A cancer patient who has a phobia of hospitals should be forced to undergo a life-saving operation if necessary, a British judge recently ruled. He added that doctors could forcibly sedate the 55-year-old woman, who he feels lacks the capacity to make decisions about her health. Doctors feel she would die if her ovaries and fallopian tubes were not removed, as she was diagnosed with uterine cancer last year.
Pediatric researchers report that a recently introduced surgical procedure offers infants with severely underdeveloped hearts a better chance at surviving during their first year of life, in comparison to the standard surgery. Heart surgeons from 15 centers in the federally sponsored Pediatric Heart Network studied the outcomes in 549 newborns who received a complex series of surgeries for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).
According to recent finings from HealthGrades, the number of bariatric surgeries being performed in the U.S. continues to rise, but the quality and safety of these procedures varies widely from one hospital to another, the study states. Overall rates of risk-adjusted, in-hospital complications and mortality related to obesity surgery are decreasing, according to the study.
JenaValve™ Technology, Inc., a medical device company specializing in transcatheter valve implantation systems, has announced completion of its first-in-man procedures for its transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) system. The procedures and implantations were uccessfully performed in nine patients in Leipzig, Germany.
Health officials say one reason so many American kids are overweight is that few have a nearby place to play and exercise. Only about one in five homes have parks within a half-mile, and about the same number have a fitness or recreation center within that distance. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report also finds that fewer than one in five U.
When CT results suggest appendicitis, but a patient's symptoms are inconsistent with the acute condition, physicians should consider a diagnosis of chronic or recurrent appendicitis and surgical treatment, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology . “The decision to forego surgery in these patients often results in missed appendicitis, with a possible increased risk of perforation,” said study co-author Emily M.
The first website designed for pediatric surgeons who want to volunteer abroad has been unveiled. Developed by pediatric surgeon Marilyn Butler, MD, of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, the Global Paediatric Surgery Network (http://globalpaediatricsurgery.org) helps pediatric surgeons worldwide find volunteer opportunities and also provides resources to make their efforts more effective.
Over the years, Susan Karnstedt had gotten used to the intermittent pain in her abdomen, chalking it up to her diet, or perhaps to her physically active lifestyle, as a water skier and yoga enthusiast. "The abdominal pain continued to get progressively worse, and was pretty debilitating," the 44-year-old Portola Valley resident said, describing how she was feeling when she visited the doctor earlier this year.
Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — The doctor whose research linking autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella influenced millions of parents to refuse the shot for their children was banned Monday from practicing medicine in his native Britain. Dr. Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study was discredited—but vaccination rates have never fully recovered and he continues to enjoy a vocal following, helped in the U.
Increased use of drug-eluting stents (DES) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) between 2003 and 2006 netted significantly higher costs for coronary artery disease and chronic heart failure patients, researchers said. The increased use of these technologies also partly explained the growth in healthcare costs during these years.
A new rule preventing medical support staff from completing orders for outpatient imaging exams that were likely to be negative resulted in a marked decrease in low-yield exams for patients, according to a study appearing in the June issue of Radiology. Many medical institutions request and schedule outpatient diagnostic imaging exams through use of web-based radiology order entry systems.
A surgeon who lost the right to operate in Norway after 29 cases of malpractice is working unhindered at a hospital in northern Sweden, where managers were previously unaware of her error-strewn past. Danish doctor Johanne Krogh, 62, has become synonymous in Norway with medical malpractice after a series of high profile incidents that changed patients’ lives for the worse.
With the recent launch of the Neurosurgical Spine Program at Saint Louis University Hospital’s Center for Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery, the hospital has seen a dramatic increase in the number of minimally-invasive spinal procedures, including lumbar spinal fusion surgery. Designed to stop the motion at a painful vertebral segment, this procedure is traditionally performed via a large incision on the back, stripping muscles away from the spine.
By the age of five Rachel had been struggling with seizures brought on by intractable epilepsy for nearly three years. During these episodes, her body would jerk and shake and then go limp. Her lips would turn blue, her breathing would become shallow and her eyes would move rapidly back and forth.
A recent survey shows that 85 percent of participating patients said they were anxious about receiving a general anesthetic. The report is published in the May issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing . Key concerns included dying while asleep, not waking up after surgery, waking up during surgery and anxiety while waiting to go into surgery or arriving at the OR door.