As good as laparoscopy is in preventing some of the stresses of open surgery on the body, it can have drawbacks, including reduced blood flow that can impact organ function. However, by adding another gas to the carbon dioxide used to inflate the surgical area during laparoscopy, researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found they can preserve more normal blood flow during noninvasive surgery.
The FDA recently advised healthcare providers over a growing concern related to rare, but potentially fatal complications from negative pressure wound therapy. The therapy involves a device that uses a vacuum pump to produce sub-atmospheric pressure over a chronic wound or burn. Although the procedure can aid healing and closing of wounds by creating a vacuum to remove excess fluid and infected material, the FDA noted that bleeding and infection can occur.
President Barack Obama said pledged nearly $600 million from the $787 billion economic stimulus plan to help create jobs at 85 community health centers. Obama is under heavy pressure to generate job growth, with November unemployment rates at over 10 percent. The White House said the $600 million would awarded to help pay for major construction and renovation projects across the country and assist networks at the centers to move to electronic records.
The Los Angeles City Council has delayed a vote on its medical marijuana ordinance until most likely into next year, worried that the draft proposal could eliminate most dispensaries and lead to just a few “big-box” pot stores in isolated industrial areas. The council has been on fast-forward since October, when a judge ruled that the city's moratorium on dispensaries was invalid, leaving Los Angeles with almost no power to shut down hundreds that have opened without permission in the last two years.
The robotic technology predicts the movement of the heart as it beats, enabling surgical tools to move in concert with each beat. This development could be very important in developing less invasive surgical heart procedures, where stopping the heart from beating causes what might be unnecessary risks.
A Northwestern University study suggests that American parents should ease up on antibacterial soap and perhaps allow their little ones a romp or two in the mud in getting more exposure to everyday germs. The exposure to infectious microbes early in life could actually protect individuals from cardiovascular diseases that can lead to death as an adult.
A new study suggests that simple, inexpensive blood tests performed while patients are on the operating table could predict how well they will recover months after they leave the hospital. The study, conducted at Stanford and Yale Universities, found that patients whose immune systems responded to the stress of surgery by mobilizing large numbers of pathogen-fighting cells and redistributing them to skin and other tissues recovered more quickly and completely than those whose immune system showed little or no reaction.
Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle Nurses from three unions, including the California Nurses Association, have founded a new national union to influence national health care policies and to try and extend California's patient ratio law into other states. Organizers said the 150,000-member National Nurses United, the largest professional union for registered nurses in the country, will also flex its power to push for a stronger voice in the health care overhaul process.
The senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee has asked the American Medical Association and 32 other medical groups to disclose the financial backing they receive from drug and medical device manufacturers, as well as insurance companies. Senator Charles Grassley, whose panel is central to legislation overhauling U.
According to a new guideline from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) regarding the management of antithrombotic agents for endoscopy, the organization says aspirin and/or NSAIDs may be continued for all elective endoscopic procedures. When high-risk procedures are planned, clinicians may elect to discontinue aspirin and/or NSAIDs for five to seven days before the procedure, depending on the underlying indication for antiplatelet therapy.
Scientists at Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) have developed a rapid and sensitive integrated system to test simultaneously for specific cardiac biomarkers in a finger prick amount of blood. The silicon-based system's features could help physicians arrive at the right diagnosis more quickly in patients suspected of having heart attacks – particularly those who do not show obvious signs of chest pains or shortness of breath, according to researchers at IME, one of the research institutes sponsored by Singapore's A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research).
Mike Stobbe, AP The estimate was made in an annual report that shows that, overall, the U.S. cancer death rate is continuing to decline, as it has since the 1990s. The report released Monday focuses largely on cancers of the colon and rectum, which together are the third leading cancer killer in the United States.
A consumer group that reported several of the holiday season's must-have toys are unsafe wants to make a correction. Good Guide says it was wrong to claim in a Saturday statement that Zhu Zhu Pets robotic hamsters and International Playthings' “My First Purse&rdquo contained levels of the heavy metal antimony that exceed federal limits.
Reuters Regulators are probing more cases of patients who were exposed to excess radiation from brain scans performed with equipment from General Electric and Toshiba, government officials said. The Food and Drug Administration said some patients received up to eight times the normal amount of radiation, which could cause cataracts and increase the risk of some forms of cancer.
Carolyn Y. Johnson, Boston Globe Massachusetts General Hospital surgery resident Claudius Conrad is building upon his prior work with music in the ICU to research the effects it has on surgeons' learning, speed and accuracy. Conrad’s research began when he investigated how music affects intensive care unit patients.