(AP) — Doctors in Spain have carried out the world's first double leg transplant, giving new lower limbs to a patient who lost both legs at mid-thigh in an accident, officials said Monday. The Valencia regional government said the surgical team was led by Dr. Pedro Cavadas, who in 2009 carried out Spain's first face transplant — the first anywhere to include a new tongue and jaw.
IlluminOss Medical, Inc. has announced the first use of its system in the repair and stabilization of a fibula fracture in an 80 year-old female patient. Dr. Thomas Gausepohl, a leading trauma surgeon in Germany, implanted the IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System. He stated, "With the IlluminOss system, I was able to stabilize the fibula using a small incision without disturbing the ankle joint or the skin surrounding the fracture.
Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery have identified a group of patients who may have increased difficulty for surgical treatment of a snapping psoas, a condition that usually develops because a teenager or young adult has a pelvis that grows faster than their psoas tendon. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Researchers have discovered that obese adults undergoing surgery are less frequently developing respiratory insufficiency (RI) and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). And that when they do, they are less likely to have fatal outcomes. The researchers say they have several theories of how obesity protects patients from mortality associated with RI/ARDS, and pinpointing the protective mechanism could help them develop interventions to help non-obese patients avoid adverse outcomes.
(PRNewswire-USNewswire) The onset of osteoarthritis may be related to a loss of knee motion after reconstructive ACL surgery, as noted in new research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in San Diego this past weekend. Patients who showed motion limitations after surgery were more likely to develop arthritic changes in the knee.
Gillian Wong, AP The world's top emerging countries have banded together to help fight diseases in the poorest countries, pledging to transfer technologies to the developing world to help supply cheap and effective drugs. Health ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — the so-called BRICS countries — meeting in Beijing said their collaboration would help strengthen health systems and increase access to affordable medicines for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis.
Olympus Corporation recently announced their acquisition of all shares of the U.S. venture company Spirus Medical, Inc., - an endoscope insertion device manufacturer with headquarters in Stoughton, Massachusett. The acquisition targeted Spirus’ endoscope insertion assistance technology. The acquisition of Spirus is seen as a way for Olympus to support their focused strategy of maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of endoscopic observation, diagnosis and treatment through the advancement of endoscopic technology.
Noaki Schwartz, AP A gentlemanly polo match where England's future king will showcase his riding skills while raising money for charity has turned into the scene of an ugly American spat. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Toby Mayer, who has helped stitch up cuts at Santa Barbara Polo Club matches for years, said he was delighted when he was tapped to be on stand-by at Saturday's match in case the Duke of Cambridge has a spill.
Louise Nordstrom, AP A 36-year-old man who had tracheal cancer has received a new lab-made windpipe seeded with his own stem cells after a procedure in Sweden that is being called the first successful attempt of its kind. The Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm said the surgery was performed June 9, and that the patient is on his way to a full recovery.
(AP) — Years after hospital employees were accused of snooping into the medical records of celebrity patients, the UCLA Health System has agreed to pay an $865,000 settlement for potential violations of federal privacy laws. The settlement that UCLA reached with federal regulators did not name the stars involved and did not require the hospital system to admit liability.
PRNewswire-USNewswire A history of cancer was a significant risk factor for developing blood clotting issues following knee arthroscopy, according to a study being presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in San Diego. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic analyzed the records of more than 12,000 patients who had undergone the common knee procedure.
Top-performing hospitals are typically ones headed by a medical doctor rather than a manager. The research, to be published in the journal Social Science and Medicine , is the first of its kind. Its conclusions run counter to a modern trend across the western world to put generally trained managers at the helm of hospitals.
Adam Weintraub, AP A bill that would allow state officials to reject rate increases proposed by health insurers is under intense lobbying pressure as it faces a key committee vote this week in California. Groups representing insurers, doctors and hospitals are trying to have the bill weakened or killed, although for different reasons.
(AP) — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska is providing money for two Omaha hospitals to improve patient outcomes after surgery. The insurance company has paid $35,000 each to Creighton University Medical Center and Methodist Hospital. The money will cover the facilities' licensing fee to participate in an improvement program through the American College of Surgeons.
Increased investment in specialist thoracic surgical expertise can lead to a significant rise in the lung cancer resection rate, based on data from England between 2008 and 2009 that was presented at the 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Amsterdam, hosted by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC).