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2012-10-01 12:22:27

Because there are more risks with having a total knee replacement in both legs at the same time than having a knee replacement in one leg, doctors in recent years have been selecting younger and healthier patients for the bilateral procedure. Now a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery has revealed that although patients are younger and healthier than those undergoing only one-sided surgery, they are becoming sicker and some complication rates have risen. "Although we...

2012-09-20 02:28:11

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VIVUS, Inc. (Nasdaq:VVUS) today announced that multiple scientific abstracts will be presented at Obesity 2012, the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, to be held September 20(th) to September 24(th) in San Antonio, Texas. The Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting has grown to be one of the largest gatherings of obesity professionals worldwide. The posters will be displayed in Exhibit Hall C of the Henry B....

2012-09-18 13:53:14

A study comparing bariatric surgical procedures for obesity suggests that even though undergoing the less commonly used biliopancreatic diversion/duodenal switch (DS) may be associated with higher early risks compared with gastric bypass (GB), the DS appears to achieve better weight loss and control of co-existing illnesses, especially among patients whose body mass index (BMI) was more than 50, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Surgery, a JAMA Network publication....

2012-08-29 06:55:25

Findings published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons lead researchers to devise a patient safety plan to decrease complications for the benefit of patients and hospitals Postoperative complications are the most significant independent risk factor leading to 30-day hospital readmissions among general surgery patients, according to a new exploratory study published in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. "Hospital readmissions are the...

2012-05-22 02:36:18

The majority of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) referred for pulmonary rehabilitation have multiple extra-pulmonary comorbidities, according to a new study from the Netherlands. "Comorbidities were common in our sample of 213 COPD patients from the CIRO Comorbidity (CIROCO) study, and most patients had varying combinations of comorbidities," said Lowie Vanfleteren, MD, of CIRO+, a center of expertise in chronic organ failure in Horn, the Netherlands, which is...

2012-05-04 21:19:36

Comorbidities are common among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and a number of these comorbidities are independently associated with an increased mortality risk, according to a new study. "We followed 1,664 COPD patients recruited from five pulmonary clinics in the United States and Spain for a median of 51 months," said lead author Miguel Divo, MD, a physician in the Pulmonary and Critical Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Instructor in Medicine at...

2012-02-28 07:30:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Five individuals will be recognized for outstanding achievements in the fight against depression at the 13th annual Welcome Back Awards ceremony on February 29 in Washington, D.C. Since 1998, the Welcome Back Awards have helped to promote awareness that depression -- an all too often misunderstood illness -- is real, common and treatable. Mood disorders, including depression, affect nearly one in 10 U.S. adults in a given year.(1) "Depression can be...

2012-01-18 19:56:33

Weight loss and malnutrition are the biggest culprits More than 250,000 hip fractures occur every year in the U.S., often resulting in hospitalization, surgery, nursing-home admission, long-term disability, and/or extended periods of rehabilitation. Independent existing medical conditions (otherwise known as comorbidities) significantly increase the treatment cost and length of hospitalization for older adults who have sustained a hip fracture, according to a new study recently published...

2011-11-21 23:23:45

Among older Medicare beneficiaries who underwent surgical treatment for diverticulitis, black race was associated with increased risk of urgent/emergency surgery, high risk of in-hospital mortality and higher total hospital charges, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Observed racial disparities in diverticulitis surgery have been attributed to differences in health insurance status and medical comorbidity," the authors...

2011-11-12 14:10:00

Burning Tree a long term treatment center in Texas announces the increase in the need for integrated treatment for those persons with a co-occurring disorder. Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) November 12, 2011 Burning Tree announces, as addiction specialists at a renowned long-term rehabilitation facility in Texas, encountering an increased need in integrated services for individuals experiencing both substance abuse issues and mental health disorders. While many facilities are ill-prepared to respond...