Donna Cassata, AP Costs of the military's healthcare program, which provides coverage to some 10 million active duty personnel, retirees, reservists and their families, have jumped from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion in the Pentagon's latest budget request. Desperate to cut spending in Washington's time of fiscal austerity, President Barack Obama has proposed increasing the fees for working-age retirees in the decades-old health program, known as TRICARE.
More than 76 percent of hospitals participating in the National Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) met 90 percent or more of all program measures for all-hazards preparedness in 2009, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.
Kidney disease affects one in nine U.S. adults, and by 2020 more than 750,000 Americans will be on dialysis or awaiting kidney transplant. Despite this growing health problem, every year fewer medical students adopt nephrology as a career, according to a review appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).
Two New Brunswick men who underwent so-called liberation therapy for multiple sclerosis say it is time the controversial treatment was made available in Canada, despite studies that have questioned its efficacy. Tim Donovan and John McLaughlin have launched a four-month, cross-country tour to tout the benefits of the treatment, which involves widening constricted neck veins to improve blood flow from the brain.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Men under 65 with early prostate cancer had better survival odds if they had surgery right away instead of waiting for treatment if their cancer got worse, a study in Sweden found. That was true even for tumors thought to be low-risk because they didn't look very aggressive under a microscope.
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today called on members of Congress to eliminate the current sustainable growth rate (SGR) Medicare physician payment formula, and transition over the next five years to a new physician payment system that fairly reflects the costs of providing high-quality health care, protecting patient access to the physicians of their choice and preserving the patient-physician relationship.
Robotic surgery has become a mainstream tool for removing an ever-increasing variety of head and neck tumors. Now, a team of head and neck surgeons from Mayo Clinic has found robotic surgery can treat cancer in the narrow, hard-to-reach area beyond the tongue at the top of the voice box. Some patients were able to avoid further treatment with chemotherapy or radiation, and most could resume normal eating and speaking.
Between 2001 and 2008, the annual rate of coronary artery bypass graft surgeries performed in the United States decreased by more than 30 percent, but rates of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI; procedures such as balloon angioplasty or stent placement used to open narrowed coronary arteries) did not change significantly, according to a study in the May 4 issue of JAMA .
Recent studies have shown that a 64-detector CT angiography utilizing prospective electrocardiographic (ECG) gating produces a quality image and considerably less patient radiation when compared to retrospective ECG gating, according to research being presented at the 2011 American Roentgen Ray Society's annual meeting.
(PRNewswire) BD Medical hopes their new program can offer healthcare workers the ability to better identify risks for exposure to bloodborne pathogens, take precautions to better protect themselves and share information and experiences. A segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), BD Medical is the world's leading provider of IV catheters.
A new study from Rhode Island Hospital has found that more than one in 10 catheter-related bloodstream infections due to Staph aureus in hospitalized adults are caused by infected peripheral venous catheters (PVC). The study points out the substantial medical burden that arises from complications from these infections due to the large number of such catheters used in hospitalized patients.
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center have found that adding one family physician per 1,000, or 100 per 100,000, could reduce hospital readmission costs by $579 million per year, or 83 percent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) target.
(PRNewswire) The U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School's Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing was ranked best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools in Nursing Anesthesia . The program, located at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, rose to the top spot after ranking second in the past two consecutive reports (2004 and 2008).
Titan Medical, Inc. announced some testing results for its Beta console early user study. Key opinion leaders in urology and cardiac surgery participated in the initial study and provided their feedback. The Beta Console prototype was tested through task-based simulations and bench models that cover common robotic surgical maneuvers, such as clutch and camera movement for the surgeon to explore the functionality of the console.
Mazor Robotics, Ltd. recently announced that it has received the CE Mark, allowing it to market SpineAssist, its robotic spinal surgical system, in Europe for brain surgeries and treatments to minimize the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. To date, SpineAssist has been used in more than 2,000 surgeries worldwide, and has placed tens of thousands of implants in patients.