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Sep 04, 2011 As Sports Medicine Surges, Hope and Hype Outpace Proven Treatments

QUOTE: growing problems in sports medicine, a medical subspecialty that has been experiencing explosive growth. Part of the field’s popularity, among patients and doctors alike, stems from the fact that celebrity athletes, desperate to get back to playing after an injury, have been trying unproven treatments, giving the procedures a sort of star appeal. But now researchers are questioning many of the procedures, including new ones that often have no rigorous studies to back them up.

New York Times
Jun 25, 2011 In Medicine, New Isn’t Always Improved

QUOTE: the promise of innovation can also prove a trap, a situation now playing out with dire consequences for possibly tens of thousands of people who received artificial hips intended to let them remain active. The implants, known as metal-on-metal hips, were regarded by device makers and surgeons as a major advance over previous designs that used both metal and plastic. Now federal regulators and medical researchers are scrambling to determine how many implant recipients have been injured by the devices, which can shed dangerous metallic debris through wear.

New York Times
Jun 04, 2011 Efforts to Ban Circumcision Gain Traction in California

QUOTE: When a group of activists proposed banning circumcision in San Francisco last fall, many people simply brushed them aside. Even in that liberal seaside city, it seemed implausible that thousands of people would support an effort to outlaw an ancient ritual that Jews and Muslims believe fulfills a commandment issued by God... Activists say the measures would protect children from an unnecessary medical procedure, calling it “male genital mutilation.”

New York Times
May 31, 2011 Sales Tactics on Implants Raise Doubts

QUOTE: an implant industry where producers seek to influence the brand of device that patients receive long before a diagnosis....big makers of implants like heart devices and artificial joints, including Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific and St. Jude Medical, have settled Justice Department charges that they illegally promoted sales. The enforcement effort has sought to reduce the role of corporate influence over medicine through tactics like bogus or inflated consulting deals with doctors.

New York Times
May 11, 2011 A Rite of Torture for Girls

QUOTE: (Infibulation) is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide, with three million girls mutilated each year in Africa alone... The challenge is that this is a form of oppression that women themselves embrace and perpetuate.

New York Times
Apr 19, 2011 Stripped of Dignity

QUOTE: [airline security] system does not seem smartly tailored to focus on dangerous people rather than “good, law-abiding people.” So kids, seniors and those with disabilities, joint replacements and other medical conditions — things they already feel embarrassed about — end up getting harassed.

New York Times
Apr 14, 2011 Should teens make circumcision decision?

QUOTE: "Why not wait to do the procedure until a time when it has an impact and when the person you're doing it to can give consent…” Babies receive no stitches, and get either no anesthetic or a local anesthetic, depending on who's doing the procedure.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 16, 2010 The Implants Loophole

QUOTE: The brief and troubled life of DePuy’s A.S.R. hip points to a medical implant system that is piecemeal and broken on many fronts, critics say. Unlike new drugs, many of which go through a series of clinical trials before receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration, critical implants can be sold without such testing if a device, like an artificial hip, resembles an implant already approved and used on patients.

New York Times
May 27, 2010 In Ultrasound, Abortion Fight Has New Front

QUOTE: With backing from anti-abortion groups, which argue that sonograms can help persuade women to preserve pregnancies, 20 states have enacted laws that encourage or require the use of ultrasound....“You don’t just walk into one of these places like you’re getting your nails done,” she said. “I think we’re armed with enough information to make adult decisions without being emotionally tortured.”

New York Times
May 27, 2010 Pediatricians now reject all female genital cutting

QUOTE: The American Academy of Pediatrics has rescinded a controversial policy statement raising the idea that doctors in some communities should be able to substitute demands for female genital cutting with a harmless clitoral "pricking" procedure.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 02, 2010 Health System Bears Cost of Implants With No Warranties

QUOTE: The million or so artificial hips and knees implanted each year in the United States, they say, are normally not guaranteed. Instead, the costs of replacing implants that fail early because of design or mechanical problems — devices that sell for as much as $15,000 each — are largely paid by Medicare, insurance companies and patients.

New York Times
Sep 24, 2009 F.D.A. Reveals It Fell to a Push by Lawmakers

QUOTE: The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that four New Jersey congressmen and its own former commissioner unduly influenced the process that led to its decision last year to approve a patch for injured knees, an approval it is now revisiting.

New York Times
Sep 17, 2009 Why Don’t Doctors Wash Their Hands More? (Doctor and Patient)

QUOTE: Over the last 30 years, despite countless efforts at change, poor hand hygiene has continued to contribute to the high rates of infections acquired in hospitals, clinics and other health care settings.

New York Times
Sep 14, 2009 Insurers Fight Speech-Impairment Remedy

QUOTE: Medicare and private health insurers decline to cover cheap devices like iPhones and netbook PCs that can help the speech-impaired, despite their usefulness and lower cost.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2009 Live From the O.R.: The problems with broadcasting surgeries as they happen.

QUOTE: Combining education with entertainment and patient care with promotion, live telesurgery is a fixture at surgical conferences and marketing campaigns by hospitals and medical device manufacturers

Aug 09, 2009 Medical Imaging Advances Lead To Storage Headaches

QUOTE: As medical imaging technology improves and more clinicians demand access to patients' diagnostic-quality images, healthcare providers are finding that storage requirements are soaring.

Aug 05, 2009 Studies Question Using Cement for Spine Injuries

QUOTE: Two new studies cast serious doubt on a widely used and expensive treatment for painful fractures in the spine.

New York Times
Jun 22, 2009 A Transplant That Is Raising Many Questions

QUOTE: Waiting times for a liver vary in different parts of the country, and people who can afford to travel are free to go to a city or state with the shortest wait and bide their time until they have reached the top of the list.... It is even conceivable that someone could go to the time and expense of registering for the waiting lists of several transplant centers around the country.

New York Times
Jun 05, 2009 10 Things Plastic Surgeons Won't Tell You

QUOTE: 1. “I trained a whole weekend to learn this procedure"....2. “I make a mint off other surgeons’ mistakes”....3. “Sure, I can turn back the clock, but it just starts ticking again"....4. “You’d be better off spending this money on a good therapist.”

Smart Money
Jun 01, 2009 With deep brain stimulation, experts want to tread carefully

QUOTE: With the flurry of tests being done on deep brain stimulation for a variety of conditions, some warn that the field is moving too fast.

Los Angeles Times
Apr 08, 2009 F.D.A. to Check Safety of Old Devices

QUOTE: Federal regulators said Wednesday that that they would ask makers of some of the riskiest medical devices to prove that their products were safe and effective — a step that critics have said was long overdue.

New York Times
Dec 19, 2008 Doctor Cleared of Harming Man to Obtain Organs

QUOTE: trying a lesser-used technique known as donation after cardiac death, which involves removing a patient from life support before extracting organs....the jury issued a statement with its verdict saying the case illustrated a “desperate need” for clear policy on cardiac death donations.

New York Times
Oct 26, 2008 Quickly Vetted, Treatment Is Offered to Patients

QUOTE: "F.D.A. officials defend the quick-review process as a way to promote innovation. Because most new products are simply an improvement on an existing device, they say, there is rarely need for a full review.... Critics say the F.D.A.’s process for reviewing medical technology, under which medical devices have become a $75 billion-a-year industry in this country, is often too lax."

New York Times
Oct 20, 2008 Minorities More Likely to Die in ER

QUOTE: Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to die in U.S. emergency rooms after a trauma than white patients are, researchers report.

Washington Post
Oct 13, 2008 The Scan That Didn't Scan

QUOTE: This is a story about M.R.I.’s, those amazing scans that can show tissue injury and bone damage, inflammation and fluid accumulation. Except when they can’t and you think they can.

New York Times
Aug 19, 2008 Did doctors remove babies' hearts too soon? Colorado doctors are under fire for performing infant organ transplants prematurely. But they made the right call.

QUOTE: Perhaps doctors should redefine death not as the loss of electrical activity in the brain, or the loss of a beating heart, but as the loss of consciousness. According to Veatch, polls show that "many Americans -- perhaps as many as a third of the population -- already support this higher-brain, or consciousness-based definition on religious or philosophical grounds." But, really, how does a slope get more slippery than defining consciousness and when it's gone?

Jun 11, 2008 Operation Lets Muslim Women Reclaim Virginity

QUOTE: The domestic drama has gripped France. The groom, an unidentified engineer in his 30s, left the nuptial bed and announced to the still partying wedding guests that his bride had lied...The next day, he approached a lawyer about annulling the marriage. The bride, then a nursing student in her 20s, confessed and agreed to an annulment...In secular, republican France, the case touches on several delicate subjects: the intrusion of religion into daily life; the grounds for dissolution of a marriage; and the equality of the sexes.

New York Times
May 14, 2008 Medical Journal’s Article Questions TV Ads for Stent

QUOTE: “We believe that the F.D.A. should perform a critical post-release review of the ‘Life Wide Open’ campaign to assess whether it meets the basic regulatory requirements for non-deceptive advertising,” the journal’s commentary said. It also questioned the validity of advertising such high-risk procedures directly to the public.

New York Times
May 10, 2008 That Must Be Bob. I Hear His New Hip Squeaking.

QUOTE: Already, dozens of patients have elected to endure subsequent surgeries to replace the noisy hips. Some have sued Stryker, the pioneer and market leader, which some doctors say has been slow to take their patients’ concerns seriously.

New York Times
May 06, 2008 A Living, Breathing Lobby: Oxygen-Supply Firms Turn to Customers for Help on the Hill

QUOTE: pitting the multibillion-dollar industry that supplies oxygen to medical patients against a large number of lawmakers and Medicare, which said it was being charged many times more for oxygen equipment rentals than the actual cost.

Washington Post
Mar 03, 2008 Doctor accused of hastening death for patient's organs

QUOTE: A respected California transplant doctor faces charges he hastened a comatose man's death to retrieve his organs -- a far-reaching case that could impact the nation's organ donation industry.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 22, 2008 Suit Says Spinal Disk Maker Falsely Won F.D.A. Approval

QUOTE: A patient suing the maker of an artificial spinal disk now says the original maker of the device...and the investment firm that financed its development misled patients and federal regulators about the disk’s safety and effectiveness.

New York Times
Jan 30, 2008 In Spinal Device Research, Questions on Conflicts

QUOTE: The way the Prodisc [an artificial spinal disc] was tested and approved provides a stark example of conflicts of interest among clinical researchers — conflicts that are seldom evident to doctors and patients trying to weigh the value of a new device or drug...[Some medical experts say] clinical researchers with conflicts may have incentives to overstate the value of a new product for patients.

New York Times
Jan 21, 2008 Little Data on Stent’s Most Common Use

QUOTE: ...reports to the Food and Drug Administration of problems with the devices, known as biliary stents, suggest that their off-label use in arteries is injuring hundreds and perhaps thousands of patients.

New York Times
Jan 19, 2008 Birth, The American Way

QUOTE: Natural-birth advocates say that hospitals, driven by profits and worried about malpractice, are too quick to intervene....If something does go wrong, in the eyes of the courts "a normal birth is a risk. The courts reward action," Block says.

Nov 13, 2007 Four Transplant Recipients Contract H.I.V.

QUOTE: The organ donor was known to be at high risk of being infected with H.I.V., officials said, but the nature of the risk was not disclosed, nor was the cause of death.

New York Times
Nov 06, 2007 Scientist at Work | John Holcomb: Army’s Aggressive Surgeon Is Too Aggressive for Some

QUOTE: Colonel Holcomb also strongly advocates conducting clinical trials to improve trauma care. It is an ethically tricky area, because trauma research can involve trying novel treatments on severely injured patients who cannot give informed consent. But he argues that any ethical problems pale in comparison to the toll that traumatic injuries take on civilians and soldiers every day.

New York Times
Jul 20, 2007 Fit Young Pitchers See Elbow Repair as Cure-All

QUOTE: [But] Prominent orthopedists said they had no evidence that elbow surgery had been performed on a completely healthy arm, and stressed that no ethical doctor would perform such an unnecessary procedure.

New York Times
Jul 03, 2007 The Consumer: When the Surgeon Is Infected, How Safe Is the Surgery?

QUOTE: Viruses like hepatitis B, hepatitis C and H.I.V. are spread by blood-to-blood contact… Despite the risk, however, there is no mandatory testing of surgeons for blood-borne viruses, and infected health care workers are not prohibited from practicing medicine or invasive surgery.

New York Times
Jun 26, 2007 Supreme Court to Weigh Limits on Cases Involving Medical Devices

QUOTE: Setting the stage for a confrontation between the states and manufacturers, the Supreme Court said on Monday that it would hear an appeal raising the issue of whether the makers of medical equipment approved by the federal government may be sued under state law by patients injured by those devices.

New York Times
May 27, 2007 Critical Care Without Consent: Ethicists Disagree On Experimenting During Crises

QUOTE: The federal government is undertaking the most ambitious set of studies ever mounted under a controversial arrangement that allows researchers to conduct some kinds of medical experiments without first getting patients' permission.

Washington Post
May 10, 2007 Medicare's $869 Air Mattress Bill: Government Arrests 38 As It Cracks Down On Health-Care Fraud

QUOTE: The schemes center on what prosecutors call the nation's largest hot spot for health-care malfeasance: the southern district of Florida. Over the past several weeks, federal agents visited dozens of companies there that charged Medicare for prosthetic limbs, costly AIDS drugs, air mattresses and urinary collection bags. Few if any of the products were purchased or delivered to patients in need.

Washington Post
May 09, 2007 Why the Health-Care Gap Forces a Fight for Treatment

QUOTE: seemingly every week brings another life-changing therapy or drug into America's $2 trillion health care market. But insurers, as well as the employers who underwrite 60% of private health care, usually adopt a cautious, wait-and-see attitude about these advances. For millions of patients, the process spells frustration and continued suffering, as they discover that being insured doesn't mean being fully covered.

Smart Money
Mar 16, 2007 History of Hernia Patch Raises Questions on Implant Recalls

QUOTE: Still, at a time when the use of implanted medical devices is growing sharply, the episode of the hernia patch is an example of what some experts say is a far wider problem: that some major manufacturers, while contending that they carefully monitor product safety, are not as rigorous as they should be.

New York Times
Jan 15, 2007 First U.S. Uterus Transplant Planned

QUOTE: "But the planned operation, which Del Priore and his colleagues could attempt later this year, is stirring objections among some transplant experts, fertility specialists and medical ethicists. They question whether the procedure has been tested sufficiently on animals and whether the benefit of being able to carry a pregnancy outweighs the risks for the woman and fetus."

Washington Post
Dec 06, 2006 New Artery Stents Raise Safety Concerns

QUOTE: "A flurry of recent research has raised alarm about the safety of a new generation of stents that have quickly become the most commonly used devices for treating clogged arteries, creating widespread concern about how to care for millions of heart-disease patients."

Washington Post
Nov 18, 2006 FDA Ends Ban on Silicone Implants: Safety Concerns Led to '92 Moratorium

QUOTE: "The Food and Drug Administration ended its 14-year ban on the cosmetic use of silicone breast implants yesterday, despite lingering safety concerns from some health advocates."

Washington Post
Nov 14, 2006 For Smokers, a Tough Call

QUOTE: "because lung cancer is such a major killer, there's going to be a lot of interest in moving [aggressive CT scanning--Ed.] down the road" and many people who say they want the test but may not understand the pitfalls....Finding a nodule usually triggers a cascade of interventions, starting with a biopsy, which can cause infection, scarring and a collapsed lung."

Washington Post
Oct 20, 2006 Side Effects: New Nerve Test, a Moneymaker, Divides Doctors

QUOTE: many neurologists, who stand to lose money and patients from the growing popularity of the device, say that the general practitioners who use it are not always capable of discovering the true cause of a patient’s symptoms. Some insurers and other doctors also have qualms about use of the automated test to diagnose possible nerve damage.

New York Times
Aug 29, 2006 Essay: Choosing a 'God Squad,' When the Mind Has Faded

QUOTE: But now, new research shows, many patients on dialysis have severe mental impairment. Is it appropriate, or even possible, to refuse to give patients this treatment?

New York Times

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