The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the availability of over $100 million in funding for up to 75 Community Transformation Grants. Created by the Affordable Care Act, these grants are aimed at helping communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases – such as diabetes and heart disease.
Mike Stobbe, AP Hate insects? Afraid of germs? Researchers are reporting an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying a staph "superbug." Canadian scientists detected drug-resistant staph bacteria in bedbugs found on three hospital patients from a downtrodden Vancouver neighborhood. Bedbugs have not been known to spread disease, and there's no clear evidence that the five bedbugs found on the patients or their belongings had spread the MRSA germ they were carrying or a second, less dangerous drug-resistant bacteria.
Researchers analyzed English comprehension among 210 patients at four New York City hospitals who suffered heart attacks with a heart artery completely blocked. Doctors often refer to this type of heart attack as a STEMI, for ST-elevation myocardial infarction. In follow-up telephone interviews, 16.
A multi-center study, headed by researchers from Karolinska Institute, shows that pelvic organ prolapse surgery using synthetic mesh can be more effective than traditional surgery. The advantages indicated by the study mainly concern restored genital anatomy and more efficient symptom relief, although there is an associated greater risk of complications.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a series of initiatives to work with states to save money and better coordinate care for the nine million Americans enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. The new initiatives include better access to Medicare data and better coordination of healthcare between Medicare and Medicaid.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP President Barack Obama's main idea for getting quality healthcare at less cost was in jeopardy after key medical providers called his administration's initial blueprint so complex it's unworkable. Just over a month ago, the administration released long-awaited draft regulations for "accountable care organizations," networks of doctors and hospitals that would collaborate to keep Medicare patients healthier and share in the savings with taxpayers.
Download video: MP4 format | Ogg format | WebM format Registered nurse Cheryll Collins shares how her life changed after being exposed to HIV infected blood during a peripheral IV catheter insertion. Watch the video above to hear Cheryll in her own words tell how it has affected her work, her health and her family.
Liposuction has become one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the country. It has been around since 1974 and there are now more than 450,000 operations a year. But does the fat come back? A recent study by Teri L. Hernandez, PhD, RN and Robert H. Eckel, MD, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have found that the fat eventually returns within one year, and is redistributed to other areas of the body, especially the upper abdomen.
(PRNewswire) Dermatology patients in Palm Beach County now have the comfort of knowing their doctor is available to see them for emergencies even when he is on vacation. Dr. Steven Hacker is the first dermatologist in the country to introduce the brand new robotic telemedicine technology as a service to his patients.
Titan Medical, Inc. announced today that it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Crouse Hospital, Inc., a 506-bed acute care hospital in Syracuse, NY. Under the terms of the agreement, Crouse Hospital will test and evaluate the company's Amadeus Next Generation Surgical Robotic Platform.
A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that few families without health insurance have the financial assets to pay potential hospital bills. On average, uninsured families can only afford to pay in full for approximately 12 percent of hospital stays, and even higher income uninsured families are unable to pay for most potential hospital stays.
Surgeon and Professor Michael Olausson was recently able to create a new connection between a young girl's intestines and liver with the aid of a blood vessel developed from her own bone marrow. The girl is now in good health and with an excellent prognosis. She developed, during her first year of life, a blood clot in the vessel that leads from the intestines to the liver, introducing the risk of internal bleeding or the possible need for a liver transplant.
Seven out of ten hospital nurses who took part in a Canadian study used the dorsogluteal (DG) buttock site to administer intramuscular injections - despite the potential risks of sciatic nerve injury. Only 14 percent used the ventrogluteal (VG) hip site recommended by nursing literature. The research, published in the May issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing , found that younger, newer nurses were significantly more likely to follow the latest VG site advice than their older, experienced colleagues.
Howard Fendrich, AP Nearly 40 percent of NFL players last season wore a helmet model that got the second-lowest rating for reducing the risk of concussions in a study by Virginia Tech researchers. Riddell's VSR-4 helmet received just one star in a study of football helmets led by Virginia Tech professor of biomedical engineering Stefan Duma.
Donna Cassata, AP Health care fees for working-age military retirees would increase slightly under a defense bill unveiled Monday that drew fierce opposition from the 2.1 million-strong Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Pentagon is reeling from health carecosts that have jumped from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion in the latest budget request.