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CNS: Rates of readmission after spinal surgery overestimated
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Current algorithms may overestimate readmission rates related to spinal surgery, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. More

Excise tax looms for medical device industry
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Barring a major political shift, medical device manufacturers will face a new 2.3 percent excise tax on their products beginning in 2013, which is expected to raise $29 billion over 10 years. Enacted in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act that is reforming healthcare, the tax has drawn fire from the medical device industry, which predicts, despite some counterclaims, that the tax will result in lost profits, vanishing jobs, relocation overseas and a decline in innovation. More

Study: Little benefit, some harm with venous surgery for MS
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Patients undergoing cranial venoplasty as a multiple sclerosis therapy rarely showed improvement in objective disease measures, although half said they felt better, according to a large Italian study. More

Breast surgery options flex to meet personalized needs of women
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While breast surgery has evolved to incorporate smaller incisions and more skin-sparing techniques, three basic types of breast surgery remain the standard-of care: lumpectomy, mastectomy or mastectomy with reconstruction. Dr. Jaime Lewis says a patient's choice to have one technique versus another often lies in a combination of both medical and psychosocial factors that represent the woman's personal needs. More

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Kids' surgery uses bone products not approved for children
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Nearly 1 in 10 U.S. children undergoing spine fusion surgery get injections with bioengineered bone-growth proteins that have not been approved for that use by health regulators, researchers have found. More

Free cardiac, spine surgery for Wal-Mart employees at 6 hospitals
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Starting next year 1.1 million U.S. Wal-Mart employees and their dependents will be eligible for free heart, spine and transplant surgery at 6 highly regarded health care organizations. Wal-Mart employees will have no out-of-pocket costs, including travel, lodging and food for the patient and a caregiver. More

Cartoonist draws during brain surgery to treat Parkinson's
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As several cartoonists have told Comic Riffs, it would never even occur to them to draw during brain surgery. But then, the genius creativity in Richard Thompson's brain doesn't work quite like anyone else's. More

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Report: Age should not affect surgery
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Assumptions about fitness in older people should not be used to decide whether patients have surgery, according to a report by the Royal College of Surgeons and Age UK. More

Study: No advantage for fresh blood in ICU transfusions
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For critically ill patients, transfusing fresher blood didn't translate to better outcomes, researchers say. In a single-center retrospective study, patients had the same overall rates of transfusion complications and other morbidities, including length of ICU and hospital stays, whether they were given red blood cells that were less than 8 days old or more than two weeks old, according to Leanne Clifford, BM, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues. More

Hysterectomies now part of same-day surgery
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An outpatient hysterectomy allows the patient to go home the same day she has surgery using laparoscopic surgery. Since it is less invasive, that makes for a quicker recovery time. And though it's a great option for some patients, it's not necessarily for everyone. More

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