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Arrested 'Body Sculptor' Says Clients Chose Her Over Surgeons

March 2, 2015 11:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An aspiring hip-hop artist who boasts about her talent for underground "body sculpting" has one last chance to impress a jury before the panel weighs murder charges against her in a dancer's death.

Overcoming Obstacles to Surgical Plume Evacuation: What’s Stopping You?

March 2, 2015 11:35 am | by Buffalo Filter | Articles | Comments

A New Continuing Nursing Education Activity Sponsored by Buffalo Filter.

Study: Many Transplant Surgeons Suffer Burnout

February 27, 2015 12:47 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Despite saving thousands of lives yearly, nearly half of organ transplant surgeons report a low...

New Council Formed to Reduce Surgical Plume

February 27, 2015 12:05 pm | by International Council on Surgical Plume | News | Comments

A new non-profit council has recently formed with a mission to finally rid the world’s operating...

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Call for Study on Anesthesia's Potential Risk to Babies

February 26, 2015 1:47 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Studies of baby animals have long suggested that going under anesthesia can have some harmful effects on a developing brain. Now some scientists want to find out whether those same drugs may pose subtle risks for human babies and toddlers.

Suit Filed Against Scope Maker in Superbug Infection

February 26, 2015 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A patient has sued the maker of a medical scope linked to the outbreak of a superbug at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

One-Minute Test Predicts How Well a Patient May Recover After an Operation

February 26, 2015 1:19 pm | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

Surgical team discovers that a shortened test to assess frailty can help determine which surgical patients are most at risk for complications.

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Editor's Note: Do No Harm – It Applies to Patients Too

February 25, 2015 1:20 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Primum non nocere. In a time plagued by rising healthcare costs and shrinking accountability for personal health standards, it shouldn’t just be for surgeons anymore.

Post-Operative Mortality Rates Low Among Patients with HIV Prescribed ART

February 25, 2015 1:10 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Postoperative mortality rates were low among patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), and those mortality rates were influenced as much by age and poor nutritional status as CD4 cell counts, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery.

An Alarming Problem with Medical Technology

February 24, 2015 12:13 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Articles | Comments

With regard to alarm fatigue, middleware helps to ensure the most important alerts get the necessary attention. However, it is a solution that needs to be implemented across an entire hospital landscape to be successful.

California Congressman Wants Hearing on Superbug Outbreak

February 24, 2015 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress should launch an investigation into what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is doing to prevent additional superbug infections after a deadly outbreak at a Los Angeles hospital linked to tainted medical scopes, a lawmaker said Monday.

Survey: Uninsured Rate Hit New Low in 2014

February 24, 2015 11:02 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The share of Americans without health insurance dropped to its lowest level in seven years in 2014 as President Barack Obama's overhaul took full effect, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday.

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Study Finds Same Mortality Rates for Experienced and New Surgeons

February 23, 2015 1:13 pm | by American Statistical Association | News | Comments

Additional study needed to affirm consistency of findings to latest surgeon training practices, other factors, say researchers.

Lawyer: Teen Infected By Superbug Struggling to Survive

February 20, 2015 11:58 am | by Alicia Chang and John Rogers, AP Science Writers | News | Comments

An 18-year-old student is struggling to survive after he was infected by a superbug outbreak tied to contaminated medical instruments at a Los Angeles hospital, his attorney said.

2 Dead, 179 Exposed after Superbug Outbreak at Hospital

February 19, 2015 12:00 pm | by Robert Jablon, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients, including two who died, with a potentially deadly superbug at a Los Angeles hospital, officials said. A total of 179 patients have been exposed to the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

More Measles Cases Tied to Disneyland, Illinois Day Care

February 19, 2015 11:56 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The number of U.S. measles cases this year has risen to 141, with most of the new illnesses tied to outbreaks at Disneyland in California and an Illinois day care center.

State Panel Mulls Bill to Reduce Vaccine Exemptions

February 18, 2015 10:36 am | by Rachel LaCorte, AP | News | Comments

Personal or philosophical opposition to vaccines would not be an authorized exemption for the parents of school-age children under a measure that received a public hearing before a Washington state house committee, drawing at least two dozen opponents to the proposed change.

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3D Printing for Surgery Practice

February 17, 2015 11:47 am | by Sam Brusco, Medical Design Technology Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Models produced by 3D printers are proving to be valuable diagnostic and surgical tools. 3D imaging software is able to produce a physical representation of surgical sites, enabling surgeons to approach the surgery from several different perspectives.

Premature Baby Gets Heart Transplant

February 17, 2015 11:21 am | by Terry Tang, AP | News | Comments

Caylyn Otto bought a bracelet for her unborn son, but not for his baptism. "I pictured it being on an urn or being buried with him," Otto said. "I never thought he'd get to wear it."

Brain Stents Show Huge Promise for Stroke Patients

February 13, 2015 11:19 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP | News | Comments

Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries also can be used to clear a blood clot in the brain, greatly lowering the risk a patient will end up disabled.

Radiotracer Helps Limit Biopsies in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

February 13, 2015 10:25 am | by ESTRO | News | Comments

The biopsy of the first lymph node to which a cancer spreads has lead to more accurate diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Now a team of researchers has been able to identify the sentinel node in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma using a novel tracer. It's a challenging task because there are up to 150 different lymph nodes in the neck.

In-Flight Blood Transfusions Increase Survival Rates of Trauma Patients

February 12, 2015 10:09 am | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

Air-lifted trauma victims who received transfusions in the helicopter before arriving at a trauma center had higher one-day survival rates and less chance of shock than air-lifted patients who did not receive blood until they arrived at the trauma unit.

Most Effective Procedure for Extreme Obesity Comes With Warning

February 11, 2015 11:46 am | by University of Gothenburg | News | Comments

"Despite the greater efficacy of duodenal switch when it comes to weight reduction, our findings suggest that it should be used with caution, given the higher percentage of long-term adverse effects."

U.S. Seeing Decline in Donor Hearts, Increase in Need

February 10, 2015 11:52 am | by American Journal of Transplantation | News | Comments

There was a significant decrease in donor heart acceptance from 44 percent in 1995 to 29 percent in 2006, and a subsequent increase to 32 percent in 2010. Older donor age, female sex and medical conditions predicted non-acceptance of hearts from donors.

Primum Non Nocere

February 9, 2015 1:29 pm | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Blogs | Comments

“I want the surgery today!” She started to cry. “I’m ninety-four years old. I’ll accept any risk. Just take this thing out!” She looked back and forth between the anesthesiologist and me. Her golf-ball sized tongue cancer had been growing over the past six months.

Basing Trauma Center Designations On Population Needs

February 9, 2015 12:54 pm | News | Comments

At their core, trauma systems are developed to achieve care that is optimal for injured patients. The problem is that some areas are now seeing a perceived oversupply of trauma centers because the provision of trauma care can, in some instances, become highly profitable.

Facilities Facing More Pressure To Prevent Bed Sores

February 9, 2015 12:36 pm | by Kevin Damask | Articles | Comments

On average, the cost of managing one full-thickness pressure ulcer can cost nearly $70,000. In the U.S., the total cost for treating pressure ulcers is estimated at $11 billion annually.                                       

You Get What You Pay For In Emergency Care

February 6, 2015 10:47 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

To those unfamiliar with healthcare policy debates, the finding might seem predictable. But in recent years some frequently cited studies have suggested that higher spending levels do not necessarily produce better levels of care. This study supports the notion of higher costs equating to better care.

Surgery May Reduce Life Expectancy for Super Obese

February 5, 2015 9:36 am | by University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center | News | Comments

"For most patients with diabetes and a BMI greater than 35, bariatric surgery increases life expectancy. However, the benefit of surgery decreases as BMI increases. The patients with a BMI over 62 likely don't gain any life expectancy with surgery."

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