Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Under intense pressure from patients, some U.S. doctors are cautiously testing a provocative theory that abnormal blood drainage from the brain may play a role in multiple sclerosis — and that a surgical vein fix might help. If it pans out, the approach suggested by a researcher in Italy could mark a vast change for MS, a disabling neurological disease long blamed on an immune system gone awry.
(Reuters Health) - Lower-income and minority heart transplant recipients may have a poorer long-term outlook than white or more-affluent patients, a new study suggests. In a study of 520 adults and children who received heart transplants at one of four Boston centers between 1996 and 2005, researchers found that those from the most disadvantaged neighborhoods were more likely to die or need a new transplant over the next five years.
An intensive program of surveillance, precautions, training and feedback in a large multihospital institution appears to be associated with reductions in rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) over a 15-year period, according to a report in the March 22 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that a controversial law capping the amount of money an injured patient could recover from a negligent medical provider is unconstitutional. The 7-0 decision was written by Justice Hunstein. Senate Bill 3, enacted in 2005, stated that a victim of medical malpractice could be limited in the amount of damages they can receive from a jury verdict, even if the harm caused was catastrophic in nature.
(AP) An Inglewood surgeon has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter after a patient died during a procedure being carried out in a converted home. The 30-year-old patient, whose name was not released, died after Dr. Roberto Bonilla administered anesthetic ahead of a gallbladder and hernia operation, according to the state attorney general's office, which filed a complaint with the Medical Board of California.
Medicus Health announces their new Rotating Suture Storage Racks. According to the company, these racks feature: A combination of two 18-place suture storage racks with a rotating turntable for a total of 36 easy to access storage slots. Easy to spin, finger touch twist racks that double the capacity for suture storage while increasing convenient access all sutures in one dispenser without taking up more space on the bench or cart.
Stanley InnerSpace introduces its new triple-wide cart with hinged aluminum and tempered glass doors, providing quick identification of supplies. The triple-wide cart is equipped with the following features: A modular cell system to accommodate 24" D (61cm) accessories.
From the newsletter of the AMA, AmMed News: "Social media behavior could threaten your physician reputation and job prospects. Less is more." How do you expect doctors to use social media more when they are "bombarded" with headlines like this? There is little on the positive aspects of social media in this particular article although the AmMed News has published some better, more nuanced and balanced, reports on social media use in the past.
Football players, skiers, tennis players – they all fear a crucial ligament rupture. If the knee ligaments are damaged the patient usually has to undergo a surgery to restore the stability of the joint. In the surgical procedure the torn ligament is replaced by a piece of tendon from the leg, which is fixed to the bone by means of an interferential screw.
Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — As one superbug seems to be fading as a threat in hospitals, another is on the rise, a new study suggests. A dangerous, drug-resistant staph infection called MRSA is often seen as the biggest germ threat to patients in hospitals and other health care facilities.
WASHINGTON Reuters – Average healthcare costs for U.S. employers rose by 7.3 percent in 2009, surpassing inflation and the growth rate in overall healthcare spending. Overall U.S. healthcare spending, including Medicare, Medicaid, and other payers, grew by 4.8 percent in 2009, the report found.
Rebecca Santana, AP Dr. Abbas al-Sahan's patient wasn't a war victim. She didn't have a scar that needed cosmetic surgery. All she wanted was a cute nose. And she got it. Speaking after the surgery, bandages and swelling gone, 23-year-old Sarah Saad Abdul-Hameed was ecstatic. Friends who visited “were surprised with the change in my face,” she said.
Sixteen-year-old Annie Levitz was recently diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome – which her doctors attribute to the teen sending over 100 text messages a day to family and friends. She might have to have surgery on both wrists. From the minute school was over to sometimes as late as 11 p.m.
A year after a little girl from the Gaza Strip was shot in the head and nearly died, surgeons at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center preformed reconstructive surgery. She’s being treated as a charity case for a surgery that will provide the protection she needs to live a normal life. When Israeli tanks rolled into the Gaza Strip last January, six-year-old Noor Thabet and her siblings gathered to take a look.
AFC Industries, Inc. introduced the Wall Mount Combo 78-08 at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Congress March 13-18. The Combo 78-08 is a low-profile, height-adjustable, user-friendly mini-workstation that will help nurses access electronic healthcare records (EHR) and other patient information in high-traffic areas, bringing the benefits of computer technology’s ever-expanding to almost any location in a busy healthcare facility.