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J&J withdraws fibroid treatment device from market
By Associated Press | July 30, 2014
Johnson & Johnson is asking surgeons not to use a line of devices for removing growths from the uterus amid regulators' growing concern that the electronic surgical tools raise the risk of spreading cancer to other parts of the body.
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After hours, weekends the worst times to have a heart attack
By CBS News | July 30, 2014
The time at which heart attack patients arrive at the hospital may affect their chances for survival, new research suggests. Showing up at the emergency room at night, on weekends or during holidays is associated with a 13% higher risk for death than arriving during regular business hours,...
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IOM report on medical education questions doc-shortage fears
By Andis Robeznieks | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Physician organizations are not happy that an Institute of Medicine panel's vision for overhauling Medicare-funded medical training questions two beliefs that are widely held in healthcare: that a severe physician shortage is imminent and the only way to avoid it is an infusion of federal money for...
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Bill would give VA $17 billion infusion
By Virgil Dickson | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The leaders of the conference committee established to merge House and Senate bills to reform the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department have agreed to give $17 billion to the beleaguered federal agency to turn things around.
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Ting appointed chief quality officer at New York-Presbyterian
By Bob Herman | July 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan has named Dr. Henry Ting its new senior vice president and chief quality officer.
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Competing new VA bills in Congress cloud prospects for any deal
By Virgil Dickson | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs' committees have released new competing proposals on how to address the waitlist woes currently plaguing the VA. The House version provides $10 billion in immediate emergency VA funding, while the Senate version would cost $25 billion over the...
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NQF to study socio-demographic factors in 30-day readmissions
By Sabriya Rice | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The impact of socio-demographic factors on 30-day hospital readmissions will be the focus of a robust new National Quality Forum trial, the organization announced Wednesday. The trial will consider such factors as income, education, race and primary language.
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FDA approves new painkiller from OxyContin maker
By Associated Press | July 24, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new combination pain pill from the maker of OxyContin that is designed to discourage abuse by painkiller addicts.
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FDA spars with recalcitrant compounding pharmacy, again
By Wall Street Journal | July 23, 2014
For the third time in 15 months, the FDA is warning healthcare providers and consumers not to use drugs that were made by a Dallas compounder because the medicines may be contaminated. And the ongoing struggle between the agency and NuVision Pharmacy underscores the difficulties that beset the...
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Hazards tied to electronic records rush
By Boston Globe | July 21, 2014
Theresa Robertson's bedside oxygen alarm sounded at 2:52 a.m., sending an urgent beep through the South Shore Hospital emergency room. The cause of Robertson's crisis, it would later be learned, was a precipitous drop in her blood glucose—severe hypoglycemia. The deadly turn was the result of...
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