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Successful Surgery After Wrong Cancer Diagnosis

June 25, 2014 9:24 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | Comments

A Kentucky medical team has painstakingly repaired the disfiguring injuries to a woman's face, caused by radiation treatments for a cancer she never had that caused a gaping hole in her cheek and made her an outcast in a former Soviet republic...

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3-D Computer Model Helps Refine Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy

June 25, 2014 9:06 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Comments

Although deep brain stimulation can be an effective therapy for dystonia – a potentially crippling movement disorder – the treatment isn't always effective, or benefits may not be immediate. Precise placement of DBS electrodes is one of several factors that can affect results, but few studies have attempted to identify the "sweet spot," where electrode placement yields the best results...

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To Advance Care For Brain Metastases: Reject These 5 Myths

June 25, 2014 9:03 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine | Comments

A blue-ribbon team of national experts on brain cancer says that professional pessimism and out-of-date "myths," rather than current science, are guiding -- and compromising -- the care of patients with cancers that spread to the brain...

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$800,000 HIPAA Settlement In Medical Records Dumping Case

June 25, 2014 8:56 am | by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | Comments

Parkview Health System, Inc. has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR)...

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Former F1 Champ Michael Schumacher's Medical Files May Have Been Stolen

June 24, 2014 9:50 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | Comments

Michael Schumacher's management has warned that someone is trying to sell documents that may be the medical files of the seven-time Formula One world champion. Nearly six months after sustaining serious head injuries in a skiing accident, the 45-year-old Schumacher left a French hospital last week and was transferred to neighboring Switzerland to continue his recovery...

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ER Doctors And Nurse Managers Urged To Contact The Corporate Whistleblower Center With Intentional Overbilling Of Medicare

June 24, 2014 9:45 am | by Corporate Whistleblower Center | Comments

The Corporate Whistleblower Center is urging ER doctors, or nurse managers at a hospital in any state to call them immediately if they possess well documented proof a hospital is intentionally overbilling Medicare with unnecessary medical procedures, because the reward potential for this type of information can be in the hundreds of thousands, to millions of dollars...

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Doctors Reconstructing Face Of Misdiagnosed Woman

June 24, 2014 9:43 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | Comments

The procedure includes removing a leg bone to be conformed into a new jawbone, with the skin becoming the new inside covering of her mouth. Dr. Jarrod Little, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with UofL Physicians, was donating his time and leading the team on the $1 million-plus surgery, said Meredith, a spokeswoman for UofL Physicians...

LSU Hospital Closure Ruled Unconstitutional

June 24, 2014 9:34 am | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | Comments

Lawmakers didn't follow the Louisiana Constitution in authorizing Gov. Bobby Jindal to close the LSU-run public hospital in Pineville, a judge ruled Monday, but the judge is not requiring the Jindal administration to stop plans to shutter the facility next week...

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Study Finds For Gastric Bypass Patients, Percent Of Weight Loss Differs By Race/Ethnicity

June 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Kaiser Permanente | Comments

Non-Hispanic white patients who underwent a gastric bypass procedure lost slightly more weight over a three-year period than Hispanic or black patients, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases...

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Bone Loss Persists Two Years After Weight Loss Surgery

June 24, 2014 9:13 am | by The Endocrine Society | Comments

A new study shows that for at least two years after bariatric surgery, patients continue to lose bone, even after their weight stabilizes. The results—in patients undergoing gastric bypass, the most common type of weight loss surgery—were presented Monday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society...

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Synoptics Health Appoints Ultra Clean As U.S. Distributor For Proreveal

June 24, 2014 9:05 am | by Synoptics Health | Comments

Scientific Digital Imaging’s Synoptics Health Division, a manufacturer of innovative digital imaging systems for healthcare applications, is pleased to announce the appointment of industry leading surgical instrument cleaning firm, Ultra Clean Systems, Inc as its North American distributor of the ultrasensitive ProReveal Protein Detection Test...

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No Evidence Of Long-Term PTSD Risk In Patients With Awareness During Surgery

June 23, 2014 11:11 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

Patients with confirmed episodes of awareness during anesthesia and surgery don't seem to be at increased risk of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other problems with psychosocial well-being at long-term follow-up, reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia...

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Bullet-Shattered Window Hurts NYC Hospital Patient Following Shooting

June 23, 2014 10:59 am | by Bullet-Shattered Window Hurts NYC Hospital Patient | Comments

Authorities say a patient has been treated for minor facial cuts after a bullet partially shattered a New York City hospital window. Police went to the Hospital for Special Surgery on Manhattan's Upper East Side around 5:45 a.m. Friday following reports of a shooting...

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The First Demonstration Of A Self-Powered Cardiac Pacemaker

June 23, 2014 10:51 am | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has been of great concern for developers and manufacturers. Currently, pacemaker batteries last seven years on average, requiring frequent replacements, which may pose patients to a potential risk involved in medical procedures...

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BPA Stimulates Growth Of Breast Cancer Cells, Diminishes Effect Of Treatment

June 23, 2014 10:15 am | by Duke University Medical Center | Comments

Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly used in plastics, appears to increase the proliferation of breast cancer cells, according to Duke Medicine researchers presenting at an annual meeting of endocrine scientists...          

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