Lauran Neergard, AP Medical Writer Japan's nuclear emergency highlights a big medical gap: Few treatments exist to help people exposed to large amounts of radiation. But some possibilities are in the pipeline — development of drugs to treat radiation poisoning, and the first rapid tests to tell who in a panicked crowd would really need them.
A unique formulation of antioxidants taken orally before imaging with ionizing radiation minimizes cell damage, noted researchers at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 36th Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago, Ill. In what the researchers say is the first clinical trial of its kind, as much as a 50 percent reduction in DNA injury was observed after administering the formula prior to CT scans.
Uterine fibroid embolization-an interventional radiology treatment for the noncancerous yet very common growths that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus-improves a number of women's lower urinary tract problems that are specifically caused by those fibroids, confirm researchers at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 36th Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago, Ill.
Heart transplant recipients and their physicians are likely more concerned with the function of the donated organ than with the donor’s DNA sequences that tag along in the new, healthy tissue. However, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have shown that an increase in the amount of the donor’s DNA in the recipient’s blood is one of the earliest detectable signs of organ rejection.
Experts from Texas Children's Fetal Center published a study that appears in volume 46, issue 2 of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery documenting the first successful cases of open fetal surgery to treat fetal lung malformations in the Southern U.S. The study also provides improved data to diagnose, assess, predict risk, and recommend treatment for fetal lung lesions.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine claim that the availability of surgeons is a critical factor in public health and suggest that surgery should become an important part of the primary health care system. A recent study led by David C. Chang, PhD, MPH, MBA, director of Outcomes Research in the Department of Surgery at UCSD School of Medicine, points out that surgery in the United States continues to be seen as tertiary care and is mainly centered at large urban hospitals, creating an unequal distribution of surgical providers.
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Dr. William Stewart, a Kalispell urologist, recalls the moment inspiration struck for a life-saving technology now used at Kalispell Regional Medical Center and more than 70 other hospitals. In the early 1990s in California, he was dealing with a scare over a missing surgical sponge during one of his procedures.
Anyone who works in a hospital's clinical setting is familiar with stress, trauma and drama. The surgery department can be an especially stressful environment, often with daily life and death situations. A unique new website launched last week is a safe and inspiring place for OR pros to enjoy and share funny work stories.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Self-insured businesses looking to cut out the middleman when it comes to health care have a new way to solicit bids directly from doctors or hospitals. Created by a doctor, a lawyer and a former benefits manager, Open Health Market is an online matchmaker of sorts: Employers submit requests for proposals for a category of medical services and procedures — knee surgeries, for example, or cardiac care.
A new study published by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College and the University of California, Davis, foresees improvements in patient outcomes after a major earthquake through more effective use of information technology. A control tower-style telemedicine hub to manage electronic traffic between first responders and remote medical experts could boost the likelihood that critically injured victims will get timely care and survive, according to the team's computer simulation model.
Before undergoing elective surgery, patients should consider waiting longer after a heart attack than is currently recommended, according to a study scheduled for publication in the May issue of the journal, Annals of Surgery. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend patients wait at least four to six weeks after a heart attack before undergoing elective surgery.
St. David's HealthCare announces the establishment of Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David's North Austin Medical Center, which will feature the Robotic Institute University, the nation's first educational epicenter teaching best practices for hospital and surgical teams involved in robotic-assisted surgery.
The Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research® (NOSCAR®), a joint effort of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), announces that institutions selected to participate in a multicenter human trial on transoral and transvaginal cholecystectomies (gallbladder removal) using Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery® (NOTES®) are enrolling patients to take part in the study.
TransEnterix, which is changing the surgical landscape with its innovative SPIDER® Surgical System, has unveiled a new set of minimally invasive instruments for surgeons. Called the SPIDER MicroLapinstruments, the new line includes all of the familiar tools surgeons use during laparoscopic procedures – only in TransEnterix’s case, each instrument is 2.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada urologist accused of improperly reusing needle guides during biopsies says he did it based on instructions from a vendor. Lawyers for Dr. Michael Kaplan say in a half-page ad in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the doctor was told reusing the plastic guides was perfectly safe.