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Ex-Radiology Tech Filed False Mammogram Results

April 16, 2014 | Comments

An ex-radiology technician accused of filing inaccurate mammogram results at a Georgia hospital has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of reckless conduct and a charge of computer forgery. Prosecutors have said 33-year-old Rachael Michelle Rapraeger, of Macon, entered nearly 1,300 negative mammogram results at Perry Hospital between Jan. 22, 2009 and April 1, 2010 that hadn't been reviewed by a radiologist...

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Research: Adrenaline Does Little To Increase Patient's Survival After Cardiac Arrest

April 17, 2014 10:38 am | Comments

"The vast number of patients who have a cardiac arrest get adrenaline, which has been the drug recommended in treating cardiac arrest for decades," said Dr. Steve Lin, an emergency physician and trauma team leader at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital. "Yet, despite advances in medical treatment, long-term survival rates of patients who suffer a cardiac outside a hospital and receive adrenaline remains low..."

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AORN Advises One RN Circulator For Every Surgical Patient, Touts Staffing, On-Call Practice Guidelines

April 17, 2014 10:11 am | Comments

Evolving models of healthcare delivery are affecting perioperative nursing practice across diverse settings, prompting AORN to study perioperative nurse staffing issues and to revise  an official position statement on “One Perioperative Registered Nurse Circulator Dedicated to Every Patient Undergoing an Operative or Other Invasive Procedure” and an official position statement on “Perioperative Safe Staffing and On-Call Practices...”

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Expect Changes In Appetite, Taste Of Food After Weight-Loss Surgery

April 17, 2014 9:25 am | Comments

Changes in appetite, taste, and smell are par for the course for people who have undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery during which one’s stomach is made smaller and small intestines shortened. These sensory changes are not all negative, and could lead to more weight loss among patients...

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AORN Foundation, Covidien Team To Offer New Tools for Emerging Nurse Leaders

April 16, 2014 4:55 pm | Comments

In a move aimed at giving nursing professionals the tools they need to address rapidly changing practices and cost structures, the AORN Foundation is teaming with Covidien on an initiative that will provide nurse leaders with a core set of financial and management tools to complement their clinical expertise...

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Outcome Of Stroke Worse For People With Infection

April 15, 2014 11:21 am | Comments

Infection is bad news for all of us - but it can be really serious to people who have had a stroke. Evidence is mounting that infection makes things much worse after a stroke. A team of scientists at the University of Manchester has now found a key to why and how infection is such a bad thing for stroke sufferers...

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Study Identifies A Likely Key Driver Of Colorectal Cancer Development And Progression

April 15, 2014 10:24 am | Comments

A new study identifies a molecule that is a probable driving force in colorectal cancer and suggests that the molecule could be an important target for colorectal cancer treatment and a valuable biomarker of tumor progression...   

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Once-Conjoined Twins To Finally Leave Texas Hospital

April 15, 2014 10:16 am | Comments

The conditions of conjoined twins separated last summer have steadily improved, and officials say they'll be released this week from a Dallas hospital. Officials at Medical City Children's Hospital announced Monday that Owen and Emmett Ezell are expected to be discharged Wednesday. They were born in July joined at the abdomen...

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New Hampshire Plans To Appeal Ruling That Hospital Tax Is Unconstitutional

April 15, 2014 10:12 am | by Norma Love, Associated Press | Comments

The state will appeal a judge's ruling that a tax on New Hampshire hospitals that brings in $185 million annually is unconstitutional, the attorney general's office said Monday. Senior Assistant Attorney General Mary Ann Dempsey said the state will appeal last week's ruling with the state Supreme Court within 30 days...

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La. Governor's Call To Turn University-Run Hospital System Over To Outside Companies Raises Questions

April 13, 2014 8:25 pm | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | Comments

A year after Gov. Bobby Jindal started turning over the operations of Louisiana's university-run hospital system to outside companies, lawmakers are complaining that they have unanswered questions about the deals...         

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Adults' Tonsillectomy Complications Are Higher Than Previously Thought

April 13, 2014 8:05 pm | Comments

Twenty percent of adults who have tonsillectomies will have a complication, which is significantly higher than previously shown, according to a team of researchers. The team also found that these complications substantially increase healthcare expenditures...

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Scientists Grow Cartilage To Reconstruct Nose

April 13, 2014 7:56 pm | Comments

Scientists at the University of Basel report first ever successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in the laboratory. Cartilage cells were extracted from the patient's nasal septum, multiplied and expanded onto a collagen membrane. The so-called engineered cartilage was then shaped according to the defect and implanted...

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3D Printing Cancer Cells To Mimic Tumors? 3D Printing Cancer Cells To Mimic Tumors

April 11, 2014 10:40 am | Comments

A group of researchers in China and the U.S. have successfully created a 3D model of a cancerous tumor using a 3D printer. The model, which consists of a scaffold of fibrous proteins coated in cervical cancer cells, has provided a realistic 3D representation of a tumor's environment and could help in the discovery of new drugs and cast new light on how tumors develop, grow, and spread throughout the body...

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For Sick, Elderly Patients, Surgical Decision Making 'Takes A Village'

April 11, 2014 10:33 am | Comments

Surgical decision making for sick, elderly patients should be orchestrated by a multidisciplinary team, including the patient, his or her family, the surgeon, primary care physician, nurses, and non-clinicians, such as social workers, advocates Laurent G. Glance, M.D., in a perspective piece published today in the New England Journal of Medicine...

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Feds Investigate Chopper Crash On New Mexico Hospital Roof

April 11, 2014 10:22 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | Comments

Federal investigators spent Thursday scouring the rooftop of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center in search of clues as they tried to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof. Neither the pilot nor the two crew members on board were seriously hurt in Wednesday's crash, but the damaged helicopter remained on its side Thursday atop University of New Mexico Hospital...

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Breakthrough Technology Can Repair Severe Tissue Damage

April 10, 2014 10:10 am | Comments

A breakthrough could speed recovery and limit disfigurement for patients who have suffered large soft tissue trauma – as occurs with serious injury or cancer surgery. By biomedically engineering a muscle flap that includes a patient's own blood vessels, the team created tissue that could be transferred to other parts of the body along with the patient's blood supply...

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