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Young, Active War Wounded Pushing Medical Science

July 7, 2014 | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | Comments

The blood is not the most jarring part of the photograph taken shortly after the bomb blew off Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer's leg and hand. It's his smile. The bomb technician had asked a team member to take the picture. He knew his defiance in the face of death would keep his comrades going and ease the torment caused by what they had witnessed...

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Vasectomy May Increase Risk Of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

July 11, 2014 10:59 am | Comments

Vasectomy was associated with a small increased risk of prostate cancer, and a stronger risk for advanced or lethal prostate cancer, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The researchers found that the association remained even among men who received regular PSA screening, suggesting the increased risk of lethal cancer cannot be explained by diagnostic bias.

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ACL Reconstructions May Last Longer With Autografts

July 11, 2014 10:35 am | Comments

"... those patients who had an allograft, failed at a rate more than three times higher than those reconstructed with an autograft. This study was also of only one type of allograft (Tibialis Posterior). Therefore, we can make a strong statement about that type and not necessarily extrapolate to other types of allografts, most notably those with bone, i.e. BTB or Achilles."

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Heart Surgeon Arrested On Bribery Charges

July 11, 2014 10:24 am | Comments

According to the complaint, the Greek surgeon demanded $2,000 to perform bypass surgery, allegedly threatening to release the patient if the money was not paid. Police said a relative met with the doctor and handed him marked bills, after which plain-clothes police officers arrested the doctor.

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VA Names Interim Medical Inspector

July 11, 2014 10:19 am | by Matthew Daly, AP | Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed a top health administrator to serve as interim director of its Office of Medical Inspector. The inspector's office came under scrutiny last month after an independent investigator issued a scathing report, saying the office downplayed whistleblower complaints outlining serious problems.

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New York Allocates $462 Million To Support Key Hospital Services

July 10, 2014 7:34 am | by Michael Virtanen, AP | Comments

The funds followed a federal agreement in April for New York to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over five years. The goal is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling institutions shift to more primary and outpatient care.

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Minimally Invasive Heart Stents Prove Safer

July 10, 2014 6:51 am | Comments

The study documents the benefits within the context of more than a dozen formally tracked patient safety indicators that help monitor and prevent avoidable complications. These PSIs include wound infection, sepsis, hip fracture, accidental puncture or laceration, transfusion reaction and mortality among patients diagnosed as low-risk.

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Delaying ACL Surgery Could Be Detrimental For Younger Athletes

July 10, 2014 6:41 am | Comments

"Patients who had surgery 6-12 weeks after ACL injury had 1.45 greater odds of lateral meniscus injury, and those waiting 3+ months increased their risk 2.82 times. The risk for medial meniscal tears was 4.3 times greater when delaying surgery at least 6 weeks."

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Stabilizing Shoulder Surgery Lowers NFL Players Recovery Time

July 10, 2014 6:35 am | Comments

A new study, discussed at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Annual Meeting detailed that return rates for NFL players is approximately 90 percent, regardless of which stabilization procedure (open vs. arthroscopic) was used.

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AIDS Research Team Loses $1.38 Million After Faking Results

July 9, 2014 7:37 am | by David Pitt, AP | Comments

The team, which consists of 10 researchers, has sufficient funding to continue its work, but experts at federal agencies have stated that it can take two to five years to recover from the negative perceptions created by a misconduct incident. The team's lead researcher was not aware of faked lab work.

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Hospital Pharmacist Charged In Theft Of Pills

July 8, 2014 7:46 pm | by Jennifer Peltz, AP | Comments

Prosecutors are still investigating what became of the drugs, but believe the medications ended up on the thriving black market for prescription narcotics where the more than 193,000 missing pills could fetch a total of about $5.6 million.

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Benefit To Removing Gall Bladder For Suspected Common Duct Stone

July 8, 2014 7:38 pm | Comments

Among patients with possible common duct stones, removal of the gall bladder, compared with endoscopic assessment of the common duct followed by gall bladder removal, resulted in a shorter length of hospital stay without increased illness and fewer common duct examinations.

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MIS Underused Despite Lower Complication Rates

July 8, 2014 7:32 pm | Comments

Minimally invasive surgery has been associated with better outcomes than open surgery, including fewer surgical site infections, less pain and shorter hospital stays. However, analysis shows that some hospitals capable of performing minimally invasive surgery aren't providing it as often as they could.

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Study Targets Impact Of Health Insurance Expansion on Surgery

July 8, 2014 12:53 pm | Comments

Insurance expansion was associated with a 9.3 percent increase in discretionary surgery in Massachusetts and a 4.5 percent decrease in non-discretionary surgery. Authors estimate the ACA could yield an additional 465,934 discretionary surgical procedures by 2017.

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New Porous Technology for Total Knee Arthroplasty

July 8, 2014 12:08 pm | Comments

The new porous technology for total knee arthroplasty offers surgeons a new implant coating that uses a lattice developed through layers of irregular shaped beads, resulting in an increased average pore size and greater porosity than traditional spherical beads.

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Hospital Settles After "Brutal" ER Patient Search

July 8, 2014 11:52 am | Comments

The lawsuit, which carried a $1.1 million settlement, said the woman, a U.S. citizen, was "brutally" searched by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in December 2012 after being selected for additional screening at the Cordova Bridge in El Paso when a drug sniffing dog jumped on her.

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