Iowa patients are suing their doctors for malpractice half as often as they used to, which has helped drive down malpractice-insurance premiums for many physicians. Doctors speculate that malpractice lawsuits are becoming rarer because they have cut down on medical mistakes. But plaintiffs' lawyers say they're filing fewer cases because it's become more expensive to press lawsuits.
(Reuters) Patients who have surgery to treat severe heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), continue to have a very high risk of developing cancer of the esophagus even after 15 years or more, a new study has found. “This study should put to rest the notion that antireflux surgery prevents esophageal cancer.
Peace of mind is a valuable commodity in a hectic, highly productive surgical department. It is achieved when scrub sinks, warming cabinets, surgical tables, booms, lighting, and integration technologies work flawlessly all day, every day. “We are launching SecureCare Services, a portfolio of flexible service plans, to provide a highly adaptable surgical equipment ‘security blanket’ for our customers,” comments Tim Chapman, senior vice president and group president of STERIS’s Healthcare Group.
CareFusion has announced a distribution agreement with Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc. to sell and market their FloShield™ product line for laparoscopic surgeries. With this agreement, CareFusion is the exclusive external distributor for FloShield and will market and sell the products alongside its own line of V.
The California Department of Public Health fined three San Diego area hospitals for making mistakes that could cause “death or serious injury.&rdquo The implicated hospitals are Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital and UCSD Medical Center. According to the Union Tribune, Grossmont received a $50,000 fine for marking the wrong side of the head of a 93-year-old man who was undergoing brain surgery.
Medtronic recently announced that its Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval under a Humanitarian Device Exemption. It is the first transcatheter heart valve to receive FDA approval. Delivered through a catheter requiring only a small incision, the Melody valve will benefit children and adults who are born with a malformation of their pulmonary valve, which is the valve between the heart and lungs.
Men and women who've had limb amputations report similar levels of pain severity, but there are major gender differences in emotional health and pain-coping responses, states a recently published study in the January issue of the Journal of Pain. Pain due to a lost limb can be phantom limb pain or residual limb pain, which originates at the amputation site or stump.
Brielle Garrison, a baby recently born in Florida, suffers from anophthalmia, which is a disorder that results in the absence of ocular tissue. According to Dr. Manny Alvarez, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies and serves as consultant to the Fox TV station who reported on Brielle, “The condition can usually be diagnosed by ultrasound – around 18 weeks.
Lawrence Garfinkel, an epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society who helped design landmark studies that linked smoking to lung cancer, died last Thursday in Seattle. He was 88. The cause was cardiovascular disease, his son Martin said. Mr. Garfinkel became a leader in cancer epidemiology despite having no formal education in the field.
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects, affecting eight per 1,000 live births with one-third of affected children requiring intervention in early infancy. Increasing numbers of survivors, combined with developmental expectations for independence, behavioral self-regulation and academic achievement have led to a growing identification of neurobehavioral symptoms in some survivors.
The Mayo Clinic announced today that it raised $1.35 billion in its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, surpassing the goal of $1.25 billion. Though campaigns of this size typically take seven years to achieve, The Campaign for Mayo Clinic was a five-year initiative. Mayo embarked on this campaign to accelerate innovations in clinical practice, education and research that the organization believes could revolutionize medicine in the 21st century.
St. Vincent's Hospital, a major AIDS and trauma center, could be taken over by a powerful nonprofit New York hospital system and stripped of its surgical and inpatient units if its finances don't improve. However, “if St. Vincent is able to continue to meet its mission on its own, they have our full support,” Continuum Health Partners said in a statement Tuesday.
As aid pours into Haiti for victims injured and displaced by the recent earthquakes, the massive cleanup is just beginning. Based on specific needs expressed by workers in Haiti, Ansell is assisting with the relief effort by shipping gloves for medical workers and work crews involved in the search for victims and removal of debris.
Ivanhoe Newswire A computerized model suggests that most morbidly obese individuals would likely live longer if they had gastric bypass surgery. However, the best decision for individual patients varies based on age, increasing body mass index and the effectiveness of surgery. An estimated 5.
The hospital known for doing the United States' first face transplant has told the family of a woman mauled by a chimpanzee that it can't perform a face and hand transplant for her. Charla Nash's family is looking into alternative facilities after the Cleveland Clinic said it could not do both transplants, and both procedures would need to be done simultaneously and come from the same donor.