Hospital Malpractice

Transfer of hospital patients can spread MRSA! Source: BBC Health; PloS Medicine. In our continuing education on antibiotic resistance and its impact upon patient care the Dutch medical journal PloS Medicine has published a study spanning 26 European countries

Liver Cancer -Latest

Sources: American Cancer Society; MD Anderson Cancer Center of the University of Texas LIVER  cancer is one of the most rapidly increasing cancers in the US, with 22,600 cases of primary liver diagnosed in the United States in 2009.  It is a killer cancer with an overall 5-year survival rate of around 15%. The Liver [...]

Hospital Acquired Infections. Super Bugs Get More…Um, Super.

Sources: NPR (National Public Radio); US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WE'VE blogged about MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (cancomycin Resistant Enterococcus) and C-Diff (Clostridium difficile).  Get ready to add another nasty super bug to the list -CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae). Federal officials warn that the newest kid on the block has become a significant health problem [...]

Robotic Surgery, State of the Art comes with Complications.

 Sources:  Bloomberg News, US Food & Drug Administration THEY have been hailed as the latest state of the art technology and their manufacturer has given them a name worthy of a medical rennaissance -the Da Vinci.  But are robotic surgeries actually safer than those performed directly by the hand of a surgeon? Robot systems (da [...]

Ovarian Cancer, is Pap Test Key to Dectecting?

Sources:  Johns Hopkins Medicine (2013, January 9). ScienceDaily (2013, February 12). RESEARCHERS at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a test to detect ovarian and endometrial cancers using cervical fluid obtained in routine Pap tests. The Papanicolaou (Pap) tes is a minimally invasive screening test routinely performed during annual gynecologic visits.  Cells collected from the [...]

Childhood Cancer, Common.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Jemal A, et al., Cancer statistics, 2009. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2009;59(4):225–249; U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2009. CANCER is the second most common cause of death among children between [...]

Cancer Deaths Associated with Least Agressive Breast Cancer?

Sources: Cancer, Vol. 119, Issue 3, Page 473, 1 February 2013; Haque R., et al. Impact of breast cancer subtypes on treatment and survival. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev.. 2012; 21: 1848-1855. ALARMING results from a Kaiser Permanente (the largest HMO in the US) study, 21 years in the making, suggest that even the most common and least aggressive subtype of [...]

New Breast Cancer Drug Approval!

Sources: US Food & Drug Safety Administration; MedScape Pertuzumab ( Perjeta, Genentech/Roche), has been approved in the United States. Perjeta targets HER2-positive breast cancer.  About 1/4 of all cases of breast cancer are HER2-positive.  It is indicated for use in patients with metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer who have not received previous treatment with either chemotherapy or [...]

Surgical Malpractice "Never Events"? Never say Never.

Sources: Surgery, December, 18, 2012; MedScape Surgical Malpractice is more common than we think.  More than 4000 surgical "never events" occurred each year between 1990 and 2010 in the United States, according to the findings of a retrospective study of national malpractice data. Winta T. Mehtsun, MD, MPH, from the Johns Hopkins University School of [...]

Hospital Oops, They Did it Again…and Again.

Sources: Archives of Surgery 2010;145:978-984; MedScape Hospitals continue to experience wrong-site and wrong-patient surgeries, which are more common than the medical community might care to admit.  Investigators have found that clinicians in both surgical and nonsurgical disciplines share equal responsibility for the unacceptable errors. Dr. Stahel and colleagues in Colorado and at the Geisinger Medical Center in [...]

New Biomarker for Metastatic Prostate Cancer?

Sources:  Medical News Today; Thomas Jefferson University An inter-institutional team effort, initiated by Thomas Jefferson Unversity's Michael A. Augello of the Department of Cancer Biology at Thomas Jefferson University, has found a potential biomarker for determining who will get the metastatic (and lethal) form of prostate cancer, which is usually contained or containable if caught in [...]