A few tweaks from Congress would fix the problem but Republicans are unlikely to come to its rescue. Meanwhile, with the sign-up working relatively well, the administration seems on track to meet its target of 9.1 million people, but a pending Supreme Court case leaves many things in question.
A device called the OtisKnee was supposed to speed the surgical procedure and recovery. Rather, patients saw neither and, as it turned out, the OtisMed Corporation had been distributing the device without clearance from the FDA.
Air-lifted trauma victims who received transfusions in the helicopter before arriving at a trauma center had higher one-day survival rates and less chance of shock than air-lifted patients who did not receive blood until they arrived at the trauma unit.
A cancer patient and five doctors have filed a lawsuit seeking to exempt physicians who help terminally ill patients end their lives. Physicians who provide such assistance are not helping the patient commit suicide, but providing the option of bringing about a peaceful death, according to the lawsuit.
Two new clinical trials on the treatment of stroke demonstrate that neurointerventional surgery significantly increases the number of patients who are able to live independently without major neurological disabilities.
Provided that other factors are favorable, such as pricing, economics and availability, this demand will help facilitate growth of the market for custom implant instrumentation and cutting blocks.
Researchers were surprised by the 22 percent drop in the rate of Latino physicians, a decline that was in stark contrast to the 49 percent increase in non-Hispanic white physicians over the same period.
"Despite the greater efficacy of duodenal switch when it comes to weight reduction, our findings suggest that it should be used with caution, given the higher percentage of long-term adverse effects."
Using advanced imaging technology to more precisely target radiation beams to treat soft tissue cancers (sarcomas) in the extremities significantly reduced long-term side effects without effecting survival rates.
Between 2000 and 2010 the U.S. population, age 80 and older, increased 22 percent to 11.2 million, and approximately 47 percent of Americans age 60 and older have spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal due to the wear and tear associated with aging.
What should doctors wear? And how does something as simple as their choice of a suit, scrubs or slacks influence how patients view them? A new analysis takes a comprehensive look - and finds that the answer isn't as simple as you might think.
There was a significant decrease in donor heart acceptance from 44 percent in 1995 to 29 percent in 2006, and a subsequent increase to 32 percent in 2010. Older donor age, female sex and medical conditions predicted non-acceptance of hearts from donors.
GenomeDx Biosciences recently announced the publication of a positive validation study for a genomic test for prostate cancer. It showed that patients with low genomic risk may be optimally managed with observation after radical prostatectomy, while those with high genomic risk may be better managed earlier with adjuvant radiotherapy.
Only 65 percent of women are getting the recommended postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT). Since 2000, the National Cancer Institute and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have recommended PMRT, in addition to chemotherapy, for most breast cancer patients who opt for breast removal and have a high risk of tumor recurrence.
At their core, trauma systems are developed to achieve care that is optimal for injured patients. The problem is that some areas are now seeing a perceived oversupply of trauma centers because the provision of trauma care can, in some instances, become highly profitable.