(PRNewswire) Less than four years after opening the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit, the world's first birth facility exclusively for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has celebrated 1,000 deliveries. All babies delivered in the Special Delivery Unit are prenatally diagnosed with birth defects, such as spina bifida or congenital heart disease, and will either undergo fetal surgery or need immediate specialized care or surgery after birth.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP A possible misunderstanding about President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul could cloud Supreme Court deliberations on its fate, leaving the impression that the law's insurance requirement is more onerous than it actually is. During the recent oral arguments some of the justices and the lawyers appearing before them seemed to be under the impression that the law does not allow most consumers to buy low-cost, stripped-down insurance to satisfy its controversial coverage requirement.
Although the healthcare industry is holding its breath as it waits for the Supreme Court to decide on challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the effects of the legislation are already being felt. Hospitals are gearing up for policy changes effecting medical device companies, healthcare reporting and billing.
(AP) — A New York woman facing felony charges in Las Vegas after being accused of performing illegal eyelift surgeries has apparently fled the country. The Las Vegas Sun reports that Jing Qu had been expected to appear for arraignment Tuesday morning in Las Vegas Justice Court, but she never showed up.
(PRNewswire) The Regional Neurosciences Center in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK conducted a pilot randomized trial of the effectiveness of inversion therapy in patients with pure single level lumbar discogenic disease. The study consisted of two groups, one who went through standard physiotherapy and the other that participated in physiotherapy and intermittent traction with a Teeter Inversion Table.
The relative risk of blood loss during corrective spine surgery in children appears linked to the underlying condition causing the spinal deformity, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Results of the study, published online in the journal Spine , can help surgeons prepare, plan and safeguard against this common and serious complication, the investigators say.
German researchers report success with transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in patients with low-flow, low-gradient aortic stenosis. Results published in the April issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions , the peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), show that while all-cause mortality was high within the first six months, TAVI significantly improved heart function and exercise capacity in surviving patients.
Higher U.S. spending for cancer care pays off in almost two years of additional life for American cancer patients on average compared to their European counterparts — a value that offsets the higher costs –according to a study in the April issue of the journal Health Affairs .
Chris Hawley, AP Sales of the nation's two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients' suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic.Drug Enforcement Administration figures show dramatic rises between 2000 and 2010 in the distribution of oxycodone, the key ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan.
A new analysis provides a closer look at how much cancer patients value hope — with important implications for how insurers value treatment, particularly in end-of-life care. The analysis led by Darius Lakdawalla, director of research at the Schaeffer Center at USC and associate professor in the USC Price School of Public Policy, surveyed 150 cancer patients currently undergoing treatment, and is part of a special issue on cancer spending from the journal Health Affairs .
Researchers from the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) have shown that breast cancer cells that metastasize to the lung express a higher level of the protein peroxiredoxin 2 (PRDX2). The study suggests that the modulation of the levels of this protein could be a new therapeutic strategy to prevent lung metastases.
The California Society of Anesthesiologists has, along with its partner, the California Medical Association, decided to request a review by the California Supreme Court in CSA and CMA v. Schwarzenegger. This course of action follows the March 15, 2012 decision to affirm the December 27, 2010 decision of the Superior Court that California law does not require physician supervision of nurse anesthetists.
The ability of the commonly used stimulant methylphenidate (Ritalin) to speed recovery from general anesthesia appears to apply both to the inhaled gas isoflurane, as previously reported, and to the intravenous drug propofol. Members of the same Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team that reported the isoflurane study are publishing similar results for propofol in the May issue of Anesthesiology, and their paper has been issued online.
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center have carried out a study to validate the utility of new tumor classification systems for staging and predicting relapse-free survival for patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) and who may be candidates for surgery. The results of their study were published in a recent issue of the Annals of Surgery .
Oesophageal cancer is a very serious form of cancer that, if not fatal, requires extensive surgery. A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that when serious complications arise after surgery for oesophageal cancer, many patients suffer other health problems, such as breathlessness, fatigue, insomnia and eating problems, for up to five years afterwards.