With hopes dimming that Kaiba would survive, doctors tried the medical equivalent of a "Hail Mary" pass. Using an experimental technique never before tried on a human, they created a splint made out of biological material that effectively carved a path through Kaiba's blocked airway. What makes this a medical feat straight out of science fiction: The splint was created on a three-dimensional printer.Read more »
[Our lab uses] a desktop inkjet printer, but instead of using ink, we’re using cells. - Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr. Atala's young patient Luke Massella received an engineered bladder 10 years ago; we meet him onstage. Talk recorded 3 March 2011.Read more »
An encouraging story (by the BBC) about Somaliland - twenty years after declaring itself independant from Somalia. It has a "poor" government and the general population has a "pioneer" attitude very resistant to making their government bigger. This podcast describes several encouraging changes brought about largely through voluntary means, such as the building of a hospital using a retired businesswoman's donated funds and donated land (by government but it is implied that it was not actively being used) that was formerly used to imprison and execute.Read more »
Former doctor-in-training who worked at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center in Mount Clemens, Michigan is charged with raping a 13-month-old girl and has been held without bond.Read more »
"I first went to the health clinic, but it was closed. So I rang the medical help line and they told me that it shouldn't be closed, so I went to emergency and sat there," ... After an hour-long wait in a treatment room, he lost patience and proceeded to sew up his own wound.Read more »
The system is just one example of how Seattle Children’s Hospital says it has improved patient care, and its bottom line, by using practices made famous by Toyota and others. The main goals of the approach, known as kaizen, are to reduce waste and to increase value for customers through continuous small improvements. ... The hospital storeroom is now half its original size, and fewer supplies are discarded for exceeding their expiration dates.Read more »
A Massachusetts mother with nine children who had asked a hospital for post-delivery birth control was sterilized instead without her consent, according to a lawsuit against the Springfield hospital and several doctors and nurses.Read more »
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