Individuals with co-occurring psychiatric illnesses, especially anxiety and depression, appear to have an increased risk of death within 30 days of surgery, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Psychiatric illnesses occur along with physical complaints in an estimated five to 40 percent of hospitalized patients, according to background information in the article.
Gillian Wong, AP At one moment, the Chinese urologist seemed to be at the height of his career. He had invented a surgical procedure to help patients overcome incontinence and was training doctors in America and elsewhere. The next, Dr. Xiao Chuanguo was in handcuffs, confessing that he'd hired thugs to attack two persistent critics who called him a fraud.
Catherine Tsai, AP Three healthy men had their prostate glands removed. Five people had surgery on the wrong part of their spines. A child underwent an unneeded ear operation after the wrong person was called to go to the operating room. Despite efforts to end surgical errors, doctors are still reporting operations performed on the wrong body parts and even the wrong people, a study released Monday said.
Jamie Stengle, AP Dallas C. Wiens wants to be able to smile, to smell the rain, to feel his 3-year-old daughter's kisses. Two years ago, Wiens' face was burned away in a horrible electrical accident that also left him blind. Although doctors were able to transfer skin and muscle from Wiens' back and thighs onto his charred skull, he still doesn't have lips, a nose or even eyebrows.
Kaumudi Kulkarni earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Georgia, GA. There her research focused on fungal cellular and molecular biology. She also earned a Master of Science degree from University of Pune, India, where her research focused on genetics. In addition to that, Kaumudi has extensive experience as a Microbiology Laboratory Analyst at an environmental microbiology laboratory where she has provided technical and research support to field inspectors.
According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, a combination of increased volume from current practitioners and growth in the number of surgeons performing the technique will drive the single-port laparoscopy market to over 100% growth over the next year, and to high double-digit growth past 2011.
(AP) A vast network of Armenian gangsters and their associates used phantom health care clinics and other means to try to cheat Medicare out of $163 million, the largest fraud by one criminal enterprise in the program's history, U.S. authorities said last week. Federal prosecutors in New York and elsewhere charged 73 people.
(PRNewswire) According to Millennium ResearchGroup (MRG), a combination of increased volume from current practitioners and growth in the number of surgeons performing the technique will drive the single-port laparoscopy market to over 100 percent growth over the next year, and to high double-digit growth past 2011.
(AP) Oncologist Georges Mathe, who in 1959 performed the world's first bone marrow transplant, has died, the French president's office said Monday. He was 88. Nicolas Sarkozy's office said Mathe died on Friday, but did not provide any additional details. "His contribution to the progress of oncology remains major," the statement said.
Removing an extra t2 millimeters around an area of invasive breast cancer is sufficient to minimise any residual disease in 98 percent of patients, according to research published in the November issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice . Surgeons from the Department of Breast Surgery at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, UK, studied 303 women who had undergone breast conserving surgery at the hospital between 2002 and 2008.
(AP) An Afghan teenager who said her nose was cut off by her husband to punish her for running away has stepped out in public for the first time with a temporary prosthetic. The 19-year-old woman, identified only as Aisha, gained worldwide attention when she appeared on the August 9th cover of Time magazine.
(AP) A surgeon and other staff have been suspended and public health officials have launched an investigation after a piece of a surgical drill bit was left inside a patient's head following a procedure at Rhode Island Hospital. The hospital says a roughly quarter-inch long piece broke off and was left in a patient's scalp during neurosurgery on August 4.
Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration has warned eight companies to stop marketing miracle cures that claim to treat everything from autism to Parkinson's disease by flushing toxic metals from the body. Regulators said the products, sold over the Internet, can cause dehydration, kidney failure and death.
Matthew Perrone, AP Almost two years ago, the Food and Drug Administration ignored the advice of its scientists and approved a knee implant after being lobbied by members of Congress. On Thursday, the agency issued an unprecedented "mea culpa," saying the device should not have been approved.
A team of surgeons from Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York who have pioneered scar-free gallbladder removal are offering the procedure to all suitable patients, and extending this new type of surgical procedure to other operations in the abdomen. They reported on their updated findings at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.