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Surgeon Gets $10 Million In Whistleblower-Retaliation Settlement

April 24, 2014 | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The former chairman of UCLA’s orthopedic surgery department will receive $10 million from University of California regents after a settlement was reached Tuesday in a high-profile whistleblower-retaliation case involving Dr. Robert Pedowitz, the medical school, and other parties...

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Texas Children's Hospital Fetal Center Performs Successful Open Fetal Surgery To Treat Fatal Condition

April 23, 2014 9:58 am | Comments

Physicians at Texas Children's Fetal Center proudly announce the birth of Baby Cabellotrejo, a boy born healthy at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women following a complex pregnancy that included open fetal surgery. Early in the pregnancy, doctors diagnosed baby boy Cabellotrejo with a very large lung mass, called congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation...

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ICU Patient Allegedly Sold Heroin From Hospital Bed

April 23, 2014 9:28 am | Comments

A woman in western Pennsylvania is accused of selling heroin from a hospital intensive care unit and a hospital room. Spokeswoman Jennifer Miele for Excela Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg says hospital security became suspicious of the large number of people flowing in and out of the woman's room...

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NY Hospital Patient Burnt, Injured After Electronic Cigarette Fire

April 23, 2014 9:23 am | Comments

A New York hospital is reinforcing its ban on electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen was burned by a fire that erupted while she was puffing on one of the devices. Syracuse Fire Department officials say the exact cause of last month's fire at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center has not yet been determined. However, hospital officials say the patient had a battery-powered e-cigarette...

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Two Nurses Wounded In Separate Stabbings At Calif. Hospitals

April 23, 2014 9:10 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Two nurses were wounded in a pair of unrelated attacks at two Los Angeles-area medical centers this past Sunday. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the incidents occurred at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. Both nurses are currently recovering from their injuries...

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Study: U.S. Medical Innovation Needs Smarter Incentives To Cut Health Spending

April 22, 2014 11:12 am | Comments

To help rein in massive healthcare spending, a new RAND study concludes that U.S. policy makers should urgently find ways to incentivize pharmaceutical companies and device makers to develop products that produce more value. Instead of examining existing medical technologies and their use, a new study suggests the study identifies options to affect what drugs and medical devices get created in the first place...

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Report Recommends Insurers Use Prescription Monitoring Data To Reduce Opioid Abuse, Deaths

April 22, 2014 11:08 am | Comments

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis University has issued a ground-breaking report recommending that medical insurers use prescription monitoring data to reduce the overdoses, deaths, and healthcare costs associated with abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs...

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Low Tolerance For Pain? The Reason May Be In Your Genes

April 22, 2014 9:45 am | Comments

"Our study is quite significant because it provides an objective way to understand pain and why different individuals have different pain tolerance levels," said study author Tobore Onojjighofia, MD, MPH, with Proove Biosciences and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. "Identifying whether a person has these four genes could help doctors better understand a patient's perception of pain..."

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Study IDs Surgical Patients At Risk

April 22, 2014 9:41 am | Comments

Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a leading cause of respiratory failure after surgery. Patients who develop the lung disorder postoperatively are at higher risk of dying in the hospital, and those who survive the syndrome may still bear its physical effects years later. A study is helping physicians better identify patients most at risk, the first step toward preventing this dangerous and costly surgical complication...

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Gene Variant Raises Risk For Aortic Tear And Rupture

April 21, 2014 10:49 am | Comments

Researchers from Yale School of Medicine and Celera Diagnostics have confirmed the significance of a genetic variant that substantially increases the risk of a frequently fatal thoracic aortic dissection or full rupture. Thoracic aortic aneurysms, or bulges in the artery wall, can develop without pain or other symptoms. If they lead to a tear — dissection — or full rupture, the patient will often die without immediate treatment...

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Stanford Scientists Identify Source Of Most Cases Of Invasive Bladder Cancer

April 21, 2014 10:45 am | Comments

A single type of cell in the lining of the bladder is responsible for most cases of invasive bladder cancer, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Their study, conducted in mice, is the first to pinpoint the normal cell type that can give rise to invasive bladder cancers...

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Study Identifies New Cause Of Brain Bleeding Immediately After Stroke

April 18, 2014 8:25 am | Comments

By discovering a new mechanism that allows blood to enter the brain immediately after a stroke, researchers at UC Irvine and the Salk Institute have opened the door to new therapies that may limit or prevent stroke-induced brain damage...

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Formerly Conjoined Twins Leave Dallas Hospital

April 18, 2014 8:13 am | by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press | Comments

Twin boys who were born conjoined have been released from the Dallas hospital that's been their home since birth. Owen and Emmett Ezell were joined at the abdomen and shared a liver and intestines when born. They were separated at Medical City Children's Hospital last August...

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New MRSA Superbug Emerges In Brazil

April 18, 2014 6:57 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | Comments

The new superbug is part of a class of highly-resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, which is a major cause of hospital and community-associated infections. The superbug has also acquired high levels of resistance to vancomycin, the most common and least expensive antibiotic used to treat severe MRSA infections worldwide...

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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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