Dan Sewell, AP Herman Williams came home safely after fighting in the jungles of Vietnam as a Marine. He was shocked to learn four decades later that his military service had again placed him in jeopardy — this time, because he got a tooth pulled. Williams is among 13,000 U.S. veterans who have been warned in the last two years that their blood should be tested for potentially fatal infections after possible exposures by improper hygiene practices at five VA hospitals in Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee.
Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antibiotic to treat an intestinal infection that afflicts more than 700,000 U.S. patients each year and can sometimes prove fatal. Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s Dificid tablets were approved Friday to treat Clostridium difficile, an infection that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to potentially life-threatening inflammation of the colon.
Lauran Neergaard, AP A growing shortage of medications for a host of illnesses has hospitals scrambling for substitutes, and sometimes delaying treatment. "It's just a matter of time now before we call for a drug that we need to save a patient's life and we find out there isn't any," says Dr.
Brain interventions must be planned so that the neurosurgeon can access and remove the tumor without causing unnecessary damage. Before the brain tumor can be removed, crucial questions must be answered, like; Where do the functional areas of the cortex (gray matter) of the patient lie? What are the paths of the nerve fiber tracts that connect them? Answering these questions is important because the functional areas of the brain are interconnected via nerve pathways, also known as nerve fiber tracts.
MedicAlert@ Implant Connect, a new service which aims to improve the safety of patients with implanted medical devices by creating a safe and secure system to store and link each patient to vital information about their implanted device, has been launched. It's a combined effort of MedicAlert Foundation and Champion Medical Technologies.
In Varanasi, India one of Smile Train's oldest and highest performing partners, GS Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital, will reach a new milestone - 20,000 Smile Train-sponsored free cleft surgeries.GS Memorial, under the leadership of Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh runs one of the largest cleft centers in the world and has been a Smile Train partner since April 2004.
Mike Stobbe, AP If you think you do enough physical activity at work to keep you healthy, you're probably wrong. Health researchers say only about 6.5 percent of U.S. adults meet physical activity guidelines while they're working. And those that do are disproportionately Hispanic men and men with less than a high school education.
Josh Lederman, AP New Jersey health officials are pushing to tighten the eligibility requirements for new Medicaid enrollees as part of Governor Christopher Christie's administration's effort to save $300 million by overhauling the healthcare program for low income and disabled residents. The proposal would deny coverage to new adult enrollees who earn more than $5,317 per year for a family of three — about one-fifth of the current income requirement.
Ford researchers have taken a more active role in developing a series of health and wellness in-car connectivity solutions designed to empower people with self-help information while they drive. Leveraging Ford SYNC® and its ability to connect devices via Bluetooth, access cloud-based internet services and control smartphone apps, Ford is developing voice-controlled in-car connections to an array of health aids from glucose monitoring devices, diabetes management services, asthma management tools and web-based allergen alert solutions.
Health ministers from around the world have agreed to put off setting a deadline to destroy the last known stockpiles of the smallpox virus for three more years, rejecting a U.S. plan that had called for a five-year delay. After two days of heated debate, the 193-nation World Health Assembly agreed by consensus to a compromise that calls for another review in 2014.
Gillian Wong, AP A high-profile global fund for fighting diseases is freezing payments of grants to China worth hundreds of millions of dollars over suspected misuse of the money and the government's reluctance to involve community groups in the projects. The decision by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a rebuke to the authoritarian government at a time when it has intensified harassment of all types of activists to squelch any popular democratic uprising like the ones that shook Egypt and Tunisia.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Courtney Montgomery's heart was failing fast, but the 16-year-old furiously refused when her doctors, and her mother, urged a transplant. Previous surgeries hadn't helped and the North Carolina girl didn't believe this scarier operation would either. It would take another teen who's thriving with a new heart to change her mind.
China says it will pump $4.6 billion into expanding public health services this year. This will include additional funds for free vaccinations and routine checkups for children under six years of age. The health ministry said Tuesday the funds will be used to upgrade health programs and services.
A shave biopsy is a reasonably safe and accurate method for the initial diagnosis of melanoma, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . In the past, some have criticized shave biopsies for not providing accurate tumor-stage information.
Many believe that rising medical malpractice premiums have reached a crisis point in the United States, and the economic and emotional costs of these claims are driving some physicians and surgeons away from high-risk specialties. However, according to the authors of a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons , implementation of comprehensive tort reform has been associated with a nearly 80 percent decrease in the prevalence of surgical malpractice lawsuits at one academic medical center.