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.
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.
Overall mortality rates from the end of 2007 to the beginning of 2010 at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, FL have dropped from 3.4 to 2.1. A 1.3-point drop represents a huge reduction for any hospital and translates into lives saved. To date, Bay Medical Center's rate for heart attack is down from 15.
Nikki Alworth stared at the envelope, then stared again, her eyes scanning the words over and over. She wasn't imagining things. The University of Maryland medical student would remain at the university to begin her career as a doctor in emergency medicine. No need to sell the house in Rodgers Forge.
Lauren Cox, ABC News A Wisconsin health care clinic ties in its vasectomy promotion with basketball. Yes, a vasectomy. In the past two years, more and more doctors across the nation have jumped on the tournament as a prime opportunity to get men to “take care of the equipment and lower your seed for the tourney,” as one advertisement for an Oregon urologist suggested.
Reuters – Researchers in Japan have designed a super-elastic iron alloy which they hope can be used in sophisticated heart and brain surgeries. In a paper published by the journal Science , researchers said the metal's super-elasticity allows it to return to its original form and gives it additional properties, such as ductility and a change in magnetization.
Patient referrals between hospitals influence the rates of hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA, according to a study published in the journal PLoS Computational Biology . It went on to explain that referred patients often have the potential to carry a hospital-acquired infection with them. The prevalence of hospital-acquired infection is widely believed to reflect the quality of hygiene and health care in individual hospitals, and is therefore often used as a benchmark for hospital quality.