Scientists have developed a brain implant that essentially melts into place, snugly fitting to the brain's surface. The technology could pave the way for better devices to monitor and control seizures, and to transmit signals from the brain past damaged parts of the spinal cord. “These implants have the potential to maximize the contact between electrodes and brain tissue, while minimizing damage to the brain.
The CDPH reported the patient had to undergo two additional surgeries after her hysterectomy to remove the sponge. This is reportedly the second penalty issued against the hospital since 2007. It was about this time that the CDHP began stepping up their punishments for hospitals and medical centers that were guilty of preventable mistakes.
The Advanced Wound Management Division of Smith & Nephew, Inc. will launch extensions to its ACTICOAT™ Silver Coated Antimicrobial Barrier Dressing portfolio at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care this weekend. The ACTICOAT range of antimicrobial dressings helps in the management of wounds at risk for infection.
President Obama ordered new rules that will give gays and lesbians the right to visit their partners in the hospital and make decisions about their care, a marriage benefit sometimes denied to same-sex couples. The president ordered his health secretary to issue these regulations to all hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid, which nearly all do.
Linda Deutsch, AP The lawyer for Michael Jackson's doctor says there will be no plea bargain in the involuntary manslaughter case, though he worries whether an impartial jury can be seated for a trial in the death of one of the world's most famous entertainers. The case against Dr. Conrad Murray is complicated, involving drugs, dosages, medical protocols and other complex issues.
Nine-year-old Morgan LaRue is the first cancer patient in Texas to benefit from a procedure that will magnetically lengthen her leg, sparing her the possibility of up to 10 future surgeries as her body grows. The implant and extension took place at Texas Children’s Cancer Center in Houston.
Eliane Engeler, AP Europeans should try to stay indoors if ash from Iceland's volcano starts settling, the World Health Organization warned Friday as small amounts of ash fell in Iceland, Scotland and Norway. WHO spokesman David Epstein said the microscopic ash is potentially dangerous for people when it starts to reach the Earth because inhaled particles can enter the lungs and cause respiratory problems.
Measuring body composition can provide valuable information for determining an individual’s overall health status. However, obtaining accurate measurements can be difficult and expensive, according to Steve Ball, University of Missouri Extension fitness specialist. Now, MU researchers are comparing measurement techniques to determine the most efficient and cost-effective method for assessing body composition.
Stephanie Nano, AP A substantial number of heart doctors — about one in four — say they order medical tests that might not be needed out of fear of getting sued, according to a new study. Nearly 600 doctors were surveyed for the study to determine how aggressively they treat their patients and whether non-medical issues have influenced their decisions to order invasive heart tests.
A new technique using tissue from those below-the-waist love handles improves cosmetic breast reconstruction in slim, athletic cancer patients without adequate fat sources elsewhere, a small Johns Hopkins study has found. The method also turns out to be less complicated than other options. Plastic and reconstructive surgeons from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine describe the procedure they developed in a paper published in the online version of the journal Microsurgery , based on experience from their work on cadavers and on 12 breast cancer patients over the course of a year.
Carla K. Johnson, AP With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners. These nurses with advanced degrees want the right to practice without a doctor's watchful eye and to prescribe narcotics. And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called Doctor.
Obesity, especially extreme obesity, is a risk factor for hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. These include serious conditions such as pre-eclampsia, which can effect about seven percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. Bariatric surgery is an effective weight loss intervention for women with a body mass index of 40 or more, or a BMI of 35-40 with associated conditions like diabetes.
Florida state officials stripped a Sarasota doctor of his license after he aborted the wrong fetus in a woman carrying twins. The procedure, known as selective termination, was supposed to be performed on the fetus with congenital birth defects. During a state hearing the doctor blamed his mistake on ultrasound equipment that he said didn't allow him to view the fetuses as clearly as possible.
(AP) Federal officials say the nation's hospitals are failing to stamp out common infections that can turn life-threatening for patients. The Health and Human Services department's 2009 quality report finds “very little progress” on eliminating health care infections. For example, rates of bloodstream infections following surgery increased by eight percent.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Having a bad reaction to penicillin as a child doesn't guarantee you're still allergic decades later. And if the oncologist says you have to switch chemotherapies because of an allergic reaction, well, maybe not. More medical centers are recommending a lesser known choice: Drug desensitization, a carefully controlled method of helping patients temporarily tolerate medications that their bodies once rejected.