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Waiting For A Donor Heart: Motion Prolongs Survival

March 7, 2014 9:19 am | Comments

For many people with advanced cardiac insufficiency, a heart transplant may be their only hope. But waiting for a donor heart to come along is a race against time. Patients who remains active and stay in good shape psychologically can significantly increase their chances of surviving this period. Anxiety-ridden, depressive, and passive patients run the risk of further serious deterioration of their heart's ability to function...

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Complications Following Surgery Predict Costly Readmissions

March 7, 2014 9:14 am | Comments

The presence – or absence – of complications following surgery is a strong indicator of which patients are likely to be readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following their procedure, according to a study. Predicting which patients are most likely to experience complications using a simple online tool may allow healthcare professionals to flag patients at high risk of readmission in real time...

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First Surgeon To Perform Tommy John Surgery Passes Away

March 7, 2014 9:03 am | by Beth Harris, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Dr. Frank Jobe performed groundbreaking elbow surgery on Tommy John, a Dodgers pitcher who had a ruptured medial collateral ligament in his left elbow. The injury previously had no solution until Jobe removed a tendon from John's forearm and repaired his elbow. John went on to pitch 14 years after the operation on Sept. 25, 1974, compiling 164 more victories without ever missing a start because of an elbow problem...

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Obama Proposes New Fight Against Superbugs

March 6, 2014 7:29 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking $30 million to open specialized laboratories in five parts of the country to help local hospitals more quickly diagnose and combat drug-resistant infections, said CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden...

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Prehospital Alerts Let Stroke Patients Skip The ER

March 6, 2014 7:20 am | Comments

Prehospital stroke alerts by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel can shorten the time to effective treatment with "clot-busting" drugs for patients with stroke, according to a recent report...              

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Younger Men Benefit Most From Surgery For Localized Prostate Cancer

March 6, 2014 7:16 am | Comments

A new study finds a substantial long-term reduction in mortality for men with localized cancer who undergo a radical prostatectomy. While the benefit on mortality appears to be limited to men less than age 65, surgery did reduce the risk of metastases and need for additional treatment in older men...

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Patient Satisfaction Can Be High, Even In Emergency Care Situations

March 6, 2014 7:13 am | Comments

The results of recent survey research suggests that patient satisfaction with care decisions and communication can be high, even in emergency care situations that require rapid and complex decision making and, in this case, quick transport to a different hospital for a critically ill patient for whom family may not be present...

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Alcohol May Ease Nerves That Cause Atrial Fibrillation

March 5, 2014 8:02 am | Comments

Doctors in the U.S. and Japan have devised a way to treat atrial fibrillation by adding a little alcohol to minimally invasive therapies that target a cluster of misbehaving nerves known to trigger arrhythmia. The researchers say the new therapy may dull or stop the transmission of electrical impulses that cause atrial fibrillation...

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Research: Quality Of Life Improves With Minimally Invasive Surgery For Low Back Pain

March 5, 2014 7:51 am | Comments

Research findings show that patients who have a low back surgery called minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, end up better off in many ways than patients who have more invasive surgery to alleviate debilitating pain...

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Study Reveals Hospital Pillows May Be A Potential Source For HAIs

March 5, 2014 7:42 am | Comments

New clinical research presented at the American Medical Directors Association annual conference found that even when patient rooms and linens are cleaned using strictly enforced protocols, a significant portion of hospital pillows remain contaminated with HAI-causing pathogens...

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Computer Simulations Meant For Aircraft Design To Improve Surgical Treatment Of Breathing Disorders

March 5, 2014 7:41 am | by Dawn Fuller | Comments

A more accurate and successful, yet complex approach used in designing an airplane is now taking off in the healthcare industry. The end result is helping patients with pulmonary disorders breathe easier, as well as their surgeons in considering novel treatment approaches...

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Surgeons Develop Standards For Optimal Resources For Children’s Surgical Care

March 5, 2014 6:56 am | Comments

“The intent of these recommendations is to ensure that all infants and children in the United States receive care in a surgical environment matched to their individual medical, emotional, and social needs,” said Keith T. Oldham, MD, FACS, task force chair and the surgeon in chief at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee...

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Carotid Artery MRI Helps Predict Likelihood Of Strokes, Heart Attacks

March 4, 2014 10:05 am | Comments

Noninvasive imaging of carotid artery plaque with MRI can accurately predict future cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology...

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Lower Medicaid Signups Seen In Health Law Study

March 4, 2014 9:06 am | Comments

It's one of the most impressive statistics about the new healthcare law. The Obama administration says more than 8.9 million people have been, quote "determined eligible" for Medicaid from Oct. 1 through the end of January...     

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Four Women With Transplanted Wombs Are Trying To Get Pregnant

March 4, 2014 8:51 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Comments

A Swedish doctor says four women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant. He would not say on Monday whether any of the women had succeeded. In all, nine women in Sweden have received new wombs since 2012...

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