(AP) — Police say a man tried to rob a western Pennsylvania gambling parlor by threatening to spread a staph infection. He walked into Lucky's Internet Cafe on Monday night and began touching the walls and gambling machines, claiming he had MRSA. Sharon police Chief Mike Menster says the man then threatened to infect the cashier if he didn't give him money.
Kevin Begos & Matt Moore, AP The parents of a three-year-old New Jersey girl say she's being denied a kidney transplant because of her mental disabilities, but experts caution the situation may be much more complex. The girl's mother, Chrissy Rivera, last week posted a blog entry that described an encounter she claimed happened at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
A new surgical technique for treating perforations of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) in children and adults has been developed at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center, an affiliate of the Université de Montreal, by Dr. Issam Saliba. The new technique, which is as effective as traditional surgery and far less expensive, can be performed in 20 minutes at an outpatient clinic during a routine visit to an ENT specialist.
Researchers in Finland found that annual cumulative incidences of partial and total knee arthroplasty, commonly known as knee replacement surgery, rose rapidly over a 27-year period among 30 to 59 year-olds, with the greatest increase occurring in patients aged 50 to 59 years. According to the study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatism , incidences were higher in women throughout the study period.
If organisations want to retain qualified nurses they need to tackle the different work factors that are important to the three key age groups of nurses, and build on the strong attachment that many feel to the profession. Those are the key messages to emerge from a large-scale survey of nurses published in the January issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing .
(AP) — Country music star Garth Brooks is suing an Oklahoma hospital that he says reneged on a promise to name a building after his late mother in exchange for a $500,000 donation. Brooks' lawsuit against Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon seeks the return of the December 2005 donation.
According to a recent report from WTVM in Columbus, GA, 23-year-old Clay Taber has someone to thank for his new kidney. And he barely knew her until his recent operation. Nurse Allison Batson heard about Taber - how he was engaged to be married and with a bright future in finance after graduating from Auburn University, but in need of a new kidney.
A New Orleans woman who experimented with bath salts was ravaged by flesh-eating bacteria that caused an infection leading to the amputation of her arm, shoulder and breast, and nearly took her life. The 34-year-old woman showed up at a hospital complaining of pain and redness on her right forearm, where there was a puncture wound the woman admitted was a needle stick.
(PRNewswire-USNewswire) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved usage for an endovascular graft manufactured by W.L. Gore to include treatment of life-threatening tears or ruptures of the aorta (thoracic aortic transection). The Gore TAG Thoracic Endoprosthesis is the first endovascular graft approved by the FDA to treat a variety of thoracic lesions, including dangerously large bulges in the aorta (aneurysms) as well as thoracic aortic transections.
(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System have found a new indicator that may predict which patients with a common type of throat cancer are most likely have the cancer spread to other parts of their bodies. Patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma who had matted lymph nodes - nodes that are connected together - had a 69 percent survival rate over three years, compared to 94 percent for patients without matted nodes, according to a study published online ahead of print publication in Head & Neck .
One afternoon, I heard a colleague let out an exasperated groan in front of the hospital computers. His patient had been admitted. Again. Overweight for much of his youth, the patient developed diabetes in his early 30s, then high blood pressure a few years later. By the time he was in his 40s, he had become so debilitated by a heart attack, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, arthritic joint pains and his ever-increasing weight that he could no longer work.
Robotics experts at the University of California - Santa Cruz and the University of Washington (UW) have completed a set of seven advanced robotic surgery systems for use by major medical research laboratories throughout the United States. After a round of final tests, five of the systems will be shipped to medical robotics researchers at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Nebraska, UC-Berkeley, and UCLA, while the other two systems will remain at UC-Santa Cruz and UW.
Placing a stent in a key artery in the neck is safer than ever in patients ineligible for the standard surgical treatment of carotid artery disease, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Vascular Surgery . A team of researchers led by Dr. Jon Matsumura, head of the vascular surgery division at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, found the clinical trial PROTECT (Carotid Artery Stenting with Distal Embolic Protection with Improved System) had the lowest rate of complications ever in patients considered high risk for carotid endarterectomy (CEA).
(AP) Mark Weinberger, a former surgeon who became notorious for fleeing the country when faced with legal and ethical questions surrounding his treatment of hundreds of people in and around northwestern Indiana, is suing his malpractice insurance company. If you haven't read his story, click here .
(PRNewswire-USNewswire) In the first-ever multicenter clinical trial on processed nerve allograft, researchers from The Buncke Clinic in San Francisco found that treatment of severed peripheral nerve with processed nerve allograft showed meaningful recovery in 87 percent of patients, comparing favorably to traditional nerve repair (autograft nerve).