By SHADOWFAX Okay, I am officially overwhelmed. I am about as well plugged in to the bureaucracy of medicine as any non-professional administrator can be. I am familiar with the joint commission audits, with the Physician Quality Reporting Program, with CMS core measures, with Hospital Compare, with HCAHPS, with "meaningful use," with the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, with Leapfrog, and a variety of other patient safety and quality initiatives.
By combining conventional medical imaging with some of the same 3-D modeling techniques used in Hollywood movies, researchers are offering new hope to victims of serious facial injuries. Results of a new study on human face transplantation, led by Darren M. Smith, M.D., plastic surgery resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Among patients with infective endocarditis (an infection of the heart lining which may involve the heart valves) and heart failure, about two-thirds undergo valvular surgery, which is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of death in the hospital and at one year, according to a study in the November 23/30 issue of JAMA .
(PRNewswire) Amid increased scrutiny over medical imaging scans and the use of radiation, a new survey reveals that awareness and familiarity with medical imaging tests lead to clearer decisions for U.S. adults about their healthcare. The survey, released by the Siemens Radiation Reduction Alliance (SIERRA) evaluated the decision-making process of participants in response to situations where a medical scan is recommended by a physician.
(AP) — Slovakia has declared a state of emergency in more than a dozen hospitals to ensure that healthcare is not compromised after thousands of doctors resigned from public hospitals over low pay. Prime Minister Iveta Radicova, speaking after an emergency government meeting on the crisis, said the measures involve 15 hospitals across the country, including two clinics in the capital, Bratislava.
(CNN) -- Kerry Morgan was just 3 years old when she participated in her first clinical trial for type 1 diabetes prevention. She didn't have the disease, but her 7-year old sister did and there was concern that she might develop it, too. During the trial she was given one shot of insulin a day in the hope that it would stave off the disease, but a year later, she was officially diagnosed.
BUSINESS WIRE)-- AdeTherapeutics, Inc. received Health Canada approval in November to conduct a double-blind randomized placebo controlled study in 30 patients to test its therapeutic to reduce adhesion (scar tissue) formation following laparoscopic procedure to remove an ectopic pregnancy. The trial will be conducted at teaching hospitals in Canada with first patient enrolment expected in December 2011.
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Stealth Peptides Inc. (Stealth), a privately held biopharmaceutical company developing innovative mitochondrial therapies for diseases with unmet medical needs, reported today on a presentation of Bendavia study findings by cardiologist Dr. Robert Kloner, who presented data from three independent labs during the American Heart Association's (AHA) annual meeting.
HALIFAX — The federal government is ready to accept research proposals for an early-phase patient trial of an experimental procedure that's been touted as a potential therapy for people with multiple sclerosis. Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced the call Friday for research proposals to study the so-called liberation therapy during the federal, provincial and territorial health ministers meeting in Halifax.
The United States far outpaces other countries in how much it spends on health care, although Americans have a lower rate of doctor visits and hospitalizations than most of the other 34 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. In its Health at a Glance 2011 report, out today, the OECD shows that the United States spent about $7,960 per person on health care in 2009 – about 2.
PITTSBURGH — The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the United Network for Organ Sharing have placed the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's transplant program on probation for up to a year because a living female donor had hepatitis when her kidney was transplanted into her male partner.
/PRNewswire/ -- Neuralstem, Inc. announced that the first patient to receive stem cells in the cervical (upper back) region of the spine was treated on Friday in its ongoing trial to test the safety of its spinal cord neural stem cells in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease).
MIAMI (AP) — Florida health officials say several possible victims have come forward alleging a woman posing as a doctor pumped their buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant. Oneal Ron Morris was arrested Friday for practicing medicine without a license with serious bodily injury for performing that procedure on a woman last year.
Body Mass Index (BMI) appears to be associated with 30-day mortality risk following surgical procedures, and patients with a BMI of less than 23.1 appear to be at highest risk of death, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Recent reports suggest that the prevalence of obesity among U.
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) was developed to help return lost function to patients with upper and lower extremity injuries and spinal cord injuries, among other applications. However, the devices, which work by stimulating neuronal activity in nerve-damaged patients, have a potential shortcoming in that the electrical currents needed for the treatment to work can also send errant signals to surrounding nerves, resulting in painful side effects.