(AP) A vast network of Armenian gangsters and their associates used phantom health care clinics and other means to try to cheat Medicare out of $163 million, the largest fraud by one criminal enterprise in the program's history, U.S. authorities said last week. Federal prosecutors in New York and elsewhere charged 73 people.
(PRNewswire) According to Millennium ResearchGroup (MRG), a combination of increased volume from current practitioners and growth in the number of surgeons performing the technique will drive the single-port laparoscopy market to over 100 percent growth over the next year, and to high double-digit growth past 2011.
(AP) Oncologist Georges Mathe, who in 1959 performed the world's first bone marrow transplant, has died, the French president's office said Monday. He was 88. Nicolas Sarkozy's office said Mathe died on Friday, but did not provide any additional details. "His contribution to the progress of oncology remains major," the statement said.
Removing an extra t2 millimeters around an area of invasive breast cancer is sufficient to minimise any residual disease in 98 percent of patients, according to research published in the November issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice . Surgeons from the Department of Breast Surgery at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, UK, studied 303 women who had undergone breast conserving surgery at the hospital between 2002 and 2008.
(AP) An Afghan teenager who said her nose was cut off by her husband to punish her for running away has stepped out in public for the first time with a temporary prosthetic. The 19-year-old woman, identified only as Aisha, gained worldwide attention when she appeared on the August 9th cover of Time magazine.
(AP) A surgeon and other staff have been suspended and public health officials have launched an investigation after a piece of a surgical drill bit was left inside a patient's head following a procedure at Rhode Island Hospital. The hospital says a roughly quarter-inch long piece broke off and was left in a patient's scalp during neurosurgery on August 4.
Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration has warned eight companies to stop marketing miracle cures that claim to treat everything from autism to Parkinson's disease by flushing toxic metals from the body. Regulators said the products, sold over the Internet, can cause dehydration, kidney failure and death.
Matthew Perrone, AP Almost two years ago, the Food and Drug Administration ignored the advice of its scientists and approved a knee implant after being lobbied by members of Congress. On Thursday, the agency issued an unprecedented "mea culpa," saying the device should not have been approved.
A team of surgeons from Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York who have pioneered scar-free gallbladder removal are offering the procedure to all suitable patients, and extending this new type of surgical procedure to other operations in the abdomen. They reported on their updated findings at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.
Four members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) were recognized for their selfless efforts as volunteer surgeons who provide care to medically underserved individuals in the United States and international locations. The following were named recipients of the 2010 Surgical Volunteerism Award of the College and Pfizer, Inc.
Critically ill patients on a breathing tube are at risk not only from their injuries or diseases, but also from infections they can contract in the hospital. One of the most common infections is pneumonia from breathing tubes. A study of a new multidisciplinary protocol that has all but eliminated such infections at one hospital was reported on at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.
(AP) Officials at Children's Hospital Oakland say the facility is running smoothly even as its nurses begin a three-day strike. The California Nurses Association called the walkout of nearly 800 nurses after negotiations broke down over proposed hikes to the health care benefits in their contract, which expired in July.
The Sullivan Group, a leading provider of clinician solutions to reduce medical errors and malpractice claims, launched its National Risk & Safety Collaborative today at the ASHRM Annual Conference. The Collaborative was created to extend The Sullivan Group's framework for evidence-based e-learning, software and services.
Surgeons in Germany have found that using microtechnology to electronically stimulate and monitor pelvic autonomic nerves may help prevent problems after a surgical procedure for rectal cancer, such as bladder, urinary and fecal incontinence, as well as sexual function disorders, according to a study reported at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.
Having more surgeons working in a geographic area has a direct impact on the likelihood that victims will survive motor vehicle crashes, according to a new research study presented at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. The study, led by David C. Chang, PhD, MPH, MBA, at the Center for Surgical Systems and Public Health, in the department of surgery at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, analyzed public health data of 3,225 U.