Alicia Chang, AP Andrea Ybarra's donated heart was beating rhythmically by the time she awoke from the grogginess of her surgery. Lub-dub. Lub-dub. Lub-dub. In fact, it was warm and pumping even before doctors transplanted it. Ybarra belongs to a small group of people who have had a "beating heart" transplant, an experimental operation that's mostly been done in Europe.
Matthew Perrone, AP About 12 million more obese Americans could soon qualify for Lap-Band surgery to help them lose weight by dramatically limiting their food intake. The Food and Drug Administration will make a final decision in the coming months. The device is currently implanted in roughly 100,000 people each year and usually helps patients lose 50 pounds or more.
Carolyn Thompson, AP Ethel Johnson couldn't get her prescription for pain medication filled fast enough. The 60-year-old Buffalo woman was hurting, but investigators say that wasn't the reason for the rush. According to secretly recorded telephone conversations, the sooner Johnson could pick up her pills, the more quickly she could sell them to her dealer.
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) announced the creation of the Center for Musculoskeletal Outcomes and Patient Oriented Research to translate information collected from an extensive patient population into studies that will guide experts in preventing, diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders.
Damage to the optic nerve, connecting the eye with the brain, is a major cause of blindness. The most common culprit is glaucoma, estimated to affect more than four million Americans. There is currently no way to restore the lost vision, because the optic nerve, like other nerves in the mature central nervous system (CNS), cannot regenerate.
Dama Wollman, AP This holiday season it could be hard to enter a store without setting eyes on a tablet computer. Big-name manufacturers, along with some you might not have heard of, are jumping on the bandwagon, trying hard to undercut each other with lower-priced gadgets. It doesn't help that so many of them claim to do the same thing.
Duke Police have charged a surgeon and surgery department business manager with embezzling $267,000 from the university. John William Cotton, 39, and his boss, Dr. Eric De Maria, 51, face felony charges for allegedly stealing the money in 2009. Cotton also is charged separately with obtaining property by false pretenses.
DR Systems has been recognized by KLAS as the leading PACS vendor for large hospitals. The ranking is published in the November 2010 KLAS Specialty Report: A Read on PACS: Hospital Expectations Rising . KLAS is a research and consulting firm that specializes in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare information technology vendors, including picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) companies.
Samantha Gross, AP Families choosing whether to donate a loved one's organs usually have days to grapple with their decision, all while the patient lies hooked up to machines in a hospital bed, but they would have only about 20 minutes to make the choice in a new pilot program meant to recover organs from patients who die at home.
In what might be one of the world's first medicinal body piercings, UC Davis Health System surgeons announced today that they have successfully implanted an experimental device in the throat of a man that will enable him to manually control his ability to swallow. The device, which could offer an effective treatment option for people suffering from severe swallowing problems, is controlled by pulling on a tiny metal pin that extends through the skin in the neck.
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers have captured pictures of the brain while patients experienced a pain stimulus with and without acupuncture to determine acupuncture's effect on how the brain processes pain. Results of the study, which the researchers say suggest the effectiveness of acupuncture, were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
The risk of developing radiation-induced cancer from computed tomography (CT) may be lower than previously thought, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). "Radiation from medical imaging has gotten a tremendous amount of attention in recent years," said Aabed Meer, an M.
Stanley InnerSpace, a leader in storage and inventory solutions for the healthcare industry, is offering healthcare professionals a lean strategies course to earn 2.0 general nursing contact hours. Titled Using Lean Strategies to Reduce Supply Costs , the self-study course book is available for download on the Stanley InnerSpace website.
The Washington State Hospital Association is releasing hospital-specific surgical infection rate data. This is the first time this information has been made public. The website at www.wahospitalquality.org provides data on infections following three important types of surgeries: cardiac, orthopedic, and hysterectomies.
Women with a personal history of breast cancer should consider annual screening with MRI in addition to mammography, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines currently recommend annual screening with breast MRI in women with a known gene mutation or with a strong family history indicating a lifetime risk of breast cancer greater than 20 percent.