Frank Jordans, Associated Press Writer GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization declared the swine flu pandemic officially over Tuesday, months after many national authorities started canceling vaccine orders and shutting down telephone hot lines as the disease ebbed from the headlines.
Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Aggressive, drug-resistant staph infections caught in hospitals or from medical treatment are becoming scarcer, another sign of progress in a prevention effort that has become a national public health priority. The decline was seen in a federal study of methicillin-resistant staph, or MRSA.
Ana Jimenez-Salgado had her breasts surgically removed at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center after two outside pathologists determined the cells obtained from an August 2007 biopsy were cancerous. She later underwent reconstructive surgery. The hospital's pathologists examined tissue obtained during that procedure and concluded she did not have breast cancer.
With the generous sponsorship of FedEx (NYSE: FDX), ORBIS International's Flying Eye Hospital - the world's only eye surgical and training hospital with wings - touches down in two Southeast Asia countries to deliver sight-saving surgeries to those suffering with blindness and visual impairments, and to conduct skills exchange programs with the local ophthalmic community.
The Cardinal Health Foundation announces that, for the third consecutive year, it has awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems and community health clinics improve the efficiency and quality of care. Forty organizations in 25 states have been awarded grants ranging from $7,500 up to $37,500 as part of the 2010 Cardinal Health Foundation E3 Grant Program, which was launched in 2008 to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of health care, nationwide.
Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Emergency room nurse Erin Riley suffered bruises, scratches and a chipped tooth last year from trying to pull the clamped jaws of a psychotic patient off the hand of a doctor at a suburban Cleveland hospital. A second assault just months later was even more upsetting: She had just finished cutting the shirt off a drunken patient and was helping him into his hospital gown when he groped her.
The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) announces the "ISAPS Biennial Global Survey™" of plastic surgeons and procedures in the top 25 countries and regions - representing 75 percentof all procedures in 2009. The ISAPS Survey marks the first time reliable international plastic surgery data has been obtained and analyzed by independent statistical specialists.
Dr. John R. Valvo, M.D., F.A.C.S. is currently the Chief of Urology and Director of Robotics at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York. Following a 20-year career in performing open surgery, Dr. Valvo founded the robotic program at Rochester General Hospital in early 2004, which currently ranks in the top 4% of robotic surgeries in the United States, having over 30 robotic surgeons and over 3,000 robotic surgeries performed.
Arch Biopartners Inc. announces that Arch scientists have reported findings that identify key inflammation pathways in chronic kidney disease and C. difficile colitis. The studies are the result of the scientists' ongoing research at the University of Calgary and are reported in the journals Gastroenterology and The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology .
Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — If your pants are feeling a bit tight around the waistline, take note: Belly bulge can be deadly for older adults, even those who aren't overweight or obese by other measures. One of the largest studies to examine the dangers of abdominal fat suggests men and women with the biggest waistlines have twice the risk of dying over a decade compared to those with the smallest tummies.
Catherine Tsai, Associated Press Writer TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — This picturesque southern Colorado town known for decades as the sex-change capital of the world — thousands of gender-reassignment operations have been performed here — is becoming a beacon for victims of female genital mutilation.
Kathy Gannon, Associated Press Writer KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ten members of a medical team, including six Americans, were shot and killed by militants as they were returning from providing eye treatment and other health care in remote villages in northern Afghanistan, a spokesman for the team said Saturday.
The differences among therapies were more prominent at higher levels of cancer risk, and suggest, the researchers say, that in many cases surgery should play a greater role in treatment strategies for patients with prostate cancer that is likely to recur or spread. The study is available online in the journal “Cancer,” the journal of the American Cancer Society, here Most previous reports comparing treatment outcomes among different treatment options have looked only at PSA responses to treatment, rather than at the more important long-term survival outcomes, according to the researchers.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An Iraqi twin who was joined at the hip with her sister died Saturday, three weeks after separation surgery in Saudi Arabia, a Saudi surgeon said. The conjoined twins, Zainab and Ruqqaya Naseer, were born June 5 in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer This April 2005 photo provided by Sandy Wilson shows her with her newborn son Christopher in the intensive care unit at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. No one knows how Wilson got the flesh-eating bacteria, necrotizing fasciitis.