Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Loud snoring may do more than irritate your spouse: It can signal sleep apnea, depriving you of enough zzzz's to trigger a car crash, even a heart attack. Now scientists are beginning to test if an implanted pacemaker-like device might help certain sufferers, keeping their airways open by zapping the tongue during sleep.
All three unconnected errors happened since September. Dr. Kenneth Sands is the senior vice president of health care quality at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He tells The Boston Globe the surgeons apparently miscounted the patients' vertebrae and operated directly above or below where they were supposed to.
Russell Contreras, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Growing up in segregated Memphis, Tenn., during the Jim Crow era, Augustus White III knew about those certain places off-limits to him as a black man — restrooms, diners and schools. He just didn't pay racial barriers much mind.
(AP) Pennsylvania officials say a woman faked having cancer to collect nearly $100,000 in insurance money. The state attorney general's office says 50-year-old Deborah Brown of Canonsburg was charged with altering hospital paperwork to make it appear she had cancer and filing fraudulent claims for treatment she never got.
Amanda Lee Myers, AP The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix stripped a major hospital of its affiliation with the church recently because of a surgery that ended a woman's pregnancy to save her life. Bishop Thomas Olmsted called the 2009 procedure an abortion and said St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center — recognized internationally for its neurology and neurosurgery practices — violated ethical and religious directives of the national Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In this week's PLoS Medicine , Robert Chad Swanson from Brigham Young University, and colleagues, present a set of 10 guiding principles for strengthening health systems. It was developed from a comprehensive review of the literature and consultation with industry experts. 1. Holism. Consider all systems components, processes, and relationships simultaneously.
Busy doctors can miss important details about a patient's care during an office examination. To prevent that, Northwestern Medicine researchers have created a smart assistant for physicians which entails using electronic health records to alert doctors when a patient's care is amiss during an exam.
Denise Lavoie, AP Justin Judkins was approached at a shopping mall by a pretty young model, "all dolled up," wearing high heels, a white lab coat and electric blue wig. The woman asked him if he wanted to be a hero and save a child's life. How could he say no? Like thousands of other people, Judkins agreed to allow bone marrow registry workers to swab the inside of his cheek for a DNA test — lured by a recruiting pitch that an official with a national donor registry calls "a little unusual.
A new type of weight loss surgery involving folding a patient’s stomach inside itself and then stitching it could be a viable option for bariatric surgery patients, according to a pilot study conducted at Cleveland Clinic. The 15-person prospective study was published in the online edition of the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Elise Lutz never let her friends see what was left of her ear. She'd carefully style her long hair into a one-sided ponytail, or swelter under a swim cap for hours at meets, to cover the molten lump from a severe burn as a toddler in her native China.But as a teenager, the North Carolina girl expressed her desire to be whole again with a simple request: She really wanted pierced earrings.
Surgeons at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago are the first to offer robotic kidney transplantation to morbidly obese patients, and are reporting fewer complications among this high risk population. "We have been able to eliminate wound infections, pulmonary complications, and reduce the length of hospitalization for obese kidney transplant recipients using robotic-assisted surgery," said Dr.
Most patients with locally advanced head and neck cancers who successfully complete treatment with chemotherapy and radiation manage to do so without losing the ability to speak clearly and swallow comfortably, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute. "This is good news," said Joseph K.
In response to demand for sterile processing process improvement support, SterilTek, Inc. has launched a web-based resource for healthcare administrators; the SterilTek SPD Triage Center. The site provides administrators with access to information and tools that help them identify improvement opportunities for their sterile processing functions.
Stephanie Reitz, AP Jim Henson's Muppets made pigs and frogs endearing, and Walt Disney turned a common rodent into a cultural icon. Now, Drew Oliver thinks it's time for bacteria, viruses and other maligned microorganisms to share the love. Instead of standard Christmas gifts, a growing number of people are looking under the tree for giant stuffed cold germs, cuddly E.
Carla K. Johnson, AP There are enough children's doctors in the United States, they just work in the wrong places, a new study finds. Some wealthy areas are oversaturated with pediatricians and family doctors. Other parts of the nation have few or none. Nearly one million kids live in areas with no local children's doctor.