Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Stephen Ohlemacher, AP Last Friday the Senate passed legislation to spare doctors a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments that had been looming for months, but the last-ditch effort came too late. Moments after the Senate acted, Medicare announced it would begin processing claims it has already received for June at the lower rate.
“Our study shows that in the short term, weight loss by diet alone does not achieve the same improvements in diabetes as gastric bypass surgery,” said the author, Judith Korner, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Korner and her colleagues found that gastric bypass surgery better improved insulin sensitivity – the body's ability to successfully clear glucose sugar from the bloodstream into the cells.
A new study suggests that the recovery time and cost of brain-tumor surgery could be reduced if surgery is performed while patients are awake during part of the procedure. The study, conducted at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, examined the outcomes of 39 patients treated for glioma, a type of brain tumor that affects about 20,000 Americans annually.
The effective, convenient and affordable Cattails™ Channel Brush features a new "Pull-Through" design that significantly increases the amount of brushing action without causing buckling. The flexible leader makes it easier to clean hard-to-reach narrow channels.
DO? When I found out that I was going to have the rare opportunity to meet President Bill Clinton, many things ran through my mind: What would I say? What would I do? What would I wear? The only thing I was sure of was that I wasn’t going to wear a blue dress.
Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — For the first time, abuse of painkillers and other medication is sending as many people to the emergency room as the use of illegal drugs. In 2008, ERS saw an estimated 1 million visits from people abusing prescription or over-the-counter medicines — mostly painkillers and sedatives.
Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — South African surgeons have transplanted kidneys between donors and patients who were both infected with the AIDS virus — a medical first that has some U.S. doctors buzzing about whether it could be tried here. The first four of the transplants, which occurred in 2008, are described in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
Doctors in Germany have shown a transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation provides an option for high-risk patients July 18, 2010 Doctors at the University Heart Center in Hamburg, Germany successfully used transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation in elderly patients with degenerated bioprostheses in aortic and mitral position.
The Asia-Pacific healthcare market has experienced solid growth over the past decade. According to statistics, this healthcare market is projected to grow from US$ 246 billion in 2009 to US$ 348 billion in 2012, accounting for almost 27% of the global market. By 2015, Asia-Pacific’s healthcare revenues could represent 40% of the global market.
Duke University School of Medicine and Virtual Heroes announced this month a framework agreement on a partnership encompassing a broad range of initiatives to leverage interactive game technologies for medical education and training. The multi-faceted partnership will include initiatives in the following areas: healthcare team communication training; medical device and pharma product education; patient education; medical recertification; clinical trial education; CME courses; and healthcare quality assurance training.
Now surgeons can immediately share video and still images of surgical cases with patients, patient families, and colleagues upon surgery completion with a new Apple® app from Leica Microsystems. Leica Microsystems, in partnership with Med X Change, has unveiled a new Apple® app called Med X Mobile.
Robotic And Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy Without Vascular Clamping And Renal Ischemia June 17, 2010 Objective: Robotic and laparoscopic partial nephrectomy is a treatment option for small renal masses (less than 4cm). During the procedure, clamping of the renal vessels is required to minimize bleeding.
The da Vinci Si with 3D HD vision is the most advanced platform for minimally invasive surgery available today. It replaces an older model of the da Vinci Surgical System that was used by physicians of Wake Specialty Physicians Urology and OBGYN for the past five years at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, NC.
This video demonstrates an anal fistula repair using the Lone Star Retractor System for Colorectal Procedures with Ernesto Drelichman, MD.