Carla K. Johnson, AP With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners. These nurses with advanced degrees want the right to practice without a doctor's watchful eye and to prescribe narcotics. And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called Doctor.
Obesity, especially extreme obesity, is a risk factor for hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. These include serious conditions such as pre-eclampsia, which can effect about seven percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. Bariatric surgery is an effective weight loss intervention for women with a body mass index of 40 or more, or a BMI of 35-40 with associated conditions like diabetes.
I’m sure most anyone reading this can relate to a time when you felt rushed. Many of us experience times when we feel our to-do list doesn’t seem to get any shorter as time begins to run out. That’s how I’ve felt this week as I prepare for back-to-back business trips.
At Children's Hospital Boston, surgeons say that the da Vinci robot helps them complete procedures with lower costs and faster recovery times.
This video shows a complication that occurred during a laparoscopic right hemicolectomy for tumor removal and how the surgeon performing the procedure handled it.
Philip Sancken has enjoyed riding motocross competitions for years, but when an accident left him unable to walk, he went to Dr. Peter Simonian of Simonian Sports Medicine Center in Fresno for help. Philip knew his leg injury was far from ordinary and that he’d need an orthopedic specialist to put his badly fractured leg back together.
The Division of General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is at the forefront of surgical technology and applica- tion. While many medical centers and institutions now utilize robotic surgery in some capacity, UIC is creating a new playing field for surgeons from across the globe—not just in the number of surgeries performed, but also the types of procedures performed as well.
PEAK Surgical has developed a family of disposable surgical cutting and coagulation tools to ensure that orthopedic surgeons have the technology they need for a variety of procedures: The PlasmaBlade 4.0, which is designed to be used to cut through all types of soft tissue, including skin, fat and muscle.
CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on a mobile surgical unit that is saving lives in Afghanistan.
Nirmal Jayaseelan, MD of Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas, TX uses Aragon Surgical's Lektrafuse™ CAIMAN™ in a laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure. The Lektrafuse CAIMAN combines unique mechanics and sophisticated energy delivery to assure a precise, durable seal with every pass.
Florida state officials stripped a Sarasota doctor of his license after he aborted the wrong fetus in a woman carrying twins. The procedure, known as selective termination, was supposed to be performed on the fetus with congenital birth defects. During a state hearing the doctor blamed his mistake on ultrasound equipment that he said didn't allow him to view the fetuses as clearly as possible.
(AP) Federal officials say the nation's hospitals are failing to stamp out common infections that can turn life-threatening for patients. The Health and Human Services department's 2009 quality report finds “very little progress” on eliminating health care infections. For example, rates of bloodstream infections following surgery increased by eight percent.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Having a bad reaction to penicillin as a child doesn't guarantee you're still allergic decades later. And if the oncologist says you have to switch chemotherapies because of an allergic reaction, well, maybe not. More medical centers are recommending a lesser known choice: Drug desensitization, a carefully controlled method of helping patients temporarily tolerate medications that their bodies once rejected.
Chronic stress has recently been implicated as a factor that may accelerate the growth of tumors. However, the mechanisms underlying this effect have not been determined, offers Anil Sood and colleagues at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. They have generated data using human ovarian cancer cell lines and tumor specimens that indicate that stress hormones, especially norepinephrine and epinephrine, can contribute to tumor progression in patients with ovarian cancer.