It’s cool. So cool, that President Obama used one. So cool, it’s been on the cover of Newsweek . It’s been in multiple television commercials, radio advertisements, highway billboards, and was even coined one of the top 14 medical breakthroughs of 2011 by Boston Magazine , a city teeming with medical innovation.
(AP) — Britain's health ministry says an additional 7,000 women were fitted with potentially faulty French-made breast implants, raising the total in the U.K. to about 47,000. The ministry said Thursday that the new cases follow confirmation by French authorities that implants manufactured before 2001 by the now-defunct French company Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP, also may have contained non-medical grade silicone.
Tamara Lush, AP An otherwise routine citizenship ceremony was extra special for a Florida immigration officer who presented a naturalization certificate to a doctor from Peru who saved her life with an emergency brain surgery. In front of 450 people from 75 countries gathered in the Tampa Convention Center, immigration services officer Melissa Wingerd presented Dr.
(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Uniforms and scrubs no longer used by Adena Health System nurses have found a new use in the Philippines, inside the San Juan Medical Hospital, which serves some of the poorest people in that country. Christina Cain, a registered nurse on the Adena Medical Center's 3A Medical-Surgical Unit conducted a "scrubs drive" earlier this year and last month hand-delivered more than 100 scrubs and uniforms to the hospital staff in Manila.
(AP) — Get a vasectomy, eat some pizza and watch some basketball. That's the idea behind a promotion by a Massachusetts urologists group that's offering a free pizza to vasectomy patients during March Madness. An administrator with Urology Associates of Cape Cod says it's a light-hearted way to raise awareness about the procedure and drum up business.
Fecal transplantation through colonoscopy is an effective treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection, according to a new study in Gastroenterology , the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Additionally, the mortality rate in this study does not appear to be greater than in some previously reported series, suggesting that fecal transplantation itself seems to be a rather safe procedure.
Coronary artery bypass surgery performed while the heart is still beating may carry an increased likelihood of death, according to a systematic review by Cochrane researchers. The researchers suggest beating heart surgery should not be recommended except in specific cases where stopping the heart might be risky.
According to the results of a new study published in the March 2012 issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons , patients who score highest on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test–Consumption (AUDIT-C) experience longer post-operative hospital stays and more days in the intensive care unit (ICU).
(AP) — A Florida woman accused by authorities of illegally injecting toxic substances such as flat-tire sealant and glue into women's buttocks as an enhancement procedure is facing new charges. Broward Sheriff's Office deputies say 32-year-old Oneal Ron Morris faces unlicensed practice of medicine and related charges after three new victims were identified.
Some patients with advanced heart failure caused by cardiomyopathy, the deterioration of function of the heart muscle, are getting a new lease on life thanks to an innovative treatment program at Jewish Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, and the University of Louisville. Led by Emma Birks, M.
(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Texas Children's Hospital announced today that doctors recently performed a rare double organ transplant to save the life of Tyler Nelson, a 17-year-old with cystic fibrosis. The Houston native endured a 16-month wait for lungs and a liver. Tyler received those life-saving organs at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston on February 29.
(AP) — A physician who campaigned for Oregon's Death With Dignity Act has died using lethal chemicals obtained under the law he championed. He was 83. A spokesman for the organization Compassion and Choices says Peter Goodwin died Sunday at his home surrounded by his family. Goodwin told the Oregonian last month that he's battled a rare brain disorder for six years.
Maria Cheng, AP British experts at the world's biggest artificial joint registry said doctors should stop using metal-on-metal hip replacements, citing an analysis showing they have to be fixed or replaced more often than other implants. All metal hip joints were already under scrutiny over questions about how long they last, and one major manufacturer recalled its product over a year ago.
A five year study of the steps one New York state medical center took to optimize surgical workflow. by Randy Tomaszewski When running their operating rooms, hospital perioperative departments face dynamic workflow challenges every day as they schedule and staff surgical cases, handle and track equipment, and manage patients and surgical procedures.
If you live in southern California, you can’t miss the billboards advertising laparoscopic gastric banding at “1-800-GET-THIN” outpatient surgery centers. They feature happy people who’ve lost 100 pounds or more, and urge you to “let your new life begin” by having a “lap band” inserted.