(AP) — Two doctors are in court in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on charges they removed organs for transplant from patients who were still alive. The patients later died in the hospital. Drs. Pedro Torrecillas and Rui Sacramento are each charged with four homicides in a trial that started Monday.
Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatments such as herbal supplements have become increasingly popular in the United States, especially among older patients and those with chronic pain. However, many of these products can have serious and potentially harmful side effects when combined with medications prescribed during and after surgery, according to a review article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) .
An in-hospital delay of appendicitis treatment beyond two days was linked to an increased likelihood of complications, including perforation and abscess formation, longer hospitalization, increased costs, and more rarely, death, according an abstract presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Boston last weekend.
(AP) — California's largest industry group for doctors is calling for the legalization of marijuana even as it maintains that the drug has few proven health benefits. Trustees of the California Medical Association adopted the new stance at its annual meeting Friday in Anaheim, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
Denise Lavoie, AP A quadruple amputee who received new hands through a transplant operation says he is looking forward to doing ordinary things again: getting dressed, taking a shower, making coffee and, sweetest of all, touching the faces of his two grandsons. Richard Mangino, 65, lost his arms below the elbows and his legs below the knees after he had a kidney stone in 2002 and contracted a severe bloodstream infection.
PRNewswire - Lifebox, a global not-for-profit organization, today announced that the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has joined its campaign to provide life-saving pulse oximeters for operating rooms in developing countries around the world. ASA is the largest anesthesiology organization in the world, with 47,000 potential contributors to the Lifebox initiative.
Almost half of people with epilepsy who had surgery for the condition remained free of seizures 10 years later, according to a recent study published by the British medical journal, The Lancet . Researchers from University College London tracked 615 post-surgery epileptics annually over a period of eight years and found that 82 percent remained seizure-free for a year after surgery.
Targeting a toxin released by virtually all strains of MRSA could help scientists develop new drugs that can fight the superbug, research suggests. A study led by the University of Edinburgh has discovered the toxin - SElX - which leads the body's immune system to go into overdrive and damage healthy cells.
Ken Ritter, AP A prominent Las Vegas-area pediatrician pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that he and a man who falsely claimed he was a doctor conspired to implant chronically ill patients with stem cells harvested from human placentas. A lawyer for Dr. Ralph Conti issued a statement saying Conti was cooperating with federal authorities and "believes the facts of the case will unfold in a different fashion.
New research published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine shows that hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission outperformed non-accredited hospitals on nationally standardized quality measures of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure and pneumonia, and that the performance gap between Joint Commission accredited and non-accredited hospitals increased over the years of the study.
The Cardinal Health Foundation today announced that, for the fifth consecutive year, it will award more than $1 million in grant funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems, community health clinics and other non-profit health care institutions improve the efficiency and quality of patient care.
Why are some people prone to severe infections, while others handle them with less difficulty? A new research report appearing online in the FASEB Journal attempts to answer this question by shedding light on the genetic differences that influence our ability to fight off bacterial infections.
PRNewswire - Significant barriers are keeping adults affected by obesity in Nashville, Tennessee,and physicians from talking frankly about bariatric surgery, according to a new survey sponsored by the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and Ethicon Endo-Surgery. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that 32 percent of adults in Tennessee are affected by obesity.
Ken Ritter, AP The ailing former physician-owner of a southern Nevada endoscopy clinic at the center of a hepatitis outbreak isn't fit to stand trial on felony charges, despite findings by state medical personnel, his lawyer said Tuesday. Dipak Desai sat impassively in a Las Vegas courtroom while his lawyer, Richard Wright, told Clark County District Judge Kathleen Delaney that he intends to challenge findings a psychiatrist and psychologist reached while Desai was evaluated for nearly six months at the Lake's Crossing Center in Sparks.
Sophia Tareen, AP Amber Miller felt contractions just minutes after crossing the finish line at the Chicago Marathon. A few hours later, the suburban Chicago woman — who slogged her way through 26.2 miles while nearly 39 weeks pregnant — delivered a healthy baby girl. "For me, it wasn't anything out of the ordinary.