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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...

Surgeon: 'Bone Putty' Could Accelerate Healing For Soldiers' Traumatic Wounds

March 3, 2014 11:07 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A Kansas surgeon is working on a $1.6 million research product that seeks to address combat-related trauma issues for soldiers. Michael Heggeness, the program director and chair of orthopedics of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, believes a so-called "bone putty" could be a viable alternative to typical treatment options for military veterans with serious lower-limb wounds...

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3D Imaging Sheds Light On Apert Syndrome Development, Treatment

March 3, 2014 10:47 am | Comments

Three dimensional imaging of two different mouse models of Apert Syndrome shows that cranial deformation begins before birth and continues, worsening with time, according to a team of researchers who studied mice to better understand and treat the disorder in humans...

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Doctors: Full Recovery For Formula One Champ Michael Schumacher Unlikely

March 3, 2014 9:59 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Nearly two months after Michael Schumacher suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident and was placed in a drug-induced coma, some neurologists say the seven-time Formula One champion seems unlikely to make a full recovery...   

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SC Supreme Court To Debate Medical Facility Expansion Regulations

March 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press | Comments

On Thursday, South Carolina's highest court is scheduled to hear arguments over the Certificate of Need program, an approvals process administered by the Department of Health and Environmental Control and required under state law for any medical facilities seeking to build or expand...

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Study: Robotic-Assisted Prostate Surgery Offers Better Cancer Control

March 3, 2014 9:15 am | Comments

An observational study from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that prostate cancer patients who undergo robotic-assisted prostate surgery have fewer instances of cancer cells at the edge of their surgical specimen and less need for additional cancer treatments like hormone or radiation therapy than patients who have traditional "open" surgery...

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