Greg Bluestein, Associated Press Writer Jason Dearen, Associated Press Writer August 3, 2010 Seafood from some parts of the oil-fouled Gulf of Mexico has been declared safe to eat by the government, based in part on human smell tests. But even some Gulf fishermen are questioning whether the fish and shrimp are OK to feed to their own families.
Lauran Neergaard, AP The final straw came when Guy Vance's chest, neck and face ballooned, little air bubbles in his skin crackling to the touch — all because of a leak somewhere in his lung. Air was seeping into his chest cavity and under his skin, seeking another escape route. Two earlier surgeries had failed to seal the leak.
Hand therapy is one of the most vital treatment steps in recovery from hand injury surgery, according to a literature review published in the August 2010 issue of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). In fact, many patients spend more time with the hand therapist than the orthopaedic surgeon in the effort to ensure the best results and long-term recovery.
Aspen Surgical Products, Inc. (“Aspen”) announces that it has acquired the Bard-Parker™ surgical blades and scalpels business from BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company). Aspen is a leading manufacturer of disposable medical products with an emphasis on the operating room environment and safety.
Beginning next year, consumers across the country will be able to find out how their hospital stacks up when it comes to preventing certain infections under new hospital acquired infection reporting regulations adopted by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The new reporting requirements apply to hospitals that participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) "pay-for-reporting" program.
Colleen Barry, Associated Press Writer ROME (AP) — Doctors have successfully transplanted windpipes into two cancer patients in an innovative procedure that uses stem cells to allow a donated trachea to regenerate tissue and create an organ biologically close to the original, they said Friday.
Hyung-Jim Kim, Associated Press Writer SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Nam-soo has stuck needles into generals, actors, tycoons and at least one president for more than six decades as South Korea's acupuncturist to the stars. Grateful patients say his treatments combining acupuncture with the ancient practice of burning herbs on the skin do as much good, or more, as Western medicine in treating everything from arthritis to diabetes, burns and even cancer.
Stress urinary incontinence is one of the most feared complications of radical prostatectomy. The weighted mean continence rate immediately after catheter removal following robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) is 25.7%. Evidently, early recovery of urinary continence remains a challenge to be overcome.
Osteoarthritis patients who were obese lost weight after undergoing total knee or hip replacement surgery, according to a recent study published in Orthopedics. Among a study group of 196 patients, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that nearly 20% lost at least 5% or more of their body weight and experienced a significant decrease in body mass index (BMI) -- a measurement of height and weight -- after undergoing total joint replacement, or arthroplasty.
Their request seemed simple enough: the patient and his wife, both in their 70s, wanted a copy of what I’d written in their medical file. During their visit, I had watched them refer to a well-thumbed collection of doctors’ notes and medication lists, so when they asked for a copy of my note just before leaving, I assumed it would simply be added to the others.
A study published in the August issue of Anesthesiology reports patients who undergo a primary total hip or knee replacement procedure with general anesthesia have a higher risk of surgical site infection (SSI) than those who undergo the procedure with epidural/spinal anesthesia. Chuen-Chau Chang, M.
As of late, the most prominently advertised and promoted form of bariatric surgery has been the Lap-Band procedure. However, some patients have achieved comparable results without the use of the band implant. Los Angeles surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz has seen a rise in the popularity of a sleeve gastrectomy procedure on numerous patients suffering from obesity characterized by a BMI of 35 or higher.
A former south Texas medical group office manager has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for not paying income taxes on about $1 million she embezzled. Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey sentenced Gina Anzaldua Holley of Corpus Christi and ordered her to also pay $297,855 in back federal taxes.
Police in Bellingham, WA got a 911 call from an acupuncture patient after she says clinic workers apparently forgot about her and locked up the office. Police spokesman Mark Young says the 47-year-old woman told police she still had acupuncture needles in her back when she decided the clinic had closed.
Sara Kugler Frazier, AP One of every 15 New Yorkers battled bedbugs last year, officials said as they announced a plan to fight the spreading infestation, including a public-awareness campaign and a top entomologist to head the effort. The bloodsucking pests, which are not known to spread disease but can cause great mental anguish with their persistent and fast-growing infestations, have rapidly multiplied throughout New York and many other U.