Administration of colchicine, a plant-based medication commonly used to treat gout, before and after cardiac surgery showed mixed results in reducing potential complications from this type of surgery, but it did increase the risk of gastrointestinal adverse effects, according to a study published by JAMA. The study is being released early online to coincide with its presentation at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.
With the continual onslaught of advances in modern medicine it can be overwhelming to know what medical equipment your practice truly needs or would find to be useful in treatment and diagnostics. Below are some recommendations for modern inventions as well as essential staples to keep your medical practice up-to-date.
More than 70 neurosurgeons from hospitals and academic centers across the country attended the first annual meeting of the Subcortical Surgery Group, formed this year by seven neurosurgeons using a new approach to address glioblastoma multiforme (GBMs), brain metastasis (METS), and intracerebral hematomas (ICHs).
Standard, contact, and droplet precautions are recommended for management of hospitalized patients with known or suspected Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF), also referred to as Ebola Viral Disease (EVD). Though these recommendations focus on the hospital setting, the recommendations for personal protective equipment (PPE) and environmental infection control measures are applicable to any healthcare setting.
Stratasys Ltd., a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions announced that UK medical 3D printing specialist, Replica 3DM, is using its Stratasys 3D Printers to support 12 National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in the validation of patient surgery prior to an operation. As a result, this is having a significant impact on the length of surgical procedures leading to substantial reductions in theatre costs.
According to court documents, Olga Sanchez had been admitted to the hospital after complaints of flank pain and urinating blood. During her admission, she was examined by a hematologist and her lab tests were interpreted by a clinical pathologist. Despite a laboratory diagnosis of a bleeding disorder, the doctors and the hospital never provided appropriate care to stop the internal bleeding.
The New York Daily News reported on Thursday that a Chinese teenager with an unusual neck condition will receive corrective surgery. Fu Wengui, 15, has 10 vertebrae in his neck — three more than the average person. The condition causes him pain, stress on his nerves and makes it difficult for him to walk with the super long neck, according to REX Features.
A new study from Northwestern Medicine® has found that surgical researchers rarely use female animals or female cells in their published studies -- despite a huge body of evidence showing that sex differences can play a crucial role in medical research. Editors of the five major surgical journals reviewed in this study have responded to this finding and will now require authors to state the sex of animals and cells used in their studies.
Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind and sees the world in grayscale. But even though Neil can't see color doesn't mean he can't sense it. That's because Neil Harbisson is a cyborg who can hear color. In 2004, Neil convinced a doctor to implant into his skull an antenna that detects and transposes colors into corresponding tones — allowing him to hear color through bone conduction.
Human articular cartilage defects can be treated with nasal septum cells. Researchers at the University and the University Hospital of Basel report that cells taken from the nasal septum are able to adapt to the environment of the knee joint and can thus repair articular cartilage defects.
Surgeons in China have successfully implanted an artificial 3D-printed vertebra into a 12-year-old bone cancer patient to help him walk again. Doctors at Peking University Hospital in Beijing first removed a tumor located in the second vertebra of the boy's neck before replacing it with the 3D-printed implant between the first and third vertebrae to allow him to lift his head.
A multidisciplinary program (called a "bundle") that spanned the phases of perioperative care helped reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) in patients undergoing colorectal surgery (CRS) at an academic medical center. The study was authored by Jeffrey E. Keenan, M.D., of the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and colleagues.
A new study, appearing in the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, found that average lifetime societal benefits in the U.S. reduced the direct medical costs of hip fracture surgery by $65,000 to $68,000 per patient (in 2009 dollars), and that total, lifetime societal savings exceeded $16 billion for older patients.
While three-dimensional (3D) printing has been lauded as a game-changing development in the medical devices industry, the technology is battling to convince surgeons that it is a financially viable treatment for craniomaxillofacial (CMF) reconstruction, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.
In late July, I became editor of Surgical Products. I went from covering village board meetings, school functions and high school football games to writing about the latest news from the OR. Yes, definitely a career change, and while all of it still seems a little scary to me, I’m still fulfilling my passion – writing and editing.