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.
(AP) — A Connecticut woman who was mauled by an out-of-control chimpanzee says she's venturing out more after a face transplant, and that her new face is getting compliments. Charla Nash told NBC's Today show that she's returning to more of her normal life and her donor face has begun molding to her underlying bone structure.
PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The U.S.Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the first system that can repair a failed or problematic aortic endograft - a fabric tube used to repair a dangerously large aortic aneurysm. The FDA's action will provide surgeons with a minimally-invasive option for repair of aortic endografts (endovascular grafts) that are not properly positioned.
Maryclaire Dale, AP The pursuit of profits blinded executives of a medical devices company to the "the sanctity of human life," a federal judge said Monday in sentencing them to prison for unapproved testing of bone cement that left three people dead. The Synthes North America officials are among the first corporate officials sent to prison for misdemeanor pleas as "responsible corporate officers" under the 1975 Park Doctrine.
South Asian patients with coronary artery disease were almost three times as likely to be re-admitted to the hospital for further interventional treatment to arterial plaque than their White European counterparts, according to research in the December issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice .
Maryclaire Dale, AP Four white-collar defendants hope to avoid prison when they are sentenced for conducting unapproved medical trials that left three patients dead. The former executives of Snythes Inc., a medical-device company with U.S. headquarters in suburban Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor as "responsible corporate officers.
Kelli Kennedy, AP A woman who wanted to work at a nightclub started searching for someone who could perform plastic surgery at a cheap price. Police say what she found was a woman posing as a doctor who filled her buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant. The suspect — who police say was born a man and identifies as a woman — apparently performed the surgery on herself, and investigators say she may have victimized others.
(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Complications following breast reduction surgery, particularly infections, are more common in women older than 50, reports a study in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The increased complication rate in older women likely reflects age-related changes in hormone levels, according to the new research by ASPS Member Surgeon Michele A.
In a finding that confirms what many obstetricians and gynecologists suspected, Duke University researchers report that younger women who undergo hysterectomies face a nearly two-fold increased risk for developing menopause early. The study, published in the December issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology , is the largest analysis to track over time the actual hormonal impact of woman who had hysterectomies and compare them to women whose uteruses remained intact.
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) have issued a new white paper on the potential role of endoscopic bariatric therapies (EBTs) in treating obesity and obesity-related diseases like Type 2 diabetes.
PRNewswire - An annual survey of hospital executives highlights the increased importance of reducing costs in the perioperative department. Seventy-eight percent of the survey's respondents are considering or planning projects to reduce perioperative costs in the next year, a 34 percent increase in OR cost reduction projects since 2010.
PRNewswire/USNewswire - Two flagship foundations for advancing spine care through support for research, the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), announced today a collaborative grant program that will broadly cultivate multidisciplinary clinical spine research.
New research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has shown for the first time that pneumonia is the most common serious infection after heart surgery. The new study, presented at the 2011 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, also revealed that most infections occur about two weeks after surgery, not one week as physicians previously thought.
PRNewswire - A manufacturer of infusion pain pumps has filed a claim against a doctor for off-label use of the device, according to court documents filed last week. According to the claim, Dr. Bruce Holladay used a pain pump manufactured by I-Flow Corporation to administer pain medication to a teenager following shoulder surgery in 2007.