(Reuters) Pneumonia and blood-borne infections caught in hospital killed 48,000 patients and cost $8.1 billion in 2006, according to a recently unveiled report. The study is one of the first to put a price tag on the widespread problem, which is worsening and which some experts say is adding to the growing cost of healthcare in the United States.
(Reuters) An intensive look at two common conditions – pneumonia and heart failure – showed that it may be possible to lower costs in the U.S. system without hurting patients, the researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine . “Most evidence did not support the ‘penny wise and pound foolish’ hypothesis that low-cost hospitals discharge patients earlier but have higher re-admission rates and greater downstream inpatient cost of care,” Dr.
The anxiety that often accompanies a chronic illness can chip away at quality of life and make patients less likely to follow their treatment plan, but regular exercise can significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety, a new University of Georgia study shows. In a study appearing in the February 22 edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine , researchers analyzed the results of 40 randomized clinical trials involving nearly 3,000 patients with a variety of medical conditions.
An unapologetic Danny Williams, who serves as the premier of New Foundland and Labrador, says he was aware his trip to the United States for heart surgery earlier this month would spark outcry, but he concluded his personal health trumped any public fallout over the controversial decision. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Williams said he went to Miami to have a minimally invasive surgery for an ailment first detected nearly a year ago.
Of the 200,000 men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the United States, about one-third will undergo surgical treatment. Although open radical prostatectomy (ORP) is regarded as the standard treatment, laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) with or without robotic assistance is becoming more common.
For the very sickest patients in an intensive care unit (ICU), being assigned to a room that can't easily be seen from the central nursing station might lower the chances of survival. "Very sick patients require close monitoring by healthcare professionals," Dr. Phillip H. Factor from Beth Israel Hospital, New York, told Reuters Health by email.
A comparison of two types of minimally invasive surgery to repair kidney blockages that prevent urine from draining normally to the bladder found that robot-assisted surgery was faster and resulted in less blood loss and shorter hospital stays. Reporting in the Canadian Journal of Urology, Ashok Hemal, M.
A recent study shows real-time tumor tracking allows for high doses of radiation with tightly contoured treatment while reducing side effects and toxicity to surrounding healthy tissue. February 22, 2010 Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc., a developer of targeting technology used for accurate, precise real-time tracking of tumor targets, today announced the online publication of a clinical study in Urology (The GOLD JOURNAL).
Gore launches GORE BIO-A Fistula Plug, the next generation of anal fistula repair. According to the company, the plug features: Engineering to conform to the anal fistula tract, reducing the potential for failure due to fall-out. An expandable 3D structure of bundled hollow tubes that attach to a circular head, a single plug configuration can be customized to fit most fistula shapes and sizes.
Ethicon, Inc. offers ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needles. According to the company, the ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needle is a solution that helps protect healthcare practitioners and patients from needlestick injuries without compromising performance. Features include: Compliance with the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act standards.
In Part 2 of 2, Dr. Deol discusses the cultural differences she has experienced during her international exposure to the world of medicine. February 23, 2010 Finally, my experience in Paris occurred during what was supposed to be a day trip from London. Unfortunately, my dinner of les moules marinière (mussels) extended our stay for an extra day.
In Part 1 of 2, Dr. Deol discusses the cultural differences she has experienced during her international exposure to the world of medicine. February 22, 2010 I have written several columns recently on the state of health care in the US. I say “column” because I can’t stand the sound of the word “blog”.
Early tumor formation in Barrett's esophagus (BE) can be effectively and safely treated with radiofrequency ablation (RFA), in combination with prior endoscopic removal of visible lesions, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology , the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute.
Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Endo-Surgery unit will get $12.5 million from medical imaging equipment maker Hologic, Inc. to end disputes over tumor detection systems used to test for breast cancer. Each will pay the other royalties on future sales of their respective breast biopsy devices, the companies said in statements.
Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The use of high-tech diagnostic imaging in emergency rooms has quadrupled since the mid-1990s, according to a new government report released Wednesday. MRI, CT or PET scans were done or ordered in 14 percent of ER visits in 2007, the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.