February 09, 2010
Too Many With End-Stage Dementia Get Feeding Tubes
Larger hospitals and those that are set up to make a profit are more likely to use feeding tubes in patients with advanced dementia, despite evidence that the practice does not prolong life or help with bed sores and other problems.
Gastric Banding Most Effective for Obese Teens
Severely obese teens who received gastric banding surgery lost significantly more weight than those who made lifestyle changes such as dieting and exercise, Australian researchers report.
FDA Seeks Reduction in Radiation From Medical Scans
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled a plan Tuesday to reduce radiation exposure from three types of increasingly widespread imaging procedures: computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine studies and fluoroscopy.
ICU Patients at Risk for Rare Heart Rhythm Problem
Doctors and other health-care professionals need to be aware that certain medications can cause a rare, potentially deadly heart rhythm problem called Torsade de Pointes (TdP), says a joint scientific statement by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
Tanning Bed Regulation Heats Up
Tanning beds -- America's latest health scourge -- could come under tighter regulation soon, as a result of studies linking them to cancer.
Medicare Cost-Saving Moves Can Backfire
After Medicare sweetened payments for simple office-based endoscopic procedures, doctors in one New York City practice performed many more in-office bladder biopsies, but the volume of hospital procedures stayed roughly the same, a new study finds.