Among pediatric heart transplant recipients, failure to adhere to immunosuppressive medication is relatively common and is associated with a high mortality rate, researchers found.Over a 7-year period, 9 percent of heart transplant recipients younger than 18 were non-adherent at least once, which set back his or her recovery, according to Christopher Almond, MD, MPH, of Boston Children's Hospital, and colleagues.
Encompass Group, LLC, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of reusable textiles, professional apparel, and disposable and single use medical products, announces that John J. Wood has been named Chief Executive Officer, to commence July 1, 2013. John will succeed Mike Spurlock, who has announced his retirement and will continue as a member of the Board of Directors of Encompass Group.
The Murnaghan family of Newrown, Pa., is fighting a little known organ transplant policy that is effectively pushing 10-year-old daughter Sarah to the bottom of the adult transplant waiting list. However, a judge's recent decision gives her a better chance to survive.
Humans can now move robotic limbs using only their thoughts and, in some cases, even get sensory feedback from their robotic hands. Just a few years ago, this would sound impossible. However, now it is a reality. Learn more about this technology through the story of Jan Scheuermann, a Pittsburgh mother of two.
Medicare, the trust fund that pays for older Americans' healthcare, is now projected to last a bit longer than previous estimates. However, that doesn't seem to be the same case for Social Security. The future of Social Security is clouded with doubt.
Seema Biswas asks us to consider the valuable role that medical students can play in solving the health challenges of our modern world. By giving them the opportunity to outside of the classroom and engage in a meaningful way with patients around the world, students can not only play a critical part in serving vulnerable communities, but also become profoundly better doctors in the process.
Sarah, a 29-year-old dolphin, spent years working with children before her health sadly began to fail. A battery of tests revealed one of her airways had closed off 80 percent, so doctors used advances in human surgery and medicine to help her.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The innovative, reusable U.S. Patented ECT Gown increases patient satisfaction, improves nursing efficiencies, and address patient safety while helping to reduce cost for hospitals.
A new study released this week shows success in pinpointing individualized treatment for women with metastatic breast cancer, according to George Mason University researchers. The Side-Out Foundation’s pilot study is part of a cutting-edge approach to personalized medicine that looks beyond genomic analysis alone to combine it with what some say is the next frontier in targeted therapy: proteomics.
Reduce costs in laparoscopic appendectomies with Aesculap’s DS Ligation Clip System. The DS Ligation Clip provides a cost-effective solution, without compromising on security, for laparoscopic appendectomies. This is made possible by providing up to a 75 percent per procedure cost savings compared to endomechanical staplers and an innovative “double clip” design that acts like a fenestrated grasper for a firm hold on tissue.
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, have developed a novel graduate medical education initiative that enables surgical residents to hone their skills in quality improvement (QI). Surgical trainees who completed the year-long educational program found the QI training to be beneficial, and more importantly, believe it put them in a position to lead QI initiatives in the future.
In the business of medicine, one of the brightest hopes is the potential for re-optimizing our spend around what patients want. That’s important because decades of research in the field of shared decision making have shown that when there’s a range of options to treat a condition, informed patients choose less spending and less invasive treatment.
Patients in hospital who are on antibiotics may benefit from taking probiotics, according to researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Reena Pattani led a literature review that looked at the effectiveness of probiotics, live bacteria that can take up residence in digestive tracts, in treating common side effects of antibiotics, such as antibiotic-associated diarrhea and life-threatening side effects like Clostridium difficile infection.
Bariatric surgery led to greater weight loss and better glycemic control than nonsurgical treatment among patients with diabetes who were mildly obese, but the evidence for long-term efficacy and safety remains limited, a recent systematic review found.
Action Products, Inc., the leader in reusable patient positioners for the operating room, hires sales executive, Rick Olin, to lead its National O.R. salesforce. Mr. Olin will be based out of the Maryland office. As a National O.R. Sales Director, Rick Olin will work directly with Action field representatives, GPOs, IDNs, Hospitals and the internal customer service department to assist in the projected growth of the Medical Products Group.