By Paula Span Dr. Alexander K. Smith is a brave man. It has taken physicians a very long time to accept the need to level with patients and their families when they have terminal illnesses and death is near — and we know that many times those kinds of honest, exploratory conversations still don’t take place .
Bariatric surgery reduces the long-term risk of heart attack and stroke as well as the risk of dying from them, a prospective non-randomized study showed. During a median 14.7 years of follow-up, any bariatric procedure cut risk of a first fatal or non-fatal event by 33 percent compared with no bariatric surgery for obese individuals after adjusting for other factors, Lars Sjöström, MD, PhD, of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues found.
Weight loss surgery is not a cure for type 2 diabetes, but it can improve blood sugar control, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Surgery . Whereas some previous studies have claimed that up to 80 percent of diabetes patients have been cured following gastric bypass surgery, researchers at Imperial College London found that only 41 percent of patients achieve remission using more stringent criteria.
A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that most patients who survive for at least five years after oesophageal cancer surgery recover an average quality of life. However, quality of life deteriorates significantly for one in six patients to a level that remains much lower than the average population in the five years after surgery.
PRNewswire - The Ministry of Health and Welfare and Korea Health Industry Development Institute have announced that a 19-year-old woman, Tan Hui-Linn, has been invited to South Korea as part of the government's Medical Korea project, and will receive surgery at the JK Plastic Surgery Center in southern Seoul.
Linda A. Johnson, AP The number of new prescription drug shortages in 2011 shot up to 267, well above the prior record and about four times the number of medication shortages in the middle of the last decade. Figures just released by the University of Utah Drug Information Service, which tracks national drug shortages, show there were 56 more newly reported drug shortages in the U.
Researchers from Northwestern University, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, and the University of Duisburg-Essen Germany found that graphitic carbon is a key element in a lubricating layer that forms on metal-on-metal hip implants. The lubricant is more similar to the lubrication of a combustion engine than that of a natural joint.
Jennifer Kay, AP The pilot killed in a helicopter crash while heading to pick up a heart for transplant was a decorated veteran of combat missions in Vietnam, the man's son recalled. A heart surgeon and a technician from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville also died in the crash in remote, dense woods in north Florida.
Jason Straziuso, AP A second foreigner working with Doctors Without Borders died of his wounds in an attack in Somalia that also killed the group's country director, though the aid organization declared Friday that despite the risks it would still provide medical care in one of the world's most dangerous countries.
George M. Walsh, Michael Gormley, AP New registered nurses would have to earn bachelor's degrees within 10 years to keep working in New York under a bill lawmakers are considering as part of a national push to raise educational standards for nurses, even as the healthcare industry faces staffing shortages.
Angela Charlton, AP French health authorities are considering whether to suggest that an estimated 30,000 women in France get their breast implants removed, amid warnings by leading doctors about the risks of rupture and possible cancer. The decision also could have repercussions outside France.
Papillary thyroid cancer accounts for the majority of all thyroid malignancies, which primarily impact women. A new study indicates that routinely removing lymph nodes in the neck in these cancer patients may help prevent the disease from coming back. When thyroid cancer metastasizes, lymph nodes in the neck may be affected, but these lymph-node tumors can be tiny and may not be detected by ultrasounds done before surgery to remove the diseased thyroid — or even during the procedure itself.
Despite increased use of total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA), there is a notable lack of consensus about optimal post-operative treatment. Aquatic therapy has been shown to have a beneficial effect, and it is typically begun two weeks after surgery, after the wound has healed.
A lack of infrastructure in developing countries, and particularly in rural areas, often ensures that healthcare provision is absent. Research published in the International Journal of Services, Economics and Management by a team at Howard University in Washington DC suggests a solution to this problem involving the development of telemedicine.
Hospitals vary greatly in the number of patients who see an internal medicine specialist before major non-cardiac surgery, with rates ranging from five percent of patients to 90 percent, new research has found. The findings are important because they suggest there are no commonly agreed upon standards for which patients should have such consultations, said Dr.