Most of the hundreds of thousands of robotic surgeries performed in the U.S. each year are done safely. However, as use of the machine increases, so are reports of injuries: The U.S. Food and Drug administration has received more than 200 reports since 2007 of burns, cuts and infections – including 89 deaths – after robotic surgery.
A horse that survived a vicious attack is making medical headlines thanks to a pair of historic surgeries to save him. Last summer "Northstar," an American Paint horse, was approached in a pasture in Pennsylvania, doused with a flammable liquid and, inexplicably, set on fire.
Kevin Pugh celebrated his first Father's Day as a dad with his baby daughter after receiving a liver transplant which saved him from a life-threatening disease weeks before she was born. The donation came from a mother in her forties who passed away.
Ireland Nugent has been in a wheelchair and has undergone seven surgeries since the April 11 accident. Doctors warned she may be hesitant at first after being fitted for the test legs, but the little girl promptly took off walking as soon as they were on.
Researchers who analyzed data in children under the age of 15 who had CT scans between 1996 and 2011 examined the frequency and level of radiation doses. They estimate that of the four million scans performed each year, more than 4,800 kids could develop future cancers as a result of radiation exposure.
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At a unit inside the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, scientists use highly specialized methods to study cancer in mice. It's no wonder why such a unit exists, as many important medical breakthroughs have come about over the years because scientists have studied mice.
Trainee surgeons are using tablet computers as a way to practice surgery outside the operating theater. The surgery app was designed by four surgeons in London and can be downloaded on a variety of devices. Dr. Sanjay Purkayastha, one of its developers, said they wanted to take surgical education to "another level." The app has been downloaded worldwide more than 80,000 times in less than six months.
A new study recently released by Michigan State University indicated that only five percent of people wash their hands for the recommended amount of time. Furthermore, the average time of handwashing is only six seconds. To make matters worse, half of hand washers don't even use soap. This video offers some more sobering information about this significant problem.
The Murnaghan family of Newrown, Pa., is fighting a little known organ transplant policy that is effectively pushing 10-year-old daughter Sarah to the bottom of the adult transplant waiting list. However, a judge's recent decision gives her a better chance to survive.
Humans can now move robotic limbs using only their thoughts and, in some cases, even get sensory feedback from their robotic hands. Just a few years ago, this would sound impossible. However, now it is a reality. Learn more about this technology through the story of Jan Scheuermann, a Pittsburgh mother of two.
Medicare, the trust fund that pays for older Americans' healthcare, is now projected to last a bit longer than previous estimates. However, that doesn't seem to be the same case for Social Security. The future of Social Security is clouded with doubt.
Seema Biswas asks us to consider the valuable role that medical students can play in solving the health challenges of our modern world. By giving them the opportunity to outside of the classroom and engage in a meaningful way with patients around the world, students can not only play a critical part in serving vulnerable communities, but also become profoundly better doctors in the process.
Sarah, a 29-year-old dolphin, spent years working with children before her health sadly began to fail. A battery of tests revealed one of her airways had closed off 80 percent, so doctors used advances in human surgery and medicine to help her.
After having both hips replaced, Paula Spurlock expected to face months of rehabilitation to regain strength and mobility. However, she never expected to have an allergic reaction to the implants. A new blood test may make it possible to detect these allergies before the surgery takes place.