Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — South African surgeons have transplanted kidneys between donors and patients who were both infected with the AIDS virus — a medical first that has some U.S. doctors buzzing about whether it could be tried here. The first four of the transplants, which occurred in 2008, are described in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
Doctors in Germany have shown a transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation provides an option for high-risk patients July 18, 2010 Doctors at the University Heart Center in Hamburg, Germany successfully used transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation in elderly patients with degenerated bioprostheses in aortic and mitral position.
The Asia-Pacific healthcare market has experienced solid growth over the past decade. According to statistics, this healthcare market is projected to grow from US$ 246 billion in 2009 to US$ 348 billion in 2012, accounting for almost 27% of the global market. By 2015, Asia-Pacific’s healthcare revenues could represent 40% of the global market.
Now surgeons can immediately share video and still images of surgical cases with patients, patient families, and colleagues upon surgery completion with a new Apple® app from Leica Microsystems. Leica Microsystems, in partnership with Med X Change, has unveiled a new Apple® app called Med X Mobile.
(AP) Iraqi conjoined twins will be flown to Saudi Arabia to undergo separation surgery after the Saudi king offered to pay for the operation. The two-week-old twins Zainab and Ruqqaya Naseer, from the Shiite holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq, are joined at the hip and have problems with their digestive and reproductive systems.
An out-of-work Michigan woman shot herself in the hope she'd receive medical treatment for a shoulder injury. Kathy Myers says she injured the shoulder a month ago while playing with her dogs. The 41-year-old has been unable to see a specialist because she can't afford health insurance. So she shot herself.
After men have surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland, up to 80 percent of them will lose the ability to have an erection because of damage to a critical nerve that runs along the prostate. New research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine shows the damaged nerve can be regenerated more quickly with a protein called Sonic Hedgehog, which is delivered via a nanofiber gel.
Despite a greater likelihood of poorer outcomes, many patients newly-diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer do not undergo surgery. New research indicates that among the factors associated with this decision include misunderstandings of the prognosis, negative perceptions of patient-physician communication and older age, with black patients more likely to not have surgery, according to a study in the June 16 issue of JAMA .
(AP) The family of a 28-year-old British woman who unknowingly received a lung transplant from a smoker says she would have been horrified, and have lodged a complaint. Cystic fibrosis sufferer Lyndsey Scott received a double lung transplant from a donor who had smoked for three decades. She died in July of pneumonia.
Maria Cheng, AP A cheap drug that can stop bleeding in recently injured accident patients could potentially save the lives of tens of thousands worldwide, a new study says. Researchers studied the effects of tranexamic acid, or TXA, in more than 10,000 adult trauma patients in 40 countries who received the drug within eight hours of being injured.
Carla K. Johnson, AP One in five medical claims is processed inaccurately by commercial health insurers, often leaving physicians shortchanged, according to the nation's largest doctor's group. The American Medical Association recently released its third annual report card on insurers, showing that private insurance companies matched their payments to what they agreed to pay doctors about 80 percent of the time.
Interrupting the blood flow for more than 20 to 25 minutes during kidney cancer surgery leads to a greater risk of patients developing chronic kidney disease, a Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic collaborative research team has found. The study was published in the journal European Urology . For the retrospective study, researchers analyzed outcomes of 362 patients with only one kidney who underwent surgery for renal cortical tumors at Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic between 1990 and 2008.
(AP) Seven physicians and about 18 staff volunteered their time to give free surgeries to 13 people in the mountain town of Frisco this past weekend. Dr. Peter Janes organized the event for patients without health insurance. Operations included a hysterectomy and a knee repair. The patients were selected through the nearby Summit Community Care Clinic, which cares for people who don't have enough insurance or have none at all.
Linda Deutsch, AP Nearly a year after he went from anonymity to notoriety, Michael Jackson's doctor returns to court for a pre-trial hearing that will determine when he goes to trial and what he will be able to do in the meantime. First on the agenda will be Dr. Conrad Murray's fight to retain his California medical license.
Tom Murphy, AP Companies that offer employee health insurance expect another steep jump in medical costs next year, and more will ask workers to share a bigger chunk of the expense, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report. For the first time, most of the American workforce is expected to have health insurance deductibles of $400 or more.