Health

Fusion Alternative – Artificial Joint Implant

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center will host a study of a new procedure that could provide patients with alternative to spinal fusions. The Total Posterior Spine System, or TOPS, is an artificial joint implanted into the spine that can help patients with severe back and leg pain. For patients, like those in serious car... Read More »

Study shows brain injuries may increase suicide risk

Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in young adults in the developed world. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. Though the reasons for any particular suicide are often inscrutable, a new brain injury study published Tuesday in the Journal of the... Read More »

New study shows that hits to the head, not concussions, cause CTE

A new study has found further evidence linking hits to the head rather than concussions to the onset of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the neurodegenerative disease traced back to the kind of head trauma experienced by football players, other athletes and combat veterans. “The concussion is really irrelevant for triggering CTE,” Dr. Lee Goldstein, an associate... Read More »

FDA issues warning on four asthma drugs

The government is taking steps to curb use of some long-acting asthma drugs taken by millions, issuing safety restrictions to lower an uncommon but potentially life-threatening risk that asthma could worsen suddenly. The warnings cover the drugs Advair, Symbicort, Foradil and Serevent. The FDA said they should be used only by asthmatics who can’t control... Read More »

Good News – If You're a Health Insurance Company

Big 5 insurers’ profits up 56% in 2009 As the nation struggled last, year with rising health care costs and a recession, the five largest health insurance companies had combined profits of $12.2 billion — up 56 percent over 2008, according to a new report by liberal health care activists. Based on company financial reports... Read More »

As bars stay open later, more arrests in San Marcos

Last year, the bars in San Marcos started closing at 2 a.m. instead of midnight, a change appreciated by residents, business owners, tourists, and Texas State University students. But the change, which also applies to restaurants, has meant more work for police patrolling downtown, where the number of driving while intoxicated arrests in the past... Read More »

Doctor facing research fraud charge

Federal prosecutors in Boston announced Thursday that they have filed a health care fraud charge against a doctor accused of faking research for a dozen years in published studies that suggested after-surgery benefits from painkillers including Vioxx and Celebrex. Court documents indicate that anesthesiologist Scott Reuben has agreed to plead guilty in exchange for prosecutors... Read More »

Study links trauma deaths, lack of insurance

Patients who lack health insurance are more likely to die from car wrecks and other traumatic injuries than people who belong to a health plan, even though emergency rooms are required to care for all patients. regardless of ability to pay, according to a study to be published today. An analysis of 687,091 patients who... Read More »

Studies show cement fix on spinal bones not effective

A treatment that uses medical cement to fix cracks in the spinal bones of elderly people worked no better than a sham treatment, the first rigorous studies of the popular procedure show. Pain and disability were about the same up to six months later. The treatment is so widely thought to work that the researchers... Read More »

Texans losing health coverage

Every month, 24,070 Texans lose their health care coverage, according to a report released Wednesday by an advocacy group. The report by Families USA, which is an advocate for quality, affordable health coverage for all Americans, comes as Congress is weighing, health care reforms pushed by President Barack Obama. The report says that between January... Read More »