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New Model For Preserving Donor Tissue Will Aid Joint Repair Procedures

January 29, 2015 1:13 pm | by University of Missouri-Columbi | Comments

Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Following a recent study, researchers have developed a new technology that more than doubles the life of the tissue.

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Facelift Surgery After Massive Weight Loss Posses Challenges

January 29, 2015 1:01 pm | by Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Comments

In the facial area, excess skin causes cosmetic problems like a "droopy" face and "turkey" neck. The researchers note that patients are particularly displeased because they cannot camouflage this area with clothing.                     

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Louisiana Hospital Guarantees Hip & Knee Surgeries

January 29, 2015 12:51 pm | by PRNewswire | Comments

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is aiming to reassure patients that they will not receive any additional bills for costs associated with surgery-related follow-up care that occurs within 30 days of the procedure.

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Insurance Marketplace Tops 9.5 Million Enrollees

January 28, 2015 11:50 am | by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | Comments

Nationwide, 9.5 million consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in health insurance coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of those, more than 7.1 million were in states using the HealthCare.gov platform.

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Pittsburgh Hospitals Reduce Emergency Visits with Patient Navigators

January 28, 2015 11:34 am | by Accenture | Comments

Three hospitals in western Pennsylvania had a 43 percent reduction in excessive emergency department visits by using patient navigators - trained members of the community who connect patients with essential care services – as part of a pilot study.

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Benefits of Surgery for Epilepsy Sustained for 15+ Years

January 28, 2015 11:22 am | by Henry Ford Health System | Comments

In addition to other findings, the survey indicated that 32 percent were seizure-free and 75 percent had favorable results. Compared to before surgery, patients were more likely to be driving and more likely to be taking antidepressant medication, but less likely to be working full time.

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Mother Charged with Contaminating Son's IV

January 28, 2015 10:57 am | by AP | Comments

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Candida Fluty, of Kermit, West Virginia, was indicted on charges of felonious assault and child endangering. The woman could face up to eight years in prison if convicted of all charges.            

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Web Search Playing A Larger Role In Selecting Bariatric Surgery Options

January 28, 2015 10:52 am | by Obesity Surgery | Comments

While most use it to read up on relevant procedures and experiences, one in every four patients actually chooses a surgeon based solely on what he or she has gleaned from, in particular, websites hosted by public hospitals and former patients.

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Negative Patient-Doctor Communication Can Create "Nocebo" Response

January 27, 2015 11:11 am | by University of Exeter; American Journal of Medicine | Comments

Doctors who unintentionally communicate to patients that they do not believe or understand them could actually make symptoms worse, a new study suggests. Research indicates that a type of "nocebo" response - where patients perceive a lack of acceptance from their doctor - could create anger and distress.

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3D Printing Repairs Tracheal Damage

January 27, 2015 11:00 am | by North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System; The Society of Thoracic Surgeons | Comments

Researchers have been able to combine advancements in tissue engineering and 3D printing to construct new cartilage for airway construction in repairing damaged windpipe and trachea segments. The approach offers greater customization for varying patients, including children. 

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CT May Be Overused in the ER

January 27, 2015 10:32 am | by American Roentgen Ray Society | Comments

The use of head CT as part of a screening examination, rather than as a diagnostic tool, likely stems from increased pressure on emergency physicians to evaluate and differentiate between benign and life-threatening causes of dizziness and syncope.

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Medicare Payment Overhaul On Its Way

January 27, 2015 1:24 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | Comments

Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume. It's a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion healthcare system.                           

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Search for Less Invasive Brain Surgery Leads to Eyelid

January 27, 2015 1:07 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP | Comments

The idea: make a small incision right in the crease and sneak past the eyeball into the hard-to-reach center of the head. "The nice thing about it is, we have to saw off much less of your head."                 

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How Cancer Turns Good Cells to the Dark Side

January 26, 2015 10:55 am | by Rice University | Comments

A new computational study shows how cancer cells take advantage of the system by which cells communicate with their neighbors as they pass messages to "be like me" or "be not like me."                                

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Morphine Linked With Post-Op Respiratory Issues for Children

January 26, 2015 7:10 am | by PEDIATRICS | Comments

Treating post-operative pain with morphine can cause life-threatening respiratory problems in some children who have had their tonsils and/or adenoids removed, new research has found. This surgery is commonly and effectively used to treat childhood sleep apnea. The study also showed ibuprofen is a safe and effective alternative.

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