Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Top 10 Daily Medical News Stories: Boston aftermath & more

Here you will find listed the top 10 daily news stories from reputable sources across the internet. No more searching multiple health websites for health news as they are accessible from here. Only at the MedFriendly Medical Blog. Bookmark for future reference.

1.  'Happy to be alive': Blast amputees confront uncertain road ahead: The most severely injured patients from Monday’s bomb blasts in Boston showed up at Massachusetts General Hospital with their lower legs “completely mangled” -- torn limbs hanging by skin and tissue, said Dr. George Velmahos, chief of trauma.

2. Doctors at Boston hospital confident no further lives will be lost: As doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) continue to treat victims from yesterday’s bombings at the Boston marathon, many are confident that the patient outcomes will be as optimal as they can be.

3. Hospitals profit more from surgical complications - report: No patient wants to experience complications after surgery. But such complications can actually lead to higher profits for hospitals if the patients are covered by Medicare or private insurance, according to a report released Tuesday by the Boston Consulting Group.

4. World experts to help China with bird flu investigation: An international team of flu experts will go to China this week to help with investigations into the deadly H7N9 virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

5. Health Law Can Overwhelm Addiction Services: The number of people seeking treatment could double over current levels, depending on how many states decide to expand their Medicaid programs and how many addicts choose to take advantage of the new opportunity, according to an Associated Press analysis of government data.

6. Groups sue to block Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban: Abortion rights advocates filed a lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to overturn the more restrictive of Arkansas' two new abortion laws, saying the near-ban of abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward is unconstitutional.

7. Men With Enlarged Prostate Get Symptom Relief From Minimally-Invasive Shrinking Treatment: Now early findings from a small US study presented at a conference this week suggests a minimally-invasive treatment called prostatic artery embolization (PAE), which shrinks the prostate back to its more youthful size by reducing blood flow to it, may provide significant relief from symptoms and help men avoid surgery.

8. Drugs Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk for Some, Task Force Finds: The drugs tamoxifen and raloxifene (Evista) could reduce the risk of breast cancer among women who are at high risk of developing the disease, a new report confirms.

9. Infants with colic may be more inclined to have migraines when older: Colicky infants may be more likely to have migraines when they get older, a new study published on April 17 in JAMA revealed.

10. Report: Exercise Might Prevent Alcohol's Brain-Damaging Effects: Those who exercised the most saw 'no strong relationship' between white matter damage and heavy drinking

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