Carla K. Johnson, AP Congress voted to overhaul the health care system on a Sunday. On Monday, Patti Lawson e-mailed her employer's human resources office to ask how soon she could get her 22-year-old daughter back on her health insurance. In about six months, the new law will allow at least 2 million young adults to be covered under their parents’ policies.
Surprise Inside – Missing Heads & Torsos Sue Major Holmes and Maria Sudekum Fisher, AP A human head and torso were found inside a red biohazard tub as part of what was supposed to be a routine shipment of medical waste from New Mexico to a Kansas company. That gruesome discovery last week turned out to be just the start.
Patient deaths at three London hospitals have been cut by almost 15 percent after introducing treatment checklists (known as care bundles), finds a study published on www.bmj.com. The researchers say their methods could be used to reduce mortality in many other hospitals. The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust serves a population of about 500,000 at three sites: Northwick Park Hospital, Central Middlesex Hospital and St Mark's Hospital.
The first ever Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery for Sleeve Gastrectomy performed in Asia. Team CODS under the guidance of Dr. M.
An OR team performs surgery in Haiti using flashlights as lighting. Frequent power outages promote flashlights and headlamps in the OR.
Chelsey, a teenager, undergoes gastric bypass surgery to help her with her weight problems.
An Orange County, California woman’s new breasts will cost her six months in jail. Yvonne Jean Pampellonne was sentenced for using a fraudulent line of credit to obtain $12,000 in cosmetic surgery, including breast implants and liposuction. The 30-year-old woman pleaded guilty to burglary, grand theft and identity theft.
CAE Healthcare and Immersion, a leading innovator of haptic (touch feedback) technology, have announced that CAE Healthcare has acquired part of Immersion's medical simulation business unit. Three product lines are part of the acquisition and will form the core offerings of CAE Healthcare's newly established surgical simulation division.
Matthew Perrone, AP A former Food and Drug Administration scientist said his job was eliminated after he raised concerns about the risks of radiation exposure from high-grade medical scanning. Dr. Julian Nicholas said at a public hearing that he and other FDA staffers “were pressured to change their scientific opinion” after they opposed the approval of a CT scanner for routine colon cancer screening.
An Oklahoma woman is suing her Tulsa surgeon after she was severely burned during breast reconstruction surgery last December. The woman had a double mastectomy two years earlier because of breast cancer, and felt this surgery would be her final step after being declared cancer free. When she woke up from surgery her face was covered in bandages.
Using cutting-edge technology to maximize patient-doctor communication, Toronto-based plastic surgeon Dr. Cory S. Goldberg has begun using the Vectra 3D system to give patients a preview of the potential outcome of their desired surgeries. “100 percent of my patients ask, ‘What will I look like?,’” says Goldberg.
“I just mastered laparoscopic surgery through four holes, now they want me to do it through one?” This comment, I heard on a shuttle ride to the airport following last year’s American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) meeting. The topic of discussion among the surgeon and her colleagues on the bus was single-port surgery, as the show we had all just attended had a large focus on new procedural techniques—single-port access (SPA), laparo-endoscopic single site surgery (LESS) and single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS).
Earlier this month, Dr. Steven Palter of Docinthemachine reported on his exclusive look at a new disposable HD endoscopic video camera made by Olive Medical out of Sandy, UT. According to the company, the camera has 1080p resolution and will cost around $300 once regulatory clearance has been obtained.