Gillian Wong, AP The world's top emerging countries have banded together to help fight diseases in the poorest countries, pledging to transfer technologies to the developing world to help supply cheap and effective drugs. Health ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — the so-called BRICS countries — meeting in Beijing said their collaboration would help strengthen health systems and increase access to affordable medicines for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis.
Olympus Corporation recently announced their acquisition of all shares of the U.S. venture company Spirus Medical, Inc., - an endoscope insertion device manufacturer with headquarters in Stoughton, Massachusett. The acquisition targeted Spirus’ endoscope insertion assistance technology. The acquisition of Spirus is seen as a way for Olympus to support their focused strategy of maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of endoscopic observation, diagnosis and treatment through the advancement of endoscopic technology.
Noaki Schwartz, AP A gentlemanly polo match where England's future king will showcase his riding skills while raising money for charity has turned into the scene of an ugly American spat. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Toby Mayer, who has helped stitch up cuts at Santa Barbara Polo Club matches for years, said he was delighted when he was tapped to be on stand-by at Saturday's match in case the Duke of Cambridge has a spill.
Louise Nordstrom, AP A 36-year-old man who had tracheal cancer has received a new lab-made windpipe seeded with his own stem cells after a procedure in Sweden that is being called the first successful attempt of its kind. The Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm said the surgery was performed June 9, and that the patient is on his way to a full recovery.
(AP) — Years after hospital employees were accused of snooping into the medical records of celebrity patients, the UCLA Health System has agreed to pay an $865,000 settlement for potential violations of federal privacy laws. The settlement that UCLA reached with federal regulators did not name the stars involved and did not require the hospital system to admit liability.
PRNewswire-USNewswire A history of cancer was a significant risk factor for developing blood clotting issues following knee arthroscopy, according to a study being presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in San Diego. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic analyzed the records of more than 12,000 patients who had undergone the common knee procedure.
Top-performing hospitals are typically ones headed by a medical doctor rather than a manager. The research, to be published in the journal Social Science and Medicine , is the first of its kind. Its conclusions run counter to a modern trend across the western world to put generally trained managers at the helm of hospitals.
Adam Weintraub, AP A bill that would allow state officials to reject rate increases proposed by health insurers is under intense lobbying pressure as it faces a key committee vote this week in California. Groups representing insurers, doctors and hospitals are trying to have the bill weakened or killed, although for different reasons.
(AP) — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska is providing money for two Omaha hospitals to improve patient outcomes after surgery. The insurance company has paid $35,000 each to Creighton University Medical Center and Methodist Hospital. The money will cover the facilities' licensing fee to participate in an improvement program through the American College of Surgeons.
Increased investment in specialist thoracic surgical expertise can lead to a significant rise in the lung cancer resection rate, based on data from England between 2008 and 2009 that was presented at the 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Amsterdam, hosted by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC).
According to surgeons in India, patients with gastric tumors in their stomach do not have to suffer an eight-hour long surgery, but instead can opt for a procedure that lasts a matter of minutes and doesn't require hospitalisation. This new procedure – the world's first flexible endoscopy robotic surgery in the stomach – was successfully performed on a total of three patients, one patient per day from July 1 to 3.
Generally healthy patients who undergo total hip replacement (THR) can be fast tracked for discharge in two days, compared with the standard three to six days, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. The study could help cut down on hospital-acquired infections, reduce hospital costs and improve patient satisfaction.
Matthew Perrone, AP Johnson & Johnson annouced that U.S. regulators have approved its new blood thinner, which is shown to reduce deadly blood clots in patients who have undergone knee and hip replacements. The Food and Drug Administration decision makes rivaroxaban the first U.S.-approved drug that works by blocking a clotting protein called factor Xa.
Mike Stobbe, AP Graphic new cigarette warning labels may already be having the desired effect, as calls to a national smoker's quit line more than doubled the day they hit the media. The warning labels won't appear on cigarettes until next year, but were unveiled to the media last week. Calls to the national 1-800-QUIT-NOW smoking cessation line surpassed 4,800 that Tuesday and 3,200 the next day.
Members of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) recently returned from Vietnam after providing corrective surgery on 75 Vietnamese children and adults with lower extremity deformities and disabilities. This was the 10th Annual Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam for the group.