GPs undertreat women with atrial fibrillation

General practitioners (GPs) undertreat women with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to research presented at ESC Congress 2013 today by Dr Pierre Sabouret from France. The analysis of more than 15,000 patients showed that women were undertreated with antithrombotic medications compared to men regardless of their stroke risk and comorbidities. via GPs undertreat women with atrial […]

China announces end date for taking prisoners organs

A senior Chinese official has said the country will phase out the practice of taking organs from executed prisoners from November. Huang Jiefu said China would now rely on using organs from voluntary donors under a new national donation system. Prisoners used to account for two-thirds of transplant organs, based on previous estimates from state […]

Cases in Stomach Bug Outbreak Continue to Climb

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) — As U.S. health officials continue to try to track down the source of a widespread stomach bug outbreak, the number of cases continues to climb, with 576 illnesses now reported in 19 states. According to statistics released Friday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least […]

12 Medical Tests and Procedures Even Doctors Claim Are Useless

12 medical tests and procedures now being questioned worldwide as unnecessary and potentially cause — sometimes harmful results to patients. Since a campaign was launched last year, more than 130 tests and procedures have been called into question by 25 medical specialty societies with more than 500,000 member doctors. “Millions of Americans are increasingly realizing […]

Hospital technician infected dozens with hepatitis C

A US hospital technician has agreed to a plea deal after he admitted to stealing drugs and syringes, infecting dozens of patients with hepatitis C with tainted needles, and “killing a lot of people.” David Kwiatkowski, a traveling medical technician, worked in 18 hospitals in seven US states before he was hired in New Hampshire […]

Research: Doctors who “watch and wait” are killing their patients

Patients with severe mitral valve regurgitation who are otherwise healthy should have mitral valve repair surgery sooner rather than later, even if they feel no symptoms, a Mayo Clinic-led study by U.S. and European researchers found. The results challenge the long-held belief that it is safer to “watch and wait” until a patient has symptoms, […]

New Treatment for Fatal Snake Bites

Venomous snakes like cobras and kraits are killing hundreds of thousands of people throughout the developing world every year, making snakebites a neglected epidemic in countries like India. Only injections of anti-venom serum or fancy drugs can prevent victims from paralysis and death, but most victims have no way of getting to a hospital or […]