Lauran Neergaard, AP John Shoemaker visited six doctors in his quest to find the best treatment for his early stage prostate cancer — and only the last one offered what made the most sense to the California man: keep a close watch on the tumor and treat only if it starts to grow. Very few men choose this active surveillance option.
(AP) — Medicare has set up a damage control plan to deal with steep cuts to doctors that a gridlocked Congress may be unable to head off by January 1. Officials are telling doctors and other clinical providers that Medicare will hold claims for services during the first two weeks of 2012 to avoid passing on a 27 percent cut in payments, which would be required unless Congress acts.
More than half of the older, anemic patients in a New England Journal of Medicine study did not need blood transfusions as they recovered from hip surgery, according to new research co-authored by University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists. The findings could immediately change the way such patients are treated.
(PRNewswire) A panel of experts has recommended changes to the guidelines used to determine treatment via intrathecal administration for patients suffering from severe chronic pain. The 2011 Polyanalgesic Consensus Conference (PACC) brought together a group of national leaders in chronic pain management for the purpose of updating their current algorithm to standardize decision-making among providers and improving the technical quality of care in chronic pain.
(PRNewswire) The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to take action against surgical centers and the marketing firm 1-800-GET-THIN, LLC, for misleading advertising of the Lap-Band, an FDA-approved device used for weight loss in obese adults.
(AP) — A 10-month-old girl who was surgically separated from her conjoined twin died Sunday after suffering general organ failure, said the director of a Chilean children's hospital. Doctors at Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital had separated Maria Jose Paredes Navarrete from her twin sister Maria Paz late Tuesday at the thorax, abdomen and pelvis in a marathon, 20-hour surgery.
Researchers in Norway report that patients who receive walking skills training following total hip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis show improved physical function. The physical therapy program displayed a positive effect on walking distance and stair climbing which continued 12 months following hip replacement surgery.
Patients need less blood after surgery than is widely thought. A new study comparing two plans for giving blood transfusions following surgery showed no ill effects from post-poning transfusion until patients develop signs of anemia or their hemoglobin concentration falls below 8 g/dL. Results of the National Heart and Lung and Blood Institute–funded study are published in the New England Journal of Medicine .
Manuel Valdes, AP Doctors were unable to re-attach a Washington state security guard's ear after a shoplifter attacked him with a hatchet, his brother stated. Police in the southwest Washington city of Longview arrested Adrian Kramer, 31, and booked him in county jail for investigation of assault, robbery, burglary and theft after the attack at a Fred Meyer retail store.
(AP) — Conjoined twin girls who were separated in a 20-hour operation were in critical condition on Friday and one was in danger of dying, according to the director of the Chilean hospital where they are being treated. Doctors have been closely watching the 10-month-old twins for any complications since Tuesday's operation, and Hospital director Osvaldo Artaza said that Maria Jose suffered "an episode of cardiac complications that required re-animation and extraordinary measures.
Hospitals across the country will have new resources and support to make healthcare safer and less costly by targeting and reducing the millions of preventable injuries and complications from healthcare acquired conditions, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced. As a part of the Partnership for Patients initiative, $218 million will go to 26 state, regional, national and hospital system organizations.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fourth former executive of a medical devices company has been sentenced to prison in connection with unapproved testing of bone cement that left three people dead. U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis on Tuesday imposed an eight-month sentence and a $100,000 fine on 56-year-old Richard Bohner of Malvern, a former vice president of Synthes North America.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean doctors successfully separated conjoined twin girls early Wednesday after a marathon 18-hour surgery widely followed in the South American country on television and the Internet. The 10-month-old twins Maria Paz and Maria Jose are in stable condition even after losing a lot of blood and they are resting in the intensive care unit at Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, chief surgeon Francisco Ossandon said.
CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man who had two towels left in his body after surgery at a veterans hospital has won a $275,000 settlement from the federal government. Forty-seven-year-old Robert Sanner, of New Philadelphia, didn't feel right following his May 2008 cancer surgery. He made three trips back to the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland before a scan in August 2008 detected the 14-by-11-inch towels.
Today, the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data illustrating that the Affordable Care Act continues to significantly increase the number of young adults who have health insurance. Because of the health care law, young adults can stay on their parents' insurance plans through age 26.