(AP) — The government should abandon a 35-year-old system for approving most medical devices in the U.S. because it offers little to no assurance of safety for patients, a panel of medical experts concludes in a new report. The recommendation from the Institute of Medicine panel calls for a massive reworking of how the government regulates medical devices, a $350 billion industry that encompasses everything from pacemakers to X-ray scanners to contact lenses.
Survey results released today reveal that 34 percent of Americans either have, or know someone who has acquired an infection during a hospital stay. Moreover, the survey found that 64 percent of Americans do not think they would be better protected from germs in the hospital than in their daily lives.
Maria Cheng, AP As the surgeons cut into her neck, Marianne Marquis was thinking of the beach. As she heard the doctors' voices, she was imagining her toes in the sand, the water lapping. Marquis had been hypnotized before surgery to have her thyroid removed. She's among a growing number of surgical patients at the Belgian hospital, Cliniques Universitaires St.
Carla K. Johnson, AP A new study suggests that Medicare's 5-year-old prescription drug plan is keeping seniors out of hospitals and nursing homes, saving the federal program an estimated $12 billion a year in those costs. The savings only offset a portion of the $55 billion a year the government spends on Medicare Part D, as the drug plan is known, but the study's authors say it means seniors are staying healthier and enjoying a better quality of life.
(AP) — Phoenix police say a man tried to steal an ambulance left running outside a house fire, but he didn't get very far. Police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson says 28-year-old Travis Ward took the vehicle, which was unlocked and had its keys in the ignition. It had been left running early Sunday to keep cool for anyone seeking medical care.
(AP) — A Southern California man stuck a butter knife into his belly in a failed bid at self-surgery to remove a painful hernia, police said. The wife of the 63-year-old Glendale man called 911 on Sunday night and told the emergency operator her husband was using a knife to remove a protruding hernia, Sgt.
PRNewswire/ - Telemedicine is technologically ready to meet the growing demand for access to health services in developing nations and remote areas around the world, say experts from IEEE, the world's largest professional technical association. However, widespread use of telemedicine will require greater collaboration between technologists and clinicians to ensure it delivers on its promises in the real world - millions more people reached, with measurably better outcomes for those patients.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Again and again, 12-year-old Brianna Bowens cautiously pokes the human eyeball. On purpose. The donated eye is tougher than you'd think. It takes a few slices with a sharp scalpel to pierce the white part — the sclera, she learns — and eventually remove the cornea in front.
A Canadian sports doctor's assistant who cooperated with prosecutors on her role in bringing unapproved drugs, including human growth hormone, into the U.S. to treat professional athletes was given probation Monday for lying to border agents about medical supplies she was transporting. Mary Ann Catalano could have drawn up to a year in prison for making false statements to federal officers, but prosecutors asked a judge to impose probation because of her help.
Kane Biotech, Inc.recently announced the results of an in vivo efficacy study conducted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock that demonstrated how their DispersinB wound spray is effective against a biofilm-embedded Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strain infection.
(AP) — HCA Holdings Inc., the largest hospital chain in the U.S., said Monday that its profit fell 22 percent in the second quarter as its hospitals performed more non-acute procedures and fewer surgeries, hurting its revenue. HCA said its profit declined to $229 million, or 43 cents per share.
A day-old baby has become one of the youngest children in Britain ever to undergo open heart surgery. A very blook and tiny Rudy Maxwell-Jones had open heart surgery at the age of just 36 hours, and is now recovering in Birmingham Children's Hospital. The birth was induced three weeks early because heart failure.
Children who are excluded from discussions about their hospital care often feel scared and angry that no-one is listening to them or telling them what is going on. That's why health professionals and parents need to do more to consult them and include them in decisions, according to research published in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing .
Linda A. Johnson, AP The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet. The next 14 months will bring generic versions of seven of the world's 20 best-selling drugs, including cholesterol fighter Lipitor and blood thinner Plavix. The magnitude of this wave of expiring drugs patents is unprecedented.
In pure numerical terms, anesthesia-associated mortality has risen again. The reasons for this are the disproportionate increase in the numbers of older and multimorbid patients and surgical procedures that would have been unthinkable in the past. This is the result of a selective literature review of André Gottschalk's working group at the Bochum University Hospital in the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International ( Dtsch Arztebl Int 2011; 108: 469-74).