The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a positive review of a breast cancer drug from Roche that could soon become the first pharmaceutical option approved for treating early-stage disease before surgery. In documents posted online, FDA scientists said women who received the drug Perjeta as initial treatment for breast cancer were more likely to be cancer-free at the time of surgery than women who received older drug combinations.
A southwest Iowa medical center has suspended a surgeon who is facing disciplinary action by the Iowa Board of Medicine. The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reported that Dr. Subir Ray was suspended Friday by the Shenandoah Medical Center.
University of Toronto researchers examined data on patients who had been hospitalized in the United States for subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and found racial/ethnic differences in the rates of inpatient mortality and hospital discharge to institutional care.
There is a wide variation between hospitals in keeping their older surgery patients from needing emergency care after surgery on their hearts, hips, backs, colons, and major blood vessels. Some hospitals had four times the rate of post-surgery emergency care for their patients, compared with others.
The implants are a precursor to fitting the boy with prosthetic eyes that will look and move more like normal eyes, but do not restore vision. Doctors at the C-MER (Shenzhen) Dennis Lam Eye Hospital also plan to fit Guo Bin — nicknamed Bin Bin — with navigation sensors that would allow the boy to get around on his own in familiar places.
Texas Children's Hospital is excited to announce the acquisition of the da Vinci Si Surgical System which will establish the hospital's first dedicated pediatric robotic surgery program. Dr. Chester Koh will be leading the pediatric robotic surgery program at Texas Children's as he has been instrumental in developing cutting edge techniques with both the laparoscope and the da Vinci robot.
An internal investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs has found that one of its hospitals in Jackson, Miss., did not have enough doctors in its primary care unit, resulting in nurse practitioners’ handling far too many patients, numerous complaints about delayed care, and repeated violations of federal rules on prescribing narcotics.
A team of scientists at Karolinska Institutet and Harvard University has taken a major step towards treatment for heart attack, by instructing the injured heart in mice to heal by expressing a factor that triggers cardiovascular regeneration driven by native heart stem cells.
Researchers at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China claim to have successfully created living human kidneys through the use of 3D Printing. The artificially created organs have apparently been found to effectively perform the functions of a human kidney, including the breakdown of toxins, metabolic functions, and the secretion of fluids.
Health officials in Massachusetts said five patients in the state may have also been exposed to the fatal brain infection Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease because a specialized instrument used on the New Hampshire patient had been rented and reused at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.
The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) will debut a new Innovation and Technology Symposium at its Annual Meeting, October 19-23, 2013, in San Francisco. Neurosurgery Innovations (October 19, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) offers neurosurgeons and industry-leading medical device companies the opportunity to collaborate in an open forum on new technologies and innovations fueling the advancement of neurosurgery.
Recent healthcare reform efforts are focused on transforming care delivery while also controlling skyrocketing costs. URAC, an independent accreditation organization advancing quality and value throughout healthcare, announced today the launch of two new accreditation programs for Clinical Integration and Accountable Care to address the changing healthcare landscape.
Relatively small numbers of women in stenting trials have precluded definitive evidence of benefit, but a large pooled analysis strongly suggests stents are safe and effective in women. Slightly more than one-fourth of 44,000 patients in 26 trials were women and their rates of death or myocardial infarction at 3 years were similar to that of men, and improved as stenting technology advanced.
As they did in 2012, survey respondents ranked their overall happiness as an eight on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being happiest), and the vast majority of physicians are still satisfied with their career choice. Sixty percent said given the chance to go back in time and choose again, they would still become a physician.
Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery with bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) appear to be at increased risk of benign tumors—but not cancers, reports a study. Other papers report on a stent-assisted approach for difficult-to-treat brain aneurysms and a new software program to help in identifying and protecting critical areas during brain tumor surgery.