Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP For the third time this year, Congress is scrambling to stave off a hefty pay cut to doctors treating Medicare patients, even as the Obama administration mails out a glossy brochure to reassure seniors the health care program is on solid ground. The 21.3 percent cut will take effect June 1 unless lawmakers intervene in the next few days.
Roxana Hegeman, AP A Kansas doctor accused of illegally prescribing drugs linked to 68 deaths testified that he knew some patients had died from overdoses, but his clinic changed its practices to prevent future overdoses. Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, were charged in a 34-count indictment with illegally prescribing drugs and committing health care fraud and money laundering.
A state-of-the-art heart pump recently approved for use in end-stage cardiac patients has a significantly lower risk for infection than an earlier model of the device, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Known as a left ventricular assist device, the newest version of the HeartMate is much smaller than the first and uses a tiny turbine with synthetic ruby bearings, lubricated by the blood itself, to continually push blood through the body.
In 1989 a 29-year-old Michael Schrader couldn’t envision wanting more—that is, more children. Taking steps to keep his nuclear family intact, he underwent a vasectomy. Divorce later frayed this family portrait, but in the years that followed, Schrader would revisit the issue of having children with his soon to be second wife.
According to the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, a surgical treatment generally used on patients with tumors and brain disorders could put a stop to incessant nosebleeds. The surgery involves injecting coils into the arteries of the nose through arteries in the leg. For most people pressure and tissues work, but about one percent of the population – generally older adults on blood thinners – suffer from uncontrollable nosebleeds severe enough that surgery may be considered.
A cancer patient who has a phobia of hospitals should be forced to undergo a life-saving operation if necessary, a British judge recently ruled. He added that doctors could forcibly sedate the 55-year-old woman, who he feels lacks the capacity to make decisions about her health. Doctors feel she would die if her ovaries and fallopian tubes were not removed, as she was diagnosed with uterine cancer last year.
Pediatric researchers report that a recently introduced surgical procedure offers infants with severely underdeveloped hearts a better chance at surviving during their first year of life, in comparison to the standard surgery. Heart surgeons from 15 centers in the federally sponsored Pediatric Heart Network studied the outcomes in 549 newborns who received a complex series of surgeries for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).
According to recent finings from HealthGrades, the number of bariatric surgeries being performed in the U.S. continues to rise, but the quality and safety of these procedures varies widely from one hospital to another, the study states. Overall rates of risk-adjusted, in-hospital complications and mortality related to obesity surgery are decreasing, according to the study.
JenaValve™ Technology, Inc., a medical device company specializing in transcatheter valve implantation systems, has announced completion of its first-in-man procedures for its transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) system. The procedures and implantations were uccessfully performed in nine patients in Leipzig, Germany.
Health officials say one reason so many American kids are overweight is that few have a nearby place to play and exercise. Only about one in five homes have parks within a half-mile, and about the same number have a fitness or recreation center within that distance. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report also finds that fewer than one in five U.
When CT results suggest appendicitis, but a patient's symptoms are inconsistent with the acute condition, physicians should consider a diagnosis of chronic or recurrent appendicitis and surgical treatment, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology . “The decision to forego surgery in these patients often results in missed appendicitis, with a possible increased risk of perforation,” said study co-author Emily M.
The first website designed for pediatric surgeons who want to volunteer abroad has been unveiled. Developed by pediatric surgeon Marilyn Butler, MD, of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, the Global Paediatric Surgery Network (http://globalpaediatricsurgery.org) helps pediatric surgeons worldwide find volunteer opportunities and also provides resources to make their efforts more effective.
Over the years, Susan Karnstedt had gotten used to the intermittent pain in her abdomen, chalking it up to her diet, or perhaps to her physically active lifestyle, as a water skier and yoga enthusiast. "The abdominal pain continued to get progressively worse, and was pretty debilitating," the 44-year-old Portola Valley resident said, describing how she was feeling when she visited the doctor earlier this year.
Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — The doctor whose research linking autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella influenced millions of parents to refuse the shot for their children was banned Monday from practicing medicine in his native Britain. Dr. Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study was discredited—but vaccination rates have never fully recovered and he continues to enjoy a vocal following, helped in the U.
Increased use of drug-eluting stents (DES) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) between 2003 and 2006 netted significantly higher costs for coronary artery disease and chronic heart failure patients, researchers said. The increased use of these technologies also partly explained the growth in healthcare costs during these years.