More Americans die annually from invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections than from HIV/AIDS, H1N1 influenza and Parkinson's disease, yet some feel the U.S. and other countries are not doing enough to combat it. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by MRSA,” states MRSA Survivors Network founder Jeanine Thomas, a survivor of MRSA, sepsis and C.
John Christoffersen, AP Brigham and Women's Hospital issued a statement saying Charla Nash will be at the Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital for a couple of days for the evaluation. A decision is not expected for months. “I'm cautiously optimistic right now,” said plastic surgeon Dr.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Bone marrow transplants are undergoing a quiet revolution: No longer just for cancer, research is under way to ease the risks so they can target more people with diseases from sickle cell to deadly metabolic disorders. The old way: High doses of radiation and chemotherapy wipe out a patient's own bone marrow before someone else's is infused to replace it, hopefully before infection strikes.
Robert Lopez, AP Four-year-old Khalid Amos lifts his shirt up and reveals a faint scar on his chest. “That's my port,” he says. “That's where they put the medicine in, take blood out.” Khalid was diagnosed two years ago with neuroblastoma, a tumor of the sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body's fight or flight responses.
A recently filed class action complaint against United Health and other health care plan administrators has been filed on behalf of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) across the country, citing that these ASCs have been underpaid by millions of dollars. The suit centers on improper calculations that have produced low reimbursement amounts for ASCs, effectively leaving patients on the hook for larger amounts than they should owe, argue attorneys from Hooper, Lundy & Bookman.
Lindsey Tanner, AP Plane tickets, check. Passport, check. Medical evacuation insurance? It's probably not something most people think about when packing for a vacation. But Louise Robbins says she'd probably be bankrupt without it. The University of Wisconsin library educator and her husband, Robby, were in southwest China last summer when Robby slipped and fell backward on a hotel walkway made of the region's famed red marble.
A new study indicates that patients 75 years or older who have confined kidney tumors do not live longer if they have their entire kidney removed. The research reveals that these patients typically have other medical problems of greater significance and that many should receive more conservative cancer-related care, such as observation or treatments that spare the non-cancerous parts of their kidneys.
Action Products has unveiled a new website dedicated to pressure ulcer prevention. The site has been combined with the Action International site to give a global solution to decubitus ulcers. The new site will feature improved navigation, specialty related products and much more product information than on the current site.
John Flesher, AP With a huge and unpredictable oil slick drifting in the Gulf of Mexico, state and federal authorities are preparing to deal with a variety of hazards to human health if and when the full brunt of the toxic mess washes ashore. The list of potential threats runs from temporary, minor nuisances such as runny noses and headaches to long-term risks such as cancer if contaminated seafood ends up in the marketplace.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is implementing a new rating system for its hospitals that will limit the types of surgeries doctors can perform at some facilities. The changes come after several patients died because of surgical mistakes at one Illinois VA hospital. Officials acknowledged that at least nine patients died directly because of surgical mistakes by doctors at the Marion VA Medical Center in southern Illinois in 2006 and 2007.
Boston Scientific today announced the start of patient enrollment in the EVIDENCE Clinical Trial, which compares the therapeutic and cost effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy to spine re-operation in patients with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). EVIDENCE is a randomized, controlled trial enrolling 132 patients at 20 sites worldwide.
Complications with some recent operations performed at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Vermont have raised concerns about the amount of training surgeons should undergo before using a da Vinci system on live patients. These incidents, which have included lacerated bladders and severed ureters, have many wondering if the marketing advantages for a hospital are being given greater priority over patient safety.
Just as cameras and televisions have been reinvented in the last decade with improved optics, sharpness and brightness, so have the tiny imaging scopes that physicians use to peer into the body's nooks and crannies --its organs and digestive system. And few places in the United States are testing the power of these new endoscopic optics as thoroughly as are researchers at Mayo Clinic.
(Reuters) - Overworked South African doctors are prone to botched surgical operations and in some instances have left gloves and scissors in patients' bodies after operations, the Sunday Independent newspaper reported. The paper's investigations showed such acts of negligence have cost the state over 1 billion rand ($136.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — People with severe asthma are getting a radically different treatment option: A way to snake a wire inside their lungs and melt off some of the tissue that squeezes their airways shut. Bronchial thermoplasty isn't for everyone, just a subset who wheeze despite today's best medications.