PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first ceramic-on-metal total artificial hip system for patients with osteoarthritis. Previous total hip replacement systems cleared or approved by FDA have used different combinations of metal, ceramic, and polyethylene (a form of plastic).
PRNewswire/ This week U.S. Army sleep specialists presented new research at SLEEP 2011, a joint meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society. As sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia are increasingly common in soldiers, they have become an important and growing research focus for the Army.
Maria Cheng, AP Donors promised to give a global vaccines body more than $4 billion to help it protect millions of children from diseases like measles, pneumonia and yellow fever. At a one-day pledging conference in London on Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the U.K.
Despite concerns that surgeon fatigue is leading to dangerous complications for patients, and data showing worse outcomes for many patients who undergo surgery at night, new Johns Hopkins research suggests that — in the case of heart and lung transplants — time of day has no affect on patient survival.
A facelift incision and robotics can help surgeons safely remove a portion of a diseased thyroid from some patients without the characteristic neck scar. Georgia Health Sciences University surgeons developed the technique utilizing the remote access capabilities of robots, experience gained from another no-neck-scar approach through the armpit, and earlier success removing the largest salivary gland from the lower jaw region.
Stephen Dockery, AP For Ruben Rios to throw a touchdown, it takes a flick of his tongue. To break away from a tackle, he puffs into a tube. Rios is a quadriplegic with no use of his body below his shoulders. For Rios to play video games like Madden NFL 11 he uses a controller that combines lip controls, puff and sip tubes and a head-operated joystick.
Significant barriers are keeping adults affected by obesity and physicians from talking frankly about bariatric surgery, a new survey sponsored by the Obesity Action Coalition and Ethicon Endo-Surgery shows. The survey found that while four in five adults affected by obesity had discussed weight with their health care provider, only one in 10 who meet the National Institutes of Health guidelines for bariatric surgery have had their doctor recommend it.
Carla K. Johnson, AP Very obese older men hoping to live longer may be let down by a new long-term study which found that weight-loss surgery didn't increase survival rates — at least during the first seven years. Prior studies have found stomach stapling and other obesity surgeries improved survival rates after two to 10 years.
Using a combination of hypnosis and local anaesthesia (LA) for certain types of surgery can aid the healing process and reduce drug use and time spent in the hospital, anaesthesiologists have found. The combination could also help avoid cancer recurrence and metastases, according to new research presented at the European Anaesthesiology Congress in Amsterdam.
A survey of 463 randomly selected European and U.S. anaesthesiologists found that although more than 95 percent knew that it was of major importance that enough oxygen reached all parts of the body during an operation, and that this was determined by how well the heart was pumping blood around the body, 65 percent of them were failing to monitor the amount of blood the heart was pumping – a procedure known as cardiac output monitoring.
German authorities said Sunday that they haven't yet been able to resolve how sprouts became contaminated with an aggressive strain of E. coli that has been blamed for 35 deaths. Officials determined on Friday that sprouts grown at a farm in Lower Saxony state, in northern Germany, were to blame for an outbreak that has sickened more than 3,000 people.
“What should surgeons consider when choosing products for single port surgery?” June 13, 2011 As we consider the evolution of surgery from open to laparoscopy to minimally-invasive surgery, single-site surgery is the latest advancement in the reduction of trauma and scarring of the abdomen.
Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press June 13, 2011 This photo combo shows U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. At left, Giffords takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan.
Receiving radiation therapy immediately after a radical prostatectomy is a cost-effective treatment for prostate cancer patients when compared with waiting and acting on elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, according to a new study by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital .
Massachusetts' use of "pay-for-performance" bonuses to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the case of Medicaid patients has turned up no evidence of the problem at any of the state's 66 acute-care hospitals, according to a new study that raises questions about the effectiveness of the state's approach.