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CDC Report: Hospital Infections Are Down

March 27, 2014 9:19 am | Comments

A new report suggests hospital infections are not as common as previously thought — but still 1 in 25 patients are infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the estimates Wednesday. It's considered the best data yet on infections patients pick up in the hospital...

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Health And Human Services Grants Extra Time To Enroll For Healthcare Coverage

March 26, 2014 11:12 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration has announced. The White House is scrambling to meet a goal of 6 million signed up through new online markets that offer subsidized private health insurance to people without access to coverage on the job...

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Authorities: NY Surgeon Cheated Medicare Out Of Millions

March 26, 2014 10:53 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A New York surgeon is being held without bail after being accused of bilking Medicare for millions related to surgical procedures he did not perform. Authorities claim Long Island-based weight loss surgery specialist Dr. Syed Imran Ahmed allegedly billed Medicare for approximately $85 million between 2011 and 2013 and was paid in excess of $7 million for claims during that time...

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Two Spine Surgeons Are Three Times Safer Than One

March 26, 2014 10:08 am | Comments

A new team approach has improved safety—reducing rates of major complications by two thirds—for complex spinal reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity in adult Group Health patients at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center...

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Less Invasive Technique Possible For Vulvar Cancer

March 26, 2014 9:53 am | Comments

"The object of this study was to examine the sentinel lymph node alone in women with squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva and evaluate their recurrence in the groin and any complication rates," Dr. Richard G. Moore explains. "We discovered that removing just the sentinel node had decreased complication while maintaining a low rate of further occurrence of malignancy."

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Hall Of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly Expects Surgery After Cancer Recurrence

March 26, 2014 9:48 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | Comments

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to have surgery again following the recurrence of cancer that his wife described as aggressive and "starting to spread." Doctors for the 54-year-old former Buffalo Bills star are leaning toward surgery...

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Small Wireless Pacemaker Is Safe, Effective In Early Testing

March 25, 2014 10:03 am | Comments

A new small, wireless self-contained pacemaker appears safe and feasible for use in patients, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. At six millimeters in diameter and about 42 millimeters long, the wireless device is smaller than a triple-A battery...

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Microfluidic Device With Artificial Arteries Measures Drugs' Influence On Blood Clotting

March 25, 2014 9:56 am | Comments

A new microfluidic method for evaluating drugs commonly used for preventing heart attacks has found that while aspirin can prevent dangerous blood clots in some at-risk patients, it may not be effective in all patients with narrowed arteries. The study, which involved 14 human subjects, used a device that simulated blood flowing through narrowed coronary arteries to assess effects of anti-clotting drugs...

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Genes May Explain Higher ACL Injuries In Girls

March 25, 2014 9:42 am | Comments

It's well known that female athletes suffer up to eight times more painful, season-ending anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries than their male counterparts. Now researchers from Akron Children's Hospital and the University of Akron believe genes may explain the difference...

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Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Dances Again

March 24, 2014 10:25 am | Comments

Despite losing part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing last year, a professional dancer is back on stage. Adrianne Haslet-Davis, 33, from Boston, performed for first time since the being injured on Wednesday at the 2014 TED Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia...

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In Rats, Diffuse Brain Damage Can Occur With No Signs Of 'Concussion'

March 24, 2014 10:16 am | Comments

A standard experimental model of concussion in rats causes substantial brain damage—but no behavioral changes comparable to those seen in patients with concussion, reports a study. The results highlight the "disconnect" between preclinical and clinical studies of concussion...

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Bariatric Surgery Decreases Risk Of Uterine Cancer

March 24, 2014 10:13 am | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center report that bariatric surgery resulting in dramatic weight loss in formerly severely obese women reduces the risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer by 71 percent and as much as 81 percent if normal weight is maintained after surgery...

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Girl With Rare Case Of Medically Induced Obesity Has Surgery

March 24, 2014 10:00 am | Comments

A 12-year-old girl with a rare case of medically induced obesity that pushed her weight past 200 pounds is recovering after weight-loss surgery. Alexis Shapiro, from Cibolo, Texas, was sedated and on a ventilator late Friday after undergoing weight-loss surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, NBC News reported...

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Cyber Attack Against Colorado Hospital Attempts To Steal 5,400 Patient Records

March 21, 2014 10:35 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Glenwood Spring-based Valley View Hospital announced it recently was the victim of a cyber attack where screenshots of hospital patient data were grabbed. The screenshots were hidden in an encrypted folder for potential transmission to criminals. 5,400 patients were affected...

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Simple EMG Classification Can Improve Outcome Of Nerve Transfer Surgery

March 21, 2014 9:29 am | Comments

A study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that electromyography (EMG) testing to determine the quality of donor nerves can improve the outcome of nerve transfer surgery to restore function in patients with a brachial plexus injury. EMG is a sophisticated test used to objectively measure muscle and nerve function...

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