After men have surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland, up to 80 percent of them will lose the ability to have an erection because of damage to a critical nerve that runs along the prostate. New research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine shows the damaged nerve can be regenerated more quickly with a protein called Sonic Hedgehog, which is delivered via a nanofiber gel.
Despite a greater likelihood of poorer outcomes, many patients newly-diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer do not undergo surgery. New research indicates that among the factors associated with this decision include misunderstandings of the prognosis, negative perceptions of patient-physician communication and older age, with black patients more likely to not have surgery, according to a study in the June 16 issue of JAMA .
(AP) The family of a 28-year-old British woman who unknowingly received a lung transplant from a smoker says she would have been horrified, and have lodged a complaint. Cystic fibrosis sufferer Lyndsey Scott received a double lung transplant from a donor who had smoked for three decades. She died in July of pneumonia.
Maria Cheng, AP A cheap drug that can stop bleeding in recently injured accident patients could potentially save the lives of tens of thousands worldwide, a new study says. Researchers studied the effects of tranexamic acid, or TXA, in more than 10,000 adult trauma patients in 40 countries who received the drug within eight hours of being injured.
Carla K. Johnson, AP One in five medical claims is processed inaccurately by commercial health insurers, often leaving physicians shortchanged, according to the nation's largest doctor's group. The American Medical Association recently released its third annual report card on insurers, showing that private insurance companies matched their payments to what they agreed to pay doctors about 80 percent of the time.
Interrupting the blood flow for more than 20 to 25 minutes during kidney cancer surgery leads to a greater risk of patients developing chronic kidney disease, a Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic collaborative research team has found. The study was published in the journal European Urology . For the retrospective study, researchers analyzed outcomes of 362 patients with only one kidney who underwent surgery for renal cortical tumors at Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic between 1990 and 2008.
(AP) Seven physicians and about 18 staff volunteered their time to give free surgeries to 13 people in the mountain town of Frisco this past weekend. Dr. Peter Janes organized the event for patients without health insurance. Operations included a hysterectomy and a knee repair. The patients were selected through the nearby Summit Community Care Clinic, which cares for people who don't have enough insurance or have none at all.
Linda Deutsch, AP Nearly a year after he went from anonymity to notoriety, Michael Jackson's doctor returns to court for a pre-trial hearing that will determine when he goes to trial and what he will be able to do in the meantime. First on the agenda will be Dr. Conrad Murray's fight to retain his California medical license.
Tom Murphy, AP Companies that offer employee health insurance expect another steep jump in medical costs next year, and more will ask workers to share a bigger chunk of the expense, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report. For the first time, most of the American workforce is expected to have health insurance deductibles of $400 or more.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care professionals not to use certain IV bags of ondansetron, metronidazole, and ciprofloxacin because of potential contamination. The FDA has received reports of floating matter in IV bags manufactured by Claris Lifesciences in Ahmedabad, India.
Smokers recover better from surgery to repair a broken bone if they quit smoking, state Swedish researchers. The new study included daily smokers who underwent emergency surgery for an acute fracture and were offered a smoking cessation program that began within a few days after surgery and continued for six weeks.
Johns Hopkins researchers say recycling medical equipment saves money, reduces waste and is safe June 11, 2010 Wider adoption of the practice of recycling medical equipment — including laparoscopic ports and durable cutting tools typically tossed out after a single use — could save hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars annually and curb trash at medical centers, the second-largest waste producers in the United States after the food industry.
(AP) A Connecticut man who tried to amputate his own arm, after being trapped for days while working on his basement furnace, is back in surgery. Jonathan Metz got his arm caught Sunday in his furnace boiler. He was rescued Wednesday, a day after he used his own tools and cut through most of his left arm.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Doctors reported gains against nearly every form of cancer at a conference that ended this week. Yet when Will Thomas heard about an advance against prostate cancer, he wanted to know just one thing: “Is it a cure?” “I see billions and billions done on research, and it's all for treatment,” said the Alabama man who has several friends with the disease.
During past recessions, the financial stability of hospitals seemed to be nearly indestructible. But researchers at the University of Michigan Health System and St. Joseph Mercy Health System say the current national economic crisis may be an exception. Hospitals are reporting declining profits, likely as a result of Americans losing health insurance as they lose jobs.