What would you do to reduce the chance of dying of cancer? How far would you go if you had a 70 to 90 percent chance of contracting bowel cancer -- and your uncle, mother, father, and two of your brothers had died from it? Lynne Fisher decided she would do almost anything.
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a concern for 96 percent of operating room nurses responding to an industry survey at the recent Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) 60th Annual Congress in San Diego. Adding to that concern is the need for new and better infection prevention strategies which the majority (92 percent) of respondents think is very important.
In a bold experiment in performance pay, complaints from patients at New York City’s public hospitals and other measures of their care — like how long before they are discharged and how they fare afterward — will be reflected in doctors’ paychecks under a plan being negotiated by the physicians and their hospitals.
Small abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) can remain quiescent for years, indicating that longer surveillance intervals would be clinically acceptable, researchers suggested.
A panel convened by a major medical group is recommending that Medicare heal its physician payment shortfalls with “drastic changes” in how it reimburses doctors and other providers, rather than seeking more taxpayer money.
Diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at age 10, 13-year-old Kyah DeSimone lived with the slow stretching of her heart until it became too weak to pump. In October 2012, she was rushed from a friend's sleepover to a local hospital. Now she needs a heart transplant.
A team from Brown University, working with help from the folks at BrainGate, has developed a fully implantable sensor that both shares its readings and recharges wirelessly. The researchers have reported that the new device has been successfully working in three pigs and three macaque monkeys for over a year.
For Medicare patients, having bariatric surgery at a designated "center of excellence" did not offer better outcomes, researchers found. In a retrospective study, there were no differences in any complications between centers that had the designation and those that did not.
The cost of robotic surgery for hysterectomy is rarely mentioned. But last week, a new study that evaluated outcomes in more than a quarter of a million American women raised a number of critical questions.
The FDA has approved a new silicone gel breast implant for augmentation and reconstruction of women's breast tissue. The Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Gel Filled Breast Implant is indicated for women ages 22 and older for augmentation, and for women of any age in reconstruction, the agency said.
Lawsuits relating to injury from laser surgery are on the rise, and physicians have been held liable even if they were not personally operating the device, a retrospective study found. Over a 25-year period, 174 cases of cutaneous injury were reported following procedures such as hair removal and facial rejuvenation.
Robotically assisted hysterectomy increased dramatically from 2007 to 2010, despite higher cost and similar complication rates compared with laparoscopic procedures, a review of data from more than 400 hospitals showed. Robotically assisted procedures accounted for 0.5% of hysterectomies in 2007 and almost 10% of procedures in 2010.
Doing aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) at the same time led to worse outcomes than valve replacement alone, but the difference was attributed to patient characteristics, researchers found.
The failure and subsequent recall of two popular brands of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) leads may have more to do with size than mechanics, Italian researchers suggested.
Extra-sensory systems for the blind have the potential to replace eyes with another sense, and some have been built that essentially turn video into sound or tactile sensation. Now researchers at Duke University Medical Center are reporting in Nature Communications that they were able to create a system that combines an infrared camera and a brain implant to let rats sense infrared light, which they otherwise don’t perceive.