Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Stephen Ohlemacher, AP Last Friday the Senate passed legislation to spare doctors a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments that had been looming for months, but the last-ditch effort came too late. Moments after the Senate acted, Medicare announced it would begin processing claims it has already received for June at the lower rate.
“Our study shows that in the short term, weight loss by diet alone does not achieve the same improvements in diabetes as gastric bypass surgery,” said the author, Judith Korner, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Korner and her colleagues found that gastric bypass surgery better improved insulin sensitivity – the body's ability to successfully clear glucose sugar from the bloodstream into the cells.
A new study suggests that the recovery time and cost of brain-tumor surgery could be reduced if surgery is performed while patients are awake during part of the procedure. The study, conducted at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, examined the outcomes of 39 patients treated for glioma, a type of brain tumor that affects about 20,000 Americans annually.
Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — For the first time, abuse of painkillers and other medication is sending as many people to the emergency room as the use of illegal drugs. In 2008, ERS saw an estimated 1 million visits from people abusing prescription or over-the-counter medicines — mostly painkillers and sedatives.
Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — South African surgeons have transplanted kidneys between donors and patients who were both infected with the AIDS virus — a medical first that has some U.S. doctors buzzing about whether it could be tried here. The first four of the transplants, which occurred in 2008, are described in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
Doctors in Germany have shown a transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation provides an option for high-risk patients July 18, 2010 Doctors at the University Heart Center in Hamburg, Germany successfully used transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation in elderly patients with degenerated bioprostheses in aortic and mitral position.
The Asia-Pacific healthcare market has experienced solid growth over the past decade. According to statistics, this healthcare market is projected to grow from US$ 246 billion in 2009 to US$ 348 billion in 2012, accounting for almost 27% of the global market. By 2015, Asia-Pacific’s healthcare revenues could represent 40% of the global market.
Now surgeons can immediately share video and still images of surgical cases with patients, patient families, and colleagues upon surgery completion with a new Apple® app from Leica Microsystems. Leica Microsystems, in partnership with Med X Change, has unveiled a new Apple® app called Med X Mobile.
(AP) Iraqi conjoined twins will be flown to Saudi Arabia to undergo separation surgery after the Saudi king offered to pay for the operation. The two-week-old twins Zainab and Ruqqaya Naseer, from the Shiite holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq, are joined at the hip and have problems with their digestive and reproductive systems.
An out-of-work Michigan woman shot herself in the hope she'd receive medical treatment for a shoulder injury. Kathy Myers says she injured the shoulder a month ago while playing with her dogs. The 41-year-old has been unable to see a specialist because she can't afford health insurance. So she shot herself.
After men have surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland, up to 80 percent of them will lose the ability to have an erection because of damage to a critical nerve that runs along the prostate. New research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine shows the damaged nerve can be regenerated more quickly with a protein called Sonic Hedgehog, which is delivered via a nanofiber gel.
Despite a greater likelihood of poorer outcomes, many patients newly-diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer do not undergo surgery. New research indicates that among the factors associated with this decision include misunderstandings of the prognosis, negative perceptions of patient-physician communication and older age, with black patients more likely to not have surgery, according to a study in the June 16 issue of JAMA .
(AP) The family of a 28-year-old British woman who unknowingly received a lung transplant from a smoker says she would have been horrified, and have lodged a complaint. Cystic fibrosis sufferer Lyndsey Scott received a double lung transplant from a donor who had smoked for three decades. She died in July of pneumonia.
Maria Cheng, AP A cheap drug that can stop bleeding in recently injured accident patients could potentially save the lives of tens of thousands worldwide, a new study says. Researchers studied the effects of tranexamic acid, or TXA, in more than 10,000 adult trauma patients in 40 countries who received the drug within eight hours of being injured.
Carla K. Johnson, AP One in five medical claims is processed inaccurately by commercial health insurers, often leaving physicians shortchanged, according to the nation's largest doctor's group. The American Medical Association recently released its third annual report card on insurers, showing that private insurance companies matched their payments to what they agreed to pay doctors about 80 percent of the time.