Marilynn Marchione, AP Swine flu may have scared us straight, or maybe we're finally listening to our mothers. Whatever the reason, Americans are washing their hands more often, suggests the latest check by researchers who spy on people using public restrooms. Checks in four big cities last month found 85 percent of public restroom users washing their hands, up from 77 percent in 2007.
Hip fractures are associated with a mortality rate of 14 to 36 percent in the year following the fracture and can negatively affect a patient's independence and quality of life. Current guidelines recommend surgery within 24 hours of the break, although some physicians who favor delays believe it provides more time to prepare the patient and can decrease the risk of complications.
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, a leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, recently announced the U.S. and European launches of its Carpentier-Edwards PERIMOUNT Magna Mitral Ease valve, designed to enhance implantation in the mitral position. The Magna Mitral Ease valve incorporates new features to facilitate access, placement and suturing during both conventional and minimally invasive heart valve surgeries, especially those using a thoracotomy.
The patient, in her late 50s with failing kidneys, had come to the hospital for what she and her doctors thought would be a simple procedure preparing her for dialysis. But instead of returning home the next day, the woman ended up in the hospital for nearly half of my internship. Her procedure went awry, she landed in the intensive care unit, and over the course of the next six months she returned at least a dozen more times to the operating room, all failed attempts to right what had gone so terribly wrong.
(AP) Physicians say that while good intentions may have been behind a new state law mandating tougher controls on prescribing opiates to chronic-pain patients, the rules may harm the people the law was meant to protect. The Legislature passed the law earlier this year after statistics indicated that more middle-aged Washington residents died while taking prescription painkillers than from traffic accidents.
Lindsey Tanner, AP Dot Purcell always knew she would donate her body to science. Even when young, the mother of 11, a doctor's daughter, would say, "there's something good in here" that might help others. That death talk made her doting husband squeamish, and Jim Purcell tried to talk her out of it, saying, as they aged, that her body would be too old to be useful.
Today sees the presentation of a study that, for the first time, shows the results of treatment using prostheses attached to titanium implants in the bones of patients with above-the-knee amputations. It reveals that the treatment improves function and quality of life in nine out of ten patients, and is the result of research carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital that is being presented this week at the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT) annual international conference in Gothenburg.
A group of children who underwent fusion surgery for spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine 30 years ago showed a clear reduction in back pain after follow-up seven years later. A new study of these patients, now as adults, has found that the benefits have lasted. The research from the Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital was presented at the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT) annual international conference in Gothenburg.
The V-Patch is designed for the repair of small hernias such as umbilical, epigastric, and trocar site defects. The exclusive Omega-3 Fatty Acid-Coated Reinforcement Washer allows for easy implantation of the device through a small defect. A unique design enables the implant to lay flat uniformly against the abdominal wall and maintain a smooth contact surface for incorporation in and around the defect.
Innovative Medical Products introduces the Phase 4 Gel™ Splint, a forearm traction splint for shoulder or elbow arthroscopy that protects against skin breakdown, allows greater flexibility in forearm and shoulder rotation and adds stability and anatomical uniformity to patient positioning.
Linda A. Johnson, AP Johnson & Johnson is donating about $200 million in cash and medicine to a sweeping United Nations program created to improve the health and lives of people in poor countries. J&J is launching a five-year program called "Every Mother, Every Child," meant to help almost 400 million women and children in developing countries.
Maria Cheng, AP Stroke patients over 70 who get stents to keep their arteries open may be doubling their risk of having another stroke or dying compared to patients who get surgery instead, a new study says. European researchers examined past studies from more than 3,400 stroke patients, including 1,725 who got stents and 1,708 who had surgery, and found that a patient's age makes a big difference in how effective stents are.
Obese women who have bariatric surgical procedures before pregnancy were three times less likely to develop gestational diabetes (GDM) than women who have bariatric operations after delivery, according to new research findings published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons .
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently approved and released an evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infections of the hip and knee. A periprosthetic joint infection occurs when bacteria or other foreign organisms enter the wound during or at any point following joint replacement surgery, sometimes even years after surgery.
Dr. Neal Sikka, an Emergency Medicine physician at George Washington University, has a six-month study underway examining how accurately Emergency Medicine practitioners at George Washington University Hospital can diagnose wounds from patient generated cell phone images. Sikka told the Washington Post that it’s currently the largest (mobile health) study to look at acute wound care.