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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. ...      

VOX Telehealth Introduces Program to Cut Knee and Hip Replacement Costs

January 13, 2015 11:00 am | by Stephanie Baum, MedCity News | News | Comments

VOX Telehealth, a health IT company that uses alerts and notifications as part of a program to reduce orthopedic surgery costs, rolled out OrthoCare at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, which helped develop the program, according to a company statement. The company had raised $1.1 million in an angel round last year to support the program’s launch. ...     

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. ...              

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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. ...   

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. ...    

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. ...      

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. ...            

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High-Dose Testosterone Does Help Some With Advanced Prostate Cancer

January 8, 2015 11:26 am | News | Comments

In a surprising paradox, the male hormone testosterone, generally thought to be a feeder of prostate cancer, has been found to suppress some advanced prostate cancers and also may reverse resistance to testosterone-blocking drugs used to treat prostate cancer. ...    

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....   

Court to Hear Case of Teen Refusing Chemotherapy

January 7, 2015 10:30 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

When a 17-year-old girl refused medical treatment for cancer and her mother agreed with her decision, state officials took custody of her and forced her to undergo what they called life-saving chemotherapy. ...         

Conjoined Twins Recovering From First Separation Surgery

January 6, 2015 10:58 am | by Jacob Long, First Coast News | News | Comments

Doctors along with the parents of conjoined twins, Carter and Conner Mirabal, held a news conference Monday at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. According to Dr. Dan Robie, a pediatric surgeon at Nemours Children's Clinic, the first challenge during surgery for Carter and Conner was the underdeveloped abdominal wall that left the intestines exposed. ...  

Outpatient Surgery Center Draws Opposition From Hospital

January 6, 2015 10:22 am | by Elizabeth Kim, Stamford Advocate | News | Comments

As the health care industry evolves, outpatient surgical centers have become increasingly familiar. Rather than going to a hospital, patients who need routine surgical procedures can have them performed at a private facility, usually in a nondescript office complex, and walk out the same day. ...    

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Bites to the Hand Worse Than Previously Thought

January 5, 2015 11:55 am | News | Comments

Hand injuries are frequently caused by human and animal bites, prompting as many as 330,000 emergency department visits in the United States each year. ...                 

Hospital Controls Avian Flu With Preparedness Measures

January 5, 2015 11:38 am | News | Comments

A proactive infection prevention plan implemented widely in a Hong Kong healthcare system was a significant factor preventing the spread of influenza strain A H7N9, otherwise known as Avian flu. ...          

Surgery Center Safety Continues to Be Scrutinized

January 5, 2015 10:25 am | by Sandra G.Boodman, Washington Post | News | Comments

Wendy Salo was alarmed when she learned where her doctor had scheduled her gynecologic operation -- at an outpatient surgery center. "My first thought was 'Am I not important enough to go to a real hospital?'" recalled Salo, 48, a supermarket department manager who said she felt "very trepidatious" about having her ovaries removed outside a hospital. ...   

51 Years After Wreck, Surgery Finds Car Part in Man's Arm

January 2, 2015 12:21 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm. ...     

Woman Wakes Up During Brain Surgery

January 2, 2015 12:05 pm | News | Comments

A teenager woke up while undergoing brain surgery in Poland and began speaking to doctors about cats and how the surgery was going. ...                    

Predicting Superbugs' Countermoves to New Drugs

January 2, 2015 11:11 am | News | Comments

With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades -- such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections -- are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics. ...       

For Facial Transplant Patients, Blink Assessment Essential

December 30, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Face transplantation can dramatically enhance a patient's quality of life after severe facial trauma, but lack of attention to eyelid function and vision can leave patients with impaired vision, corneal exposure, eyelid retraction that occurs when the upper or lower eyelid pulls away from the eyeball, and other eyelid-related complications. ...   

Breast Reconstruction Using Patient's Own Tissues Yield Better Results

December 30, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

For women who have undergone mastectomy, breast reconstruction using the patient's own tissues--rather than implants--provides higher satisfaction scores, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ...   

Weight-Loss Surgery Not an Easy Way Out

December 30, 2014 10:28 am | by Jen Rini, The News Journal | News | Comments

Craig Gilbert had estimated he had about 10 years left to live. At 363 pounds he had diabetes, sky-rocketing blood pressure and cholesterol so high it actually had begun to block the coronary artery in his heart. ...        

Scientists Help Put Bed Bugs to Bed - Forever

December 29, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

The world owes a debt of gratitude to Simon Fraser University biologist Regine Gries. Her arms have provided a blood meal for more than a thousand bedbugs each week for five years while she and her husband, biology professor Gerhard Gries, searched for a way to conquer the global bedbug epidemic. ...   

Protein Could Target Ebola, Other Infections

December 29, 2014 11:28 am | News | Comments

A protein called GRP78 could be a universal therapeutic target for treating human diseases like brain cancer, Ebola, Influenza, Hepatitis and superbug bacteria such as MRSE and MRSA, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University-led pre-clinical study published this month in the Journal of Cellular Physiology. ...   

South Korean Cosmetic Surgery Staff Partied While Operating

December 29, 2014 10:40 am | by The Guardian | News | Comments

South Korean health authorities have said they are investigating a cosmetic surgery clinic in Seoul after photographs emerged online apparently showing medical staff partying in an operating theatre. ...        

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