Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — The doctor whose research linking autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella influenced millions of parents to refuse the shot for their children was banned Monday from practicing medicine in his native Britain. Dr. Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study was discredited—but vaccination rates have never fully recovered and he continues to enjoy a vocal following, helped in the U.
Increased use of drug-eluting stents (DES) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) between 2003 and 2006 netted significantly higher costs for coronary artery disease and chronic heart failure patients, researchers said. The increased use of these technologies also partly explained the growth in healthcare costs during these years.
A new rule preventing medical support staff from completing orders for outpatient imaging exams that were likely to be negative resulted in a marked decrease in low-yield exams for patients, according to a study appearing in the June issue of Radiology. Many medical institutions request and schedule outpatient diagnostic imaging exams through use of web-based radiology order entry systems.
A surgeon who lost the right to operate in Norway after 29 cases of malpractice is working unhindered at a hospital in northern Sweden, where managers were previously unaware of her error-strewn past. Danish doctor Johanne Krogh, 62, has become synonymous in Norway with medical malpractice after a series of high profile incidents that changed patients’ lives for the worse.
With the recent launch of the Neurosurgical Spine Program at Saint Louis University Hospital’s Center for Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery, the hospital has seen a dramatic increase in the number of minimally-invasive spinal procedures, including lumbar spinal fusion surgery. Designed to stop the motion at a painful vertebral segment, this procedure is traditionally performed via a large incision on the back, stripping muscles away from the spine.
By the age of five Rachel had been struggling with seizures brought on by intractable epilepsy for nearly three years. During these episodes, her body would jerk and shake and then go limp. Her lips would turn blue, her breathing would become shallow and her eyes would move rapidly back and forth.
A recent survey shows that 85 percent of participating patients said they were anxious about receiving a general anesthetic. The report is published in the May issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing . Key concerns included dying while asleep, not waking up after surgery, waking up during surgery and anxiety while waiting to go into surgery or arriving at the OR door.
Despite being more affiliated with the conservative nature of Mormon religion than the blatant silicon endowments of communities like L.A. or Miami, Salt Lake City continues to be a hub for plastic surgery. The number of cosmetic surgeons in the city even led Forbes to dub it the vainest city in the U.
A nationwide study has confirmed the benefit of giving estrogen-lowering drugs before surgery to breast cancer patients. The treatment increased the likelihood that women could undergo breast-conservation surgery, also called lumpectomy, instead of mastectomy. Sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, the study took place at 118 hospitals across the country and involved 352 postmenopausal women with estrogen-receptor positive (ER+) breast tumors.
State-of-the-art aquatic therapy will soon be a featured rehabilitation option for patients at UniHealth Post-Acute Care of Durhamin Durham, North Carolina. UPAC of Durha will offer patients a program that uses therapeutic warm water rehabilitation to reduce pain and improve mobility. UPAC selected HydroWorx for its therapy pool because of the unit's spaciousness and patient-focused features that include resistance jets for massage, exercise, and therapy; an adjustable depth that allows each patient to enter at floor level and be lowered gently into the water; a cushioned, low-impact treadmill on the pool floor; and underwater cameras with corresponding monitors for therapy evaluation and diagnosis.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Scientists announced a bold step in the enduring quest to create artificial life. They've produced a living cell powered by manmade DNA. While such work can evoke images of Frankenstein-like scientific tinkering, it also is exciting hopes that it could eventually lead to new fuels, better ways to clean polluted water, faster vaccine production and more.
Pacemaker reuse may be a safe, effective and ethical alternative to address the medical needs for people in Third World countries who couldn't otherwise afford therapy, according to a new study unveiled by the American Heart Association. Researchers examined pacemaker reuse compared with a control population of new device implantation in studies from 1975 to 2009.
A poster presented at the 12th World Congress Of Endoscopic Surgery in April of this year concluded that single port surgery laparoscopic surgery requires unique skills that can—and need to—be learned by surgeons in order to perform the technique effectively. In the research, titled “Performance Ramifications of Single Port Laparoscopic Surgery: Measuring Differences in Task Performance Using Simulation,” Nathan E Conway, MD and colleagues suggest that single port laparoscopic surgery is a promising technique, but one that may be associated with specific psychomotor challenges such as use of articulated and/or deliberately crossed instruments.
Two Indiana hospitals have repaid millions of dollars to the federal government to settle claims that they overcharged for a type of spinal surgery. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie paid just under $2 million. President and chief executive Mike Haley said the hospital had fully cooperated with the investigation and voluntarily agreed to repay the money.
Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to medical device maker St. Jude Medical, Inc. due to the company promoting its device for an unapproved use. In a letter dated April 23, the FDA takes issue with claims on a St. Jude website promoting its Epicor ablation system.