New research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has shown for the first time that pneumonia is the most common serious infection after heart surgery. The new study, presented at the 2011 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, also revealed that most infections occur about two weeks after surgery, not one week as physicians previously thought.
PRNewswire - A manufacturer of infusion pain pumps has filed a claim against a doctor for off-label use of the device, according to court documents filed last week. According to the claim, Dr. Bruce Holladay used a pain pump manufactured by I-Flow Corporation to administer pain medication to a teenager following shoulder surgery in 2007.
Brooke Donald, AP Two weeks after surgery, twin sisters who had been joined at the chest are preparing to leave the hospital — each in their own car seat. Angelica and Angelina Sabuco have been recovering at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University since their November 1 operation.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Give people free prescription drugs and many of them still won't bother to take their medicine. Doctors were stunned to see that happen in a major study involving heart attack survivors. The patients were offered well-established drugs to prevent a recurrence of heart trouble, including cholesterol-lowering statins and medicines that slow the heart and help it pump more effectively.
/PRNewswire/ -- Novation, the leading health care supply contracting company, announces the release of its 2011 Bariatric Report, a nationwide survey of VHA Inc. and UHC member hospitals. The results confirm that while hospitals continue to see an increase in morbidly obese patients, hospitals are also expanding the services, supplies and training needed to serve this patient population.
The consumer group called on Congress to ensure that all implantable and life-sustaining medical devices are subject to more rigorous review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and to establish a better system for tracking devices after approval so patients and doctors can be notified when safety problems arise.
CHICAGO: According to the results of a new study published in the November 2011 Journal of the American College of Surgeons, malpractice lawsuits against U.S. surgeons occur often and can take a profound personal toll on the surgeon, resulting in emotional exhaustion, stress, and professional dissatisfaction.
(PR NewsChannel)—A diabetic-friendly sugar that has been proven to help reduce sugar intake will soon be added to popular breads and cereals to help fight epidemic of obesity, especially in children, the makers of the new sugar said today. The news comes on the heels of a new diabetes study released early this morning.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspended animation may not be just for sci-fi movies anymore: Trauma surgeons soon will try plunging some critically injured people into a deep chill — cooling their body temperatures as low as 50 degrees — in hopes of saving their lives. Many trauma patients have injuries that should be fixable but they bleed to death before doctors can patch them up.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A large study finds that it is OK to have a non-emergency procedure to open clogged heart arteries in a hospital that doesn't have surgeons ready to operate if something goes wrong. Doctors say the procedure, called balloon angioplasty, has become so safe that surgical backup is no longer needed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear arguments next March over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul — a case that could shake the political landscape as voters are deciding if Obama deserves another term. This decision to hear arguments in the spring sets up an election-year showdown over the White House's main domestic policy achievement.
/PRNewswire/ -- University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Lentigen Corporation announced today the initiation of a novel Phase I clinical trial of LG631 gene therapy for the protection of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) from the dose limiting toxicity of chemotherapy with Temodar.
/PRNewswire/ -- Physician's Technology, LLC welcomes and supports information released yesterday relating to the discovery of a new cause of osteoarthritis. Findings by senior investigator Dr. William Robinson at Stanford are reported in the journal Nature Medicine. Over 100 million Americans are faced with the daily challenges of joint pain that produce signs and symptoms comprising Toxic Joint Syndrome.
Erika Niedowski, Associated Press The medical records of an estimated 30,000 patients of a Rhode Island physician cannot be accessed because the doctor abandoned his practice and left the country to run for political office in Nigeria, state health officials say. The Rhode Island Department of Health says that tens of thousands of medical records and pathology slides from the practice of Dr.
Carla K. Johnson, AP Some gravely ill alcoholics who need a liver transplant shouldn't have to prove they can stay sober for six months to get one, doctors say in a study that could intensify the debate over whether those who destroy their organs by drinking deserve new ones. In the small French study, the vast majority of the patients who got a liver without the wait stopped drinking after their surgery and were sober years later.