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New Radiological Indicators For Lap Band Slippage

July 25, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified two previously undescribed radiological signs of potentially life-threatening slippage of laparoscopically adjustable gastric bands. Adding widespread knowledge of the new signs—inferior displacement of the superolateral band margin by more than 2.4 cm from the diaphragm and the presence of an air-fluid level above the band will aid in diagnosing affected bariatric patients.

Tests Improve Approaches For Thyroid Cancer Surgery

July 25, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Previously, “if the portion removed during the first surgery came back positive for cancer, a...

Alabama Man Suing Over Mistaken Amputation

July 25, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a...

Surgeons Remove 232 "Tooth-Like Structures" From Teen

July 25, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Surgeon Vandana Thoravade said Ashik Gavai suffered complex odontoma, a rare condition in which...

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Varying Insurance Premium Subsidies Worry Patients, Employers

July 25, 2014 11:14 am | by Kelli Kennedy, AP | News | Comments

The Obama administration says policyholders will keep getting financial aid as it sorts out legal implications. The government said consumers who received multiple subsidy estimates, or disagree with their subsidy amount, can appeal. They hope to resolve most of the appeals this summer, but unclear how many people received or appealed varying subsidy amounts.

2014 ESP Award Submission: OPERON Surgical Table

July 24, 2014 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

OPERON offers their D860 surgical table with exceptional lift capacity and height adjustment to accommodate almost any working level, allowing for gentle patient positioning and safety, regardless of the surgical discipline or body type.

Pleads For VA Reform As Bill Talks Stall

July 24, 2014 12:34 pm | Articles | Comments

Negotiations over a bill to bolster the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs in response to a furor over long patient wait times and falsified records to cover up the delays have bogged down over costs and how much the VA should turn to outside doctors to address the backlog.

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After 13-Hour Surgery, Optimism For Rock Attack Victim

July 24, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass had shattered Sharon Budd's skull — keep her alive. Screws, bolts and plates now hold together the face of the seventh-grade teacher from Uniontown, Ohio.

ERAS Program Validated For Colorectal Surgery Patients

July 24, 2014 12:08 pm | by Cristina B. Geltzeiler, M.D., of Oregon Health and Science University, and Colleagues | News | Comments

The fundamental aspects of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs are guidelines that focus on education, fluid management, minimal incision length, decreased use of tubes and drains, opioid-sparing analgesia, early mobilization and eating after surgery.

Prevention Programs Lead To Drop in Post-Op Pneumonia

July 24, 2014 11:54 am | by Hadiza S. Kazaure, M.D., of the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Colleagues | News | Comments

A postoperative pneumonia prevention program for patients in the surgical ward at a California Veterans Affairs hospital lowered the case rate for the condition. Pneumonia is a common infection that accounts for about 15 percent of all hospital-acquired infections and as much as 3.4 percent of complications among surgical patients.

Common Hysterectomy Procedure May Spread Uterine Cancer

July 23, 2014 10:44 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A new study is raising questions about a common hysterectomy procedure, power morcellation, that may spread cancer that has not yet been detected...                             

Deer Jet Medical Launches China's First Global Air Ambulance

July 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Deer Jet Medical Co., Ltd. | News | Comments

Whenever a medical emergency occurs, a Chinese traveling abroad only has to make one call to receive a medical evacuation and repatriation from a safe, fast and dedicated air ambulance jet ...                  

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Ketamine Can Be A Wonder Drug For ER Patients And Their Physicians

July 23, 2014 10:11 am | by American College of Emergency Physicians | News | Comments

For critically ill patients arriving at the emergency department, the drug ketamine can safely provide analgesia, sedation and amnesia for rapid, life-saving intubation...                       

Miracle Flights For Kids Partners With KARL STORZ

July 22, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

Through the agreement, KARL STORZ will make donations to Miracle Flights based on utilization of a feature in their latest operating room workflow solution called Essential NEO OR1. For each clinical use, the company will donate $1 to Miracle Flights. ORs generally can handle 4-6 procedures per day.

Study Confirms Value In RF GERD Treatment

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

A newly published peer-reviewed paper states that Stretta therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The paper states that Stretta addresses a significant unmet need where patients receive inadequate control from PPI therapy, or find surgery an undesirable option.

Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment Eases Spinal Pain

July 22, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

"... extreme back pain due to spinal tumors degrades quality of life, and until now, limited minimally invasive procedural options ... have been available,” said Nam D. Tran, M.D., and Ph.D., neuro-oncology surgeon. “This multi-center study validates t-RFA as a treatment option that provides rapid, lasting pain relief without the need to interrupt the patient’s primary cancer therapy.”

Free Support Kit To Help Prevent Healthcare Injuries

July 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Handicare | News | Comments

The non-profit NoInjuries.com initiative is offering a free support kit to help prevent healthcare injuries to both caregivers and patients. The kit contains useful tools and tips for implementing and sustaining a facility-wide healthcare injuries prevention program...

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Doctors Must Discuss The Cost Of Care With Their Patients

July 16, 2014 11:36 am | by Peter Ubel, MD | Blogs | Comments

Dr. Peter Ubel has been writing a bit lately on the need for healthcare providers to talk with their patients about healthcare costs, if for no other reason than to enable patients to determine whether they can afford to pay for the healthcare that their doctors are recommending them to receive...

New Statement On PEG Feeding Tubes In Children

July 16, 2014 9:17 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Placement of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube has become an essential technique for children and young people with a wide range of problems with feeding and nutrition...                    

Risk Of Clotting After Spine Surgery Lower For Kids

July 15, 2014 9:12 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Blood clots occur so rarely in children undergoing spine operations that most patients require nothing more than vigilant monitoring after surgery and should be spared risky and costly anti-clotting medications, according to a new Johns Hopkins Children's Center study...

Video: Lemonade Stand Raises $24K For Friend's Surgery

July 11, 2014 12:59 pm | Videos | Comments

A Canadian boy's lemonade stand and social media campaign has raised $24,000 for a friend's surgery related to cerebral palsey in the U.S.                              

Vasectomy May Increase Risk Of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

July 11, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

Vasectomy was associated with a small increased risk of prostate cancer, and a stronger risk for advanced or lethal prostate cancer, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The researchers found that the association remained even among men who received regular PSA screening, suggesting the increased risk of lethal cancer cannot be explained by diagnostic bias.

ACL Reconstructions May Last Longer With Autografts

July 11, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

"... those patients who had an allograft, failed at a rate more than three times higher than those reconstructed with an autograft. This study was also of only one type of allograft (Tibialis Posterior). Therefore, we can make a strong statement about that type and not necessarily extrapolate to other types of allografts, most notably those with bone, i.e. BTB or Achilles."

Heart Surgeon Arrested On Bribery Charges

July 11, 2014 10:24 am | News | Comments

According to the complaint, the Greek surgeon demanded $2,000 to perform bypass surgery, allegedly threatening to release the patient if the money was not paid. Police said a relative met with the doctor and handed him marked bills, after which plain-clothes police officers arrested the doctor.

VA Names Interim Medical Inspector

July 11, 2014 10:19 am | by Matthew Daly, AP | News | Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed a top health administrator to serve as interim director of its Office of Medical Inspector. The inspector's office came under scrutiny last month after an independent investigator issued a scathing report, saying the office downplayed whistleblower complaints outlining serious problems.

New York Allocates $462 Million To Support Key Hospital Services

July 10, 2014 7:34 am | by Michael Virtanen, AP | News | Comments

The funds followed a federal agreement in April for New York to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over five years. The goal is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling institutions shift to more primary and outpatient care.

Sunshine Act Unveils Physician Gifts, Etc.

July 10, 2014 7:12 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Articles | Comments

Nearly 95 percent of U.S. physicians accept gifts, meals, payments, travel and other services from companies that make drugs and medical products. Starting in September the federal government will make available an exhaustive online database of payments to U.S. physicians and hospitals, under a section of the health care overhaul known as the Sunshine Act.

Minimally Invasive Heart Stents Prove Safer

July 10, 2014 6:51 am | News | Comments

The study documents the benefits within the context of more than a dozen formally tracked patient safety indicators that help monitor and prevent avoidable complications. These PSIs include wound infection, sepsis, hip fracture, accidental puncture or laceration, transfusion reaction and mortality among patients diagnosed as low-risk.

Delaying ACL Surgery Could Be Detrimental For Younger Athletes

July 10, 2014 6:41 am | News | Comments

"Patients who had surgery 6-12 weeks after ACL injury had 1.45 greater odds of lateral meniscus injury, and those waiting 3+ months increased their risk 2.82 times. The risk for medial meniscal tears was 4.3 times greater when delaying surgery at least 6 weeks."

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