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.
An unemployed Michigan woman who does not have health insurance shot herself in an effort to get treatment for a painful shoulder injury.
(AP) Iraqi conjoined twins will be flown to Saudi Arabia to undergo separation surgery after the Saudi king offered to pay for the operation. The two-week-old twins Zainab and Ruqqaya Naseer, from the Shiite holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq, are joined at the hip and have problems with their digestive and reproductive systems.
An out-of-work Michigan woman shot herself in the hope she'd receive medical treatment for a shoulder injury. Kathy Myers says she injured the shoulder a month ago while playing with her dogs. The 41-year-old has been unable to see a specialist because she can't afford health insurance. So she shot herself.
After men have surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland, up to 80 percent of them will lose the ability to have an erection because of damage to a critical nerve that runs along the prostate. New research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine shows the damaged nerve can be regenerated more quickly with a protein called Sonic Hedgehog, which is delivered via a nanofiber gel.
Despite a greater likelihood of poorer outcomes, many patients newly-diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer do not undergo surgery. New research indicates that among the factors associated with this decision include misunderstandings of the prognosis, negative perceptions of patient-physician communication and older age, with black patients more likely to not have surgery, according to a study in the June 16 issue of JAMA .