The world's first remote heart procedure, using a robotic arm alongside 3-D mapping, is due to take place at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, England. It comes six months after Dr Andre Ng carried out the first ever remote catheter ablation procedure using the Amigo Robotic Catheter System. Dr Ng, is senior lecturer at the University of Leicester and consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at Glenfield Hospital.
Howard Fendrich, AP As Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson prepared to return last weekend from his second concussion in less than a year, he was given a special, new helmet. While he hoped to be better protected, the helmet's maker certainly wouldn't — and couldn't — guarantee Jackson will be completely safe from brain injuries.
Pauline Arrillaga, AP There is a movie that plays over and over in Chad Arnold's mind. It starts with the urgent call from down the hall: "Code blue. Room 601." Then Ryan's wife running into his own hospital room. Her words to his sister: "I need you." Chad, still a jumble of IVs after the liver transplant, wresting himself from his bed and making his way just a few doors down to the room of his brother, his savior.
PRNewswire- Thomson Reuters has released its annual study identifying the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services. According to Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement at Thomson Reuters, the recognized facilities " deliver higher survival rates, shorter hospital stays, fewer re-admissions, and lower costs - which adds up to enormous value for the communities they serve.
In technical terms “hybrid” is a system that connects two technologies so they may benefit from each other. This also applies to the newest generation of operating theaters: Hybrid ORs combine diagnostic and surgical facilities which are usually found in separate locations. Thus procedures can be carried out in less time and involve less discomfort and risk for the patient.
Marilynn Marchione, AP A study finds that a new and easier-to-use blood thinner prevents strokes in people with a common heart rhythm problem as well as Coumadin does, and without an increase in bleeding or side effects. The drug is called rivaroxaban (riv-ah-ROCKS-ah-ban). It was tested against warfarin, the generic version of Coumadin, in more than 14,000 people with atrial fibrillation.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP WASHINGTON (AP) — Breast cancer surgeon Kathryn Wagner has posted a warning in her waiting room about a different sort of risk to patients' health: She'll stop taking new Medicare cases if Congress allows looming cuts in doctors' pay to go through. The potential cuts have raised alarms that real damage to Medicare could result if the lame-duck Congress winds up in a partisan standoff and fails to act by Dec.
That's the sales job shaping up for medical recruiters as a nasty dispute pits the provincial government against doctors who say they're overworked, unfairly paid and politically bullied. Fourteen specialists with skills ranging from emergency pediatric care to internal medicine have threatened to quit en masse on Feb.
Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Learning he had prostate cancer floored John Noble. Then came the prospect of surgery and his overpowering fear of being "put under" with anesthesia. Remarkably, he found comfort in a computer. A soothing woman's voice explained the operation step-by-step, its risks and benefits, and even answered his questions.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — At least seven people, including a former senior health ministry official, are suspected of involvement in an international network that falsely promised poor people payment for their kidneys and then sold the organs for as much as euro100,000 ($137,000), according to an indictment obtained by The Associated Press.
An analysis of nationally representative data suggests that being obese in adolescence increases the risk of being severely obese in adulthood, with the risk higher in women, and highest for black women, according to a study in the November 10 issue of JAMA . Individuals with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] 40 or greater) encounter serious and potentially life-threatening health complications.
Arstasis announces that patient enrollment has begun in the RECITAL (A Patient Registry Evaluating Closure Following Access with the Arstasis One Access System) Study. The non-randomized, prospective, post-approval study is anticipated to enroll up to 500 patients in at least seven U.S. hospitals.
Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time this year, federal inspectors have dismissed allegations by Food and Drug Administration scientists who say they were pressured and harassed by their managers into approving medical devices against their judgment. The office of inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the FDA, concluded there is "no evidence of retaliation" against the employees, according to a one-page memo obtained by The Associated Press.
An Australian research team from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland has identified a new risk factor for developing breast cancer. This has been published online in the journal Cancer Prevention Research. The risk factor involves a modification (DNA methylation) to the BRCA1 gene.
"Public reporting of hospital-specific infection rates is widely promoted as a means to improve patient safety. Central line [central venous catheter]-associated bloodstream infection (BSI) rates are considered a key patient safety measure because such infections are frequent, lead to poor patient outcomes, are costly to the medical system, and are preventable.