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New Brain Tumor Drug Testing Involves Surgery

January 23, 2015 10:22 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP | News | Comments

With special permission from the FDA, an Arizona hospital is testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before. Within a day of getting a single dose of one of these drugs, patients have their tumors removed and checked to see if the medicine had any effect.

Study Examines Post-Op Use of NSAIDs

January 22, 2015 1:16 pm | News | Comments

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were associated with an increased risk of anastomotic leak at the surgical junction in patients undergoing non-elective colorectal procedures. NSAIDs are a broad class of drugs used to relieve pain and inflammation. Their postoperative use has expanded with the recent development of intravenous formulations and because they avoid the adverse effects of opioid pain relievers.

Oregon Patients Feeling The Burn of OR Lights

January 22, 2015 12:42 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, AP | News | Comments

The hospital initially looked at solutions used to prep skin before surgery, bandages or dressings used after surgery, and cautery devices used to stop bleeding during surgery. When none of those turned out to be the cause, a surgical team member recalled maintenance had been done on the lights.

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Man Who Killed Boston Surgeon Blamed Him for Mother's Death

January 22, 2015 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The gunman's sister and brother were shocked by his actions and believe he held the surgeon responsible for the death of their mother, even though they had "a fine relationship." Gregory Pasceri thinks his brother might have learned something new about his mother's death that led to the shooting.

Breakthroughs Produce New Anesthetics

January 21, 2015 12:44 pm | News | Comments

For the first time since the 1970s, researchers are on the verge of developing a new class of anesthetics. An approach often used in drug development for therapeutics has identified two new drug options.                           

Even When Warmed During Surgery, Patients Can Still Experience Hypothermia

January 21, 2015 12:37 pm | News | Comments

According to a new study, body temperature decreases during the first hour of surgery, even when patients are actively warmed with forced air. Furthermore, patients who experience the most hypothermia are more likely to require blood transfusions.

Report Validates Benefits of Bariatric Surgery for Some Children and Teens

January 21, 2015 12:18 pm | News | Comments

Bariatric surgery - as a last resort when conservative interventions have failed - can improve liver disease and other obesity-related health problems in severely obese children and adolescents. However, the appropriate use of bariatric surgery in pediatric patients remains unclear.

Cardiac Surgeon Succumbs To Gunshots

January 21, 2015 11:59 am | by Philip Marcelo, AP | News | Comments

Administrators and staff at a leading Boston hospital are mourning the death of a cardiac surgeon who was fatally shot at the hospital by a man who then killed himself. Hospital officials plan to lower a flag outside the hospital to half-staff in honor of Dr. Michael J. Davidson.

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New Privacy Concerns Over Government's Health Care Website

January 20, 2015 2:57 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Jack Gillum, AP | Articles | Comments

Connections to third-party tech firms were documented by technology experts who analyzed HealthCare.gov. There is no evidence that personal information from HealthCare.gov has been misused, but the high number of outside connections is raising questions.

Non-invasive Monitoring Can Reduce Surgical Costs By One-Third

January 20, 2015 2:39 pm | News | Comments

According to Duke University assistant professor Thomas Hopkins, MD, Director of Quality Improvement at Duke University School of Medicine’s Anesthesiology Department, "Our model shows more than $3 of costs avoided for each $1 spent perioperatively on noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring.

Woman Doesn't Let Brain Surgeries Get Her Down

January 20, 2015 12:46 pm | by Giles Bruce, The Times | News | Comments

"Right off the bat, people were in shock: 'Sit down. Stay still,'" she recalled. "I think everyone in the back of their mind thought I would just be laying there in a bed. They expected it to be more ugly, like a bad Lifetime movie."

Combat Vets Brains Reveal Hidden Damage From IED Blasts

January 15, 2015 12:12 pm | News | Comments

The brains of some Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who survived blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and died later of other causes show a distinctive honeycomb pattern of broken and swollen nerve fibers throughout critical brain regions, including those that control executive function. ...  

Study: Opioids Given in ER Don't Influence Patient Satisfaction

January 15, 2015 11:51 am | News | Comments

A new study co-authored by investigators at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that there is no correlation between opioids administered in the emergency room setting and Press Ganey ED patient satisfaction scores, one of the most commonly used metrics for measuring patient satisfaction....    

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Can Waiting Rooms Make You Sicker?

January 15, 2015 11:10 am | News | Comments

As the flu continues to sweep the nation, hitting earlier and harder compared to last year, more doctors offices are advising their patients to describe their symptoms over the phone or Internet, instead of coming in for an exam. ...     

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. ....         

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. ...            

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. ...              

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. ...            

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. ...    

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