A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that few families without health insurance have the financial assets to pay potential hospital bills. On average, uninsured families can only afford to pay in full for approximately 12 percent of hospital stays, and even higher income uninsured families are unable to pay for most potential hospital stays.
Surgeon and Professor Michael Olausson was recently able to create a new connection between a young girl's intestines and liver with the aid of a blood vessel developed from her own bone marrow. The girl is now in good health and with an excellent prognosis. She developed, during her first year of life, a blood clot in the vessel that leads from the intestines to the liver, introducing the risk of internal bleeding or the possible need for a liver transplant.
Seven out of ten hospital nurses who took part in a Canadian study used the dorsogluteal (DG) buttock site to administer intramuscular injections - despite the potential risks of sciatic nerve injury. Only 14 percent used the ventrogluteal (VG) hip site recommended by nursing literature. The research, published in the May issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing , found that younger, newer nurses were significantly more likely to follow the latest VG site advice than their older, experienced colleagues.
Howard Fendrich, AP Nearly 40 percent of NFL players last season wore a helmet model that got the second-lowest rating for reducing the risk of concussions in a study by Virginia Tech researchers. Riddell's VSR-4 helmet received just one star in a study of football helmets led by Virginia Tech professor of biomedical engineering Stefan Duma.
Donna Cassata, AP Health care fees for working-age military retirees would increase slightly under a defense bill unveiled Monday that drew fierce opposition from the 2.1 million-strong Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Pentagon is reeling from health carecosts that have jumped from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion in the latest budget request.
New research from the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine shows that doctors can make a stroke diagnosis using an iPhone application with the same accuracy as a diagnosis at a medical computer workstation. This technology can be particularly useful in rural medical settings, as it allows for real-time access to specialists such as neurologists, regardless of where the physicians and patients are located.
Nurse-driven, open-access colonoscopy programs are as effective and safe as colonoscopy following a consultation with a gastroenterologist, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. "Our results showed no significant differences in safety outcomes related to perforation rate, emergency surgery, post-polypectomy bleed, overall lower gastrointestinal bleed, or death," says Gregory Olds, M.
Josh Lederman, AP A 6-year-old Afghan boy born with his bladder outside his body has been reunited with the U.S. soldier who arranged for his rare operation at a New Jersey hospital. Army Major Glenn Battschinger of Mays Landing, N.J., was on foot patrol in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in April 2010 when he came across Muslam Hagigshah, a small, frail child who was bowlegged and held his leaking bladder in his hand.
Donna Cassata, AP Costs of the military's healthcare program, which provides coverage to some 10 million active duty personnel, retirees, reservists and their families, have jumped from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion in the Pentagon's latest budget request. Desperate to cut spending in Washington's time of fiscal austerity, President Barack Obama has proposed increasing the fees for working-age retirees in the decades-old health program, known as TRICARE.
More than 76 percent of hospitals participating in the National Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) met 90 percent or more of all program measures for all-hazards preparedness in 2009, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.
Kidney disease affects one in nine U.S. adults, and by 2020 more than 750,000 Americans will be on dialysis or awaiting kidney transplant. Despite this growing health problem, every year fewer medical students adopt nephrology as a career, according to a review appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).
Two New Brunswick men who underwent so-called liberation therapy for multiple sclerosis say it is time the controversial treatment was made available in Canada, despite studies that have questioned its efficacy. Tim Donovan and John McLaughlin have launched a four-month, cross-country tour to tout the benefits of the treatment, which involves widening constricted neck veins to improve blood flow from the brain.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Men under 65 with early prostate cancer had better survival odds if they had surgery right away instead of waiting for treatment if their cancer got worse, a study in Sweden found. That was true even for tumors thought to be low-risk because they didn't look very aggressive under a microscope.
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today called on members of Congress to eliminate the current sustainable growth rate (SGR) Medicare physician payment formula, and transition over the next five years to a new physician payment system that fairly reflects the costs of providing high-quality health care, protecting patient access to the physicians of their choice and preserving the patient-physician relationship.
Robotic surgery has become a mainstream tool for removing an ever-increasing variety of head and neck tumors. Now, a team of head and neck surgeons from Mayo Clinic has found robotic surgery can treat cancer in the narrow, hard-to-reach area beyond the tongue at the top of the voice box. Some patients were able to avoid further treatment with chemotherapy or radiation, and most could resume normal eating and speaking.