Medicine

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 »

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 »

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 »

Heartburn drugs don't mix well with Plavix

Two popular heartburn medications can interfere with the blood thinner Plavix, a drugtaken by millions to reduce risks of heart attack and stroke. The Food and Drug Administration said the stomach-soothing Prilosec and Nexium cut in half the blood-thinning effect of Plavix, or clopidogrel. Read More »

Family practice doctor is among 75 sanctioned

The Texas Medical Board fined Dr. Philip W. Caterbone of Pflugerville $1,000 for a record-keeping violation. He was among 75 doctors disciplined at the board’s meeting this month. The board’s order said that Caterbone, who is engaged in family practice, failed to document the progress notes from a patient’s visit in September 2008. 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 »

If surgical implant goes bad, how, will you find out?

Three years ago, the maker of a surgical clip called the Hem-o-lok issued an urgent recall notice warning doctors to stop using the fasteners on living kidney donors. It said the clips could dislodge in their bodies, with “serious, even life-threatening consequences.” Experts say deaths resulting from missed recalls are the result of a major... Read More »

Pfizer penalized $2.3 billion for illegal marketing schemes

Federal prosecutors hit Pfizer Inc. with a record-breaking $2.3 billion in fines Wednesday and called the world’s largest drugmaker a repeating corporate cheat for illegal prescription drug promotions that plied doctors with free golf, massages and resort junkets. Justice Department officials said the overall settlement is the largest ever paid by a drug company for... 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 »

Raptiva linked to serious side effects

Recent reports show that psoriasis prescription drug Raptiva may be linked to several serious side effects including: Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) Pneumonia with Neutropenia Tuberculous Pneumonia Invasive Fungal Disease Necrotizing Fasciitis Hemolytic Anemia Brain Infection Bacterial Sepsis Viral Meningitis If you or a loved one has taken Raptiva and have any of the above symptoms,... Read More »