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A Doctor's Age May Matter With Emergency Surgery

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WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – If you need an emergency operation, you're in safer hands with an older surgeon, new research suggests. "These findings provide evidence of a learning curve in surgical practice that has a meaningful impact on patients' outcomes," said lead researcher Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa. He's with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine's division of general internal medicine and ...

Pacira Announces FDA Approval of Exparel as a Nerve Block to Produce Regional Analgesia

Posted 15 days ago by

PARSIPPANY, N.J., April 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCRX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its supplemental new drug application (sNDA) to broaden the use of Exparel (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) to include administration via interscalene brachial plexus block to produce postsurgical regional ...

Seeking Cheaper Plastic Surgery Abroad? Buyer Beware

Posted 5 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 – In search of a cosmetic surgery procedure that might be less costly than the going rate in the United States, a 43-year-old woman traveled to the Dominican Republic for a "tummy tuck." What she got, instead, were massive open sores and an antibiotic-resistant infection that ultimately left her with a deformed abdomen. And hers is a story far from unique. Medical experts ...

Friends' Experiences Sway Women's Choices on Breast Cancer Care

Posted 3 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – Women who've had a friend or relative die of breast cancer say they're likely to opt for aggressive prevention measures if they develop the cancer, according to new research. "The cancer of someone you care about is a lens through which you interpret your own risk," study lead author Tasleem Padamsee said in a news release from Ohio State University. "Our study suggests ...

Lasers, Freezes: Non-Surgical Fat Reducers Gaining Popularity

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – Fat can be easy to put on, but much tougher to remove. Now, the latest data shows Americans are increasingly turning to non-surgical means of fat reduction. The annual report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) finds big jumps in the popularity of noninvasive "body shaping" techniques – everything from ultrasound to radio waves, infrared light, ...

You're Less Likely to Get a Blood Transfusion Now

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Americans are getting fewer blood transfusions, and that's good news, researchers say. "It's a win-win for everybody," said Dr. Aaron Tobian, senior author of a new study. "Fewer transfusions are good for multiple reasons," said Tobian, director of transfusion medicine at Johns Hopkins University's School of Public Health. "Our blood supply is safer than ever, but ...

Health Tip:Preparing for Surgery

Posted 13 Feb 2018 by

-- To prepare for a visit with your surgeon before an operation, it helps to have a list of questions and concerns ready. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests what to ask: What is the success rate of the operation? How many of these operations have you done successfully? What problems may occur with this surgery? What kind of pain or discomfort can I expect? What kind of anesthesia will ...

Patients, Doctors Often Differ About Scars After Surgery

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 – Current methods to assess scarring after surgery often lead to disagreements between doctors and patients, researchers say. Patients were more likely to be concerned about the depth of the scar, while doctors were more likely to give coloration and texture more weight, the study found. The investigators' review of 29 studies included nearly 4,500 patients, and found that ...

More Americans Got Surgeries Sooner Under Obamacare

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has led to more timely surgeries for patients, a new study suggests. "In this study of nearly 300,000 patients in 42 states, we found that expansion of Medicaid coverage was linked to increased insurance coverage for these patients," said study author Dr. Andrew Loehrer. "But even more importantly, Medicaid expansion led ...

Old Age Alone Not to Blame for Surgical Complications

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – Various factors can increase a senior's chances of experiencing complications after surgery, but age apparently isn't one of them. A review of 44 studies that included more than 12,000 people aged 60 and older found that frailty, mental impairment, depressive symptoms and smoking increased the risk for complications after surgery. Age did not. The researchers, from St. ...

Surgery or Antibiotics for Appendicitis? Here's What Patients Chose

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Even though appendicitis often resolves with the use of antibiotics, the overwhelming majority of Americans would opt for surgery instead, a new survey finds. Only about one in every 10 adults surveyed in the new study said they'd use antibiotics to ease an inflamed appendix, according to a team led by surgeon Dr. Marc Basson, of the University of North Dakota School ...

Is Surgery Riskier for Black Children?

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Black children are more than twice as likely as white kids to die from surgery complications in the United States, a new study suggests. Researchers found that black kids more often had risk factors that raised their odds of dying within 30 days of surgery. They were more likely, for example, to need blood transfusions or to be placed on ventilators to help them ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Compounded Sterile Products by PharMEDium Services: Recall - Lack of Sterility Assurance

Posted 4 Jan 2018 by

ISSUE: PharMEDium Services is voluntarily recalling certain lots of drug products to the hospital/user level due to a lack of assurance of sterility. Administration of a drug product intended to be sterile that is not sterile could result in serious infections that may be life-threatening. See the press release for a listing of affected products. BACKGROUND: PharMEDium conducted a retrospective ...

Checking Prices for Medical Procedures Online? Good Luck

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – The cards seem to be stacked against anyone who'd like to use the internet to become a smarter health care consumer. A new study has found that people searching online to figure out how much they'll pay for a medical procedure will come away disappointed most of the time, said lead researcher Allison Kratka. She's a medical student at Duke University in Durham, N.C. ...

Your Doc Is Away? Substitute Doctors a Safe Option, Study Finds

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – When the regular hospital doctor is out, the white-coated physician treating you may very well be a "temp." The good news: Patients cared for by substitute doctors don't have a higher risk of death. But they do tend to have longer stays and higher costs, a new study finds. "Our findings so far are reassuring," said study senior author Dr. Anupam Jena, an associate ...

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