Jim Fitzgerald, AP Enough with the fun and games. Watson is going to work. IBM's supercomputer system, best known for trouncing the world's best Jeopardy! players on TV, is being tapped by one of the nation's largest health insurers to help diagnose medical problems and authorize treatments.
Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a therapy for a potentially deadly type of infection common in catheters, artificial joints and other in-dwelling medical devices. Their findings appear in the Open Access Journal PLoS Pathogens . The therapy targets fungal infections, which are hard to treat in such devices because they are composed of biofilms—complex groupings of cells that attach to surfaces.
The U.S. public and private sectors invested $140.5 billion in 2010 on research to find new ways to treat, cure and prevent disease and disability, according to Research! America's latest annual estimate. Health research spending accounted for 5.5 percent of the $2.6 trillion the U.S. spent on healthcare in 2010.
PRNewswire/ -- The GEANCO Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare delivery for the people of Nigeria, is organizing a medical mission for two surgeons and fifteen support team members to travel to the West African country to provide orthopaedic treatment to patients suffering from disabling joint diseases.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Trouble-prone medical products widely used to surgically repair women's pelvic problems need more stringent tests for safety and effectiveness, government advisers recommended Thursday. A panel of outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration urged the FDA to reclassify plastic surgical mesh used to repair pelvic collapse.
The majority of people who undergo bariatric weight-loss surgery benefit from the procedure, but long-term complications and further surgery are not uncommon, according to a UK paper on late post-operative complications in the October issue of BJS , the British Journal of Surgery . However, a Finnish paper, published in the same issue, says that bariatric surgery is a more cost-effective way of tackling rising morbid obesity rates than non-operative care.
Neurosurgery researchers at UC Davis Health System have used a new, leading-edge stem cell therapy to promote the growth of bone tissue following the removal of cervical discs to relieve chronic, debilitating pain. The procedure was performed by associate professors of neurosurgery Kee Kim and Rudolph Schrot.
Improved outcomes for patients is believed to be an important benefit of using electronic health records, yet few physicians can cite specific instances where such software has made a life-saving difference. Dr. Shankar Santhanam of Lawrenceville, NJ, might be an exception. He credits the use of the Amazing Charts electronic health record system for saving a patient's life by following the evidence-based, decision-support recommendations offered by the software.
Carla K. Johnson, AP Future doctors aren't learning much about the unique health needs of gays and lesbians, a survey of medical school deans suggests. On average, the schools devoted five hours in the entire curriculum to teaching content related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients, according to the survey results appearing in the J ournal of the American Medical Association .
(AP) — Doctors have successfully separated conjoined twin girls after a six-hour surgery in a Chinese hospital. The official Xinhua News Agency reports that doctors separated "An An" and "Xin Xin" on Monday at the Shanghai Children's Medical Center. The twins were born in April with connected livers and hearts.
WESH - Orlando, FL An Osceola County juvenile who faces charges of impersonating a physician's assistant will make his first appearance. Authorities with the Kissimmee Police Department arrested Matthew Scheidt, 17, on Friday. They said he was charged with five counts of impersonating a physician's assistant at Osceola Regional Medical Center.
Rural health networks across the nation will receive more than $11.9 million to support their adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT) and certified Electronic Health Records (EHR). The funding announced today by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will also help these rural health networks’ participating eligible providers qualify for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payments, administered by the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services.
Pediatric obesity ends up costing $3 billion annually in the U.S., but a significant amount of that could be saved by streamlining medical coverage to address health issues affecting young obese patients now, rather than waiting to treat conditions as they get older, according to UCLA researchers and colleagues.
Mike Stobbe, AP The push to get pediatricians to stop prescribing antibiotics for the wrong illnesses is paying off a bit, a new government report found. Since the early 1990s, there's been a 10 percent drop in prescription rates for antibiotics for kids 14 and younger, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.
Hospital executives should consider the value-added services of hospital-based radiology groups before allowing radiology departments to be taken over by teleradiologists or other specialists, according to an article in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.