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SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A patient body temperature higher than 99.5° F (37.5° C) at the end of elective pancreaticoduodenectomy predicted a fourfold increased risk of postoperative pancreatic fistula in a retrospective study of 123 patients.
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A 1-day course with simulated intraoperative handoffs improved the rate of failed communications from 30% before the course to 17% immediately after the course, with a further improvement 1 year later to a 13% failure rate in a study of 10 anesthesiology residents.
MELBOURNE (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The benefits of bariatric surgery in people with type 2 diabetes are significantly reduced with longer disease duration at the time of surgery and with time since surgery, a long-running, prospective, controlled study has found.
The massive number of injured patients from the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings overwhelmed electronic medical records and information systems in some Boston emergency departments.
WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Cardiac and vascular surgery patients are at higher risk for deep vein thrombosis than are general surgery patients, according to data presented at the annual clinical congress of the American College of Surgeons.
MELBOURNE (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Gastric banding can achieve significant weight loss and remission of diabetes in patients with type 2 diabetes who are overweight but not obese, suggesting that a lower body mass index threshold could be considered for the procedure, according to results from a randomized controlled trial.
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Pregnancy occurred in more than half of infertile women who had a segmental laparoscopic bowel resection for endometriosis.
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Complications developed with 3% of 298 intracranial pressure monitors inserted by trauma surgeons and with 0.8% of 112 monitors placed by neurosurgeons in patients with traumatic brain injury, a statistically insignificant difference.
An abrupt and unexpected increase in pump thrombosis has occurred since March 2011 in patients with advanced heart failure who received the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device, according to a report published online Nov. 27 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Small employers seeking health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s small business marketplace will have to wait another year to enroll online.
ATLANTA (IMNG) – Gastric bypass was associated with the lengthening of telomeres, an indication that surgical weight loss may reverse aging in obese patients.
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. (IMNG) – Extraperitoneal para-aortic lymphadenectomy can result in more harvested nodes than standard laparoscopic or robot-assisted laparoscopic staging of patients with endometrial cancer, according to Dr. Janelle Pakish.
Endobronchial ultrasound–guided biopsies made after an electrocautery incision to the lymph node improved biopsy yields from 39% to 71% in 38 nodes, according to a small study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians meeting.
SAN FRANCISCO (IMNG) – Regional recurrence and recurrence-free survival rates were statistically similar in subgroups of 730 patients who had sentinel lymph node–positive, invasive breast cancer and underwent total mastectomy.
SAN DIEGO (IMNG) – Delivery of a gene therapy viral vector designed to express only the gene for human growth factor to the nucleus basalis of Meynert in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease appears to be safe and feasible, results from a first-in-human trial demonstrated.
SAN FRANCISCO (IMNG) – Preoperative light transmission aggregometry assessments of platelet aggregation may help identify which patients on dual antiplatelet therapy are at greater risk of sustained bleeding from noncardiac surgery, a prospective study of 147 consecutive patients suggests.