Carla K. Johnson, AP Some gravely ill alcoholics who need a liver transplant shouldn't have to prove they can stay sober for six months to get one, doctors say in a study that could intensify the debate over whether those who destroy their organs by drinking deserve new ones. In the small French study, the vast majority of the patients who got a liver without the wait stopped drinking after their surgery and were sober years later.
J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, a general, thoracic, and vascular surgeon from Louisville, KY, was elected Chair of the American College of Surgeons Board of Regents during the College’s 97th Annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Richardson is a professor of surgery and vice chair of the department of surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) has received a U.S. patent for a medical device technology that could revolutionize the way that physician’s monitor the health of their patients. The device – which consists of an implantable “living chip” – is designed to give doctors real time information on their patients’ health and, more importantly, alert them to a change in their condition.
Patients who are not candidates for traditional surgery for severe carotid artery disease lesions could be treated with carotid artery stenting, according to results of a small feasibility study by cardiologists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The results were presented by lead investigator Colin M.
Research work drawn up by specialists from the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery at the University of Navarra Hospital in Pamplona, Spain has shown that, after surgical treatment for facial paralysis through muscular transplant and nervous transposition, the brain of a woman – in comparison to that of a male - manages to adapt itself better, recovers the spontaneous smile and has a greater time period available for repairing the paralysis.
Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Electronic Component News We’ve cured cancer. Well...not quite, but according to some, early detection will eradicate deadly diseases. This was one of many fascinating topics covered at the 2011 Imec Tech Forum. Imec (Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre) is a Belgium-based R&D center that focuses on nano-electronics.
Zinie Chen Sampson, AP Conjoined twin girls from the Dominican Republic are recovering at a Virginia hospital after undergoing complicated, nearly day-long surgical procedures to separate them. Maria and Teresa Tapia were born joined at the lower chest and abdomen, sharing a liver, pancreas and portion of the small intestine.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP The nation's transition to electronic medical records, now in full swing, risks overlooking potential patient safety problems, independent advisers warned the Obama administration. Computerized medical records have been sold as a powerful tool to improve patient safety, for example, by automatically alerting a doctor about to prescribe medication to which a patient is allergic.
Adding extracranial-intracranial bypass surgery to optimal medical therapy did not prevent strokes in patients with symptomatic atherosclerotic internal carotid artery occlusion and hemodynamic cerebral ischemia, researchers found. In a trial stopped for futility, the addition of extracranial-intracranial bypass surgery improved brain perfusion but did not reduce the two-year rate of ipsilateral ischemic stroke (P=0.
Paul J. Weber, AP Governor Rick Perry says a crackdown on malpractice lawsuits expanded healthcare in Texas, but an analysis reveals a more complicated picture than his campaigning would suggest. The Republican presidential candidate points to tort reform measures Texas passed in 2003 as proof of his job-creating credentials.
As guidelines recommend, doctors appear to be stopping anti-TNF medications before surgery, but may be doing so far sooner than is necessary, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. These medications are used to treat a variety of inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, and better timing of withdrawal prior to surgery might minimize the risk of disease flares.
A microsurgical procedure that has lost some ground to advances in endovascular therapy still plays a critical role in the management of selected neurovascular disorders, according to a University Hospitals Case Medical Center neurosurgeon who performs the procedure. "Though its indications are rare, the ability to perform brain bypass correctly can make all the difference for certain patients who have complex brain aneurysms or other cerebrovascular disorders," said Nicholas C.
PRNewswire - A group of states and vendors focused on eliminating the barriers to sharing electronic health records today issued a set of technical specifications to standardize connections between healthcare providers, health information exchanges (HIEs) and other data-sharing partners.
Before going any further, the title to a Los Angeles Times story was “Adele to have surgery to treat vocal cord hemorrhage. What is it?” I sincerely hope that whomever her surgeon is knows not to perform surgery when the vocal cord is in the middle of a hemorrhage. You do the surgery when the hemorrhage is gone and the culprit blood vessel is left behind which likely is the reason for the hemorrhage happening in the first place.
A new study indicates that many patients undergoing spine surgery have low levels of vitamin D, which may delay their recovery. In a study of 313 patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery, orthopaedic surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that more than half had inadequate levels of vitamin D, including one-fourth who were more severely deficient.