NBC News – Wake Forest University Scientists Print Living Body Parts
A team at Wake Forest University has used a combination of living cells and a special gel to print out living human body parts — including ears, muscles and jawbones.
It’s an advance on previous attempts, which either involved making a plastic scaffold and then trying to get cells to grow in and on it, or that printed out organ shapes that ended up being too floppy and dying.
Kaiser Health News – In Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood, The Best Medical Care Is Close But Elusive
The Baltimore health system put Robert Peace back together after a car crash shattered his pelvis. Then it nearly killed him, he says.
A painful bone infection that developed after surgery and a lack of follow-up care landed him in the operating room five more times, kept him homebound for a year and left him with joint damage and a severe limp.
NPR – Popular Heartburn Pills Can Be Hard To Stop, And May Be Risky
When Marcella Lafayette started having really bad heartburn, she went to her doctor to see if there was anything that might help.
“I was a experiencing a lot of chest pain, back pain caused from heartburn,” says Lafayette, 62, of Portland, Ore.
The New York Times – Can Health Care Providers Afford to Be Ready for Disaster?
More than 200 people died in hospitals and nursing homes in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, leading to widespread agreement that health care preparedness in the United States needed dramatic improvement. One hospital, Memorial Medical Center, was so undone that two desperate doctors later said that they hastened the deaths of patients who had waited days in the heat for rescue.
The chaotic evacuations of more than 6,400 hospital and nursing-home patients in New York City after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 — where some were separated from their records and untraceable by their families for weeks — reinforced concern about the readiness of health care providers during emergencies.