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Expert Rejects Evidence of Life in Brain-Dead Girl

October 9, 2014 10:52 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A court-appointed expert has told a California judge he sees no evidence that a 13-year-old girl is alive 10 months after a coroner signed her death certificate. The opinion was provided Monday in the case of Jahi McMath by Stanford University pediatric neurologist Paul Fisher. Jahi was declared brain dead on Dec. 12 after she went into cardiac arrest following surgery to treat sleep apnea ...

The Risks of Performing Surgery During the Ebola Outbreak

October 9, 2014 10:35 am | by Karen Attiah, The Washington Post | News | Comments

Beyond the death toll from Ebola across West Africa the outbreak of the deadly virus has also caused serious complications to the provisions of other types of health care. People seeking access to health care for treatment of malaria cannot get help, pregnant women cannot get assistance delivering babies, and people cannot get access to routine immunizations ...

Formerly Conjoined Twin From Panama On Road To Recovery

October 8, 2014 12:08 pm | by Lisa Sigell, CBSLA.com | News | Comments

A 2-year-old girl from Panama, who underwent surgery at a local hospital in Los Angeles, is on the road to recovery. Ana Paula was born a conjoined twin and underwent an operation 20 days later, which killed her twin and left her with a third leg and acute medical complications that could not be treated in her home country ...

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Universal Screening For MRSA May Be Too Costly

October 8, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

Numerous experts and policy makers have called for hospitals to screen patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections and isolate anyone testing positive to prevent the spread of these so-called "Superbugs" in healthcare settings. Several states have enacted laws requiring patients be screened for MRSA upon admission ... 

Robotic Surgery: More Complications, Higher Expense For Some Conditions

October 8, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). The results were published online today in Obstetrics & Gynecology ...

Patients Report Waking During Surgery But Unable To Tell Doctors

October 7, 2014 1:15 pm | by Clare Wilson, The Washington Post | News | Comments

If you’re facing surgery, this may well be your worst nightmare: waking up while under the knife without medical staff realizing. The biggest-ever study of this phenomenon is shedding light on what such an experience feels like and is causing debate about how best to prevent it ...

AORN Recommends 3 Strategies to Strengthen Fire Safety Planning in the OR

October 6, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

October 5 begins Fire Prevention Week. For most ORs across the country, this is the time of year for fire safety drills and education—excellent steps toward preventing surgical fires. Yet, 550–650 surgical fires still occur annually in procedural environments where the three elements of the fire triangle come together ...

5 Ways To Contain Ebola In The U.S.

October 3, 2014 10:37 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP | News | Comments

Here are the top five things the Center for Disease Control is doing to help prevent the spread of the ebola virus. Texas health officials have confined four people to their home, under guard, after they had close contact with an Ebola patient in Dallas.

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Common Painkillers Combined With Other Drugs May Cause High Risk of Bleeding

October 2, 2014 5:35 pm | News | Comments

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — such as ibuprofen and aspirin — increase one's risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. When taken in combination with other drugs, this risk is significantly higher, according to new research appearing in the October issue of Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.

Treatment To Reduce Blood Clots In Surgery Examined

October 2, 2014 5:15 pm | News | Comments

The effectiveness of a treatment to reduce blood clots among otolaryngology patients admitted for surgery appears to differ based on patient risk and the procedure. The report was written by Vinita Bahl, D.M.D., M.P.P., of the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, and colleagues ... 

Girl's Family Seeks Reversal of Brain-Death Ruling

October 2, 2014 4:23 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a California teenager declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is seeking an unprecedented court order declaring her alive, reported the Associated Press. The family's attorney, Chris Dolan, argued in court papers filed this week that 13-year-old Jahi McMath is no longer brain-dead and shows significant signs of life ...

Hospitals With Aggressive Treatment Styles Had Lower Failure to Rescue Rates

October 2, 2014 10:57 am | News | Comments

Hospitals with aggressive treatment styles, also known as high hospital care intensity (HCI), had lower rates of patients dying from a major complication (failure to rescue) but longer hospitalizations, writes Kyle H. Sheetz, M.D., M.S., of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, Ann Arbor, Mich., and colleagues.

US Sunshine Act Will Enlighten Patients, But Many Physicians Remain in the Dark

October 2, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

On Sept. 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the Open Payments database to the US public. This forms part of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which requires drug and device manufacturers to provide transparency into payments made to physicians, surgeons and other health professionals in exchange for their services ...

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Doctors Remove 55-Pound Tumor From Woman’s Back After 10-Hour Surgery

October 1, 2014 11:37 am | by Richard James, BuzzFeed | News | Comments

Surgeons in southern China have successfully removed a huge tumour from a 35-year-old woman’s back. According to the Rex news agency, the woman, Yan, had tumours all over her body, but the largest stretched from her right shoulder to her ankle ...

Reintroducing Aprotinin In Cardiac Surgery May Put Patients at Risk

September 30, 2014 12:10 pm | News | Comments

Cardiac surgery patients may be at risk because of a decision by Health Canada and the European Medicines Agency to reintroduce the use of aprotinin after its withdrawal from the worldwide market in 2007, assert the authors of a previous major trial that found a substantially increased risk of death associated with the drug ...

Report: Risk of Opioids Outweigh Benefits For Pain

September 30, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

According to a new position statement from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the risk of death, overdose, addiction or serious side effects with prescription opioids outweigh the benefits in chronic, non-cancer conditions such as headache, fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain. The position paper is published in the September 30, 2014, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology ... 

Decision Analysis Can Help Women Make Choices About Breast Reconstruction

September 29, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Decision analysis techniques can help surgeons and patients evaluate alternatives for breast reconstruction—leading to a "good decision" that reflects the woman's preferences and values, according to an article in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Mississippi Named 'Best State to Practice' for Second Straight Year

September 26, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

For the second straight year, the Magnolia State is tops when it comes to a physician-friendly locale to practice medicine. Each year, Physicians Practice compiles its list of the "Best States to Practice," based on several analytics including cost of living, disciplinary actions taken against physicians, tax burden per capita, and physician density ...

Brothers Behind Lap-Band Surgery Sued

September 26, 2014 10:05 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

According to the Associated Press, UnitedHealth Group Inc. has sued two brothers who ran a company that promoted Lap-Band weight-loss surgery, accusing the pair of defrauding the insurer of more than $40 million through a complex billing scheme.

Treatment Studied To Help Patients ‘Burned To The Bone’

September 25, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

According to a University of Michigan report released Thursday, an anti-inflammatory treatment, studied in the labs of regenerative medicine specialists and trauma surgeons, may prevent what’s become one of the war-defining injuries for today’s troops.

Study: Pain Keeps Surgery Patients Awake, Extends Stay

September 25, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Pain can make it difficult for some patients to get a good night's rest while recovering in the hospital following certain surgical procedures, often resulting in longer hospital stays, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

New Research Suggests Sleep Apnea Screening Before Surgery

September 24, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

According to a first-of-its-kind study in the October issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), patients with OSA who are diagnosed and treated for the condition prior to surgery are less likely to develop serious cardiovascular complications such as cardiac arrest or shock ...

How Safe Are Outpatient Surgical Facilities?

September 23, 2014 10:14 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) is a nonprofit organization established in 1980 to promote patient safety in the outpatient setting. Patient safety is the sole mission of the organization. "AAAASF is sympathetic to the recent unfortunate and highly publicized case involving an outpatient surgical facility," said Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, AAAASF board president.

Citing Joan Rivers, Texas' Perry Backs Clinic Law

September 22, 2014 10:54 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday invoked comedian Joan Rivers' death at a surgical clinic while defending a law he signed that would close the majority of abortion facilities in the nation's second-most populous state. The potential 2016 presidential candidate said the law made Texas safer, even though a federal judge in August blocked a key provision that requires abortion clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards.

Neurosurgery Tackles Past, Current And Future Concepts of Sports Concussion

September 22, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

An estimated 1.68 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur in the United States each year, and there are likely a significant number that go unreported. Current Concepts in Sports Concussion is a comprehensive, 16-article supplement of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

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