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Tainted Scopes Get New Cleaning Instructions

March 27, 2015 9:14 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press | Comments

The maker of medical scopes that have been linked to two recent "superbug" outbreaks at California hospitals has issued new cleaning instructions for the devices amid scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers and medical professionals.

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Medicare Doctor Bill Moves to Senate

March 27, 2015 9:01 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | Comments

In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.

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Medicaid Increases Quality-Life Year by $62,000

March 26, 2015 12:15 pm | by COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY'S MAILMAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | Comments

In terms of quality-adjusted life years, the researchers showed that Medicaid is an excellent value--a $62,000 gain in quality-adjusted life years.

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Locked, Non-Locked Plating Considered Equals

March 26, 2015 12:13 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE | Comments

A team of orthopedic surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that modern technology for healing distal femur fractures is as safe and effective as its more established alternative, without a potential shortfall of the older approach. 

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Data Supports EXPAREL for Postsurgical Pain

March 26, 2015 12:09 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCRX) today announced data demonstrating the benefits associated with the use of its product, EXPAREL ®, (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) in a study of over 2,200 hip and knee replacement patients. 

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AAOS Unveils Study on Hip, Knee Replacements

March 26, 2015 12:04 pm | Comments

Hips and knees replacements were the focus of a study the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 26.

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Study Describes Impact of Thyroid Surgery for Pro Singers

March 25, 2015 1:15 pm | by MASSACHUSETTS EYE AND EAR INFIRMARY | Comments

A diagnosis of thyroid cancer can be devastating to professional singers, because surgical removal of the thyroid commonly causes voice changes. Massachusetts Eye and Ear surgeons developed a neural monitoring system to be used intraoperatively to improve outcomes.

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Obama: Base Health Care Payments on Quality, not Quantity

March 25, 2015 1:12 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama wants to cut health care costs by reducing inefficiencies like unnecessarily long hospital stays and excessive paperwork for doctors that rack up big bills.

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Obama Ready to Sign Medicare Doctor Payment Fix

March 25, 2015 1:08 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 President Barack Obama says he's ready to sign good bipartisan legislation to fix Medicare's doctor payment problem, without endorsing any specific legislation.

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Preclinical Study Compares Hemostatic Agents

March 25, 2015 1:03 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

In this study, full thickness penetrating wounds were surgically created in rat livers, which are highly vascularized parenchymal organs, and then either AC5™ or the alternative agent, which is an absorbable cellulose-based fabric product, was applied in order to stop the bleeding. The time required to stop bleeding, also called time to hemostasis (TTH), was measured.

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Single-use Endoscopes Give New Option for Doctors

March 25, 2015 12:59 pm | Comments

Integrated Endoscopy says it offers a new option for endoscopic surgery with its release of its nuvis Single-Use Arthroscope. This was cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in July 2014 and is the only single-use arthroscope on the market.

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Even in Female Dominated Nursing, Men Earn More

March 24, 2015 2:07 pm | by Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News | Comments

Women outnumber men in the nursing profession by more than 10 to 1. But men still earn more, a new study finds.

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Laparoscopic Hysterectomy May be Safer

March 24, 2015 2:02 pm | by Elsevier Health Sciences | Comments

Examining short- and long-term complications, quality of life, and overall mortality, researchers found that abdominal surgery carries a higher risk of complications, decreased quality of life, and death.

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More Scoliosis Experience Means Less Reoperation

March 24, 2015 1:51 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine | Comments

Adolescent patients who need scoliosis surgery may benefit most from going to a hospital that performs a high volume of the procedures.

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Angelina Jolie Undergoes Further Preventive Surgery

March 24, 2015 1:49 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | Comments

Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.

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