If skin is the body’s fortress against germ invaders, shouldn’t minimally invasive surgeries - operations guided by camera probes, conducted entirely within the abdomen – carry less risk for serious infection than procedures that slice the same cavity wide open? New research published in the December Annals of Surgery is challenging that assumption for a subset of patients.
More employers and insurance companies are providing domestic medical travel incentives such as waived deductibles; coinsurance plans and covered travel expenses if employees will simply travel within the United States for healthcare travel or to another region or city for medical care. "The savings are significant and therefore insurers and third party administrators are partnering with healthcare providers for new revenue sources, especially in these times of reduced revenues," said David Goldstein, president of Health Options Worldwide (HOW), an online medical tourism agency that provides healthcare options domestically and internationally.
Bob Christie, AP Democratic state lawmakers criticized Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's cuts to a state health care program, calling the elimination of benefits for some medical transplants equivalent to setting up "death panels." They urged Brewer to either call a special session of the Legislature to restore the funding or to use federal stimulus funds she controls to do so.
(AP) — It wasn't blue suede shoes but a pair of sneakers that led a San Francisco doctor dressed as Elvis Presley to a woman who passed out at a Las Vegas restaurant after a marathon. Claudio Palma tells the Las Vegas Review-Journa l he was dressed as the King after Sunday's Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon when he performed CPR and resuscitated another runner at the Burger Bar at Mandalay Place.
(AP) — Abiomed, Inc. said it is ending a study using its Impella heart product because the results will likely fall short of the main goal of reducing major adverse events related to surgery. The company said it based the move on a recommendation from an independent monitoring board. The Impella Cardiac Assist Device system allows surgeons to implant a device to keep blood flowing during and after surgery and prevent heart failure.
(AP) — Doctors in Panama say two girls born attached at the abdomen who share the same heart are in intensive care and face a situation with a high mortality rate. Children's Hospital Director Alberto Bissot says the twins were born early Saturday and also share a pancreas and liver.
Surgery to remove tumors under the brain, known as acoustic neuromas, produces favorable outcomes in the "vast majority" of patients, according to one of the largest studies of its kind. Loyola University Hospital surgeons Dr. Douglas Anderson and Dr. John Leonetti followed 730 patients whom they had jointly operated on during a 21-year period.
A group of computer engineers at Vanderbilt University is convinced that the basic technology is now available to create robot assistants that can perform effectively in the often-chaotic environment of the emergency room. The specialists in emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are enthusiastic about the potential advantages.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer University of Maryland Medical Center infection control specialist Michael Anne Preas, right, inspects the catheter on Shock Trauma Center patient Lawrence Heil, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in Baltimore. Every doctor, nurse and visitor who enters an intensive care patient's room at the University of Maryland Medical Center dons a bright yellow surgical gown and gloves so germs don't spread.
Cristina Silva, AP Jeneane Marie Cranert boasts of touring Europe with the Funk Brothers and Tito Jackson and warming up the stage over the years for such stars as Frank Sinatra, Liberace and Wayne Newton. It sounds glamorous, only Cranert is telling the story from beneath the covers of her bed, where a bone disease has confined her for weeks because she doesn't have health insurance and can't afford hip replacement surgery.
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.