Mike Stobbe, AP For the first time in almost half a century, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top 15 causes of death, bumped by a lung illness that often develops in elderly people who have choked on their food. The 2010 list reflects at least two major trends: murders are down, and deaths from certain diseases are on the rise as the population ages, health authorities said.
All patients with hip fractures should be fast-tracked through hospital emergency departments and operated on within 48 hours of admission, according to new consensus guidelines developed by UK experts in anaesthesia, orthopaedics, geriatrics and emergency medicine and published in the January issue of Anaesthesia .
(PRNewswire) Smith & Nephew have announced the publication of a new study on the value of patient-matched technology for total knee replacement. Published in the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) , the official Journal of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, this study specifically looked at the VISIONAIRE patient-matched system from Smith & Nephew.
(AP) — The parents of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who died from Hodgkin's lymphoma have pleaded guilty to denying him medical treatment. Thirty-seven-year-old Monica Hussing and 40-year-old William Robinson Sr., both of Cleveland, pleaded guilty to attempted involuntary manslaughter. Willie Robinson collapsed at his home on March 22, 2008.
According to Dr. Bill Johnson of Innovations Medical in Dallas and Fort Worth, Lipo-Sonix is like Liposuction without the surgery. He has one of the first machines in the world to perform this procedure, which has been done overseas and recently received its FDA approval. Reportedly, Lipo-Sonix uses High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) to "safely and effectively, with minimal side effects or down time" kill fat cells.
Improving chemotherapy delivery to cancer cells is a challenge for many researchers. Getting the cancer cells to take the chemotherapy bait is a greater challenge. This is the challenge embraced by the nanotechnology research team of Omid Farokhzad, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Department of Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine and Research .
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.