Gillian Wong, AP A high-profile global fund for fighting diseases is freezing payments of grants to China worth hundreds of millions of dollars over suspected misuse of the money and the government's reluctance to involve community groups in the projects. The decision by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a rebuke to the authoritarian government at a time when it has intensified harassment of all types of activists to squelch any popular democratic uprising like the ones that shook Egypt and Tunisia.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Courtney Montgomery's heart was failing fast, but the 16-year-old furiously refused when her doctors, and her mother, urged a transplant. Previous surgeries hadn't helped and the North Carolina girl didn't believe this scarier operation would either. It would take another teen who's thriving with a new heart to change her mind.
China says it will pump $4.6 billion into expanding public health services this year. This will include additional funds for free vaccinations and routine checkups for children under six years of age. The health ministry said Tuesday the funds will be used to upgrade health programs and services.
A shave biopsy is a reasonably safe and accurate method for the initial diagnosis of melanoma, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . In the past, some have criticized shave biopsies for not providing accurate tumor-stage information.
Many believe that rising medical malpractice premiums have reached a crisis point in the United States, and the economic and emotional costs of these claims are driving some physicians and surgeons away from high-risk specialties. However, according to the authors of a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons , implementation of comprehensive tort reform has been associated with a nearly 80 percent decrease in the prevalence of surgical malpractice lawsuits at one academic medical center.
Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press YORKTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Some guy in his pajamas, home sick with bronchitis and complaining online about it, could soon be contributing to a digital collection of medical information designed to help speed diagnoses and treatments. A doctor who is helping to prepare IBM's Watson computer system for work as a medical tool says such blog entries may be included in Watson's database.
When two adjacent discs in the low back wear out, become compressed and cause unmanageable pain, numbness or other symptoms, replacement with artificial discs can be a viable alternative to standard fusion surgery, based on two-year post-surgery data from a randomized, multicenter trial recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery .
The way that clinicians report outcomes of surgery for a traumatic nerve injury involving the arm is not standardized, and it is thus difficult to compare the efficacy of different surgical treatments, according to a study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. In a second HSS study, investigators say they have developed a tool to measure outcomes that they hope can be refined and used worldwide.
Results of animal tests and of an early clinical trial of the dressing were "stunning," said Michael Longaker, MD, MBA, the Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professor at the School of Medicine and senior author of a study that details the findings. "It was a surprisingly effective treatment.
Veselin Toshkov, Associated Press SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Her 85-year-old husband needed immediate surgery but doctors told her to find blood for the operation herself. So Slavka Petrova swallowed her anguish and went to haggle on the black market outside the national blood clinic. It's a grim reality for patients and families in Bulgaria, a struggling EU nation where donors are troublingly scarce, hospitals are strapped for funds and blood traders — mainly Gypsy, or Roma, men — are thriving.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer This Friday, May 13, 2011 picture shows Dr. Nicholas DiNubile at his office in Havertown Pa. DiNubile, an adviser to several pro athletic groups and a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, says "The boomers are the first generation trying to stay active in droves on an aging frame" and are less willing to use a cane or put up with pain or stiffness as their grandparents did.
Cristina Silva, AP A Colombian couple facing murder charges stemming from a fatal back-office buttocks enhancement surgery has pleaded not guilty. "Inocente," Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas and Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez said in Spanish in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. The husband and wife, who do not speak English, were given a trial date.
Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP Representative Gabrielle Giffords' new look without a helmet has earned her another nickname."I started calling her Gorgeous Gabby today," neurosurgeon Dr. Dong Kim said Thursday, a day after performing the successful surgery to repair her skull. The helmet adorned with the Arizona state flag that Giffords has worn since she was shot in the head in January is finally gone.
Maria Cheng, AP After Rob Summers was paralyzed below the chest in a car accident in 2006, his doctors told him he would never stand again. They were wrong. However, despite intensive physical therapy for three years, Summers' condition hadn't improved. So in 2009, doctors implanted an electrical stimulator onto the lining of his spinal cord to try waking up his damaged nervous system.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announce that incentive payments for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will be sent out this week. Providers who have successfully attested to having met meaningful use, and who have met all the other program requirements, can expect to receive their 2011 incentive payments soon.