Ebola Deaths In Africa Being Under Reported
Ebola deaths in Africa are being under reported, claims a physician on the ground in West Africa. His estimation is at least 50% more people have died than the 887 reported by the World Health Organization as of today. The post Ebola Deaths In Africa Being Under Reported appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 5, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Hematology Infectious Disease deaths Ebola physician west africa world health organization Source Type: blogs

Saudi Arabia Ebola Testing Underway on Patient
Saudi Arabia Ebola testing is underway for a man who returned from West Africa and is now showing signs of a viral hemorrhagic fever. He is reportedly in critical condition and is under strict isolation after the World Health Organization recommended obtaining samples to test for the Ebola virus. He has been ruled out for Dengue fever. The post Saudi Arabia Ebola Testing Underway on Patient appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 5, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease dengue Ebola hemorrhagic fever Saudi Arabia viral Source Type: blogs

Can Herbs Help Stop Ebola
For a discussion of which herbs might be effective  against Ebola. There currently is no cure using conventional drugs and there is no vaccine. The post Can Herbs Help Stop Ebola appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 4, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Uncategorized cure Ebola herbs stop vaccine Source Type: blogs

Can Acupuncture Help Stop Ebola?
Stimulation of acupuncture points by some other modality will not kill the Ebola virus. It can be used however to help support the body’s organ systems and heighten the body’s immune defenses. Needles should not be used to puncture the skin in patients with hemorrhagic diseases. However, the points can be accessed by placing high gauss magnets on the points and leaving them in place for several days All points listed below should be stimulated bilaterally except where indicated.: Large intestine 10 and 11 kidney 3 kidney 27 bladder 60 heart 3 governor vessel 14 kidney 9 large instestine 15 Left stomach ...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 3, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease acupuncture cure Ebola kidney large intesting magnets meridian needles stomach Source Type: blogs

Ebola Health Care Workers Need to Double Glove
Although we are not participating in the care of those stricken with Ebola, we are watching with alarm multiple news stories showing healthcare workers wearing only one pair of usually ill-fitting non-sterile gloves touching infected patients. This should never be done when trying to protect from exposure to bodily fluids. Numerous published studies have shown that medical gloves even without a noticeable break or tear have about an 8% rate of loss of integrity, thus providing a route for fluids to reach the wearer’s skin. Please also see Can Gingko and Turmeric Help Stop Ebola? In fact, news video of Dr. Brantly whe...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 2, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Ebola healthcare workers prevention protection Source Type: blogs

Ebola Healthcare Workers Need to Double Glove
Although we are not participating in the care of those stricken with Ebola, we are watching with alarm multiple news stories showing healthcare workers wearing only one pair of usually ill-fitting non-sterile gloves touching infected patients. This should never be done when trying to protect from exposure to bodily fluids. Numerous published studies have shown that medical gloves even without a noticeable break or tear have about an 8% rate of loss of integrity, thus providing a route for fluids to reach the wearer’s skin. In fact, news video of Dr. Brantly show him wearing only a single pair of gloves. He has stated...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 2, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Ebola healthcare workers prevention protection Source Type: blogs

Can Gingko and Turmeric Help Stop Ebola?
Summary There is no known pharmaceutical currently available that specifically treats Ebola disease. One treatment modality that should be considered is the use of herbal medicines, which have both centuries old anecdotal success as well as recent modern biochemical and formal research rationales for their use. Five areas of action that could be addressed by the herbal medicines as it relates to Ebola would be: VP24/immune system evasion GP protein/replicatio; herbal strategies effective against similar hemorrhagic disease beneficial modulation of patient immune and inflammatory response systems prophylactic use for heal...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 1, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease ayurvedic baicalen cathepsin b dengue Ebola gingko herb Quercetin resveratrol rosemary sage st johns work turmeric Source Type: blogs

Can Rife Therapy Help Stop Ebola Disease?
Ebola disease. As the world watches with increasing horror the slow but sure spread of this killer, health authorities are struggling with how best to treat the afflicted while maintaining strict isolation and quarantine. Distressingly, many healthcare workers taking care of ill Ebola disease patients have themselves been infected and are in mortal danger, including Americans Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, aid workers for the charity Samaritan’s Purse. The Ebola disease is highly infectious, meaning once a patient comes in contact with the virus, a severe illness almost always develops. Patient commonly develo...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 1, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease cure Ebola kent brantly nancy writebol PERL Rife samaritans purse treatment vaccine Source Type: blogs

Nancy Writebol 2nd American Infected With Ebola
Nancy Writebol, a healthworker with the Chrisitan missionary Samaritan’s Purse has become the 2nd American infected with Ebola. The post Nancy Writebol 2nd American Infected With Ebola appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - July 27, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease American Ebola infected Nancy Writebol Samaritans Purse Source Type: blogs

Kent Brantly, MD, First US Physician with Ebola
Kent Brantly, MD, has contracted the Ebola virus while working in a Christian medical mission in West Africa. The post Kent Brantly, MD, First US Physician with Ebola appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - July 27, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease American doctor Ebola Kent Brantly medical mission west africa Source Type: blogs

Luray – #1
I did only the caverns. I drove down Interstate 81 and turned off the highway for the 15 mile drive to Luray. The signs are clearly marked and the entrance to the caverns is covered by a rather ugly spanish style pavilion. It was a Sunday and the parking lot was crowded – lots of Japanese tour buses. The admission fee is $19 for adults. You assemble in the waiting area and they let groups in every 5 minutes or so. There are no guided tours really. You walk along the pathways and every little bit there is a “guide” but they don’t really give a spiel. The walking tour takes about an hour and the verti...
Source: Inside Surgery - July 13, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: General Source Type: blogs

Neurologist Jonathon L. Fellus Has Sex With Brain-injured Patient
New Jersey medical authorities have revoked the license of neurologist Jonathon L. Fellus after he was found to have engaged in a sexual relationship with a female patient of his that was suffering from a traumatic brain injury. The post Neurologist Jonathon L. Fellus Has Sex With Brain-injured Patient appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - June 15, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Neurology Source Type: blogs

Valerie Arkoosh, MD – Candidate for Congress (Part 3 of 3)
Valerie Arkoosh, MD, is a former Chair of Anesthesiology, a health policy expert, and a candidate for Congress running in the Democratic primary in the 13th Pennsylvania district. We recently had time to speak to Dr. Arkoosh about her career as a physician and what she hopes to accomplish if elected to Congress. Dr. Valerie Arkoosh What are the most important skills you learned as a Chair that will help you if you are elected to Congress? As an anesthesiologist you learn very early how to always appear calm! But, really, I think the skills of bringing people together who often have very different viewpoints about what need...
Source: Inside Surgery - May 10, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire anesthesiologist candidate congress Pennsylvania Valerie Arkoosh Source Type: blogs

Boston ER Physician Loses Malpractice Suit Over Rare Condition
A Boston physician has been successfully sued in a malpractice case after missing a rare diagnosis for an untreatable condition in the emergency room. The judgement against Dr.Liang was for $4.8 million after he failed to miss a case of viral myocarditis in a 23 year old man. The post Boston ER Physician Loses Malpractice Suit Over Rare Condition appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - May 4, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Cardiology Infectious Disease Medical News Wire Source Type: blogs

Legionella Found at UPMC Presbyterian
Officials at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital have disclosed that Legionella bacteria in the hospitals ice machines have killed one patient and sickened two others. The post Legionella Found at UPMC Presbyterian appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - May 3, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire UPMC University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Presby Source Type: blogs

Valerie Arkoosh, MD – Candidate for Congress (Part 2 of 3)
Dr. Val Arkoosh is an Anesthesiologist by training and a current candidate for Congress in the Pennsylvania 13th Congressional District. We recently had the chance to speak to Dr. Val to get her thoughts on being a doctor and being a candidate. Why did you decide to leave full time clinical practice at Jefferson and go to into administration? The position I left Jefferson to take was a pretty exciting one. You might remember that Allegheny opened this hospital for women. It was PCOM’s old hospital on City Ave. And they opened it up and reconfigured I to be a hospital for women. So they moved all the OB GYN, gyn onc ,...
Source: Inside Surgery - April 27, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Interviews 13th candidate congress Hahnemann Pennsylvania Tenet Source Type: blogs

Valerie Arkoosh, MD – Candidate for Congress (Part 1 of 3)
Valerie Arkoosh, MD, is an Anesthesiologist, past President of the National Physicians Alliance, and a candidate for Congress running in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional district, located in Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County. We recently spoke to Dr. Arkoosh about her roles as a physician and health policy expert. Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Where did you go to college and what was your major? Northwestern University and I got a BA in Economics. Why did you choose Economics and not a more traditional pre-med major? I knew I wanted to go to medical school but ...
Source: Inside Surgery - April 21, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Interviews Anesthesiology candidate congress National Physicians Alliance Northwestern Source Type: blogs

UK Scientists Close To Implanting Lab Grown Nose
UK Scientists are close to implanting lab grown nose, according to lead researcher Alexander Seifalian of University College London. The lab has also grown artificial tracheas and blood vessels from stem cells and is working on mass-producing ears, which are considered technically more difficult to produce. Drs. Michelle Griffin and Suchitra Sumitran-Holersson of the University of Gothenburg comment. The post UK Scientists Close To Implanting Lab Grown Nose appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - April 9, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Plastic Surgery Alexander Seifalian Michelle Griffin Suchitra Sumitran-Holgersson University College London University Gothenburg Source Type: blogs

Morcellation of Fibroids To Be Eliminated by Boston Hospitals
Morcellation of fibroids is commonly done during laparoscopic hysterectomy to aid in removal of a large amount of tissue through a small surgical port in the abdomen. Unfortunately, this procedure has recently been implicated in the development of widespread intra-abdominal cancer in two women recently in Boston. In response, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston are banning the procedure in fibroid removal surgeries. Dr. Amy Reed is one patient who is now battling stage IV cancer after the procedure spread leiomyosarcoma cells contained within a fibroid throughout her abdomen. The...
Source: Inside Surgery - March 29, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Cancer ObGyn Surgery Oncology Amy Reed Brighams and Womens fibroids laparoscopic hysterectomy leiomyosarcoma MGH morcellation Source Type: blogs

Ebola Case Possible in Canada
Ebola case is possible in Canada, according to Saskatchewan health officials. A man who had recently traveled to Liberia is critically ill and in intensive care with preliminary test results suspected to be available in the next 24 hours. Somewhat inexplicably, health official Denise Werker said the risk of Ebola spreading to another person is low. The post Ebola Case Possible in Canada appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - March 25, 2014 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Canada Denise Werker Ebola Liberia Saskatchewan Source Type: blogs

Hospital Warns of Possible Patient HIV Transmission
South Nassau Communities Hospital on Long Island is sending more than 4000 patients letters warning that they may have been exposed to the hepatitis virus and HIV through the multiple use of an insulin reservoir. Although officials think the risk of HIV transmission is very low, they are notifying possibly infected patients through an abundance of caution. The post Hospital Warns of Possible Patient HIV Transmission appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - March 14, 2014 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire hepatitis HIV insulin pen South Nassau Communities Hospital Source Type: blogs

Tumor Banking A Growing Industry
Tumor banking by firms such as StoreMyTumor is still a small but growing weapon in the fight against cancer. The post Tumor Banking A Growing Industry appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - March 9, 2014 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Oncology store my tumor tumor banking Source Type: blogs

Spyros Panos Sentenced For Fake Surgeries
Spyros Panos, an orthopedic surgeon in Poughkeepsie, New York, has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for performing hundreds of fake surgeries. The post Spyros Panos Sentenced For Fake Surgeries appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - March 8, 2014 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Orthopedic surgery fake surgery poughkeepsie prison Spyros Panos Source Type: blogs

Kinsa Smartphone Thermometer Aims to Reduce Flu
Kinsa smartphone thermometer aims to track and reduce the flu, according to developer Inder Singh. The small plastic thermometer fits into the standard cellphone charging  port and takes a digital temperature and then provides crowd-sourced, real time epidemiology information based on input from other users in your area. The post Kinsa Smartphone Thermometer Aims to Reduce Flu appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - March 7, 2014 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease digital thermometer flu inder singh kinsa Source Type: blogs

Electroshock Wake Patients From Vegetative State
Researchers at the University of Liege in Belgium conducted a research study showing that mild electrical stimulation to the brain for 15-20 minutes caused minimally responsive subjects to temporarily respond to stimulation. The study was led by Steven Laureys. The post Electroshock Wake Patients From Vegetative State appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - March 3, 2014 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Neurology electroshock steven laureys university of Liege vegetative state Source Type: blogs

3D Printing Used To Model Baby’s Skull
Drs. Michael Egnor and Elliot Duboys recently used a 3D printed model of a baby’s skull in an intricate surgery to correct anterior plagiocephaly. The infant, Gabriel Dela Cruz, was born with a normal skull but shortly after birth the bony plates one side of this skull began to fuse prematurely, causing a badly misshapen head. Using CT scans, Medical Modeling, Inc. used 3D printing to create before and after skull models that the surgeons used as templates during surgery. The post 3D Printing Used To Model Baby’s Skull appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - February 22, 2014 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Orthopedic surgery Pediatrics Plastic Surgery anterior plagiocephaly Elliot Duboys Gabriel Dela Cruz Medical Modeling Michael Egnor Source Type: blogs

Aortic Regurgitation
Aortic regurgitation is a disease of the aortic valve Pathophysiology 1) progressive deterioration of aortic valve or aortic root 2) allows blood to leak back into left ventricle during diastole 3) results in chronic left ventricle volume overload and left ventricular hypertrophy Causes of aortic regurgitation 4) chronic rheumatic heart disease (most common) 5) infective endocarditis 6) Marfan’s disease 7) ankylosing spondylitis 8) congenital subaortic membranous stenosis 9) condition is well tolerated until late in course Signs and Symptoms 1) high-pitched decrescendo blowing murmur in diastole best heard at third l...
Source: Inside Surgery - February 6, 2014 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Cardiology aortic valve replacement Corrigan's pulse exertional dyspnea left ventricular hypertrophy Musset's sign rheumatic heart disease Source Type: blogs

Fish Oil May Be Key To Reversing Brain Injury
Fish oil may be key to reversing brain injury. A news report details the recovery of patient Grant Virgin from a severe traumatic brain injury through the use of what his family maintains is high dose fish oil. The post Fish Oil May Be Key To Reversing Brain Injury appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - January 18, 2014 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire fish oil grant virgin traumatic brain injury Source Type: blogs

Experimental Drug May Help PTSD
An experimental drug that may help PTSD is being studied at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory. Scientist Li-Huei Tsai and colleagues are studying a drug that is classified as an HDAC2 inhibitor that acts to increase plasticity in the brain and allows the formation of powerful new memories that may override memories previously formed. The post Experimental Drug May Help PTSD appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - January 17, 2014 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Trauma Surgery HDCA2 inhibitor Li Huei Tsai Picower Institute PTSD Source Type: blogs

Notes to myself – 2
Pentobarb coma – BIS should be 10-20 and SR (suppression ratio) should be 70-80 Consider lev albuterol Should give vaccines after coiling of spleen or before if possible No calcium channel blockers post MI definitely and post op in general Toradol inhibits spine healing Don’t do endoscopes with patients in supine position don’t ambulate patients with known dvt’s. wait 2-3 days until clots get stuck. dvt’s even with filter get heparin as much as possible for post phlebitic syndrome and to retard new clot formation diffuse alveolar hemorrhage – secondary to chemo, goodpasture’s, wege...
Source: Inside Surgery - December 31, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: General Source Type: blogs

NFL Player Rahim Moore Requires Fasciotomy
NFL player Rahim Moore required a fasciotomy for lower leg compartment syndrome after sustaining an injury during Sunday’s National Football League game against the New England Patriots. Moore plays for the Denver Broncos. Broncos safety Rahim Moore The procedure entails a skin incision along the lower outside leg and with the splitting of the muscle fascia to allow injured, swollen muscle to bulge out. In experienced hands, the procedure takes just a few minutes. The skin and fascia are left open for several days to weeks depending on the degree of severity. While a complete recovery of muscle function is possible, ...
Source: Inside Surgery - November 27, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Trauma Surgery compartment syndrome fasciotomy leg injury Rahim moore Source Type: blogs

NFL Player Rahim Moore Requires Fasciotomy After Injury
Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore required a fasciotomy for lower leg compartment syndrome after sustaining an injury during Sunday’s National Football League game against the New England Patriots. The procedure entails a skin incision along the lower outside leg and with the splitting of the muscle fascia to allow injured, swollen muscle to bulge out. In experienced hands, the procedure takes just a few minutes. The skin and fascia are left open for several days to weeks depending on the degree of severity. While a complete recovery of muscle function is possible, the injury takes weeks to months to heal. The post N...
Source: Inside Surgery - November 27, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Trauma Surgery compartment syndrome fasciotomy leg injury Rahim moore Source Type: blogs

Nurse Gail Sandidge Dies Protecting Patients
In an act of devotion and heroism, nurse Gail Sandidge died while protecting her patients from a knife-wielding assailant at the Good Shepherd Ambulatory Surgical Center in Longview, Texas. She was allegedly killed by Kyron Templeton, who was arrested a short time after the attack. The post Nurse Gail Sandidge Dies Protecting Patients appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - November 27, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire gail sandidge killed kyron templeton nurse protecting patients Source Type: blogs

New Procedure to Replace Weight Loss Surgery
Researchers at Harvard have reported on a possible new procedure to replace bariatric or weight loss surgery. Dr. Rami Oklu reported at a recent meeting of radiologists that minimally invasive transarterial embolization of the left gastric artery resulted in an 8% weight loss in subjects who received the procedure for other reasons. The post New Procedure to Replace Weight Loss Surgery appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - November 27, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Stomach Surgery bariatric surgery left gastric artery rami oklu transarterial embolization weight loss surgery Source Type: blogs

Carcinoid Tumor
Carcinoid tumor is a type of neuroendocrine tumor Pathophysiology 1) contains and may secrete physiologically active substances 2) occurs in GI tract (appendix, rectum, small bowel, stomach), thymus, lung, ovary, and testes 3) produces “local” symptoms, systemic but non-carcinoid syndrome symptoms, and systemic carcinoid syndrome symptoms Signs and Symptoms of Carcinoid Tumor Local Symptoms 1) appendix – usually asymptomatic and found incidentally on appendectomy 2) small intestine – obstruction, episodic abdominal pain, bleeding 3) rectum – bleeding, constipation, and diarrhea 4) stomach/thym...
Source: Inside Surgery - November 18, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Oncology 5-HIAA appendix flushing GI metastases motilin serotonin Source Type: blogs

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a neoplatic disease Pathophysiology 1) chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a neoplastic disorder with clonal proliferation of lymphocytes 2) 95% of cases are B cell in origin 3) primary site of involvement is the bone marrow (eventually bone marrow becomes completely replaced) with release into bloodstream of neoplastic lymphocytes 4) spleen, liver, and lymph nodes may become enlarged 5) 10 % of patients convert to prolymphocytic leukemia (most with more aggressive course) 6) 5% of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia convert to Richter’s syndrome Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Lymph...
Source: Inside Surgery - November 18, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Oncology chronic lymphocytic leukemia CLL prolymphocytic Richter's smudge cell Source Type: blogs

Seeing Her For the First Time Again Youtube Guy – No Crackers!!
Seeing her for the first time again Youtube guy Jason Mortensen was filmed by his wife Candace in a video that was posted showing him groggily hitting on his wife, whom he did not recognize as he was emerging from general anesthesia. Jason, who had undergone hernia surgery at American Fork Hospital in Utah, is shown lying almost supine and slurring his words and slowly moving his arms as he groggily awakes from anesthesia. He is confused that he does not recognize his wife of six years sitting next to him and forgets that he is even married when he queries who the “stranger” is. While an amusing and charming ta...
Source: Inside Surgery - September 12, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Anesthesia Musings again American Fork Hospital Candace hitting on wife Jason Mortenson youtube Source Type: blogs

Cryptococcus gattii Causing New Deadly Fungal Infection
Cryptococcus gattii is a deadly fungal infection that has now been found in several states outside of the Pacific Northwest in a development that is perplexing to infectious disease physicians and public health officials. Unlike the more common Cryptococcus neoformans which infects mostly immunocompromised patients, C. gattii, while still very rare, can infect and kill the young and healthy, including a recent case of a healthy 18 year old woman in Georgia. The fungus causes severe brain and lung infections. Julie Harris, MD, of the CDC comments in the article. Unencapsulated (left) and encapsulated forms of C. gattii &nbs...
Source: Inside Surgery - September 11, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire brain infection CDC Cryptococcus fungal infection gatti Julie Harris lung infection neoformans Source Type: blogs

Zebrafish Research May Hold Cure for Seizure Disorder
Zebra fish may hold cure for seizure disorder according to a research study published by scientists at University of California, San Francisco. Adult female zebrafish Dr. Scott Baraban lead a team that tested 320 already approved drugs in zebrafish embryos that have the same genetic defect that causes Dravet syndrome, an condition of intractable seizures in infants. The researchers found that the antihistamine clemizole stopped the seizures within 10 minutes after the zebrafish were exposed to it. The post Zebrafish Research May Hold Cure for Seizure Disorder appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - September 4, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Neurology clemizole Dravet syndrome Scott Baraben seizures UCSF Source Type: blogs

Harmful United States Food Ingredients Banned Elsewhere
Harmful United States food ingredients that are banned elsewhere is a topic covered today on Philly.com. The post Harmful United States Food Ingredients Banned Elsewhere appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 18, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Nutrition banned food ingredients harmful Source Type: blogs

An Interview with Noted Pancreas Surgeon Dr. Charles J. Yeo
Recently, InsideSurgery had a chance to speak with Dr. Charles J. Yeo about his career as a top Whipple and pancreas surgeon and his ongoing role as a surgical leader and educator. As the Samuel D. Gross Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery, you welcomed your second intern class to Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last month. What one piece advice do you have for your new trainees? One piece of advice….that’s tough! Several pieces of advice….enjoy the challenges and experiences of internship; read and increase your knowledge base outside of that 80 hours;...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 12, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Interviews Source Type: blogs

Rectus Sheath Hematoma
Rectus sheath hematoma is a not uncommon condition caused by iatrogenic injury during laparoscopic injury or seen in the setting of anticoagulation, especially in an older patient. The bleeding has been described as both venous and arterial in origin. Rectus sheath hematoma (arrow)   Rectus sheath hematoma symptoms can mimic intra-abdominal pathology. Abdominal pain and tenderness (worsened with abdominal wall contraction) is almost always the initial complaint and finding and CT scan facilitates correct diagnosis. The most typical location of rectus sheath hematoma is in the lower abdomen, below the semicircular line...
Source: Inside Surgery - July 27, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Gallbladder Surgery Trauma Surgery abdominal wall bleeding epigastric rectus hematoma Source Type: blogs

Robert Ferrante, MD Charged in Cyanide Death of Wife Autumn Klein
Robert Ferrante, MD, has been arrested in the cyanide poisoning death of his wife Dr. Autumn Klein. Klein was a prominent neurologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The post Robert Ferrante, MD Charged in Cyanide Death of Wife Autumn Klein appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - July 26, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Neurology Autumn Klein cyanide Pittsburgh doctor poisoning Robert Ferrante Source Type: blogs

Acute Intermittent Porphyria
Acute intermittent porphyria is a disease marked by an enzyme deficiency Pathophysiology of acute intermittent porphyria The post Acute Intermittent Porphyria appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - July 20, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Hematology Source Type: blogs

Buffett Fortune Drained by Hospital
Buffett fortune amassed over the years by investors Donald and Mildred Othmer has been drained by the hospital that received it as a bequest. The couple, who purchased shares of the legendary Berkshire Hathaway, donated $135 million to Long Island College Hospital upon their death. The hospital was to spend only the income from the endowment but over the years raided the fund to use for general operating expenses. Now, the owners of the hospital are trying to close the hospital and nearly all of the money is gone. Warren Buffett is said to be outraged. The post Buffett Fortune Drained by Hospital appeared first on InsideSu...
Source: Inside Surgery - July 20, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire donald othmer fortune Long Island Hospital raided warren buffett Source Type: blogs

Trachea Transplant Patient Dies
Trachea transplant patient Hannah Warren has died. The two year old was a patient at and Illinois children’s hospital and received the implant after she was born without a trachea. A trachea fashioned in part from stem cells was implanted by regenerative medicine specialist Dr. Paolo Macchiarini of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. The post Trachea Transplant Patient Dies appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - July 9, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Hannah Warren Paolo Macchiarini trachea transplant Source Type: blogs

Randy Travis Viral Cardiomyopathy
Randy Travis has been admitted into the hospital with viral cardiomyopathy and is listed in critical condition. Viral cardiomyopathy is a condition caused by a virus infecting the heart muscle, causing dysfunction in the pumping mechanism of the heart chambers. It can cause fluid buildup in the lungs, brain, and peripheral tissues that manifests as shortness of breath, difficulty oxygenating, confusion, and edema of the skin and extremities. The condition can be caused by at least 20 different viruses and does not always spontaneously reverse with treatment. The post Randy Travis Viral Cardiomyopathy appeared first on Ins...
Source: Inside Surgery - July 9, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire cardiomyopathy heart failure randy travis viral cardiomyopathy virus Source Type: blogs

Teresa Heinz Kerry Transferred to MGH
Teresa Heinz Kerry has been transferred from the small hospital on Nantucket to Massachusetts General Hospital in the Beacon Hill Section of Boston according to news reports. Massachusetts General Hospital Kerry apparently suffered what is being described as seizure-like symptoms at her home on Sunday and was admitted in critical condition. Her status is now listed as fair condition while undergoing further tests and evaluation New onset seizures in a 74 year old woman is always worrisome for a brain tumor, either of primary origin such as an astrocytoma or of metastatic origin from a tumor known to show metastases to the ...
Source: Inside Surgery - July 8, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire mass general Massachusetts General Hospital MGH seizure teresa heinz kerry Source Type: blogs

Teresa Heinz Kerry Hospitalized
Teresa Heinz Kerry hospitalized in stable but critical condition according to news reports. While we are not participating in her care, this report is worrisome as Ms. Kerry has not been reported to be in ill health. Kerry, who is married to Secretary of State John Kerry, could be suffering from one of a number of conditions common to women of her age (74), including myocardial infarction (MI or heart attack) and stroke. She is likely in the operating room, cardiac cath lab, or ICU if she is rated as being in critical condition. Of interest is that if she had either an MI or stroke there are now protocols for percutaneous ...
Source: Inside Surgery - July 7, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire critical condition hospitalized john kerry nantucket teresa heinz kerry Source Type: blogs

Face Transplant Patient Richard Norris Documentary
Face transplant patient Richard Norris will be the subject of a documentary airing on NBC this Friday at 10 P.M. Eastern time. Richard Norris after his face transplant This editor recently met and spoke with Mr. Norris during part of the filming of the documentary at 100,000 Angels gathering of his medical flight team Mercy Medical Airlift. His outcome and progress after his surgery was truly astonishing to this former transplant surgeon. Mr. Norris’s full face transplant at the University of Maryland included the donor’s tongue. He is able to speak with only a slight slurring and his able to taste and smell. T...
Source: Inside Surgery - June 26, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire face NBC documentary Richard Norris transplant Source Type: blogs