Grandmother, 52, is one of the first people in the world to have a 3D-printed sternum fitted

Linda Edwards, 52, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, endured pain she compared to 'carrying a heavy rucksack on your front'. This left her unable to hang washing, cough or hug her grandchildren.
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We report here the first case of pulmonary infection due to Mycobacterium kyorinense in a 55-year-old hypertensive woman treated for pulmonary tuberculosis earlier on two occasions. She presented with productive cough, intermittent episode of left-sided chest pain, loss of appetite, low-grade fever, and breathlessness. Sputum cultures revealed non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). She remained persistently symptomatic with sputum cultures positive for acid-fast bacilli even after 6 months of treatment. Hence, a 16SrRNA gene amplification and sequencing were done that revealed M. kyorinense. Based on the guidelines of the Ame...
Source: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Source Type: research
A 70-year-old man presented to the emergency department on a Saturday with complaints of shortness of breath, especially with activity; increased dry cough; and generalized weakness. He denied chest pain or hemoptysis. The patient reported a history of coronary artery disease; coronary artery bypass surgery; and lung cancer treated with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Most recently, he received treatment in his oncologist's office approximately 5  days before. His resting vital signs were as follows: blood pressure 150/54 mm Hg, heart rate 86 beats per minute, temperature 37°C (98.6°F), resp...
Source: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Clinical Source Type: research
Depending on what you read, kratom is a dangerous, addictive drug with no medical utility and severe side effects, including overdose and death, or it is an accessible pathway out of undertreated chronic pain and opiate withdrawal. How can the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), medical professionals, and millions of regular kratom users have such divergent views of the same plant? What is kratom? Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical tree from the coffee family native to Southeast Asia, with properties that range from stimulant-like, energizing and uplifting, to opiate-like, causing drowsiness and euphoria. Kratom has d...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Addiction Pain Management Vitamins and supplements Source Type: blogs
Updated Date: Aug 7, 2019 EST
Source: DailyMed Drug Label Updates - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: alerts
I recently encountered an article that quantifies the resources expended by unnecessary patient visits to emergency departments (EDs) (see:Diverting avoidable emergency department visits could save healthcare $32 billion annually). Many such visits could have achieved the same results and less expensively in a physician's office. Below is an excerpt from the article:Diverting avoidable emergency department visits could save healthcare $32 billion annually. Primary care services rendered by hospital EDs come with substantially higher price tags than in primary care settings. Avoidable visits to emergency department...
Source: Lab Soft News - Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Cost of Healthcare Diagnostics Healthcare Information Technology Healthcare Innovations Hospital Financial Medical Consumerism Medical Education Preventive Medicine Public Health Quality of Care Source Type: blogs
Eight Wisconsin teenagers required hospitalization last month after using vaping products, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The teens, who lived in Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Winnebago counties, became ill after vaping in the weeks and months prior to their July hospitalization, officials said. Their symptoms first included a cough, shortness of breath, and, fatigue. Other symptoms reported by some included fever, anorexia, chest pain, nausea, and diarrhea, said Dr. Jonathan Meiman, chief medical officer for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Some of the teens required intubation, but they ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: News Source Type: news
In this study, we analyzed the clinical presentations of pediatric mediastinal tumors and their correlation with long-term clinical outcome. Forty patients under 18 years of age diagnosed with mediastinal tumors at China Medical University Children's Hospital between 2001 and 2016 were enrolled. The patients’ sex, age of onset, initial clinical symptoms, and treatment outcomes were analyzed. 75% of the patients with mediastinal tumors in this study were men, and the median age of onset was 13 years old (age range: 0–17 years). The overall mortality rate was 40%. The most common tumors were lymphoma (47.5%), f...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Observational Study Source Type: research
BOSTON (CBS) – According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, doctors continue to prescribe popular over-the-counter medications for coughs and colds despite little evidence that they help. Back in 2008, the FDA advised against using cough and cold medications for kids younger than 2 because they don’t tend to work and can pose safety concerns. The American Academy of Pediatrics followed suit for kids younger than 6. Now, researchers at Rutgers University have found that since then, doctors have been less likely to recommend over-the-counter cold preparations for young kids but instead are more likely to su...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news
A 46-year-old black woman with a history of endometriosis presented with right-sided sciatica, right shoulder pain and persistent cough. She had a history of severe endometriosis and fibroids with previous laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy and bilateral salpingectomy performed at an outside facility one year earlier. Three weeks prior to presentation, she had a spontaneous right pneumothorax which was managed with a tube thoracostomy. Transvaginal ultrasound demonstrated bilateral endometriomas and repeat computed tomography scan indicated a recurrent right apical pneumothorax.
Source: The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
ABSTRACT Objective: To highlight the importance of the new classification criteria for the macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) in systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis in order to reduce morbidity and mortality outcome related to this disease. Case description: A 12-year-old female patient with diagnosis of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis under immunosuppression therapy for two years developed cough, acute precordial chest pain, tachypnea, tachycardia and hypoxemia for two days. Chest tomography showed bilateral laminar pleural effusion with bibasilar consolidation. The electrocardiogram was consistent with acute ...
Source: Revista Paulista de Pediatria - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
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