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Shannon Weidemann

Man Regrows a Fingertip

A man that cut the end of his finger off in a hobby related accident was able to regrow skin, blood vessels, and the nail after using a extracellular matrix powder. About half an inch of finger was regrown in about 4 weeks using the powder. This medical marvel was performed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. This powder is a medical product called extracellular matrix. Made from…

Brenda Fulmer

Chemotherapy Drugs and Congestive Heart Failure

A study published on October 30, 2007, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology again noted that the use of certain chemotherapy drugs in breast cancer patients can increase the risk of developing congestive heart failure. This potential was first noted more than thirty years ago, but has become more of a problem in the past fifteen years as more early-stage breast cancer patients are receiving…

Shannon Weidemann

West Boca Family Sues for Medical Malpractice

A woman died after undergoing a c-section and her family sued the hospital and doctor they felt was responsible for her death. The jury found in favor of the doctor in the medical malpractice case. The family had been asking for $10 Million in damages. Susan Special, 38, died in June 2003 after a Caesarean section. Moments after Nicholas was born, she suffered a seizure, went into cardiac…

Chrissie Cole

Case Against Carnival Cruise Refused by Supreme Court

A case to determine whether Carnival Corp. can be held responsible for the medical malpractice of its onboard physicians was refused by the U.S. Supreme Court.The case was based on a federal maritime precedent that says, “cruise lines are not liable for the actions of their doctors.”The case involved a 14-year-old Michigan girl, who boarded the Carnival Ecstasy in March 1997 suffering from…

Joseph H. Saunders

University of South Florida Prepares for Bacterial Meningitis Outbreak

After a USF student, Rachel Futterman, was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, the university has braced itself for more cases of the rare but potentially deadly disease. Bacterial meningitis, an infection of the brain and spinal cord lining, is a rare but potentially fatal illness. Early symptoms can resemble the flu, including fever, severe headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, rash and…

Joseph H. Saunders

Bush Threatens Veto for Expanded Heathcare Coverage for Kids

In a move that’s been expected for weeks, President Bush has threatened to veto a bill that would expand healthcare coverage for children. The child healthcare program is set to expire September 30 and Congress will most likely vote to renew it, setting a showdown with the President. The program covers children, many of whom would not have access to healthcare without it. Bush has argued that…

Staff Writer

Study Finds 15% of Docs Implanting Defibrillators Had No Formal Training

A 2006 registry of Medicare patients has found that 15% of doctors implanting defibrillators have had no formal training in the procedure. The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (or ICD) is the small device implanted beneath the patient’s collarbone and connected to the heart through insulated wires. The device is designed to provide an electric shock to the heart if its rhythm is…

Shannon Weidemann

Illinois Man Wins $1.6M in Medical Malpractice Case

A doctor failed to diagnose a man with bladder cancer so the man filed a medical malpractice case against the doctor. A jury found the doctor responsible and awarded the man $1.6 Million. Between June and November 2003, Kordek saw Dr. Marwaha for issues with frequent urination and other symptoms. Kordek’s kidneys became obstructed by a mass in his bladder, which eventually caused a drop in his…

Staff Writer

Health Clinics in Retail Stores are Quick but Are They Safe?

In recent years, drug stores and retail stores such as WalMart have introduced health clinics in their stores where shoppers can come in and be treated for various ailments they would have normally waited for days or weeks to see their primary care doctors. While the patients are seen more quickly, health officials have called into question their standard of care, hygiene, and their lack of…

Brenda Fulmer

Use of MRI For Early Breast Cancer Detection

A recent German study published in Lancet concludes that the use of MRI in addition to mammography may increase the likelihood of early detection of breast cancers. More than 7,000 women were screened for breast cancer over a five-year period using both mammography and MRI. During this time period, 193 women were diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, an early form of breast cancer. Of the…