Health plans generally pay for robotic surgery like any other surgical procedure, but that could change as research helps make clear when robotic-assisted surgery does and doesn’t improve outcomes.
Overall rates of C-sections vary from about 7 percent — to 70 percent across the nation’s hospitals. Even among women with lower-risk pregnancies, where rates varied from 2.4 to 36.5 percent.
Feature article from NIH MedlinePlus magazine covers the causes, symptoms and treatments of a condition that affects 27 million Americans: Osteoarthritis
Researching breast implants can be overwhelming and confusing. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has online tools available to help women sort through the information and provides questions to consider before making the decision.
For much of the 20th century, gun violence in the US had been considered a law enforcement issue. But in the late 1970s and early 1980s, a series of reports and workshops started to recast the issue as a public health problem and calling for a far broader societal approach.
Let’s say your 62-year-old granny needs a hip replacement.
So how much will it cost her?
Who knows. Seriously.
A short film about a technology invented by the UW, Fred Hutch, and Children’s Hospital is a semi-finalist at the Sundance Film Festival. The technology, called Tumor Pain, uses a scorpion toxin to cause cancer cells in the brain light up so that they can be seen and removed during surgery, protecting nearby normal brain tissue
Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center will cover a cochlear implant surgery live, displaying images from the operation on the online photo website Instagram while narrating the procedure simultaneously on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
A new Group Health Cooperative study about decision aids, materials given to patients to help educate them about treatment options, shows that they can help hold down costs.
Dr. Eileen Bulger appointed Chief of trauma; Darcy Jaffee, Chief Nursing Officer; Kera Rabbitt, Assistant Administrator of Finance; and Becky Pierce, Associate Administrator for Surgical, Emergent and Integrated Services.
Dr. Ruth McDonal, a pediatric nephrologist, has been appointed pediatrician-in-chief at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Mark Del Beccaro, former pediatrician-in-chief, has moved to the position vice president of medical affairs at Seattle Children’s.
It’s long been known that medical errors are a major problem—a national panel concluded more than a decade ago that nearly 100,000 people die each year as a result of errors in hospitals. Despite the resulting national focus on patient safety, patients continue to be harmed and killed by medical shortcuts, inadequate training and breakdowns in communication.
Study casts doubt on prostate surgery for men with early-stage disease. MS drug fails to slow progression to disability. FDA approves first drug to prevent HIV infection.