Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors are reporting a key advance in treating men with cancer that has started to spread beyond the prostate: survival is significantly better if radiation is added to standard hormone treatments. Results of the study were given Sunday at a cancer conference, where other research showed that an experimental drug boosted survival for women with very advanced breast cancer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — "Why did they cut you?" The shocking question came from a respected spine surgeon tracked down by Keith Swenson, who was still in severe pain after an earlier back operation. He didn't know what to believe. Two other surgeons had urged more operations, different ones.
Health News Florida reports Monday that the board said Bernard Zaragoza is a good doctor, but he had bad luck. A state hearing officer recommended a penalty of a $5,000 fine and 50 hours of community service. Zaragoza has to reimburse the state $25,000 for the state's costs of investigation and prosecution.
An NYU Medical Center doctor phoned her bosses' weight-loss surgery patients on the eve of their operations to warn them they could end up dead. Surgical resident Neelu Pal was so spooked after a lap-band surgery patient died in 2006 that she spent the weekend anonymously phoning patients scheduled for surgery that Monday.
A Roanoke, NC jury awarded a 38-year-old woman $2 million in a malpractice judgment against Carilion Clinic after hearing claims that a neurosurgeon performed the wrong type of surgery on her herniated discs, prolonging her pain. Carilion has asked that the verdict be reduced to a reasonable sum or that the court grant a new trial.
The Oregon Medical Board has fined four Eugene heart surgeons for allegedly overbiling Medicare. The doctors agreed to each pay a $10,000 fine and serve 100 hours of community service. The Register-Guard newspaper reports the action comes more than two years after Drs. David Duke, Warren Glover, Richard Hicks and Stanley Baldwin reached a settlement with the federal government in which they agreed to pay $2.
Lazar J. Greenfield, MD, FACS of Ann Arbor, MI, was the recipient of the 16th Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons. The Jacobson Award, which honors living surgeons who have been innovators of a new development or technique in any field of surgery, was presented to Dr. Greenfield during a dinner that was held in conjunction with the ACS Board of Regents meeting.
Key World Health Organization personnel who advised on the stockpiling of pandemic flu drugs had financial ties with companies which stood to profit, an investigation has found. The British Medical Journal says these individuals had openly declared these interests, yet WHO made no mention of the links.
A minimally invasive technique used to destroy kidney tumors with an electrically controlled heating probe showed similar effectiveness as surgical removal of tumors in curbing cancer recurrence rates for up to five years after treatment. In an article available online in the journal Cancer , Dr. Jeffrey Cadeddu, professor of urology and radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, reported the outcomes of more than 200 patients who were treated with radiofrequency ablation.
Two decades after the first successful minimally invasive surgery, today’s techniques and technologies are being held back from providing better patient care and more efficient procedures, according to a report issued today by Cambridge Consultants. The report analyzes the barriers and opportunities for the future growth of the $15 billion global MIS market, with data collected through input from pre-eminent representatives with backgrounds in imaging and navigation, surgical robotics, regulatory affairs, laparoscopy and endoscopy.
Immersion Corporation, a leading developer and licensor of haptics technology, has announced that SOFAR S.p.A., a leading Italian manufacturer of medical devices for minimally invasive surgery, has obtained a license to Immersion's TouchSense haptics technology for use in its ALF-X (Advanced Laparoscopy through Force Reflection) telesurgical robot system.
New research findings published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons indicate that delaying cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder, in elderly patients with sudden inflammation of the organ often results in increased costs, morbidity and mortality. Gallstone disease is the most costly digestive disease in the United States, with approximately 20 million people having the disorder.
“Contamination was predominantly found in non-treatment areas,” says Angela Pugliese, M.D., lead author of the study and an emergency department physician at Henry Ford Hospital. “This suggests that only areas without true patient contact, and likely less frequent hand washing, might benefit from using washable silicone rubber or antibacterial keyboards instead of a standard keyboard.
The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) issues a practice guideline addressing the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease and Barrett's esophagus. June 2, 2010 BARRX Medical Inc. reports that the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) has issued a new practice guideline for the surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
A study finds patients who avoid tobacco for six weeks after fracture surgery have fewer postoperative complications June 2, 2010 Smokers who refrain from using tobacco during the six-week period following emergency surgery for an acute fracture heal more quickly and experience fewer complications than patients who continue to smoke during the healing process, according to a study published in the June 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS).