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Bill would give nurse practitioners more authority
The Associated Press via Miami Herald
Florida lawmakers are pushing to expand the powers of nurse practitioners, allowing them to prescribe controlled substances and work without doctor supervision. State Rep. Cary Pigman, who is championing the bill, is an emergency room physician who says the state has thousands of nurse practitioners who can help fill the gap.
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Bariatric surgery may stunt aging mechanism
Anesthesiology News
Bariatric surgery may reverse the shrinkage of telomeres, the caps on the ends of each strand of DNA that are considered markers for biological aging, according to a small, preliminary study. "This is the first study to demonstrate that surgical weight loss leads to decreased aging by increasing telomere length," said lead author John M. Morton, MD, MPH, director of bariatric surgery, at Stanford University, in Stanford, Calif.
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Anesthesia, surgery may double dementia risk
Medscape
Anesthesia and surgery significantly increase the risk for dementia, new research suggests. A large population-based study conducted by investigators at the Neurological Institute in Taipei Veterans General Hospital showed that the risk of developing dementia nearly doubled within 3 to 7 years of anesthesia and surgery. In addition, the average time to dementia diagnosis was shorter in patients who had anesthesia and surgery compared with their counterparts who did not undergo these procedures.
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Anesthetic improves recovery for women having breast cancer surgery
Medical Xpress
Anesthesiologists using a technique similar to a dental freeze can improve the quality of recovery and decrease recovery time for breast cancer surgery patients, according to a new study. The study, from researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and Women's College Hospital, was published in the March edition of Anesthesiology.
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Hospitals lose with new Medicaid formula
Tampa Bay Times
Hillsborough and Pinellas hospitals are on track to lose $133 million next year as a new state law that spreads health dollars around the state takes full effect. And the biggest loser is Miami-Dade, whose hospitals are expected to take a $218 million hit. The funding formula was a little-known part of Florida's 2011 Medicaid reform law, an overhaul of the federal/state insurance program for the poor.
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Post-op pain highly influential in patient satisfaction
Medical Xpress
Postsurgical pain scores are strongly linked to patient satisfaction during hospitalization, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Dermot Maher, from the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and colleagues examined the correlation between pain control after surgery and patient perspectives on care they receive in hospital.
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