Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have successfully tested a controllable endoscopic capsule, inspired by science fiction, that has the ability to swim through the body and could provide clinicians with unprecedented control when photographing the inside of the human body. The capsule is designed to be swallowed like a pill and can be equipped with a camera.
A 2010 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Wisconsin has been linked to a decorative fountain in a hospital lobby, according to a study published in the February issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology , the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. When the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease was detected among eight people in southeast Wisconsin, state and local public health officials worked closely with hospital staff to launch an investigation to determine the source of the outbreak.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Is health-care relief finally in sight? Health spending stabilized as a share of the nation's economy in 2010 after two back-to-back years of historically low growth, the government has reported. Experts debated whether it's a fleeting consequence of the sluggish economy, or a real sign that cost controls by private employers and government at all levels are starting to work.
The American Cancer Society's annual cancer statistics report shows that between 2004 and 2008, overall cancer incidence rates declined by 0.6 percent annually in men and were stable in women, while cancer death rates decreased by 1.8 percent annually in men and by 1.6 percent in women. The report, Cancer Statistics 2012 , says over the past 10 years of available data (1999-2008), cancer death rates have declined in men and women of every racial/ethnic group with the exception of American Indians/Alaska Natives, among whom rates have remained stable.
PRNewswire/ -- Patients for Fair Compensation today applauded Florida lawmakers for sponsoring proposed legislation that aims to replace the current malpractice litigation system and eliminate up to $40 billion per year in medical costs for Florida. Senate Bill 1588/House Bill 1233 would address malpractice compensation claims through an administrative - rather than litigious - process.
Dave Collins, AP After losing a baby because of an incompetent cervix, Patricia Votre thought she was well prepared when she got pregnant again. She made arrangements with her doctors to consult with high-risk pregnancy experts from Yale University and to have the specialists take over her care.
David Stringer, AP European health authorities have issued widely different recommendations in dealing with potentially faulty French-made breast implants. Germany and the Czech Republic have followed France in recommending their removal, while Britain insisted there isn't enough evidence to suggest they should be taken out in all cases.
An increasing number of abdominal gunshot and stab wounds are being treated without the need for unnecessary operations, according to a study in the January Trauma Supplement published by the British Journal of Surgery . Researchers from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA, and the Aga Khan University in Pakistan reviewed nearly 26,000 patients with penetrating abdominal gunshot or stab injuries from the American College of Surgeons' National Trauma Data Bank.
The Food and Drug Administration is ordering medical device manufacturers to study safety complications with surgical mesh widely used to repair women's pelvic problems. The announcement follows an April FDA report which found that women who have the surgical mesh implanted to support their reproductive organs are at greater risk of pain, bleeding and infection than women who have traditional surgery with stitches.
PRNewswire - Smile Train, the world's leading cleft charity with over 2,200 partner surgeons operating in over 1,100 partner hospitals in over 80 countries, has announced that it has performed its 250,000th cleft repair surgery in China. All 250,000 surgeries have been performed by local Chinese surgeons.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Unhappy with today's healthcare? Think of what it was like to be sick 200 years ago. No stethoscopes, antibiotics, X-rays or vaccines. Bloodletting was a common treatment. If you had a heart attack or a stroke, doctors put you in bed and hoped for the best. If you needed surgery, you got a few shots of whiskey and a bullet to bite.
Marilynn Marchione, AP The government wants to start regulating face and hand transplants just as it does now with kidneys, hearts and other organs. This would mean waiting lists, a nationwide system to match and distribute body parts, and donor testing to prevent deadly infections. It's a big step toward expanding access to these radical operations, especially for wounded troops returning home.
By Paula Span Dr. Alexander K. Smith is a brave man. It has taken physicians a very long time to accept the need to level with patients and their families when they have terminal illnesses and death is near — and we know that many times those kinds of honest, exploratory conversations still don’t take place .
Bariatric surgery reduces the long-term risk of heart attack and stroke as well as the risk of dying from them, a prospective non-randomized study showed. During a median 14.7 years of follow-up, any bariatric procedure cut risk of a first fatal or non-fatal event by 33 percent compared with no bariatric surgery for obese individuals after adjusting for other factors, Lars Sjöström, MD, PhD, of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues found.
Weight loss surgery is not a cure for type 2 diabetes, but it can improve blood sugar control, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Surgery . Whereas some previous studies have claimed that up to 80 percent of diabetes patients have been cured following gastric bypass surgery, researchers at Imperial College London found that only 41 percent of patients achieve remission using more stringent criteria.