Southern Illinois researchers have determined that Medicare beneficiaries living in rural areas are 27 percent more likely than urban dwellers to have total knee or hip replacement surgeries. Researchers also found women more likely than men to undergo total joint replacement surgeries. Full findings appear in the December issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism .
A recent study from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) states that radiologists can accurately diagnose acute appendicitis from a remote location with the use of a handheld device or mobile phone equipped with special software. “The goal is to improve the speed and accuracy of medical diagnoses, as well as to improve communications among different consulting physicians,” said the study's lead author, Asim F.
While traditional endoscopes provide a peek inside patients’ bodies a University of Florida engineering researcher is designing one capable of a full inspection. Huikai Xie , an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is working on replacing the scope’s cameras with scanners that “see” beneath the surface of tissues in revealing abnormal groups of cells or growth patterns before cancerous growths are big enough to be visible.
Obese patients are no more likely to have post-operative complications than those of average weight when undergoing robotic surgery to remove uterine fibroids, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital. “Performing laparoscopic myomectomy on an obese patient can present difficulties for the most experienced gynecologic surgeon,” says David Eisenstein, M.
br> Marilynn Marchione, AP You can't blame this one on McDonald’s: Researchers have found signs of heart disease in 3,500-year-old mummies. “We think of it as being caused by modern risk factors, such as fast food, smoking and a lack of exercise, but the findings show that these aren't the only reasons arteries clog”, said Dr.
A Bangladeshi toddler separated earlier this week from her conjoined twin sister is talking and behaving normally after waking from a medically induced coma. Trishna is already doing well enough that she could leave intensive care, said Wirginia Maixner, director of neurosurgery at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.
Drea Lynne Gibson, a 43-year-old nurse at the Plastic Surgery Center in Bellevue, WA has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison and three years of supervised release. She had previously admitting to tampering with doses of Demerol, a narcotic pain medication. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez said, “Using Demerol for herself is one thing, stealing it is another.
End-to-end integration of HD devices in the operating room ushers in a new era in disruptive technology providing real-time medicine and collaboration among healthcare providers November 20, 2009 Disruptive technologies, which refer to a product or service that revolutionizes screening, diagnostic, procedural, or medical/drug intervention capabilities can become the standards of care.
Untitled Document November 18, 2009 Marilynn Marchione, AP For the first time, a miniature heart pump shows the potential to become a widely used, permanent treatment for many older people with severe heart failure. But can we afford it? In a study of 200 patients, the new device increased by four times the number who survived at least two years compared with an older pump that had drawbacks limiting its use, doctors reported Tuesday.
Untitled Document November 18, 2009 Linda A. Johnson, AP Malaria. Tuberculosis. Alzheimer's disease. AIDS. Pandemic flu. Genital herpes. Urinary tract infections. Grass allergies. Traveler's diarrhea. You name it, the pharmaceutical industry is working on a vaccine to prevent it, and many could be on the market in five years or less.
Untitled Document November 18, 2009 Wayne Parry, AP Lying in bed one night in 2007, Peter Criss felt something strange: a small lump on his left breast. “I thought, ‘It's a nodule, I'm a guy, I don't think it's anything more than that,’” he said.
Untitled Document November 18, 2009 An aid worker who helped bring formerly conjoined Bangladeshi twins to Australia where doctors managed to separate them spoke of her relief after the successful surgery, as the girls remained in serious but stable condition.
Sam Hananel, AP Some employers are pressuring workers not to report illnesses and injuries, just one problem that has led to widespread underreporting of workplace safety issues, according to congressional investigators. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors often didn't interview workers to verify what employers claim when keeping tabs on accident and illness rates, the Government Accountability Office report states.
Brett Zongker, AP Rose Percy has a long history with the American Red Cross. Complete with an extensive wardrobe and her own Tiffany jewelry, this 23” wax doll was first sold for $1,200 back in 1864 to benefit the U.S. Sanitary Commission — the precursor to one of best-known U.S. charities.
Twin Bangladeshi girls joined at the top of their heads were in good condition Tuesday but were not yet separated after 24 hours of complicated surgery. Ian McKenzie, a member of the Australian surgical team and director of anesthesia at the Royal Children's Hospital, said the girls were improving as their bodies began to work individually.