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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Competition between medical practices helps keep health care costs lower, according to a study published in the Oct. 22/29 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Adoption of noneconomic damages caps reduces average malpractice payments by 15 percent, according to research published in the October issue of Health Affairs.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
By Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) is frequently the go-to procedure for patients with complex or morbid obesity who need or want to reduce their weights. Laparoscopic procedures are attractive to surgeons, insurers and patients because in addition to being as effective as other procedures, they shorten hospital stay and allow patients to heal more quickly compared to other bariatric surgeries.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
By Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
Laparoscopic interventions for rectal cancer are controversial. Oncologists have concerns about high conversion rates and long operating times associated with laparoscopic total mesorectal excision (TME), and they worry that laparoscopic TME violates the principle of sharp mesorectal dissection.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
By Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
Currently studies are underway to refine a surgical approach for migraine headaches, determine the best way to triage patients, identify additional trigger points, and expand knowledge of migraine’s anatomy.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Exercising, eating a healthy diet, and learning relaxation techniques before colorectal cancer surgery appear to speed a patient's recovery, according to a small study published in the November issue of Anesthesiology.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
For patients with bladder cancer, the omission of muscle in the specimen or its mention in the pathology report is associated with increased mortality, according to a study published online Oct. 22 in Cancer.
Monday, October 27, 2014
People face no threat of airborne transmission of Ebola, according to a panel of Ebola experts gathered by the New England Journal of Medicine for an issue briefing Wednesday.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Breast cancer tumor markers are frequently used for routine surveillance in nonmetastatic breast cancer, and their use has been found to increase the number of diagnostic procedures performed as well as the total cost of care, according to a study published online Oct. 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Monday, October 27, 2014
There is little variation in risk-adjusted hospital readmission rates after colorectal surgery, according to a study published online Oct. 22 in JAMA Surgery.
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