A New Orleans woman who experimented with bath salts was ravaged by flesh-eating bacteria that caused an infection leading to the amputation of her arm, shoulder and breast, and nearly took her life. The 34-year-old woman showed up at a hospital complaining of pain and redness on her right forearm, where there was a puncture wound the woman admitted was a needle stick.
(PRNewswire-USNewswire) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved usage for an endovascular graft manufactured by W.L. Gore to include treatment of life-threatening tears or ruptures of the aorta (thoracic aortic transection). The Gore TAG Thoracic Endoprosthesis is the first endovascular graft approved by the FDA to treat a variety of thoracic lesions, including dangerously large bulges in the aorta (aneurysms) as well as thoracic aortic transections.
(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System have found a new indicator that may predict which patients with a common type of throat cancer are most likely have the cancer spread to other parts of their bodies. Patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma who had matted lymph nodes - nodes that are connected together - had a 69 percent survival rate over three years, compared to 94 percent for patients without matted nodes, according to a study published online ahead of print publication in Head & Neck .
One afternoon, I heard a colleague let out an exasperated groan in front of the hospital computers. His patient had been admitted. Again. Overweight for much of his youth, the patient developed diabetes in his early 30s, then high blood pressure a few years later. By the time he was in his 40s, he had become so debilitated by a heart attack, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, arthritic joint pains and his ever-increasing weight that he could no longer work.
Robotics experts at the University of California - Santa Cruz and the University of Washington (UW) have completed a set of seven advanced robotic surgery systems for use by major medical research laboratories throughout the United States. After a round of final tests, five of the systems will be shipped to medical robotics researchers at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Nebraska, UC-Berkeley, and UCLA, while the other two systems will remain at UC-Santa Cruz and UW.
Placing a stent in a key artery in the neck is safer than ever in patients ineligible for the standard surgical treatment of carotid artery disease, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Vascular Surgery . A team of researchers led by Dr. Jon Matsumura, head of the vascular surgery division at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, found the clinical trial PROTECT (Carotid Artery Stenting with Distal Embolic Protection with Improved System) had the lowest rate of complications ever in patients considered high risk for carotid endarterectomy (CEA).
(AP) Mark Weinberger, a former surgeon who became notorious for fleeing the country when faced with legal and ethical questions surrounding his treatment of hundreds of people in and around northwestern Indiana, is suing his malpractice insurance company. If you haven't read his story, click here .
(PRNewswire-USNewswire) In the first-ever multicenter clinical trial on processed nerve allograft, researchers from The Buncke Clinic in San Francisco found that treatment of severed peripheral nerve with processed nerve allograft showed meaningful recovery in 87 percent of patients, comparing favorably to traditional nerve repair (autograft nerve).
Mike Stobbe, AP For the first time in almost half a century, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top 15 causes of death, bumped by a lung illness that often develops in elderly people who have choked on their food. The 2010 list reflects at least two major trends: murders are down, and deaths from certain diseases are on the rise as the population ages, health authorities said.
All patients with hip fractures should be fast-tracked through hospital emergency departments and operated on within 48 hours of admission, according to new consensus guidelines developed by UK experts in anaesthesia, orthopaedics, geriatrics and emergency medicine and published in the January issue of Anaesthesia .
(PRNewswire) Smith & Nephew have announced the publication of a new study on the value of patient-matched technology for total knee replacement. Published in the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) , the official Journal of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, this study specifically looked at the VISIONAIRE patient-matched system from Smith & Nephew.
(AP) — The parents of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who died from Hodgkin's lymphoma have pleaded guilty to denying him medical treatment. Thirty-seven-year-old Monica Hussing and 40-year-old William Robinson Sr., both of Cleveland, pleaded guilty to attempted involuntary manslaughter. Willie Robinson collapsed at his home on March 22, 2008.
According to Dr. Bill Johnson of Innovations Medical in Dallas and Fort Worth, Lipo-Sonix is like Liposuction without the surgery. He has one of the first machines in the world to perform this procedure, which has been done overseas and recently received its FDA approval. Reportedly, Lipo-Sonix uses High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) to "safely and effectively, with minimal side effects or down time" kill fat cells.
Improving chemotherapy delivery to cancer cells is a challenge for many researchers. Getting the cancer cells to take the chemotherapy bait is a greater challenge. This is the challenge embraced by the nanotechnology research team of Omid Farokhzad, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Department of Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine and Research .
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have successfully tested a controllable endoscopic capsule, inspired by science fiction, that has the ability to swim through the body and could provide clinicians with unprecedented control when photographing the inside of the human body. The capsule is designed to be swallowed like a pill and can be equipped with a camera.