Matthew A. Barker, MD

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Johnson & Johnson withdraws pelvic mesh device from Australian market

Regulator says the mid-urethral vaginal sling, subject of a class action, is no longer being imported<p>Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has withdrawn from the Australian market its supply of the vaginal mesh device that is the subject of a class action before the federal court.<p>On Tuesday a …

Johnson & Johnson

New treatments restoring sexual pleasure for older women

When the FDA approved Viagra in 1998 to treat erectile dysfunction, it changed the sexual landscape for older men, adding decades to their vitality. Meanwhile, older women with sexual problems brought on by aging were left out in the cold with few places to turn besides hormone therapy, which isn't …

Rabble-rousing surgical staff wear their names on their caps to stop mix-ups and improve patient safety

But six months on, Dr Hackett's bid to improve patient safety is gradually gaining support from surgical staff in Australia and internationally.<p>The …

World Health Organization

Your Doctor May Spend More Time With A Computer Than With You

Medical appointments are getting shorter by the year. Sometimes it feels like doctors have no time to spend with their patients.<p>What’s to blame for these brief clinical interactions? It could be the electronic health record, or EHR. Because of changes in how insurance companies and the government …

Digital Health

Incontinence in Women: How We Talk About It and What Can Be Done

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A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We've seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks.<p>In 2009, California passed a law requiring …

Teaching

Doctors say IBM Watson is nowhere close to being the revolution in cancer treatment it was pitched to them as

Breathlessly promoting its signature brand — Watson — IBM sought to capture the world's imagination, and it quickly zeroed in on a high-profile target: cancer.<p>But three years after IBM began selling Watson to recommend the best cancer treatments to doctors around the world, a STAT investigation has …

Cancer

Primary care doctors spend more than 50% of workday on EHR tasks, American Medical Association study finds

Primary care physicians spend more than half of their workday interacting with electronic health records, according to research from the American …

Taking Hormones for Menopause Doesn’t Raise Early Death Risk

The largest and longest clinical trials to date of menopausal hormone therapy have found that the drugs do not increase the risk of premature death.<p>Researchers writing in JAMA reported the results of two randomized trials. In one, 16,608 women took either a placebo or a combination of estrogen and …

Women's Health

Scanning The Future, Radiologists See Their Jobs At Risk

<i>This is part of an occasional series: Is My Job Safe? These stories look at jobs that might be at risk because of technology and automation.</i><p>In health care, you could say radiologists have typically had a pretty sweet deal. They make, on average, around $400,000 a year — nearly double what a family …

Artificial Intelligence

Barriers to Medical Students’ Electronic Health Record Access Can Impede Their Preparedness for Practice

Medical students need hands-on experience documenting clinical encounters as well as entering orders to prepare for residency and become competent …

Digital Health

Researchers Track an Unlikely Culprit in Weight Gain

For middle-aged women struggling with their weight, a recent spate of scientific findings sounds too good to be true. And they may be, researchers caution.<p>Studies in mice indicate that a single hormone whose levels rise at menopause could be responsible for a characteristic redistribution of weight …

University of Washington

4 Ways Going to the Doctor Is Radically Changing

The future of health care in the U.S. is far from settled, but how people receive it now is also undergoing a revolution. Health records are …

Digital Health

Levator ani syndrome: Symptoms and treatment

Levator ani syndrome is a long-term condition characterized by sporadic episodes of pain in the rectum and anus.<p>Also called levator syndrome or …

Graft and Mesh Use in Transvaginal Prolapse Repair: A Systematic Review

Objective: To update clinical practice guidelines on graft and mesh use in transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse repair based on systematic review.<p>Data …

Whistle was blown on pelvic mesh

Warning: Retired Newcastle obstetrician/gynaecologist Dr Alan Hewson and Queensland colleague Dr Chris Maher warned about a pelvic mesh procedure in …

FDA

F.D.A. Deal Would Relax Rules on Reporting Medical Device Problems

WASHINGTON — Makers of cardiac defibrillators, insulin pumps, breast implants and other medical devices might be able to delay reporting dangerous malfunctions to the Food and Drug Administration under an agreement heading for a vote in Congress.<p>Device makers will still have to quickly report any …

Obama Administration

OB-GYNs Give Women More Say In When They Have Mammograms

Women in their 40s at average risk for breast cancer should talk to their health care provider about the risks and benefits of mammography before starting regular screening at that age, according to guidelines released Thursday by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.<p>The group …

Cancer

The consumerization of healthcare

Recently, I registered with the GP across the road from my flat. I’ve lived there for a year. I had put off registering beforehand due to a severe allergy to bureaucracy. Last year, I wanted to go see a specialist. I snored at my private healthcare provider’s response that I first needed to have a …

Digital Health

Stem cells show promise – but they also have a darker side

Everyone seems to be excited about stem cells. Their excellent promise as a treatment for a range of diseases and injuries mean almost guaranteed …

Gracilis Transposition: Treating Complex Perineal Fistulas

Gracilis transposition is an effective technique for repairing complex perineal fistulas in either gender (rectovaginal fistulas in women and …

WHO travel costs 'outstrip' disease budget

The World Health Organization spent about $200m in 2015 and 2016 on travel, a figure that far exceeds what it spends on public health problems such as AIDS, the Associated Press (AP) news agency has reported.<p>Citing internal documents, AP reported on Sunday that the UN health agency is struggling to …

Disease

UnitedHealth Overbilled Medicare by Billions, U.S. Says in Suit

The Justice Department has sued UnitedHealth Group, saying that senior executives knew the company was overbilling Medicare by hundreds of millions of dollars a year, and halted a repayment plan in 2014 so the money could be used to meet Wall Street’s revenue expectations.<p>In a complaint filed …

Health Care

Why A Surgeon Taught A Non-Doctor To Do Brain Surgery

Dr. Dilantha Ellegala, a brain surgeon, trained someone who isn't a doctor to do brain surgery.<p>That is the story featured in the new book <i>A Surgeon in the Village</i> by journalist Tony Bartelme.<p>This unlikely turn of events had its origins in 2006, when Ellegala was volunteering for a short stint at …

Medicine

Some of the most powerful people in the US are talking about a massive change to healthcare

The single-payer healthcare is a system used by countries including Canada, France, the UK, Australia, and others that in theory provides near universal coverage through the government rather than private insurance companies (some countries use a hybrid public/private structure).<p>While progressive …

Health Care

This doctor's office charges $150 a month and doesn't take insurance — and it could be the future of medicine

Dr. Robin Berzin runs a boutique medical practice out of a WeWork coworking space in New York City. Every day, she runs into 20- and 30-somethings who are eager to share their concerns with her — like weight gain, sleep loss, and mood swings — in the communal kitchen.<p>At Parsley Health, Berzin and …

Digital Health

Surgeon general dismissed, replaced by Trump administration

The White House administration on Friday dismissed U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, saying it is continuing the process of transitioning to new leadership.<p>“Today, Dr. Murthy, the leader of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was asked to resign from his duties as Surgeon General …

Public Health

Secret Data On Hospital Inspections May Soon Become Public

The public could soon get a look at confidential reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups in the nation's hospitals that put patients' health and safety at risk, under a groundbreaking proposal from federal health officials.<p>The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to require that …

Health Care

Insurers Scramble to Price Plans on Health Exchanges as Policy Seesaws

Deadlines loom for filing proposed 2018 rates for Affordable Care Act marketplaces; scouring Twitter for hints on law’s fate<p>Health insurers, facing fast-approaching deadlines to file plans for next year’s Affordable Care Act marketplaces amid uncertainty about the law’s fate, are putting off key …

Health Care

FGM charge for Detroit doctor Jumana Nagarwala in US first

<b>A doctor in the US city of Detroit has been charged with carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country.</b><p>Prosecutors said Jumana Nagarwala had been performing the practice on girls aged between six and eight for 12 …

Female Genital Mutilation