In a pilot study, researchers find a fibrinogen concentrate may be effective in reducing the risk of haemorrhage during and after surgery. June 29, 2010 A joint clinical trial conducted by the University Hospital and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found that an element in human blood, fibrinogen, is likely more vital to the blood’s clotting ability in connection with heart surgery than previously considered.
Advanced imaging technologies have helped shift biopsy techniques away from more invasive approaches toward imaging-guided percutaneous—or through the skin—techniques, according to a new study appearing online and in the September print edition of the journal Radiology . The first percutaneous needle biopsy of the liver was reported in 1923, and the technique developed into an invaluable diagnostic tool in many organ systems.
Rohan Sullivan, AP An American doctor accused of botching a string of operations while he was the chief surgeon at an Australian hospital has been found guilty of killing three of his patients and grievously harming another. Jayant Patel, 60, was ordered into police custody until sentencing after a jury returned guilty verdicts on all charges against him.
Arthroscopic surgical repair of torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) or meniscal cartilage injuries in the knee does not decrease the chances of developing osteoarthritis, according to a new study published online and in the August print issue of the journal Radiology . A decade after the initial injuries were diagnosed using MRI, localized knee osteoarthritis was evident in patients, regardless of whether or not the injuries had been surgically repaired.
(AP) The apparently endless market for images of Marilyn Monroe now extends to inside the bombshell's body. A set of three Monroe chest X-rays from a 1954 hospital visit sold for $45,000 at the Hollywood Legends auction at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Julien's Auctions, which sold the X-rays, estimated that they would only fetch a total of about $3,000.
A newspaper's investigation into two years of data from Las Vegas-area hospitals shows patients suffered more preventable injuries, life-threatening infections or other harm more frequently than was initially reported. The data published in a copyrighted story by the Las Vegas Sun was drawn from records of 425,0000 inpatient visits in a state database.
On Friday President Barack Obama signed a bill that temporarily spares doctors from a 21 percent reduction in Medicare payments. The measure delays cuts through the end of November while lawmakers work on a more permanent solution. There was some urgency to approve the $6.5 billion bill, as Medicare officials announced last week that the program would begin processing claims it had already received for June at the lower rate.
Mike Stobbe, AP Most U.S. adults should eat less than a teaspoon of salt each day, but a new government report says just 1 in 18 meet that goal. Health officials go on to advise that 70 percent of adults – including people with high blood pressure, all African-Americans and everyone over 40 – should actually limit their salt intake to a more restrictive two-thirds of a teaspoon.
Men who use statins to lower their cholesterol are 30 percent less likely to see their prostate cancer come back after surgery compared to men who do not use the drugs, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. They also found that higher doses of the drugs were associated with a lower risk of recurrence.
Tummy Tuck procedures have been on the rise over the last 10 years, amounting to an 84 percent increase since 2000, and has been in the top five plastic surgeries since 2005, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Hugh McLean says the trend holds true for Toronto and his clinic in Mississauga, where the procedure has seen an even sharper rise in popularity.
Ken Ritter, AP The Nevada medical license of Michael Jackson's former physician is safe under an agreement struck with prosecutors on a back child support case. Dr. Conrad Murray, 57, had faced the loss of his license to practice medicine in Nevada under a state law that provides for suspension of professional licenses for non-payment of child support.
Lindsey Tanner, AP Patients will be told when they're being treated by rookie doctors, who would get shorter shifts and better supervision under proposed work changes for medical residents. The draft regulations aim to promote patient safety and reduce medical errors by enhancing work conditions for sometimes sleep-deprived junior physicians.
Reporting in the journal Urology , researchers at Thomas Jefferson University have found that a pre-emptive multimodal pain regimen that included pregabalin (Lyrica) decreased the use of opioid analgesics in patients undergoing robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. Opioid usage, which involves narcotic pain medications, was significantly less in patients who received the multimodal regimen compared to patients who received a standard post-operative analgesic regimen.
Apollo Endosurgery announced today that the Company received notice of a $5 million award from the State of Texas through the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas CPRIT). Apollo was one of only three companies recommended for the inaugural commercialization awards. CPRIT was established to expedite innovation and commercialization in the area of cancer research and to enhance access to evidence-based prevention programs and services throughout the State.
(AP) Tracy Durham remembers hearing the pop. But the gunshot wound the Illinois man discovered after a neighbor asked about his limp? That was a surprise. The 48-year-old Durham told police he thinks he was shot by a friend during a party late Sunday at his home. Police say Durham recalled calling the friend's girlfriend ugly.