Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press YORKTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Some guy in his pajamas, home sick with bronchitis and complaining online about it, could soon be contributing to a digital collection of medical information designed to help speed diagnoses and treatments. A doctor who is helping to prepare IBM's Watson computer system for work as a medical tool says such blog entries may be included in Watson's database.
When two adjacent discs in the low back wear out, become compressed and cause unmanageable pain, numbness or other symptoms, replacement with artificial discs can be a viable alternative to standard fusion surgery, based on two-year post-surgery data from a randomized, multicenter trial recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery .
The way that clinicians report outcomes of surgery for a traumatic nerve injury involving the arm is not standardized, and it is thus difficult to compare the efficacy of different surgical treatments, according to a study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. In a second HSS study, investigators say they have developed a tool to measure outcomes that they hope can be refined and used worldwide.
Results of animal tests and of an early clinical trial of the dressing were "stunning," said Michael Longaker, MD, MBA, the Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professor at the School of Medicine and senior author of a study that details the findings. "It was a surprisingly effective treatment.
Veselin Toshkov, Associated Press SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Her 85-year-old husband needed immediate surgery but doctors told her to find blood for the operation herself. So Slavka Petrova swallowed her anguish and went to haggle on the black market outside the national blood clinic. It's a grim reality for patients and families in Bulgaria, a struggling EU nation where donors are troublingly scarce, hospitals are strapped for funds...
Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer This Friday, May 13, 2011 picture shows Dr. Nicholas DiNubile at his office in Havertown Pa. DiNubile, an adviser to several pro athletic groups and a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, says "The boomers are the first generation trying to stay active in droves on an aging frame" and are less willing to use a cane or put up with pain or stiffness as...
The Model 6154 high-capacity, multi-purpose, in-floor scale from Scale-tronix is level with the floor for easy access. The patient simply walks or is wheeled onto the weighing platform and is weighed. According to the company, the new scale offers: A platform that measures a generous 35” x 54”.
The new Disposable Cool Vest®, by Surgeon Cool Vest® brand cooling systems, helps keep surgeons and staff comfortable and sweat-free in the OR when warmed to AORN recommended temperatures. The vest is designed for use with the Surgeon Cool Vest® brand cooling systems and is also compatible for use with hypo-hyperthermia units or water pumping coolers.
EIZO's RadiForce LS560W is a large widescreen monitor with a 3840 x 2160 native resolution and a 56-inch screen area roughly equal in size to six 1.3 megapixel (1280 x 1024) monitors or four full HD monitors. Compared with multi-monitor scenarios, the LS560W has no regional color differences or obtrusive bezels, thus reducing eye fatigue and the potential for distraction in surgical environments.
The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. -Robert Burns Her eyes were lowered, and she would not meet my gaze. I was certain I knew why. I skimmed her chart and reviewed my notes. “How have you been doing since your last clinic visit?” I asked.
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America has launched their new high-resolution visualization system for a wide array of open microsurgical procedures, including cardiovascular, spine, small joint applications, pediatric, head and neck and plastic surgery. Designed to function as more than just a surgical tool, the VITOM® System aims to provide: Enhanced visualization.
Cristina Silva, AP A Colombian couple facing murder charges stemming from a fatal back-office buttocks enhancement surgery has pleaded not guilty. "Inocente," Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas and Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez said in Spanish in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. The husband and wife, who do not speak English, were given a trial date.
Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP Representative Gabrielle Giffords' new look without a helmet has earned her another nickname."I started calling her Gorgeous Gabby today," neurosurgeon Dr. Dong Kim said Thursday, a day after performing the successful surgery to repair her skull. The helmet adorned with the Arizona state flag that Giffords has worn since she was shot in the head in January is finally gone.
Maria Cheng, AP After Rob Summers was paralyzed below the chest in a car accident in 2006, his doctors told him he would never stand again. They were wrong. However, despite intensive physical therapy for three years, Summers' condition hadn't improved. So in 2009, doctors implanted an electrical stimulator onto the lining of his spinal cord to try waking up his damaged nervous system.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announce that incentive payments for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will be sent out this week. Providers who have successfully attested to having met meaningful use, and who have met all the other program requirements, can expect to receive their 2011 incentive payments soon.