Stephanie Reitz, AP Jim Henson's Muppets made pigs and frogs endearing, and Walt Disney turned a common rodent into a cultural icon. Now, Drew Oliver thinks it's time for bacteria, viruses and other maligned microorganisms to share the love. Instead of standard Christmas gifts, a growing number of people are looking under the tree for giant stuffed cold germs, cuddly E.
Carla K. Johnson, AP There are enough children's doctors in the United States, they just work in the wrong places, a new study finds. Some wealthy areas are oversaturated with pediatricians and family doctors. Other parts of the nation have few or none. Nearly one million kids live in areas with no local children's doctor.
Almost three quarters of hospital emergency department administrators nationwide report that lack of medical specialists at their facilities poses a risk to ER patients – in some cases a very significant risk. They also express concern that health reform will cause additional ER crowding and that mental health services are becoming increasingly inadequate.
A study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco found that Cystatin C, a blood marker of kidney function, proved significantly more accurate than the standard blood marker, creatinine, in predicting serious complications of kidney disease.
A looming strike by doctors at the city-run Harlem Hospital Center was averted, union officials said, after the physicians agreed in principle to a contract that would strip them of certain benefits but restore elements of patient care. Before the agreement, 75 percent of the hospital’s 200 doctors had voted to go on strike.
Malcolm Ritter, AP Meet SM, a 44-year-old woman who literally knows no fear. She's not afraid to handle snakes. She's not afraid of the "The Blair Witch Project," ''The Shining," or "Arachnophobia." When she visited a haunted house, it was a monster who was afraid of her. SM isn't some cold-blooded psychopath or a hero with a tight rein on her emotions.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are cheering a federal court ruling that one of its core provisions is unconstitutional. They may not realize that Obama has a fallback option that also could do the job. Even if the Supreme Court ultimately agrees that government cannot require individuals to carry health coverage, the Obama administration could borrow a strategy that Medicare has used for decades to compel consumers to join new insurance groups.
Cancer treatment with ion beams is characterized by an excellent cure rate and only minor side effects. The therapy has been routinely in use for a little over one year. The effectiveness of the ion beams not only depends on the tumor type, but also on the genetic disposition and the personal circumstances of the individual patient.
(AP) — C-diff, a germ that ravages people's intestines and can't be conquered with even the strongest, most expensive antibiotic, is on the rise. Now, a small but growing number of doctors are trying a last-ditch treatment - using good bacteria to fight off the bad by transplanting stool from a healthy person into the sick person's colon.
Marilynn Marchione, AP A very unusual blood transplant appears to have cured an American man carrying the AIDS virus, but doctors say the approach is not practical for wide use. The man, who resides in Berlin and is in his 40s, had a blood stem cell transplant in 2007 to treat leukemia. His donor not only was a good blood match but also had a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to HIV.
Since 1987, when a surgeon at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters developed a minimally-invasive surgery to correct sunken chest, the procedure has been adopted world-wide as a standard of care and continually refined to increase its effectiveness and safety, according to a paper published in the December issue of the Annals of Surgery .
Relative to its costs, neonatal intensive care provides substantial population health benefits in Mexico, even for very premature babies. As such it provides great value within the country's Popular Health Insurance (Seguro Popular) program, which offers free access to a specific set of health care interventions.
In what is a rare occurrence for all but a handful of U.S. medical centers, Mayo Clinic in Arizona is treating a life-threatening cancer of the bile duct by performing a liver transplant — an aggressive protocol that is exhibiting dramatic increases in survival rates, offering new hope for patients with this complex disease.
Delaying elective surgical procedures after a patient has been admitted to the hospital significantly increases the risk of infectious complications and raises hospital costs, according to the results of a new study in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The occurrence of infection following surgical procedures continues to be a major source of morbidity and expense despite extensive prevention efforts that have been implemented through educational programs, clinical guidelines and hospital-based policies.
A new study shows the SCOLISCORE™ AIS Prognostic Test, a DNA test to determine the likelihood of curve progression in children with mild adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), an abnormal curvature of the spine, is 99 percent accurate in predicting which children are least likely to progress to a severe curve (Cobb Angle of 40 degrees or more).