Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Doctors treating U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Monday the congresswoman was responding to verbal commands by raising two fingers of her left hand and even managed to give a thumbs-up. Giffords, 40, is in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Tucson's University Medical Center after she was shot through the head Saturday during a meet-and-greet with voters outside a supermarket.
Alicia Chang, AP Rodney Sokoloski used to get up before dawn three times a week and drive two hours from his high desert home to the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance to get hooked up to a dialysis machine. The blood-cleansing treatment was time-consuming and often left him feeling drained even before his workday began.
Farah Abdi Warsame & Katharine Houreld, AP Dr. Hawa Abdi has treated sick and wounded Somalis since 1983, through famine and civil war. But it only took one day for Islamist rebels to wreck her life's work. And only a week for her to rediscover an older, more civil Somali society that has survived despite the horrors that have beset her east African homeland.
Amanda Lee Myers & Lauran Neergaard, AP Recovering from a gunshot wound to the head depends on the bullet's path, and while doctors are optimistic about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' odds, it can take months to tell the damage. Doctors say the bullet traveled the length of the left side of the Arizona congresswoman's brain, entering the back of the skull and exiting the front.
According to a report published in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons , surgery residents improved their knowledge of health care business concepts and principles with the use of a web-based curriculum. The expectation is for residents to “demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.
According to a study in the January issue of Neurosurgery, patients with extremely severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may find relief with radiosurgery procedures. Dr. Douglas Kondziolka and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh report promising results in three patients with very severe, "medically refractory" OCD.
Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press Jamie, foreground, Gladys Scott wave from a vehicle as they leave the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, Miss., Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. Two sisters whose life sentences were suspended on the condition that one donate a kidney to the other were released from a Mississippi prison on Friday after serving 16 years for an armed robbery.
ATLANTA (AP) — This week more shame was heaped upon the discredited British researcher whose work gave rise to the childhood-vaccines-cause-autism movement, as a prominent medical journal published a report that the man had faked his data. But will it make a difference? Some believe the latest news will finally destroy the reputation of researcher Andrew Wakefield and put an end to the claim of scientific underpinnings for the anti-vaccine movement.
Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City college said Thursday that it would allow four nursing students booted out for posting photos of themselves with a human placenta on Facebook to return to school following a federal judge's ruling reinstating one of the students.
The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, (AORN), with a membership base of 40,000 RNs and representing the interests of 140,000 perioperative Registered Nurses in the U.S., has announced it will target seven states in 2011 to enact RN as Circulator. The perioperative RN, through professional and patient-centered expertise, is the primary patient advocate in the operating room and is responsible for monitoring all aspects of the patient's condition.
Researchers from Israel have determined that more than half of liver transplant recipients develop post-transplantation metabolic syndrome (PTMS), placing them at greater risk for cardiovascular disease. Prior to transplantation only 5% of the patients were diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, but rates of obesity, hypertriglyceridemia, hypertension, and diabetes were significantly higher post transplantation.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are searching for a man who fired a shot Tuesday inside University of New Mexico Hospital. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Trish Hoffman says officers are looking for 21-year-old Daniel Cesar Dominguez-Garcia in connection with the incident. Hoffman says Dominguez was at the hospital with his girlfriend Tuesday afternoon when he became upset.
The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) is concerned that the FDA advisory panel recommended lowering the BMI requirement for lap-band surgery, while the FDA recently denied two new obesity medications. Bariatric surgery is drastic and expensive and carries higher morbidity and mortality risks than lifestyle interventions or medication.
Temperatures taken orally or by temporal artery thermometry "are an accurate means of temperature assessment for adult patients undergoing colorectal or gynecology surgery,"(1) according to analysis published by the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing . Accurate temperature readings are necessary to determine when to intervene for patients at all stages of their hospitalizations but especially during and immediately after surgical procedures to avoid post-operative complications.
(AP) — A northern Illinois couple welcomed their new daughter to the world in the last minute of 2010 — and a twin son in the first minute of 2011. Ashley Fansler gave birth to Madisen Carin Lewis at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve in Machesney Park, 85 miles northwest of Chicago. Aiden Everette Lewis was born a minute later, at 12 a.