Recent Articles

April 18, 2014 7:02 am
Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer
The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure used to eliminate growths in the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The agency is discouraging doctors from performing the procedure, which uses an electronic device to grind and shred uterine tissue so it can be removed through a small incision in the abdomen...
April 17, 2014 9:33 am
Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer
Only about half of patients take medication as prescribed, resulting in unnecessary hospital admissions and ER visits that cost the U.S. health care system an estimated $290 billion a year. To help combat the problem, many doctors are trying a more high-tech approach: They're recommending smartphone apps that send reminders to patients to take their medications and record when they take each one...
April 16, 2014 10:04 am
An article recently published in the International Journal of Surgery shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training. The authors of the study obtained a Glass device through Google's Explorer Program and have tested its applicability in their daily pediatric surgical practice...
April 12, 2014 10:51 pm
Josh Lederman, Associated Press
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run "Obamacare," would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington's toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the healthcare industry...
April 11, 2014 11:07 am
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press
How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare? Explanations for Wednesday's eye-popping numbers from Medicare's massive claims database ranged from straightforward to what the government considers suspicious, as the medical world confronted a new era of scrutiny...
April 11, 2014 10:10 am
Malcom Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press
Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels, and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy, which is aimed at avoiding rejection of transplanted organs...
April 10, 2014 10:18 am
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press
Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on healthcare financing...
April 10, 2014 9:54 am
Dylan Lovan, Associated Press
It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3D printed heart would ever be put in a person...
April 9, 2014 10:34 am
Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer
Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke. Experts say it's a promising development but warn that the experimental treatment isn't a cure. When the implanted device is activated, the men can wiggle their toes, lift their legs, and stand briefly...
April 9, 2014 10:00 am
Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press
The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren't any neurologists on call. Within 15 minutes, a neurologist pops onto a computer screen and can order an IV drug. It's that sort of potentially life-saving technology that may drive down healthcare costs, while also addressing serious doctor shortages...
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