Lauran Neergaard, AP Thousands of older Americans who need new heart valves but are too frail to survive the surgery might soon get a chance at an easier option — a way to thread in an artificial aortic valve without cracking their chests. Not yet known is whether easier-to-implant valves might work for the less sick who'd like to try the new technology rather than undergo the open-heart surgery required for standard valve replacements.
Lindsey Tanner, AP A report says treatment has improved substantially at U.S. hospitals for several ailments, including heart attacks, pneumonia and children's asthma. The information is based on more than 3,000 hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission, an independent regulatory group. On average, hospitals in the report gave recommended heart attack treatment almost 98 percent of the time in 2009, versus 89 percent in 2002.
A simple, inexpensive blood test could soon help doctors halt organ rejection before it impairs transplanted hearts and kidneys. "In the past, we couldn't spot rejection episodes until they harmed the organ," said Atul Butte, MD, PhD, who is co-senior author of the new research and an associate professor of medical informatics and pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Jerry and Becky Morefield enjoy some time together with their 15-year-old triplets with cerebral palsy in Mahomet, Ill., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. The nation's new health care law adds consumer protections that kick in Thursday, forcing insurers to meet new requirements.
Health Connect Partners (HCP) announced today that attendance of over 130 Hospital OR Directors, GPOs and Surgery Center Administrators exhibiting at the upcoming 2010 Hospital OR & Surgery Center Conference, set for October 13-15 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville will be the largest combined group of OR directors and surgery eenter administrators ever exhibiting at a Reverse EXPO Conference.
Jim Bailey, Trail Daily Times TRAIL, B.C. — A pair of British Columbia brothers who travelled to Mexico for a controversial surgical procedure to avoid becoming wheelchair-bound say they're now recovering with a new sense of liberation. Matt Berukoff and his brother Dan, from Fruitvale, both suffer from multiple sclerosis.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Obesity puts a drag on the wallet as well as health, especially for women. Doctors have long known that medical bills are higher for the obese, but that's only a portion of the real-life costs. George Washington University researchers added in things like employee sick days, lost productivity, even the need for extra gasoline — and found the annual cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man.
Hannah Wolfson, AP More patients at UAB Hospital haven't been able to pay their bills over the last two years because of the tough economy, and hospital administrators are predicting the trend will continue in 2011. "High unemployment and fewer insured patients are affecting both the hospital and the faculty," John Faulstich, the UAB Health System's chief financial officer, told the University of Alabama System board of trustees.
Treating hospital patients with thigh-length surgical stockings, rather than knee-high socks, can reduce life threatening blood clots, a new study suggests. Researchers found that knee-high stockings, which are similar to flight socks, do little in stroke patients to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a life threatening form of blood clot that can travel up into the heart and lungs.
September 21, 2010 Maria Cheng, AP (AP) Some breast cancer patients may do just as well with a less invasive surgery to remove selected lymph nodes rather than the aggressive operation normally used to remove them all, a new study says. In the biggest trial yet to compare the two procedures, North American researchers found early breast cancer patients don't need the more interventionist surgery to live longer.
High blood glucose levels after surgery may be an important risk factor for infection at the surgical site in patients having general surgery, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Surgery . Surgical site infection accounts for 14 to 17 percent of hospital-acquired infections, making it the third most common type of infection acquired at health-care facilities and the most common among patients having surgery, according to background information in the article.
Doctors rushed a Cedar Rapids, Iowa man into a treatment room after they found a worm had taken up residence in his eye. John Matthews said he sought medical help after he noticed two spots obscuring his vision in his left eye. Several specialists tested him and he was sent to the ophthalmology department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Delays of 12 hours or more before surgery do not appear to adversely affect 30-day outcomes among patients undergoing appendectomies for acute appendicitis, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Surgery . "Appendectomy is the most common emergent surgical procedure performed worldwide, with appendicitis accounting for approximately 1 million hospital days annually," the authors write.
The first in-human study of a robotically assisted percutaneous coronary intervention system demonstrated that the technique was safe and feasible. The results of the study were presented at the 22nd annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation.
More than 100,000 children left homeless by Pakistan's floods are in danger of dying because they simply do not have enough to eat. The aid group Doctors Without Borders has already converted one ward into an inpatient feeding center. By Margie Mason, AP Medical Writer September 20, 2010 SUKKUR, Pakistan (AP) — Suhani Bunglani fans flies away from her two baby girls as one sleeps motionless while the other stares without blinking at the roof of their tent, her empty belly bulging beneath a green flowered shirt.