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Joan Rivers' Surgery Went Wrong After Own Doctor Performed Irregular Biopsy

September 10, 2014 11:18 am | Comments

The routine medical procedure that Joan Rivers underwent last month that led to her tragic death a week later went catastrophically wrong when her own personal doctor performed a surprise biopsy on her vocal cords, according to a source with knowledge of the legendary comic's death. According to the source, she had not signed off on the biopsy before undergoing surgery at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan on Aug. 28.

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Some Patients 'Wake Up' During Surgery

September 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Smitha Mundasad, Health Reporter, BBC News | Comments

More than 300 people a year in the UK and Ireland report they have been conscious during surgery - despite being given general anaesthesia, reported BBC.com on Wednesday. In the largest study of its kind, scientists suggests this happens in one in every 19,000 operations. They found episodes were more likely when women were given general anaesthesia for Caesarean sections or patients were given certain drugs.

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Body Donation Programs In Three States Scrutinized

September 10, 2014 10:34 am | Comments

Authorities are investigating programs in at least three states that collect bodies donated for scientific research, medical training and other purposes. An FBI official in Detroit confirmed that the bureau is looking at an Oregon research center, and investigators have raided facilities in Michigan and Arizona. Besides confirming the existence of an investigation, authorities have been tight-lipped about what they are examining and why.

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Scientists Reach Milestone To Build Replacement Kidneys In Lab

September 9, 2014 11:59 am | Comments

Regenerative medicine researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have addressed a major challenge in the quest to build replacement kidneys in the lab. Working with human-sized pig kidneys, the scientists developed the most successful method to date to keep blood vessels in the new organs open and flowing with blood.

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Joan Rivers' Death Puts Spotlight on Surgery Safety

September 9, 2014 11:02 am | by Kathleen Doheny, everydayhealth.com | Comments

Comedienne Joan Rivers' death on Sept. 4 following complications from a routine surgical procedure has triggered speculation about what might have occurred during the outpatient procedure that apparently led to her cardiac arrest and death.

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Study: Stem Cells Can Work To Treat Lung Disease

September 9, 2014 10:39 am | Comments

A new study has revealed how stem cells work to improve lung function in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Previous studies have shown that stem cells can reduce lung inflammation and restore some function in ARDS, but experts are not sure how this occurs. The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society's International Congress, brings us a step closer to understanding the mechanisms that occur within an injured lung.

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Collaborative Study Finds New Approach For Treating Esophageal Cancer

September 9, 2014 10:07 am | Comments

Drawing on their clinical and scientific experience, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a new strategy for attacking esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), one of the most deadly forms of cancer.

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Bone Cancer Surgery Team Sees Success In Application Of Surgical Aid

September 9, 2014 9:45 am | Comments

An ortho-oncology team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center successfully adapted a shoulder surgical aid (the Spider Limb Positioner) to conduct a left hip disarticulation on a melanoma patient as described in a case report published online in Medical Devices.

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Babies In The Womb Helped By Spina Bifida Surgery

September 8, 2014 11:38 am | by Estela Villanueva-Whitman, Des Moines Register | Comments

Chelsy and Jeff King knew little about spina bifida when an ultrasound showed signs of the condition midway through pregnancy. They soon learned that the defect could be repaired before their baby was even born. The routine ultrasound at 19 weeks of pregnancy detected an opening in the baby’s spine. Chelsy went online to research spina bifida and learned about a surgical procedure that could be performed in utero.

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Variation In Hospitalizations From ER Costs Billions

September 8, 2014 10:45 am | Comments

It sounds like the setup for a joke: Two identical patients go to two different hospital emergency entrances, complaining of the same symptoms. But what happens next is no laughing matter, according to a new University of Michigan study published in Health Affairs. While one patient may get treated and released from the emergency department, the other gets sent upstairs to a hospital bed – at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars.

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Bureaucracy Consumes One-Quarter Of US Hospitals' Budgets

September 8, 2014 10:08 am | Comments

A study of hospital administrative costs in eight nations published today in the September issue of Health Affairs finds that hospital bureaucracy consumed 25.3 percent of hospital budgets in the U.S. in 2011, far more than in other nations. The researchers analyzed detailed accounting data that hospitals reported to each nation's government. The data covered virtually all hospitals in each nation.

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Study: One Facial Operation Can Safely Address Major Aspects Of Aging

September 8, 2014 9:43 am | Comments

A total facial rejuvenation that combines three procedures to address the multiple signs of an aging face and neck can be performed safely at one time, a new study shows. Total facial rejuvenation, which combines an extensive facelift to tighten skin and muscle; specialized, midface implants to restore fullness; and laser resurfacing to reduce skin's irregular texture and discoloration, can be safely performed at one time.

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Breast Cancer Has Pharma’s Largest and Most Innovative Drug Pipeline

September 5, 2014 11:54 am | Comments

The breast cancer therapeutics pipeline boasts a high degree of innovation in first-in-class molecules, with many new technologies holding the potential to transform the clinical and commercial treatment landscape over the coming decade, says business intelligence provider GBI Research.

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FDA OKs Merck Drug, First In New Cancer Drug Class

September 5, 2014 11:40 am | Comments

Merck & Co. on Thursday won the first U.S. approval for a new kind of cancer drug with big advantages over chemotherapy and other older cancer treatments. Experts called the news "game-changing" for patients with the deadly skin cancer, which is becoming more common and kills nearly 10,000 Americans each year.

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3D Printing Aids in Complex Brain Surgery of Brazilian Baby

September 5, 2014 10:55 am | by Eddie Krassenstein, 3DPrint.com | Comments

Dr. Hélio Rubens Machado, a neurosurgeon at the Medical School of the University of São Paulo in Brazil, was recently faced with quite the challenge, in performing surgery on a young child who was born with Sturge-Weber syndrome. With the help of CTI though, he was able to take a 3D scan of the child’s head and brain, and then 3D print it out to use as a reference prior to, and during surgery.

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