Christina Hoag, AP Reaching that first double-digit age of 10 is a milestone for any kid, but for these Guatemalan twins born conjoined at the head, it's cause for joyous celebration — they've repeatedly defied the odds against survival at all. The girls, Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa Quiej-Alvarez, garnered international attention when they were separated in 2002 via a 23-hour surgery at Mattel Children's Hospital at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center.
Jordan Robertson, AP Even the human bloodstream isn't safe from computer hackers. A security researcher who is diabetic has identified flaws that could allow an attacker to remotely control insulin pumps and alter the readouts of blood-sugar monitors. As a result, diabetics could get too much or too little insulin.
CHICAGO (AP) — A pregnant suburban Chicago woman was so determined to finish the Illinois bar exam that she completed the test even after going into labor. The Chicago Tribune reports that 29-year-old Elana Nightingale Dawson had started the final portion of the exam last week when the Northwestern Law School graduate went into labor.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP An obscure provision tucked into the federal health care law has turned into a jackpot for Massachusetts hospitals, but officials in other states are upset because the money will come from their hospitals. The Medicare windfall for Massachusetts is $275 million a year.
Jennifer C. Kerr, AP Many of the nation's 77 million boomers are worried about being able to pay their medical bills as they get older, a new poll finds. The concern is so deep that it outpaces worries about facing a major illness or disease, dying, or losing the ability to do favorite activities.
Lisa Leff, AP A judge struck a measure from the city's November ballot that called for a ban on most circumcisions of male children, saying the proposed law violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of religious freedom and a California law that makes regulating medical procedures a function of the state, not cities.
Cristina Silva, AP A husband and wife who performed an illegal buttocks enhancement surgery that resulted in a Las Vegas woman's death are expected to plead guilty to manslaughter despite an autopsy report that shows the death was accidental. Elena Caro, 42, died from an allergic reaction to the tumescent anesthesia commonly used in cosmetic surgery procedures, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said Friday.
(AP) — Hundreds of Israel's doctors are demonstrating in Jerusalem, stepping up their protest for higher wages and better hospital conditions. Last week, doctors marched to Jerusalem and pitched tents, echoing a grass-roots movement of tent camps that have sprung up nationwide with young people demanding affordable housing.
Linda A. Johnson, AP Johnson & Johnson announced that it's reducing the maximum daily dose of its Extra Strength Tylenol pain reliever to lower the risk of accidental overdose from acetaminophen, its active ingredient and the top cause of liver failure. The company's McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division said the change affects Extra Strength Tylenol sold in the U.
The addition of a simple stent can help prevent potentially lethal blood vessel bulges in the brain from recurring after they are repaired in a minimally invasive "coiling" procedure, according to new research by Johns Hopkins physicians. A report on the research, published in the July Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery , could make coiling a more viable option for the 30,000 people diagnosed with brain aneurysms each year in the United States, the investigators say.
When tennis star Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment for a pulmonary embolism earlier this year, the world’s attention was drawn to this often fatal medical condition which, although surprisingly not uncommon, is unfamiliar to many. A common risk factor associated with clot development is surgery; particularly hip and knee replacement surgery.
(AP) — The government should abandon a 35-year-old system for approving most medical devices in the U.S. because it offers little to no assurance of safety for patients, a panel of medical experts concludes in a new report. The recommendation from the Institute of Medicine panel calls for a massive reworking of how the government regulates medical devices, a $350 billion industry that encompasses everything from pacemakers to X-ray scanners to contact lenses.
Survey results released today reveal that 34 percent of Americans either have, or know someone who has acquired an infection during a hospital stay. Moreover, the survey found that 64 percent of Americans do not think they would be better protected from germs in the hospital than in their daily lives.
Maria Cheng, AP As the surgeons cut into her neck, Marianne Marquis was thinking of the beach. As she heard the doctors' voices, she was imagining her toes in the sand, the water lapping. Marquis had been hypnotized before surgery to have her thyroid removed. She's among a growing number of surgical patients at the Belgian hospital, Cliniques Universitaires St.
Carla K. Johnson, AP A new study suggests that Medicare's 5-year-old prescription drug plan is keeping seniors out of hospitals and nursing homes, saving the federal program an estimated $12 billion a year in those costs. The savings only offset a portion of the $55 billion a year the government spends on Medicare Part D, as the drug plan is known, but the study's authors say it means seniors are staying healthier and enjoying a better quality of life.