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Medical instrument left inside Quebec woman after cancer surgery

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:00:57 GMT

Quebec's health minister is blaming human error after a medical instrument 33 centimetres long was forgotten inside a woman who had a hysterectomy at a Montreal hospital last March. Sylvie Dube tells Radio-Canada she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last October and underwent chemotherapy over the winter before the hysterectomy March 14. Dube complained of pain the day after the operation - not in the abdomen but in a shoulder.




Skin patch may be the future of flu vaccines, study suggests

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:00:56 GMT

A phase 1 clinical trial, the results of which were published in the medical journal Lancet on Tuesday, has deemed the dissolvable microneedle flu patch to be "well tolerated" and safe for possible use. Instead of receiving a flu vaccine with the typical prick of a syringe, the petite patch comes equipped with 100 microneedles that deliver a vaccine when pressed onto your arm.




The Latest: AFL-CIO pushing to kill Senate bill outright

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:29:04 GMT

CIO President Richard Trumka says the labor organization is running ad and social media campaigns in five key states kill the stalled Senate health care bill outright. Trumka told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that the bill would deprive millions of working people of health insurance.




The Latest: AFL-CIO pushing to kill Senate bill outright

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:29:03 GMT

CIO President Richard Trumka says the labor organization is running ad and social media campaigns in five key states kill the stalled Senate health care bill outright. Trumka told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that the bill would deprive millions of working people of health insurance.




Bye-bye flu shot, hello patch?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:29:02 GMT

The patch has 100 solid, water-soluble and painless microneedles that are just long enough to penetrate the skin. Researchers say it could offer a pain-free and more convenient alternative to flu shots.




Fewer Americans hospitalized for heart failure

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:47:07 GMT

The number of Americans hospitalized for heart failure has dropped substantially since 2002, but blacks still face higher risks, a new study finds. At the same time, disparities between whites and Hispanics closed.




Fibre-optic device can detect stray cancer cells, improve tumour removal: study

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:27:07 GMT

A fibre-optic probe can detect errant cancer cells within healthy tissue during brain tumour surgery with close to 100 per cent accuracy and sensitivity, reducing the risk of recurrence and thereby increasing a patient's survival time, say the Canadian researchers who developed the device. The hand-held, pen-like instrument, known as a Raman spectroscopy probe, is able to differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells by measuring the way each reflects laser-based light.




South Carolina mayor Terence Roberts hospitalized for stroke symptoms

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:16:22 GMT

Greg Shore, Anderson County coroner and owner of Medshore Ambulance Service, tells local media that emergency medical technicians were called to Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts' home on Sunday morning for what was described as a heart attack. EMTs, however, thought he was showing symptoms of a stroke.




Family creates memories after dad is given 6 weeks to live

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:56:16 GMT

His first job is what he wanted to do, and his best friend was along with him for the ride. He married his high school sweetheart at 20 years old.




Merck says new type of cholesterol drug worked in big study

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:34:39 GMT

Merck & Co. said Tuesday that a new type of cholesterol drug reduced heart attacks, deaths and other complications of heart disease in a huge, late-stage study.




A little-known tick-borne infection could have permanent or fatal consequences

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:18:56 GMT

Most tick-borne diseases are serious , but there's a particularly bad one to look out for if you live in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or the Northeast: Powassan virus . "We know that if somebody gets bitten by an infected tick with this virus and they get sick they have a 50% chance of having permanent neurological damage and a 10% chance of dying," Durland Fish , professor emeritus of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, told Business Insider.




U2's Adam Clayton thanks Townshend and Clapton for helping him kick alcoholism

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:43:07 GMT

U2 bassist Adam Clayton has thanked his bandmates, as well as The Who's Pete Townshend and guitarist Eric Clapton, for helping him quit alcohol. The recovering alcoholic said Townshend and Clapton were crucial in starting his recovery process, while the rest of U2 were there for him throughout.




Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:13:39 GMT

Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock.




U2 bassist thanks band for helping him through addiction

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:54:33 GMT

U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his bandmates for their support during his treatment and recovery from alcohol abuse years ago, before joining them for a rollicking rendition of a few hits. Clayton received an award Monday night at a Manhattan theater from MusiCares, a foundation that helps musicians get treatment for addiction.




Boozing can age you right down to your cells

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:39:33 GMT

The more you booze it up, the more your cells age, increasing your risk for age-related health problems like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers studied 134 alcoholics between the ages of 41 and 85 and a control group of people in the same age group who weren't alcoholics.




Seniors Concerned Health Care Plan is 'Age Tax'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:14:05 GMT

A Senate Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act aims to reduce funding for Medicaid, the single largest source of health care coverage in the United States. A Senate Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act aims to reduce funding for Medicaid, the single largest source of health care coverage in the United States.




The Latest: GOP senator criticizes leaders on health care

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:42:44 GMT

A conservative Republican senator who doesn't back the GOP health care bill is using unusually sharp tones to criticize party leaders. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is accusing top Republicans of trying to jam the legislation through the Senate.