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The Friday Four: Surgeon Accused Of Leaving Heart Operation Early

January 17, 2014 10:41 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. I'm not going to lie to you. This is not the most uplifting edition in The Friday Four's brief (BUT ILLUSTRIOUS) history...

Chronic Intestinal Damage Raises Hip-Fracture Rate In Celiac Disease Patients

January 17, 2014 9:23 am | News | Comments

Celiac disease patients who experience chronic damage in the small intestine may be more likely to break a hip than those whose intestinal tissues have begun healing, according to new research. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that affects about 1 percent of the U.S. population...

U.S. Emergency Care System Gets 'D+' In New Report

January 17, 2014 9:16 am | Articles | Comments

People seeking urgent medical care could face longer wait times and other challenges as demand increases under Obamacare, U.S. emergency doctors said in a report that gives the nation's emergency infrastructure a near failing grade. In its latest "report card," the American College of Emergency Physicians said such reduced access earned the nation a "D+" - that's down from the overall "C-" grade from the group's last report in 2009...


Study: Most Practice Guideline Recommendations Based On Less-Than-Ideal Quality of Evidence

January 16, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

A recent study shows that most clinical practice guidelines for interventional procedures (e.g., bronchoscopy, angioplasty) are based on lower-quality medical evidence and fail to disclose authors’ conflicts of interest...

Does Taking Multiple Medicines Increase Your Risk Of Being Admitted To Hospital?

January 16, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

Patients with a single illness who take many drugs have an increased risk of being admitted to hospital, but for patients with multiple conditions, taking many medicines is now associated with a near-normal risk of admission...     

Study: CT Scans Could Bolster Forensic Database To ID Unidentified Remains

January 15, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

A study from North Carolina State University finds that data from CT scans can be incorporated into a growing forensic database to help determine the ancestry and sex of unidentified remains. The finding may also have clinical applications for craniofacial surgeons...

Follow-Up Tests Improve Colorectal Cancer Recurrence Detection

January 15, 2014 9:31 am | News | Comments

Among patients who had undergone curative surgery for primary colorectal cancer, the screening methods of computed tomography and carcinoembryonic antigen each provided an improved rate of surgical treatment of cancer recurrence compared with minimal follow-up, although there was no advantage in combining these tests...

Washer Rack Label

January 14, 2014 10:16 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark has announced a new label to their product line that are used to identify and track washer racks through the washing cycles when being tested with the TOSI and other ProFormance cleaning verification products that they offer. This Washer Rack Label operates like a license plate for your washer rack, each label has a unique human and machine readable alphanumeric number.


Intellectual Doping: Stimulant Abuse In Medical Students

January 14, 2014 9:55 am | by Aimee Merino | Blogs | Comments

No one can deny that medical students today face an increasingly competitive environment with a strong focus on board scores and class grades as strong requirements for entrance into competitive specialties. Mirroring the trends in both primary and secondary school, a standardized test has become the yardstick by which all physicians-in-training are compared...

CDC: Lung Cancer Rates Drop, Especially Among Men

January 13, 2014 9:32 am | News | Comments

Health officials are reporting a drop in the rate of new lung cancer cases. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says lung cancer incidence rates declined nearly 3 percent per year among men and about 1 percent per year among women from 2005 to 2009...

Surgeon Left Open-Heart Operation Early, Lawsuit Claims

January 10, 2014 11:57 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A California man has been in a vegetative state since his 2012 heart procedure, and his family blames it on surgeon for walking out in the middle of the surgery...               

Healthcare Costs Higher For Smokers After Surgery

January 9, 2014 10:35 am | by Shereen Jegtvig | News | Comments

Current and former smokers incur higher healthcare costs after having surgery than non-smokers, according to a new study. "Smoking causes an estimated $17 billion in excess healthcare costs each year just because it is more expensive to take care of these folks in the first year after surgeries," Dr. David Warner told Reuters Health by email. He led the new study at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota...

How EHR Design Can Affect Patient Safety

January 8, 2014 9:42 am | by Michael Chen, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Besides the importance of physician happiness when using an EHR, using design principles that maximize user intuition and presentation of relevant information, there is one aspect of healthcare information systems that should never be overlooked: patient safety...


Original Replacement Table Pads

January 7, 2014 10:04 am | by Action Products | Action Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Action Original® Replacement Table Pads from Action Products are the best value in pressure reducing replacement table pads. The recently upgraded composite pad now has an infection control design with an attached Shear Smart ® surface of 3/8” Akton ® polymer.

Surgery Tied To Better OS In Huge Liver Tumors

January 6, 2014 9:19 am | by Cole Petrochko | Articles | Comments

Surgical resection of huge hepatocellular carcinomas was linked with better survival outcomes versus transarterial chemoembolization (TACE), researchers found. Surgical resection as the first treatment for huge hepatocellular carcinomas was associated with higher 1-, 2-, and 3-year overall survival rates compared with TACE...

Hospital’s Patient-Actor Suffers Real-Life Emergency

January 6, 2014 9:10 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

When a University of Virginia medical student was learning to diagnose symptoms of people pretending to be patients, he actually found something in one of the actors, possibly saving the man’s life...         

Survival Rates Similar For Gunshot/Stabbing Victims Whether Brought To The Hospital By Police Or EMS

January 3, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found no significant difference in adjusted overall survival rates between gunshot and stabbing (so-called penetrating trauma injuries) victims in Philadelphia whether they were transported to the emergency department by the police department or the emergency medical services (EMS) division of the fire department...

Robotic Surgery Injury Reports Lacking, Critics Say

January 2, 2014 9:56 am | by Robert Langreth | News | Comments

While a U.S. database lists reports of deaths and injuries sent to the Food and Drug Administration, the agency has no authority to force doctors to contribute. And while hospitals are supposed to report, they often don't, critics say...  

Persistent Pain A Problem Year After Breast Cancer Surgery

January 2, 2014 9:38 am | News | Comments

In a study that included more than 800 women who had undergone surgery for breast cancer, the majority reported some level of pain 12 months after surgery, and factors associated with pain included chronic preoperative pain, chemotherapy, preoperative depression, and pain in the area to be operated, according to a study...

Why Do Misconceptions About Brain Death Persist?

December 27, 2013 9:15 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

There are many issues surrounding this case. Was the tonsillectomy indicated? Some stories reported that it was done to improve her obstructive sleep apnea. Why wasn't she successfully rescued from her complication of bleeding? I can find no discussion about how she could have bled so much without intervention in any article about the case...

U.S. Speedskater Rebekah Bradford Overcomes Health Scare

December 27, 2013 8:47 am | by Paul Newberry, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Rebekah Bradford was a highly trained athlete. She couldn't figure out why she was out of breath just walking up a flight of stairs. Turns out, she was suffering from a potentially life-threatening condition. Bradford was stricken with a pulmonary embolism last year, making her bid to reach the Olympics for a second time especially challenging...

Identification, Monitoring Of Chronic Medical Conditions Are Opportunities To Reduce Readmission Rates

December 24, 2013 9:04 am | News | Comments

"The reason for readmission is often different from the reason that the patient was initially hospitalized. Our research shows that the five most frequent reasons for readmission were often related to patients' existing chronic medical conditions, underscoring the need for post-discharge care to focus attention not just on the primary diagnosis of the previous hospitalization but also on these comorbidities," said Jacques Donzé, MD.

Physical Inactivity After Cardiac Surgery Linked With Substantially Higher Risk Of Depression

December 23, 2013 9:09 am | News | Comments

New research indicates that inactive patients following cardiac surgery have a substantially higher risk of depression and that the number of patients suffering from depression after cardiac surgery is as high as 40 percent. Investigators recommend that cardiac patients should be assessed for depression and level of physical activity and remain as active as they safely can after surgery to minimize post-operative depression...

Mom Fights For Daughter Left Brain Dead After Tonsillectomy Complications

December 23, 2013 9:08 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California woman says she believes her 13-year-old daughter is alive despite a declaration that complications from a tonsillectomy left her brain dead. The mother of Jahi McMath pleaded for prayers and time to keep her daughter on a ventilator past Monday, when a temporary restraining order barring a hospital from disconnecting life support expires...

Suicide Note Found At Home Of Suspect In Reno Hospital Shooting

December 20, 2013 9:09 am | by Michelle Rindels and Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A suspect in a deadly hospital shooting in Reno left a suicide note at his home and claimed he had botched surgery three years ago before killing a doctor and himself this week, police said Thursday. Police didn't outline a motive, but the new details could give a fuller picture of why the urology clinic was targeted and two other people were wounded...

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