An estimated 1 in 370 women who undergo electric power morcellation during a minimally invasive hysterectomy have uterine cancer, with the risk of cancer and endometrial hyperplasia markedly increasing with age, according to an analysis using an insurance database of more than 500 U.S. hospitals.
Children receiving common urgent surgeries on the weekend face greater risks of death, blood transfusions, and surgical complications, according to a recent study.
The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs before hospital admission for severe blunt injury is associated with a reduced incidence of trauma-induced coagulopathy, results from a secondary analysis of a prospective cohort study demonstrated.
SILVER SPRING, MD. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A requirement for informed consent outlining the risks of morcellation of unsuspected malignancies in women treated with laparoscopic power morcellators for presumably benign fibroids was among the recommendations made by a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel.
COPENHAGEN (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Almost half of patients with mild cognitive impairment progressed to dementia within 1 year of undergoing either arthroplasty or coronary angiography, according to a small Australian study.
Damage control resuscitation practices, adopted by the U.S. military in 2006, appear to have resulted in fewer deaths of salvageable patients in combat hospitals, according to results of a new study.
The absolute 20-year survival benefit from contralateral prophylactic mastectomy stands at less than 1%, regardless of age, estrogen receptor status, and cancer stage, a decision analysis demonstrated.
LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Advances in developing a so-called bionic pancreas that seamlessly and automatically mimics pancreatic endocrine function in patients with diabetes is far ahead of projections, according to Dr. Jay S. Skyler.
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Hypoglycemic episodes were common and largely unnoticed after bariatric surgery,
PARIS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Transcatheter mitral valve replacement finally took off this year, but it may keep a low profile short-term as investigators gain more clinical experience with transcatheter systems and slowly start to define the right types of patients for this procedure.
NEW YORK (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Bicuspid aortic valve repair with reimplantation is feasible with very good midterm outcomes, and the results are getting better as techniques are refined, according to a study presented by Dr. Joseph E. Bavaria at a meeting sponsored by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.
Low-risk prostate cancer in older men is still being overtreated, according to two separate studies that examined the issue from different perspectives, both of which were published online July 14 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The use of minimally invasive surgery for appendectomy, colectomy, hysterectomy, and lung lobectomy varies widely in the United States, even though the complication rates were lower from each procedure than with open surgery, results from a large retrospective study demonstrated.
NEW YORK (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) –A significantly higher percentage of patients achieved false lumen thrombosis in the best medical therapy plus stent group, compared with those who received only BMT, based on 1-year results of the ADSORB trial.
TORONTO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – In a multicenter European study, 30-day mortality and 1-year mortality after implantation of the stentless Freedom Solo aortic bioprosthetic valve were 1.4% and 4.4%, respectively. Patients in the study experienced “remarkable” functional status improvement at 1 year, reported principal investigator Dr. Markus Thalmann at the annual meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.
The prescribing rate for long-acting/extended-release opioid pain relievers in Maine, which is the highest in the country, is more than five times higher than that of Texas, which has the lowest rate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
SILVER SPRING, MD. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Without power morcellation, the number of hysterectomies performed using an open approach would dramatically increase – and the combined mortality from laparoscopic hysterectomy and potential dissemination of leiomyosarcoma would be less than that of open hysterectomy, according to testimony given July 11 at a Food and Drug Administration expert panel meeting.
SILVER SPRING, MD. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Power morcellation devices should be never used for gynecologic procedures, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm testified to a Food and Drug Administration expert panel on July ll.
DANA POINT, CALIF. – When you think of lasers, do you consider them as the standard of care for treatment of a range of scars, from dog bites to burns? If not, Dr. Jill Waibel, director of the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, thinks you should.