Patients who undergo surgery are more likely to suffer surgical site infections if the operating room is noisy, according to research published in the July issue of BJS, the British Journal of Surgery . Swiss researchers studied 35 patients who underwent planned, major abdominal surgery, exploring demographic parameters, the duration of the operation and sound levels.
New research raises the possibility that the critically short supply of livers for organ donation could be expanded by treating so-called "marginal" livers with a substance that protects them from damage after being connected to recipients' blood supplies. The report appears in ACS' journal Molecular Pharmaceutics .
Jennifer C. Kerr, AP The government is cutting premiums by up to 40 percent in 17 states and implementing other changes to make it easier for people with pre-existing medical conditions to get health insurance. The move comes as enrollment in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan continues to lag far behind expectations, often because people can't afford the premiums or find it too hard to meet enrollment requirements.
Cambridge Consultants, a technology design and development firm, recently unveiled the findings of a study which examined how device usability impacts patient acceptance, dosage compliance and, ultimately, health outcomes. Looking at the role lifestyle factors and device features play in patient compliance for drug and device combination products, the research supports the idea that pharmaceutical companies could improve the market share of their drugs if the emphasis was shifted to the broader patient user experience.
(AP) — An elderly Brazilian man shot in the face escaped death when his dentures deflected a bullet headed for his brain. A hospital official says that 81-year-old Zacarias Pacheco de Moraes was shot Thursday while working in a bar he owns in the small western city of Alta Floresta. Jose Marcos da Silva was quoted by Globo TV's G1 website Saturday as saying that the bullet probably would have pierced Moraes' brain if it hadn't first hit his dentures before lodging in his throat.
Dan Sewell, AP Herman Williams came home safely after fighting in the jungles of Vietnam as a Marine. He was shocked to learn four decades later that his military service had again placed him in jeopardy — this time, because he got a tooth pulled. Williams is among 13,000 U.S. veterans who have been warned in the last two years that their blood should be tested for potentially fatal infections after possible exposures by improper hygiene practices at five VA hospitals in Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee.
Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antibiotic to treat an intestinal infection that afflicts more than 700,000 U.S. patients each year and can sometimes prove fatal. Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s Dificid tablets were approved Friday to treat Clostridium difficile, an infection that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to potentially life-threatening inflammation of the colon.
Lauran Neergaard, AP A growing shortage of medications for a host of illnesses has hospitals scrambling for substitutes, and sometimes delaying treatment. "It's just a matter of time now before we call for a drug that we need to save a patient's life and we find out there isn't any," says Dr.
Brain interventions must be planned so that the neurosurgeon can access and remove the tumor without causing unnecessary damage. Before the brain tumor can be removed, crucial questions must be answered, like; Where do the functional areas of the cortex (gray matter) of the patient lie? What are the paths of the nerve fiber tracts that connect them? Answering these questions is important because the functional areas of the brain are interconnected via nerve pathways, also known as nerve fiber tracts.
MedicAlert@ Implant Connect, a new service which aims to improve the safety of patients with implanted medical devices by creating a safe and secure system to store and link each patient to vital information about their implanted device, has been launched. It's a combined effort of MedicAlert Foundation and Champion Medical Technologies.
In Varanasi, India one of Smile Train's oldest and highest performing partners, GS Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital, will reach a new milestone - 20,000 Smile Train-sponsored free cleft surgeries.GS Memorial, under the leadership of Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh runs one of the largest cleft centers in the world and has been a Smile Train partner since April 2004.
Mike Stobbe, AP If you think you do enough physical activity at work to keep you healthy, you're probably wrong. Health researchers say only about 6.5 percent of U.S. adults meet physical activity guidelines while they're working. And those that do are disproportionately Hispanic men and men with less than a high school education.
Josh Lederman, AP New Jersey health officials are pushing to tighten the eligibility requirements for new Medicaid enrollees as part of Governor Christopher Christie's administration's effort to save $300 million by overhauling the healthcare program for low income and disabled residents. The proposal would deny coverage to new adult enrollees who earn more than $5,317 per year for a family of three — about one-fifth of the current income requirement.
Ford researchers have taken a more active role in developing a series of health and wellness in-car connectivity solutions designed to empower people with self-help information while they drive. Leveraging Ford SYNC® and its ability to connect devices via Bluetooth, access cloud-based internet services and control smartphone apps, Ford is developing voice-controlled in-car connections to an array of health aids from glucose monitoring devices, diabetes management services, asthma management tools and web-based allergen alert solutions.
Health ministers from around the world have agreed to put off setting a deadline to destroy the last known stockpiles of the smallpox virus for three more years, rejecting a U.S. plan that had called for a five-year delay. After two days of heated debate, the 193-nation World Health Assembly agreed by consensus to a compromise that calls for another review in 2014.