When physical therapy and drugs fail to relieve back or neck pain, patients often turn to spinal fusion surgery as a last resort, but two new studies show that in certain situations, especially when several discs are involved, artificial disc replacement may give better long-term results at lower cost.
Patients who've been hurt in car or bike crashes, been shot or stabbed, or suffered other injuries are more likely to live if they arrive at the hospital on the weekend than during the week, according to new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine research published in the Archives of Surgery .
In a study of 82 patients who were evaluated 12 or more years after undergoing laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding for morbid obesity, a majority of patients reported that they were satisfied with the procedure, although approximately 40 percent experienced major complications and nearly half required removal of their bands, according to a report posted online that will appear in the July print issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
(AP) — Anthem Blue Cross, the largest health plan in California, said Monday it will delay and reduce rate hikes that would have hit some 600,000 policyholders at an estimated cost of $40 million. Anthem is one of four major health insurers in the state who earlier agreed to put off premium increases for at least 60 days at the request of California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.
Patients with facial paralysis who underwent surgical treatment for a condition that leaves them unable to completely close their eyes reported improvement in comfort around the eyes and overall quality of life, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
(AP) — A construction worker badly disfigured in a power line accident two years ago has received the United States' first full face transplant at a Boston hospital. More than 30 doctors, nurses and other staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital, led by plastic surgeon Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, performed the 15-hour operation last week on 25-year-old Dallas Wiens.
Patients with kidney cancer who had their entire organ removed were more likely to have more renal complications and poorer health after surgery, compared to those who had only part of their kidney removed, a study has shown. Ronald Moore, a professor in the Department of Surgery, a senior scholar funded by Alberta Innovates and a practising surgeon, studied 1,151 kidney cancer cases in Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, with his colleagues Scott Klarenbach, an Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions investigator and associate nephrology professor, as well as Branko Braam, an associate nephrology professor and a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada new investigator.
Statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that more men are having plastic surgery. Overall cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in men were up two percent in 2010 compared to 2009. However, many male surgical procedures increased significantly. Facelifts for men rose 14 percent and male liposuction increased seven percent.
(AP) - Thyroid cancer for sure. Leukemia, probably. Too much radiation can raise the risk of developing cancer years down the road, scientists agree, and the young are most vulnerable. But just how much or how long an exposure is risky is not clear. Those are among the unknowns scientists are contemplating as the crisis unfolds at Japan's stricken nuclear power plant.
In a commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a leading patient safety expert argues that failure to integrate new electronic equipment in modern hospital operating rooms and intensive care units results in diagnostic mistakes, failures to identify deteriorating patients, communication errors and inefficient work.
If you have time to quickly swipe your pager or cell phone three times, that would be your best bet to get rid of most of the bacteria. And a simple tissue moistened with saline would do the trick. But if you only have time for a single swipe of a 'dirty' phone – you'd be better off reaching for a disinfectant wipe.
(AP) — A Nevada bill giving patients a time cushion to file an expert witness affidavit required for medical malpractice lawsuits was touted by backers Thursday as an issue of fairness, but opposed by medical groups as undermining the spirit of an initiative passed by voters to cap malpractice awards and reduce frivolous litigation.
U.S. healthcare facilities are grossly underperforming in hand hygiene compliance, which could impact healthcare-associated infections and patient safety, said two of the world's foremost experts on infection prevention and hand hygiene. Speaking last week before more than 200 healthcare leaders at a hand hygiene forum organized by Loyola University Medical Center and Medline Industries, Inc.
(AP) — U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high, rising above 78 years. The estimate of 78 years and 2 months is for a baby born in 2009, and comes from a preliminary report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 2.4 million people died in the United States in 2009 — roughly 36,000 fewer deaths than the year before.
(AP) — A transplant patient contracted AIDS from the kidney of a living donor, in the first documented case of its kind in the U.S. since screening for HIV began in the mid-1980s. It turns out the donor had unprotected gay sex in the 11 weeks between the time he tested negative and the time the surgery took place in 2009.