(AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Gil Meche has retired at the age of 32, walking away from a $12 million salary rather than face shoulder surgery that could have ended his season before it ever started. Meche signed a $55 million, five-year deal with Kansas City as a free agent before the 2007 season.
According to a study by Aziz Sheikh (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland) and colleagues, whish is published in this week's PLoS Medicine , despite the support for eHealth technologies, such as electronic patient records and e-prescribing, the scientific basis of their benefits remains to be firmly established.
A unique collaborative effort among business leaders and health care providers to make Ohio the safest place in the nation for healthcare has led to more than $12.8 million in health care savings, more than 900 fewer patient days spent in the hospital and nearly 3,600 fewer adverse drug events and infections in children.
(AP) — Police say a fake valet at a Massachusetts emergency room offered to park a pregnant woman's car, then drove away with it. Lowell police Capt. Kelly Richardson tells the Boston Herald that the woman drove herself to Lowell General Hospital at 3 a.m. Friday while suffering labor pains.
(AP) — It would be easier to gauge Apple CEO Steve Jobs' current medical problems if he had said more about the ones he has faced in the past. Jobs, who turns 56 next month, said Monday that he would take a third leave of absence to focus on his health. It may not be as serious as many fear, but coming from a man who has had cancer and a liver transplant, the lack of detail is causing concern.
Results of a multi-year, independent clinical research study on retained surgical sponges published in the February edition of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety shows that the institution implementing the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® System eliminated the occurrence of retained surgical sponges and the costs associated with these preventable surgical errors.
Performing polysomnography (a sleep study) prior to pediatric adenotonsillectomy may help identify children at a higher risk of developing post-operative respiratory complications, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of Otolaryngology - Head Neck Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
A procedure involving one small incision and no major modifications to bone can be used to transpose a tendon and appears helpful in re-animating the lower face after paralysis, according to a report in the January/February issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Lindsey Tanner, AP A study suggests medical errors, job burnout and depression lead surgeons to contemplate suicide at higher rates than the general public, and they're much less likely to seek help. Fear of losing their jobs contributes to surgeons' reluctance to get mental health treatment, according to the study.
The Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Health Data Management , a publication for healthcare IT executives, today announced the launch of a new healthcare software testing facility. Health Data Tech Labs will provide physicians and hospitals with expert, independent reviews of electronic health records (EHR) software.
University of Rochester Medical Center orthopaedic scientists are a step closer to developing a vaccine to prevent life-threatening methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections following bone and joint surgery. Other MRSA vaccine research has failed to produce a viable option for patients because of the inability to identify an agent that can break through the deadly bacteria's unique armor.
Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the late 1990s, Marty Tenenbaum was a hotshot e-commerce entrepreneur riding high on the dot-com boom when he noticed a lump on his body. His doctor told him it was nothing, but when he finally had it removed, he learned he had melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Shoulder motion after rotator cuff surgery remains significantly different when compared to the patient's opposite shoulder, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. In a study that updated prior findings, researchers used X-rays providing a 3D view of motion of the arm bone in relation to the shoulder blade, to compared motion in the shoulders of 22 patients who had arthroscopic surgical repair of tendon tears and no symptoms in their other shoulders.
Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Doctors on Saturday removed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' breathing tube and could soon know if she can speak. Giffords had an operation Saturday to replace the breathing tube with a tracheotomy tube in her windpipe. That allows her to breathe better and frees her from the ventilator.
The American College of Surgeons believes that given the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) focus on improving the value of health care, the proposed value-based purchasing rule it issued on January 7 is an important step toward improving the quality of care and patient outcomes while reducing complications and the cost of care.