PRNewswire/USNewswire - The 3rd Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event and Global MRSA Summit will be held October 1, 2011 at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. The 2011 Global theme is: The MRSA Epidemic - A Call to Action. "The rapidly escalating human suffering and loss of life from MRSA in the United States and in other countries needs to be recognized and an immediate international response for prevention, awareness and education is imperative," states Jeanine Thomas founder of MRSA Survivors Network and World MRSA Day.
Lindsey Tanner, AP When Army Ranger Leroy Petry's hand was blown off by a grenade as he was saving his comrades in battle, he knew just what to do. He used his remaining hand to twist a tourniquet around his arm to avoid bleeding to death. Sgt. 1st Class Petry, awarded the Medal of Honor last month, was with a regiment trained in do-it-yourself battlefield treatment.
PRNewswire - Liberate Cosmetic Surgery has discovered that 25 percent of women surveyed started to first consider cosmetic surgery between the ages of 10 and 15 years-old. The survey's respondents were 3,000 British women between 18 and 30 years-old. Paul Banwell, consultant plastic surgeon at Liberate commented, "There is no doubt that more and more younger people are considering cosmetic surgery and breast augmentation still remains the number one procedure.
PRNewswire/USNewswire - Dr. James Higgins, Chief of Union Memorial Hospital's Curtis National Hand Center, was honored by the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery with the prestigious Godina Traveling Fellowship last year. After completing a clinical and research tour of hand centers worldwide, he applied his knowledge to a procedure never performed in the U.
PRNewswire - Robotics are helping surgeons make great strides in the medical arena, and the advanced technology used in robotic prostatectomy procedures delivers many benefits to both surgeon and patient. However, in recent news, there is some scrutiny on the frequency of its use. Further, some critics are cautioning patients against the mass marketing of robotic surgery and its benefits.
In light of continuing Medicare and other third party-payer physician reimbursement issues and changes, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and 20 other surgical specialty organizations have jointly published the sixth edition of Physicians as Assistants at Surgery , a guide that indicates whether an operation may call for the use of a physician as an assistant.
PRNewswire - A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases suggests that the cost of a gastric banding weight loss procedure is offset by reduction in obesity-related medical costs within 2.25 years for surgery-eligible patients with diabetes, and within four years for all surgery-eligible patients.
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common - but preventable - complication after surgery that can lead to other complications or even death. The use and development of biomarkers will help physicians diagnose and treat acute kidney injury. Three protein measurements indicate who has a high risk of developing kidney injury after heart surgery, according to two studies appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology .
Researchers from the Indiana University have identified common barriers and strategies for successfully implementing practice changes in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). The study, published in the August issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology , the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, reveals shared lessons learned from six ICUs as they implemented evidence-based practices to reduce Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.
Stephanie Nano, AP Scientists are reporting the first clear success with a new approach for treating leukemia — turning the patients' own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer cells. They've only done it in three patients so far, but the results were striking: Two appear cancer-free up to a year after treatment, and the third patient is improved but still has some cancer.
Randolph E. Schmid, AP One day monitoring a patient's vital signs like temperature and heart rate could be as simple as sticking on a tiny, wireless patch, sort of like a temporary tattoo. Eliminating the bulky wiring and electrodes used in current monitors would make the devices more comfortable for patients, says an international team of researchers who report their findings in Friday's edition of the journal Science .
Marilynn Marchione, AP They savor pizza and burgers, no longer frighten children, and many of them can walk the streets without people knowing they have someone else's cheeks, nose, lips and skin. People who have had face transplants increasingly are going public, helping to transform an operation that six years ago was daredevil theory into one that is widely accepted.
Kidney transplant from a living donor presents the best option and results in increased organ survival. This has lead to new surgical technologies for the improvement of transplantation procedures. The work presented today at IDIBAPS - Hospital Clínic of Barcelona by Dr. Antonio Alcaraz, IDIBAPS investigator and head of the department of Urology, and his team, confirm the feasibility of surgical techniques with minimal scars for the extraction of a kidney.
A review of national data from 1996 through 2007 reveals a sharp uptick in the use of computed tomography scans to diagnose illnesses in emergency departments, a University of Michigan Health System study finds. The rate of CT use grew 11 times faster than the rate of ED visits during the study period.
AP) — Attacks on medics in war zones are becoming more frequent and drawing less outrage, despite being explicitly forbidden under international law, the Red Cross said Wednesday. The neutral aid group said recent incidents in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen indicated a wider trend toward targeting health care workers, hospitals and ambulances.