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Change Is Not Always For The Better

April 16, 2014 10:34 am | by Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I took a respite from my concerns about the Affordable Care Act, which I left simmering in the crockpot while I was re-visiting the Kingdom of Cambodia. Most people visit Cambodia for a brief trip to Siem Reap to experience the magnificent ancient temples at Angkor Wat, the symbol adorning its flag...

Ansell To Kick Off Second Annual Ansell H.E.R.O. Nurse Service Award

April 15, 2014 5:13 pm | News | Comments

Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions, announces the kick-off of the 2014 Ansell H.E.R...

Thirteen Surgeries Help Seattle Boy Survive Flesh-Eating Bacteria

April 15, 2014 10:34 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A 13-year-old boy in Seattle has just been released from a hospital after surviving the ravages...

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

April 15, 2014 10:24 am | News | Comments

A new study identifies a molecule that is a probable driving force in colorectal cancer and...

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Once-Conjoined Twins To Finally Leave Texas Hospital

April 15, 2014 10:16 am | News | 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...

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 | News | 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...         

Adults' Tonsillectomy Complications Are Higher Than Previously Thought

April 13, 2014 8:05 pm | News | 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 | News | 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...

President Obama Nominates New Health And Human Services Secretary

April 12, 2014 10:51 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run "Obamacare," would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington's toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the healthcare industry...

Full Recovery Expected For Man Who Got Chainsaw Stuck In His Neck

April 11, 2014 11:19 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A Pennsylvania man is expected to make a full recovery after a chainsaw got stuck in his neck. KDKA's Lynn Hayes Freeland reports on the man's injuries, treatment, and current condition...            

Top-Paid Medicare Doctors Defend Their High Incomes

April 11, 2014 11:07 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare? Explanations for Wednesday's eye-popping numbers from Medicare's massive claims database ranged from straightforward to what the government considers suspicious, as the medical world confronted a new era of scrutiny...

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

April 11, 2014 10:33 am | News | 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 | News | 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...

Toddler Home Recovering After Five-Organ Transplant

April 10, 2014 10:47 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A Florida family is celebrating its first month home after a groundbreaking five-organ transplant surgery saved their 3-year-old boy's life. Mark Rivera of CBS News reports...              

Breakthrough Technology Can Repair Severe Tissue Damage

April 10, 2014 10:10 am | News | 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...

Patients Over 65 Have More Complications After Colorectal Cancer Surgery

April 10, 2014 10:02 am | News | Comments

Most colorectal cancer surgeries are performed on patients older than 65 years, and older patients have worse outcomes than younger patients, although the total number of colon cancer operations has decreased in the past decade...    

Medical Helicopter Crashes On Roof Of New Mexico Hospital

April 10, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Investigators are trying to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center. Officials said all three people aboard escaped serious injury...    

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What Goes Through A Surgeon’s Mind After A Complication

April 9, 2014 10:43 am | by Sid Schwab, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

One of the hardest things about being a surgeon is the inevitability of complications. It’s true for any doctor; but with surgery, it’s as if they are lit in neon and given a soundtrack. At least to me. Aiming for perfection (as do we all) and beating myself up (more than healthier people) when I miss the mark, I found bad outcomes of nearly any magnitude deeply disturbing...

Florida Lawmakers Look To Expand, Regulate Telehealth

April 9, 2014 10:00 am | by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren't any neurologists on call. Within 15 minutes, a neurologist pops onto a computer screen and can order an IV drug. It's that sort of potentially life-saving technology that may drive down healthcare costs, while also addressing serious doctor shortages...

Giraffe Dies During Unique Surgery For Terminal Heart Defect

April 9, 2014 9:46 am | by Bailey Elise McBride, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oklahoma City Zoo officials say a 6-month-old female giraffe with a terminal heart defect died Tuesday during surgery. Kyah had an extra blood vessel wrapped around her esophagus — a symptom of a congenital heart defect — that prevented her from holding down solid food...

Medical Association Won't Stop Medicare Doc Data Release

April 8, 2014 9:42 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest doctors' group said Monday it won't try to block Medicare's release of billing records for 880,000 physicians, although it continues to oppose the government's recent decision to open up the massive data trove. An official of the American Medical Association told The Associated Press that the group won't go to court ahead of Wednesday's scheduled release...

Scientists Hard At Work Creating Body Parts In Lab

April 8, 2014 9:33 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears, and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working on the futuristic idea of growing custom-made organs in the lab...

Groundbreaking Surgery Could Fix Giraffe's Terminal Birth Defect

April 8, 2014 9:19 am | by Bailey Elise McBride | News | Comments

A 6-month-old giraffe born with a terminal defect that prevents her from digesting most foods is scheduled to undergo groundbreaking surgery that an Oklahoma City Zoo veterinarian said has never before been performed on her species. Kyah has an extra blood vessel wrapped around her esophagus — a symptom of a congenital heart defect — that prevents her from holding down much of what she eats...

April 2014

April 7, 2014 3:43 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, facility construction and expansion is on the decline when compared to past years, and the Affordable Care Act is forcing the healthcare industry to re-evaluate everything...

New Kidney Transplant Technique From Henry Ford Hospital Credited As The First To Use A New Set Of Patient Safety Standards

April 7, 2014 11:15 am | News | Comments

An innovative kidney transplant technique developed by Henry Ford Hospital is credited as the first in the world to use a new set of patient safety standards coordinated by the University of Oxford in England. The standards are being assembled and offered as a framework for developing, performing, and reporting surgical innovations that, unlike new medical treatments, are not under strict regulations and control...

Authorities: Syracuse Surgeon Slapped, Insulted Sedated Patients

April 7, 2014 11:09 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A New York surgeon was the subject of a state Health Department investigation after a complaint alleged he often slapped anesthetized patients at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center on the buttocks and called them derogatory and inappropriate names prior to surgery...

Research Respondents Recognize Supply Chain Deficiencies Keeping Hospital ORs In The 'Stone Age'

April 4, 2014 9:57 am | Articles | Comments

Despite the fact the healthcare industry is fueled by scientific advancement, too many hospitals find themselves stalled at a crossroads, struggling to embrace business-focused technologies and best practices that will allow them to flourish in the decades to come. This is the troubling picture painted by results of a new independent survey released by GHX...

Retirees Help Caregivers Cope With Hospital Stays

April 3, 2014 10:17 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Edwin Pacheco was in and out of the hospital for months. He'd survived one organ transplant and desperately needed another. But he wasn't the only one suffering. Few people asked how his wife was holding up as she kept vigil, cornered hard-to-understand doctors, and held job and family together...

New Method Of Computer-Guided Spine Surgery Beneficial For Spinal Reconstruction

April 3, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

In a series of research studies, Cedars-Sinai spinal surgeons show that a new method of computer-guided spine surgery is beneficial for spinal reconstruction and for treating complex tumors and degenerative spine problems, resulting in fewer complications and better outcomes for patients...

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