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General emergency departments use CT to diagnose abdominal pain in children more often
(Children's National Health System) A child with non-traumatic abdominal pain, a common symptom of appendicitis, is more likely to receive a computed tomography (CT) scan in a general emergency department (ED) than if he or she visited a pediatric emergency department, according to a study published in Pediatrics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Low-Dose CT Doesn't Impair Clinical Outcomes in Younger Patients with Suspected Appendicitis (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM Using low-dose — instead of standard-dose — computed tomography doesn't lead to unnecessary appendectomies in young adults with suspected appendicitis, according to … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Dextera Surgical wins expanded FDA nod for MicroCutter 5/80 stapler
Dextera Surgical (NSDQ:DXTR) said today it won expanded FDA 510(k) clearance for its MicroCutter 5/80 stapler and associated reloads, now cleared for open solid organ parenchymal dissection techniques. The new clearance covers use on organs including the liver, kidney, pancreas and spleen, the Redwood City, Calif.-based company said. “The small size and large degree of articulation provided by the MicroCutter 5/80 is especially beneficial in maneuvering within the confined spaces around solid internal organs. In addition, with the small footprint of the MicroCutter’s jaws, I’m able to successfully op...
Source: Mass Device - August 31, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Surgical dextera Source Type: news

Surgery Remains Treatment of Choice for Appendicitis in Kids Surgery Remains Treatment of Choice for Appendicitis in Kids
Appendectomy should still be the preferred treatment for uncomplicated appendicitis in children, rather than conservative, antibiotic-based treatment, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - August 25, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

The Global Incidence of Appendicitis The Global Incidence of Appendicitis
What do we know about the global incidence of appendicitis? A review of population-based studies provides insight.Annals of Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Abdominal pain warning: What YOUR stomach ache really means
ABDOMINAL pain is usually harmless and passes after a short period of time. However, it could be a symptom of a more serious condition, such as appendicitis or a stomach ulcer. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman shocked when her suspected appendicitis was LABOUR
Robyn Bailey, 23, from  Suffolk, had periods and had no idea she was expecting. Just weeks after her surprise birth, scans revealed Daisy had two holes in her heart and needed two operations. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mom says child lucky to be alive after repeated misdiagnoses at Cape Dorset health centre
A mother in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, says she brought her child to the local health centre five times before finally taking her on a flight to Iqaluit, where she was diagnosed with a burst appendix. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

Antibiotics vs Surgery in Appendicitis: New Research Underway Antibiotics vs Surgery in Appendicitis: New Research Underway
Drs Flum and Davidson respond to questions raised by Dr Lowenfels in a recent viewpoint on whether antibiotics are an effective replacement for standard surgical appendectomy.Medscape General Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

Patients with suspected appendicitis may benefit from risk scores
Research shows the Appendicitis Inflammatory Response, or AIR, score may help to better diagnose and treat patients with suspected appendicitis. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk score may help in the care of patients with suspected appendicitis
(Wiley) A new study indicates that a classification system based on patient symptoms and basic lab tests can reduce the need for diagnostic imaging, hospital admissions, and surgery in patients with suspected appendicitis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Same-day Discharge After Uncomplicated Appendectomy in Kids Safe: Study Same-day Discharge After Uncomplicated Appendectomy in Kids Safe: Study
Children who undergo appendectomy for acute nonperforated appendicitis can be safely discharged on the same day as the surgery, a new study shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - July 13, 2017 Category: Pathology Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Weight Loss, Confusion, & Skin Lesions Case / Is Pediatric Appendicitis an Emergency? / Oregon FM Opportunity (FREE)
By the Editors Here's what we chose for you from NEJM Group today:NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Case Record: A 48-year-old man was evaluated for … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Appendicitis (Symptoms, Treatments, and Surgery)
Title: Appendicitis (Symptoms, Treatments, and Surgery)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/3/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - July 3, 2017 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

Time Between Surgeries Helps Predict Mesothelioma Survival
A new study from researchers at the City of Hope cancer center in Los Angeles and Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, reveals how the length of time between initial and follow-up cytoreduction surgery and HIPEC plays a role in patient survival. The study, published in June in the Journal of Surgical Oncology, shows peritoneal mesothelioma patients who repeat the procedure between one and two years after the initial surgery have the most favorable outcome, with a median overall survival of nearly four years. Peritoneal mesothelioma is an aggressive, asbestos-related cancer, and recu...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 23, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: appendiceal cancer city of hope cancer center colon cancer cytoreduction surgery debulking surgery Dr. Konstantinos Votanopoulos gastrointestinal cancer heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy HIPEC Journal of Surgical Oncology moffitt can Source Type: news

Kids With Belly Pain: When You Can't See the Appendix Kids With Belly Pain: When You Can't See the Appendix
Is it safe to assume that appendicitis is not the source of abdominal pain when ultrasound fails to visualize a child's appendix?Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines - June 16, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

One in five patients suffer side effects from antibiotics
Study looked at antibiotics prescribed to hospitalised patients and found one in five didn ’t even need the drugs Related items fromOnMedica Antibiotics could be used to treat appendicitis Delayed rather than immediate antibiotics may be preferable for uncomplicated RTIs WHO makes big revisions to antibiotics advice Point-of-care diagnostics needed to curb antimicrobial resistance Macrolides linked to increased cardiovascular risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Review of appendix cancer cases finds over diagnosis
(University of California - San Diego) Lesions of the appendix are being over diagnosed as invasive cancer, report University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers in a paper published June 7 in the journal PLOS ONE. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 7, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

State Operations Manual: Appendix Z-Emergency Preparedness for All Provider and Certified Supplier Types Interpretive Guidance
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 06/02/2017 This 72-page document provides interpretive guidelines and survey procedures for the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services Emergency Preparedness Rule that have been developed to support the adoption of a standard all-hazards emergency preparedness program for all certified providers and suppliers, while similarly including appropriate adjustments to address the unique differences of the other providers and suppliers and their patients. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: June 2, 2017
[Photo from unsplash.com]From Implandata receiving CE Marking to Inolife eyeing up-listing, here are 7 medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Dextera seeks expanded indications for MicroCutter 5/80 stapler Dextera Surgical announced in a June 1 press release that it has filed a 510(k) with the FDA for its MicroCutter 5/80 stapler. The company wants to expand the indications of the MicroCutter 5/80 for use in liver, pancreas, kidney and spleen surgeries. Currently, the staplers are used for transection and resection in multiple open minimally-invasive urologic, thoracic and...
Source: Mass Device - June 2, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Business/Financial News Clinical Trials News Well Regulatory/Compliance Research & Development c2 Therapeutics Dextera Surgical DreaMed Diabetes EndoGastric Solutions Inc. Implandata Inolife MicroTransponder Inc. Source Type: news

Antibiotics vs Surgery: Equally Effective for Appendicitis? Antibiotics vs Surgery: Equally Effective for Appendicitis?
Dr Lowenfels comments on a study examining whether antibiotic therapy is an effective replacement for standard surgical appendectomy, published in Annals of Surgery.Medscape General Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

Depression and other common mental disorders: global health estimates
This booklet provides latest available estimates of the prevalence of depression and other common mental disorders at the global and regional level, together with data concerning the consequences of these disorders in terms of lost health. Country-specific estimates are also provided (see Appendix). It offers complementary information to that provided in other information products developed by WHO and others on the appropriate public health response to these disorders, including their treatment and prevention. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Appendicitis Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ
Title: Appendicitis Quiz: Test Your Medical IQCategory: MedicineNet QuizCreated: 11/26/2012 2:48:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2017 4:23:03 PM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - May 22, 2017 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

California hospital fined after taking out a woman's ovaries by accident
(Natural News) A hospital in California is being sued for the accidental removal of a woman’s ovaries. The Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, Calif., has been fined $47,450 by health officials, reported Catherine Ho of SFGate.com. Doctors at Sequoia were supposed to remove the patient’s appendix, fallopian tubes, and uterus during surgery in February 2016;... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Outpatient laparoscopic appendectomy is feasible in a public county hospital
(American College of Surgeons) In the first study of its kind, a research team at a large, urban public safety net hospital found that outpatient laparoscopic appendectomy (surgical removal of the appendix) is safe for patients and results in shorter hospital stays and decreased health care costs, according to study results published as an 'article in press' on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website ahead of print publication. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 19, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Nigeria: Kikaose Onyibe - How UK Doctor Failed to Diagnose Appendicitis - -Parents
[Vanguard] THE 18-year-old law undergraduate, Kikaose Ebiye Onyibe, daughter of Magnus Onyibe, former Commissioner for Information in Delta State, died of complications from appendicitis after her UK doctor failed to diagnose the ailment in three months. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 18, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Beware the New NIH Appendix Policy and How to Navigate the Changes on Feedback Loop
(Source: NIGMS New on the Site)
Source: NIGMS New on the Site - April 12, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Cosmo’s Headline About Cancer Survivor’s Weight Loss Is A Doozy
Like a cover on a book, headlines are supposed to entice potential readers ― but this Cosmopolitan one took that premise a little too far. In a piece that went up on Cosmopolitan.com on Monday afternoon, editor Elizabeth Narins tells the story of 31-year-old Simone Harbinson and the life-threatening health scares she faced over the course of a tumultuous two years. The story documents the sicknesses she endured and struggles she overcame, but the original headline, strangely, only focused on Harbinson’s weight loss: Harbinson is an Instagram fitness blogger so we understand that exercise and healthy living is...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spectral Doppler metric spots hepatic arterial stenosis
A new quantitative spectral Doppler ultrasound measurement can accurately detect...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Elastography can differentiate cervical lymph nodes Ultrasound may unlock appendicitis treatment options Nuchal septations increase risk for fetal anomalies Repeat fetal ultrasound screenings may be unnecessary Smoking adversely affects patellar, Achilles tendons (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 31, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Antibiotics Feasible as Initial Therapy for Appendicitis in Kids Antibiotics Feasible as Initial Therapy for Appendicitis in Kids
In the absence of appendicolith, most children with acute uncomplicated appendicitis can be treated initially with antibiotics and avoid the need for appendectomy, according to a new meta-analysis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - March 30, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Antibiotics Fail More Often Than Appendectomy for Pediatric Appendicitis (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Antibiotics may be effective for pediatric appendicitis, but they have a higher failure rate than appendectomy, particularly in the presence of appendicolith, according to a meta-analysis in JAMA Pediatrics … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - March 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

How Safe is Medical Tx for Pediatric Appendicitis? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Antibiotics are an option, but carry higher risk of failure vs surgery (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - March 27, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Seat belt compression appendicitis following motor vehicle collision - Khilji MF, Zia Ullah Q.
We present a case of a middle-aged man brought by emergency medical services (EMS) to the emergency department with compla... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Select Toxin Guidance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Division of Select Agents and Toxins. 03/2017 This 24-page guidance document provides additional information to regulated entities to assist them in meeting the requirements for select toxins. Updates include new regulatory requirements, a revised List of Select Toxins and Non-Regulated Amounts, an added section on food and clinical samples, a revised section on toxin as a byproduct, a revised section on documenting due diligence, and a revised chart in Appendix A. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Tumour strangles Dartford man's appendix over 5 years
Nicky Boardman could have been struggling with the growth for five years before he was eventually diagnosed with cancer of the appendix in May 2013. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Active Shooter Planning and Response: Learn How to Survive a Shooting Event in a Healthcare Setting
U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 03/02/2017 This 115-page updated guide, released by the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Critical Infrastructure Protection Partnership, provides a comprehensive overview of issues and response to active shooters in the healthcare environment, and includes response plan templates in the appendix. It includes law enforcement tactics and integrated medical and mental health response. It takes an in-depth look at the four phases of emergency management - mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery - and offers step-by-step guidance to assist healthcare facilities in active shooter...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Which orthopedic imaging options are the safest?
Pediatric orthopedic imaging patients who need surgery often receive more x-rays...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: FDG-PET/CT can direct biopsies for pediatric cancer Bone age evaluations raise complex issues How can radiology departments ensure patient safety? Can ultrasound diagnose nonperforated appendicitis? Physician groups launch pediatric CT safety campaign (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 15, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

At some hospitals, kids with suspected appendicitis get worse care at night
(Society for Academic Emergency Medicine) At some hospitals, children receive better care in the daytime than they do at night for suspected appendicitis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 15, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

'Modern Love' Author’s Story Highlights The Signs Of Ovarian Cancer
In a heart-wrenching essay, author Amy Krouse Rosenthal penned a dating profile for her husband to use after she was gone. Rosenthal was running out of time: She was dying of ovarian cancer, which she was diagnosed with in September 2015. “I’m facing a deadline, in this case, a pressing one,” Rosenthal wrote in the essay, which was published March 3, 2017, in The New York Times. “I need to say this (and say it right) while I have a) your attention, and b) a pulse.” The essay is devoted to praising her husband’s sweetness and charms, but Rosenthal also wrote about her cancer diagnosis. Sh...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Elastography can differentiate cervical lymph nodes
An ultrasound shear-wave elastography technique can effectively differentiate...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Ultrasound may unlock appendicitis treatment options Nuchal septations increase risk for fetal anomalies Repeat fetal ultrasound screenings may be unnecessary Smoking adversely affects patellar, Achilles tendons Contrast US boosts diagnostic power of breast ultrasound (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 14, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Challenging tradition: Can appendicitis be treated solely with medication?
For 130 years, surgery has been the standard treatment for appendicitis — inflammation of the appendix, a short tube extending from the colon.After all, it ’s best to remove an infected body part that is not essential to survival rather than risk a rupture that spews bacteria into the abdomen. Right? Maybe not.UCLADr. David TalanDr. David Talan, professor in the department of emergency medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is helping to lead a $12-millionclinical trial to determine whether treating appendicitis solely with antibiotics can be a safe, effective and less expensive alternative to...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 9, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Can ultrasound diagnose nonperforated appendicitis?
Ultrasound may be highly accurate for diagnosing pediatric appendicitis, but...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Ultrasound may unlock appendicitis treatment options MRI should be 1st choice for suspected appendicitis Decision support cuts CT use for pediatric appendicitis Appendix CT scans predict resource utilization (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 24, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Follow-up imaging is less when rads read ED ultrasounds
Patients undergo less follow-up imaging when radiologists rather than nonradiologist...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Point-of-care ultrasound can assess soft-tissue neck masses Teleradiology prompts shift in use of after-hours ultrasound Emergency US training guidelines may need revision Point-of-care ultrasound useful for fracture diagnosis Emergency bedside US may not rule out appendicitis (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 23, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Appendicitis: Antibiotics could be alternative to surgery for children
Evidence review shows antibiotics could be a safe alternative to surgery in children with appendicitis and calls for large randomized trials to confirm it. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Surgery Source Type: news

Antibiotics could be alternative to surgery for appendicitis
Antibiotics may be an effective treatment for acute non-complicated appendicitis in children, instead of surgery, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Is Surgery Always Needed for Kids' Appendicitis?
Review found many with inflamed appendix were fine with antibiotics alone, but more research needed (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotics may replace surgery to treat appendicitis
Amy WallaceFeb. 17 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Southampton in England have found that antibiotics can replace surgery in children with non-complicated appendicitis. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lab notes: what a mammoth week for science!
Yes it ’s a big story in more ways than one – a team of Harvard scientists say that scientists say they are on thebrink of being able to create a hybrid elephant-mammoth embryo. There are lots of technical and ethical concerns to address before we actually have real, live mammoths (or mammophants, as they ’re being called by some) but the idea of “de-extinctifying” something that’s been gone for 4,000 years is pretty exciting. This isn’t the only genetic engineering story in town this week, though, as amajor US report out this week has prepared ground for genetic modification of hu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 17, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Tash Reith-Banks Tags: Science Source Type: news

Is Surgery Always Needed for Kids' Appendicitis?
Review found many with inflamed appendix were fine with antibiotics alone, but more research needed Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Appendicitis, Children's Health, Surgery (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news