The California Department of Public Health fined three San Diego area hospitals for making mistakes that could cause “death or serious injury.&rdquo The implicated hospitals are Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital and UCSD Medical Center. According to the Union Tribune, Grossmont received a $50,000 fine for marking the wrong side of the head of a 93-year-old man who was undergoing brain surgery.
Medtronic recently announced that its Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval under a Humanitarian Device Exemption. It is the first transcatheter heart valve to receive FDA approval. Delivered through a catheter requiring only a small incision, the Melody valve will benefit children and adults who are born with a malformation of their pulmonary valve, which is the valve between the heart and lungs.
Men and women who've had limb amputations report similar levels of pain severity, but there are major gender differences in emotional health and pain-coping responses, states a recently published study in the January issue of the Journal of Pain. Pain due to a lost limb can be phantom limb pain or residual limb pain, which originates at the amputation site or stump.
Brielle Garrison, a baby recently born in Florida, suffers from anophthalmia, which is a disorder that results in the absence of ocular tissue. According to Dr. Manny Alvarez, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies and serves as consultant to the Fox TV station who reported on Brielle, “The condition can usually be diagnosed by ultrasound – around 18 weeks.
Lawrence Garfinkel, an epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society who helped design landmark studies that linked smoking to lung cancer, died last Thursday in Seattle. He was 88. The cause was cardiovascular disease, his son Martin said. Mr. Garfinkel became a leader in cancer epidemiology despite having no formal education in the field.
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects, affecting eight per 1,000 live births with one-third of affected children requiring intervention in early infancy. Increasing numbers of survivors, combined with developmental expectations for independence, behavioral self-regulation and academic achievement have led to a growing identification of neurobehavioral symptoms in some survivors.
The Mayo Clinic announced today that it raised $1.35 billion in its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, surpassing the goal of $1.25 billion. Though campaigns of this size typically take seven years to achieve, The Campaign for Mayo Clinic was a five-year initiative. Mayo embarked on this campaign to accelerate innovations in clinical practice, education and research that the organization believes could revolutionize medicine in the 21st century.
St. Vincent's Hospital, a major AIDS and trauma center, could be taken over by a powerful nonprofit New York hospital system and stripped of its surgical and inpatient units if its finances don't improve. However, “if St. Vincent is able to continue to meet its mission on its own, they have our full support,” Continuum Health Partners said in a statement Tuesday.
As aid pours into Haiti for victims injured and displaced by the recent earthquakes, the massive cleanup is just beginning. Based on specific needs expressed by workers in Haiti, Ansell is assisting with the relief effort by shipping gloves for medical workers and work crews involved in the search for victims and removal of debris.
Ivanhoe Newswire A computerized model suggests that most morbidly obese individuals would likely live longer if they had gastric bypass surgery. However, the best decision for individual patients varies based on age, increasing body mass index and the effectiveness of surgery. An estimated 5.
The hospital known for doing the United States' first face transplant has told the family of a woman mauled by a chimpanzee that it can't perform a face and hand transplant for her. Charla Nash's family is looking into alternative facilities after the Cleveland Clinic said it could not do both transplants, and both procedures would need to be done simultaneously and come from the same donor.
Having received FDA approval last July, Zogenix is bringing to market its SUMAVEL DosePro sumatriptan delivery system for the treatment of oncoming migraines and cluster headaches. The needle-free device delivers the drug subcutaneously, bringing both speed and efficacy when oral pills are a poor option.
Indiana lawmakers decided not to take action on a bill that would have warned women about the specific risks of having a hysterectomy, primarily because existing state law already mandates such action. House Bill 1366 would have required informed consent for a doctor to perform a hysterectomy. The bill would have required a doctor to specifically state that the procedure will result in infertility, as well as provide a description of the discomforts and risks that might result.
Reuters The California Supreme Court has rejected limits on medical marijuana imposed by state lawmakers, finding that people with prescriptions for pot can have and grow all they need for personal use. The high court ruled lawmakers improperly amended the voter-approved law that decriminalized possession of marijuana for seriously ill Californians with a doctor's prescription by limiting patients to eight ounces of dried marijuana and six mature or 12 immature plants.
Medtronic says it will pay up to $500 million for Invatec, a company that makes medical devices to treat cardiovascular disease. The company will pay $350 million initially to Invatec, which makes stents, angioplasty balloons and related therapies. The purchase also includes Fogazzi, which supplies polymer technology to Invatec, and Krauth Cardiovascular, a distributor.