadly skin cancer, which is becoming more common and kills nearly 10,000 Americans each year.

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3D Printing Aids in Complex Brain Surgery of Brazilian Baby

September 5, 2014 10:55 am | by Eddie Krassenstein, 3DPrint.com | Comments

Dr. Hélio Rubens Machado, a neurosurgeon at the Medical School of the University of São Paulo in Brazil, was recently faced with quite the challenge, in performing surgery on a young child who was born with Sturge-Weber syndrome. With the help of CTI though, he was able to take a 3D scan of the child’s head and brain, and then 3D print it out to use as a reference prior to, and during surgery.

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Study: Breast Surgery A Definitive And Safe Treatment For Elderly

September 5, 2014 10:21 am | Comments

A study conducted by National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) has shown that age per se is not a contraindication to breast cancer surgery, and such surgeries may be safely performed for women aged 80 years and above. The study explores the safety of breast cancer surgery in women aged 80 years and above.

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Reconstructive Surgery: Many Options After Bone Cancer Treatment

September 4, 2014 12:27 pm | Comments

Most people having bone cancer might consider having plastic or reconstructive surgery after treatment. This helps in repairing the damage resulting from the cancerous tumor being removed from the cartilage, bone, surrounding soft tissues and ligaments. The process of removing the cancer can result in the patient being scarred and disfigured and plastic or reconstructive surgery could be necessary to repair the damage.

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Surgery Could Be Breakthrough For Epilepsy Sufferers

September 4, 2014 11:41 am | by Jocelyn Maminta | Comments

There’s a breakthrough in surgery for epilepsy patients, reported wtnh.com Wednesday. And, Yale New Haven Hospital is the only one in the Northeast, offering it. It is the end of a long journey and the beginning of a hopeful one for Chelsea Murallo, living with epilepsy since she was two-years-old. She is in early on this Tuesday, prepping for innovative brain surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Retired Military Dog Needs Help For Livesaving Surgery

September 4, 2014 11:23 am | by CBS Denver | Comments

He is a retired military working dog who only has a few months left to live — unless he gets a lifesaving operation that will cost thousands of dollars, reported CBS Denver on Wednesday. Kay now lives in Brighton, Colo.,  but spent years in the military, and his owners say euthanization just isn’t an option — so they’re turning to the public for help.

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Surgery On Ailing Great Dane Yields 43 ½ Socks

September 4, 2014 10:56 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. X-rays showed a stomach full of "a large quantity of foreign material." Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr. Ashley Magee had the answer — the dog had consumed 43 ½ socks.

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Bariatric Accreditation Linked to Improved Rates of Patient Survival and Fewer Complications

September 4, 2014 10:34 am | Comments

Patients who underwent weight loss operations in recent years, when most bariatric surgical centers were accredited, had fewer postoperative complications and were 2.3 times less likely to die in the hospital than patients who had bariatric procedures performed before a national movement toward facility accreditation was taking place, according to new study findings.

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3M Partners With Premier on Catheter Contracts

September 3, 2014 5:04 pm | Comments

3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions announced last week that it has reached a group purchasing agreement with health care alliance company Premier, Inc. for multiple catheter securement and stability products.

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Knee Osteoarthritis Sufferers May Not Benefit From Cartilage Surgery

September 3, 2014 4:39 pm | by the American Council on Science and Health | Comments

According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 27 million people in the United States have osteoarthritis, the most commonly affected area being the knee. Many of those affected suffer from degenerative meniscal tears, which are sometimes treated with surgery. However, a new meta-analysis found that arthroscopic surgery for these tears was not associated with improvement in function of or pain in the knee.

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Hospital Mix-up: Florida Woman Has Surgery For Cancer She Never Had

September 3, 2014 11:41 am | by Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel | Comments

A Winter Park, Fla., woman filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a judge to order Florida Hospital to surrender records documenting a lab mix-up that resulted in a false cancer diagnosis and the removal of a section of her rectum, reported the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday.

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