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.
Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press YORKTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Some guy in his pajamas, home sick with bronchitis and complaining online about it, could soon be contributing to a digital collection of medical information designed to help speed diagnoses and treatments. A doctor who is helping to prepare IBM's Watson computer system for work as a medical tool says such blog entries may be included in Watson's database.
When two adjacent discs in the low back wear out, become compressed and cause unmanageable pain, numbness or other symptoms, replacement with artificial discs can be a viable alternative to standard fusion surgery, based on two-year post-surgery data from a randomized, multicenter trial recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery .
The way that clinicians report outcomes of surgery for a traumatic nerve injury involving the arm is not standardized, and it is thus difficult to compare the efficacy of different surgical treatments, according to a study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. In a second HSS study, investigators say they have developed a tool to measure outcomes that they hope can be refined and used worldwide.
Results of animal tests and of an early clinical trial of the dressing were "stunning," said Michael Longaker, MD, MBA, the Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professor at the School of Medicine and senior author of a study that details the findings. "It was a surprisingly effective treatment.
Veselin Toshkov, Associated Press SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Her 85-year-old husband needed immediate surgery but doctors told her to find blood for the operation herself. So Slavka Petrova swallowed her anguish and went to haggle on the black market outside the national blood clinic. It's a grim reality for patients and families in Bulgaria, a struggling EU nation where donors are troublingly scarce, hospitals are strapped for funds and blood traders — mainly Gypsy, or Roma, men — are thriving.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer This Friday, May 13, 2011 picture shows Dr. Nicholas DiNubile at his office in Havertown Pa. DiNubile, an adviser to several pro athletic groups and a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, says "The boomers are the first generation trying to stay active in droves on an aging frame" and are less willing to use a cane or put up with pain or stiffness as their grandparents did.
Cristina Silva, AP A Colombian couple facing murder charges stemming from a fatal back-office buttocks enhancement surgery has pleaded not guilty. "Inocente," Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas and Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez said in Spanish in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. The husband and wife, who do not speak English, were given a trial date.
Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP Representative Gabrielle Giffords' new look without a helmet has earned her another nickname."I started calling her Gorgeous Gabby today," neurosurgeon Dr. Dong Kim said Thursday, a day after performing the successful surgery to repair her skull. The helmet adorned with the Arizona state flag that Giffords has worn since she was shot in the head in January is finally gone.
Maria Cheng, AP After Rob Summers was paralyzed below the chest in a car accident in 2006, his doctors told him he would never stand again. They were wrong. However, despite intensive physical therapy for three years, Summers' condition hadn't improved. So in 2009, doctors implanted an electrical stimulator onto the lining of his spinal cord to try waking up his damaged nervous system.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announce that incentive payments for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will be sent out this week. Providers who have successfully attested to having met meaningful use, and who have met all the other program requirements, can expect to receive their 2011 incentive payments soon.
Obese patients appear to have a significantly increased risk of developing a surgical site infection after colectomy, and the presence of infection increases the cost associated with the procedure, according to a report published online today that will appear in the September issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Surgical house staff and attending physicians who are reminded about the charges for ordering daily blood drawing for routine blood work appear to reduce the amount of routine blood tests ordered, and the charges for these laboratory tests, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
An estimated four in 10 hospital websites in the United States publicize the use of robotic surgery, with the lion's share touting its clinical superiority despite a lack of scientific evidence that robotic surgery is any better than conventional operations, a new Johns Hopkins study finds. The promotional materials, researchers report online in the Journal for Healthcare Quality , overestimate the benefits of surgical robots, largely ignore the risks, and are strongly influenced by the product's manufacturer.
EDAP TMS SA, the global leader in therapeutic ultrasound, announced today that new, 10-year data from an international registry-based multi-center study shows 83 percent of patients had no biopsy evidence of disease after treatment with Ablatherm® HIFU. Study results were presented at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.