June 23, 2009 |
Researchers have identified a chemical in urine that is closely associated with appendicitis in children and are working to develop a simple test that could be used to diagnose the condition -- a test that would both increase the likelihood of performing surgery before the appendix bursts and prevent unnecessary surgery.
October 15, 2001 |
Despite advances in medical technology, U.S. doctors' ability to correctly diagnose appendicitis has not improved during the last decade, with about 40,000 Americans still undergoing unnecessary appendectomies each year, Washington researchers said. Women are far more likely to be incorrectly diagnosed. Researchers found that an appendicitis diagnosis was missed in 23% of women, compared with about 9% of men, according to a research team led by Dr. David R.
October 12, 2009 |
It's easy to see how air pollution would affect respiratory disease: You breathe in smog-filled miasma all day and the ozone, other noxious gases and small particulate matter therein can make you wheeze and cough. Pollutants can trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis in susceptible individuals. But it's harder at first blush to understand links to other conditions. In two studies reported last week, bad air was associated with higher rates of appendicitis and ear infections. The new reports have been met with surprise because neither health problem seems obviously linked with the airway or bloodstream.
April 10, 2013 |
Nate Berkus is engaged to Jeremiah Brent, his boyfriend of nearly nine months. The 41-year-old interior designer, TV personality and Oprah protege popped the question Monday at Machu Picchu in Peru, completely surprising Brent because the two were actually on a business trip, his rep confirmed to Us Weekly . "Machu Picchu @nate_berkus @susankfeldman @allmoxie #lifechanging #specialday," Brent tweeted on Monday with an Instagram picture ...
June 11, 2005 |
CT scans can cut the number of unnecessary appendectomies performed in hospitals from 20% to 3%, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital report this month in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Prior to the use of CT scans, there was no good way to determine whether appendicitis was present, the team said. But the sophisticated X-ray scans are good at imaging the appendix as well as finding conditions that mimic appendicitis.
March 15, 1986
The headline ("Washington Athlete Has Unnecessary Surgery") which appeared in the sports section was misleading and deceptive, a journalistic cheap shot at surgeons. Equating a life-saving endeavor with frivolous, unneeded surgery does a disservice to your readers. If only one kid with appendicitis delays his care because of the headline, a terrible damage has been done. To operate if the suspicion of appendicitis is high is correct and advisable. To wait can be dangerous.