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Patients With Advanced Colon Cancer Having Less Surgery, Better Survival

January 15, 2015 10:33 am | News | Comments

The annual rate of primary tumor removal for advanced stage IV colorectal cancer (CRC) has decreased since 1988 and the trend toward nonsurgical management of the disease noted in 2001 coincides with the availability of newer chemotherapy and biologic treatments, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery. ...    

With Childhood Obesity Growing, Hospital Ramps Up Weight-Loss Surgeries

January 15, 2015 10:06 am | by Tim Darragh, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | News | Comments

As the obesity crisis has deepened among children and adolescents across the United States, doctors have become increasingly concerned that the heavy youngsters they are seeing have very adult problems. ....         

Cardiac Specialists Recommend Donor Heart Allocation Changes

January 14, 2015 11:59 am | News | Comments

A group of leading cardiac specialists has proposed new guidelines for the allocation of donor hearts to patients awaiting transplant. The changes are aimed at improving the organ distribution process to increase the survival rate of patients awaiting transplant and posttransplant. ...    

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Colorectal Cancer Patients Having Less Surgery, Better Survival

January 14, 2015 11:47 am | News | Comments

The annual rate of primary tumor removal for advanced stage IV colorectal cancer (CRC) has decreased since 1988 and the trend toward nonsurgical management of the disease noted in 2001 coincides with the availability of newer chemotherapy and biologic treatments, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery. ...   

Health Outcomes Improve in States Where Nurse Practitioners Provide Independent Care

January 14, 2015 11:33 am | News | Comments

As America's population ages, life spans lengthen and more individuals enroll in insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, the need for health care professionals will increase. ...              

Teen Plays First Varsity Game Before Major Heart Surgery

January 14, 2015 11:10 am | by CBS Minnesota | News | Comments

A dream came true Tuesday night for a Minnesota basketball player who inspired her classmates with her passion for the sport, as she prepares for very important heart surgery. ...            

Report: U.S. Investment in Medical Research Has Declined

January 13, 2015 11:34 am | News | Comments

From 2004 to 2012, the rate of investment in medical research in the U.S. declined, while there has been an increase in research investment globally, particularly in Asia, according to a study in the January 13 issue of JAMA. ...      

Use of Surgical Procedure to Assist Child Birth Declines

January 13, 2015 11:20 am | News | Comments

Between 2006 and 2012 in the U.S., there was a decline in rates of episiotomy, a surgical procedure for widening the outlet of the birth canal to make it easier for the mother to give birth, according to a study in the January 13 issue of JAMA. ...      

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Patients Can Make Surgery Safer Learning More About Anesthesia

January 13, 2015 10:27 am | News | Comments

Surgery and anesthesia are safer than ever, but most patients don’t know about the steps they can and should take to make their experience safer and more comfortable. ...              

Man Sentenced to Federal Prison After Scheming Doctors

January 13, 2015 9:52 am | News | Comments

An Orange County, Calif., man whose investment schemes bilked doctors and others out of more than $2 million has been sentenced to federal prison. ...                    

$375B Wasted on Billing and Health Insurance-Related Paperwork Annually

January 12, 2015 12:05 pm | News | Comments

Medical billing paperwork and insurance-related red tape cost the U.S. economy approximately $471 billion in 2012, 80 percent of which is waste due to the inefficiency of the nation's complex, multi-payer way of financing care, a group of researchers say. ...   

FDA Approves Antria Phase 2 Stem Cell Clinical Trials

January 12, 2015 10:52 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Clinical research company Antria, Inc. announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the next step in medical research to help patients look younger using their own stem cells. ...          

Joan Rivers' Surgery Center Part of Network With Regulatory Problems

January 12, 2015 10:33 am | News | Comments

The company that provides management services to Yorkville Endoscopy Center, the facility health regulators cited for botching Joan Rivers' treatment after the comedic icon died, also manages other New York-area surgery centers that have failed to meet key medical standards,  reported NBC 4 New York's I-Team. ...    

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More Middle-Aged Men Having Plastic Surgery

January 12, 2015 9:56 am | News | Comments

Whatever the reason, the number of middle-aged and older men signing up for cosmetic surgery has increased nearly three-fold in the past 15 years as guys seek a more youthful appearance, or at least a delay before the telltale sags of aging settle in permanently. ...    

Novel Breast Cancer Gene Found, Could Help Treatment

January 9, 2015 12:14 pm | News | Comments

A new study identifies a gene that is especially active in aggressive subtypes of breast cancer. The research suggests that an overactive BCL11A gene drives triple-negative breast cancer development and progression. ...     

ACS Launches Initiative to Attract Next Generation of Surgeons

January 9, 2015 12:03 pm | News | Comments

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at stimulating more young surgeons (defined as under the age of 45) to become involved in the organization and increase membership.  The campaign, called “Realize the Potential of Your Profession,” will communicate how ACS supports surgeons from residency to retirement and aims to appeal to the next generation in new and engaging ways. ... 

Spinal Stenosis: Similar Outcomes For Surgical or Non-Surgical Treatment

January 9, 2015 11:51 am | News | Comments

For patients with spinal stenosis, long-term outcomes are comparable with surgery or conservative treatment, reports a study in the January 15 issue of Spine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. ...     

Rihanna Eases Kids' Pain After Surgery

January 9, 2015 11:37 am | News | Comments

Pediatric patients who listened to 30 minutes of songs by Rihanna, Taylor Swift and other singers of their choosing -- or audio books -- had a significant reduction in pain after major surgery, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. ...      

Review: Physicians Would Like More Formal Guidance

January 8, 2015 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Peer review is a common practice in medicine to support the complementary, multidisciplinary team approach in healthcare....                                      

Study: Direct Link Between Ethnic Discrimination and Health

January 8, 2015 12:05 pm | News | Comments

New research from the University of Colorado Denver shows that women who experience racial discrimination while pregnant suffer significant health impacts that are passed on to their infants. ...            

Study Findings Help Patients and Physicians Determine Prostate Cancer Risk

January 8, 2015 11:06 am | News | Comments

A discovery by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute shows that looking at whether a man's uncles and great-grandparents, among other second- and third-degree relatives, had prostate cancer could be as important as looking at whether his father had prostate cancer. ...      

New Approach May Lead to Inhalable Vaccines for Influenza, Pneumonia

January 7, 2015 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University have uncovered a novel approach to creating inhalable vaccines using nanoparticles that shows promise for targeting lung-specific diseases, such as influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis. ...    

Analysis: Federal Government Underfunds Chronic Disease Prevention Research

January 7, 2015 12:07 pm | News | Comments

Investigators have, for the first time, completed a comprehensive analysis of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding of research to prevent non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) and determined that prevention research in the United States is severely underfunded....   

Many Women Who Get Hysterectomy May Not Need Procedure

January 7, 2015 11:16 am | News | Comments

It is estimated that one in three women in the United States will have had a hysterectomy by the age of 60. Although the numbers of hysterectomies are decreasing, a new study of more than three thousand women in Michigan who underwent hysterectomy for benign indications reveals that alternatives to hysterectomy are being underused and that treatment guidelines are often not followed. ...   

Imaging Technique Improves Prostate Cancer Detection

January 7, 2015 10:56 am | News | Comments

In 2014, prostate cancer was the leading cause of newly diagnosed cancers in men and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. In the January 6 issue of the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease, a team of scientists and physicians, describe a novel imaging technique that measurably improves upon current prostate imaging - and may have significant implications for how patients with prostate cancer are ultimately treated.

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