Most of today's gastroenterologists practice in relatively calm environments with patients of the same species. But for Dr. Leon Kundrotas and his colleagues working in Joint Base Balad, Iraq, the need to diagnose and treat military personnel sometimes required putting their human skills to the test to care for canine heroes.
Ethicon Endo-Surgery recently announced the results from two newly published studies that demonstrate a minimally invasive approach in three common procedures resulted in a reduced rate of complications and lower overall cost of care, including a difference of more than $15,000 on average for colectomies, when compared to open surgery.
Health officials are investigating how a surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital mistakenly operated on the wrong part of a patient's hand, the hospital's fifth wrong-site surgery since 2007. Hospital President Timothy Babineau said in a letter that the mistake Thursday happened on a patient scheduled for surgery on two fingers.
PRNewswire Zargis Medical Corp., a subsidiary of Speedus Corp. recently announced that is has been cleared as an iPhone® developer and begun development of medical diagnostic support software and related peripherals for the iPhone and other leading smartphones. Zargis has identified the handheld environment as a logical delivery platform for its telemedicine and diagnostic software initiatives, and plans to leverage the platform as a mobile support hub.
Boston Medical Center (BMC) surgeons are now offering patients an incisionless alternative to laparoscopic and traditional surgery in the treatment of acid reflux, or GERD. Using a new procedure known as EsophyX TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundaplication), surgeons can repair or reconstruct the valve between the esophagus and stomach, effectively stopping GERD.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is undergoing treatment for early-stage prostate cancer October 26, 2009 LONDON (AP) — Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, his spokeswoman said Sunday. The 61-year-old Lloyd Webber's condition is in its early stages, a statement from his publicists said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Time growing short, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate still face key decisions if they are to achieve President Barack Obama's goal of passing legislation to remake the nation's health care system by year's end. In the House, that means setting conditions under which the federal government would sell coverage in competition with private industry.
Jessica Mintz, AP Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer celebrated the arrival of Windows 7 in New York yesterday with a few hundred people who had helped test early versions of the software. One of them, technology consultant, Jonathan Kay, flew from Toronto to attend. “Windows 7 will redeem Windows,” said Kay.
Malcolm Ritter, AP When Kathy Perusse had weight-loss surgery and shed 120 pounds, she may have done more than make her own life easier. She went on to have two daughters, and she may have boosted their chances of avoiding becoming obese, like her two older children are. That's the implication of research suggesting that something in an obese woman's womb can program her fetus toward becoming a fat child and adult.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer Air sterilizers. A photon machine. Supplement pills to boost the immune system. Protective shampoos and face masks. Even fake Tamiflu. These and other products making bogus claims to prevent or treat swine flu are flooding the Internet as scam artists prey on the public's fears during vaccine delays and real Tamiflu — made by Switzerland's Roche Group — is rationed.
Keely Savoie, American Thoracic Society email@example.com Patients who die in the hospital in the United States are almost five times as likely to have spent part of their last hospital stay in the ICU, when compared to patients in England. What's more, over the age of 85, ICU usage among terminal patients is eight times higher in the U.
ClearCount Medical Solutions, an innovator of patient safety solutions for the operating room, announced today the close of its $3.4M Series B financing round. The company plans to use the funds to drive sales and product development of its RFID-based solutions designed to prevent retained surgical sponges.
U.S. medical school enrollment is up for the 11th consecutive year as colleges seek to meet a growing demand for physicians. According to an American Medical Colleges report: First-year enrollment climbed 2 percent over 2008, and now totals nearly 18,400 students. The number of applicants remained mostly stable at around 42,000.
Japanese researchers have developed a computer program which may be able tell from an emergency call if you are about to die. Research published in the open access journal BMC Emergency Medicine shows that a computer algorithm is able to predict the patient's risk of dying at the time of the emergency call.
W. L. Gore & Associates recently announced the first human implants of their next generation Conformable GORE TAG® Thoracic Endoprosthesis for the treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms(TAAs). The devices were used to treat patients with a TAA, which is an enlargement that develops in weakened areas of the thoracic aorta.