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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Released from Hospital

She'll be at work on Monday: rep

(Newser) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital today after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery, a Supreme Court spokeswoman says. The 81-year-old jurist was sent home and was expected to be at work when the court hears its next round of oral arguments on... More »

Seizure Surgery Removes Man's Arachnophobia

Operation has a quite unintended consequence

(Newser) - A man's surgery for seizures had an unexpected result: When he woke up, he was no longer scared of spiders. The 44-year-old used to kill spiders with hair spray and a vacuum; now, he's fine with letting them crawl all over him, Medical Daily reports. The reasons aren'... More »

Behind Health Exec's Luxe Life: Fake Spinal Screws?

Despite whistleblower, FDA never shut company down

(Newser) - Medical firm founder Roger Williams owned private planes, flashy cars, and a yacht dubbed "Spare Change"; he had courtside seats to see the Lakers and enjoyed spending thousands at strip clubs. But an investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting suggests his $18-million-a-year California company, Spinal Solutions, made its... More »

Paralyzed Man Walks Again, Thanks to His Nose

Researchers install 'nerve bridge' from transplanted olfactory cells

(Newser) - After a knife attack, a man was left paralyzed—but thanks to his own nose, he can walk again, with the help of a walker. Darek Fidyka, now 40, had cells from his nose transplanted into his spinal cord, Reuters reports. Doctors working in Poland used nose cells known as... More »

Why Joan Rivers Will Get No Autopsy

Her grief-stricken daughter Melissa won't order one

(Newser) - Did Joan Rivers die from lack of oxygen to the brain? We may never know. New York City's chief medical examiner pinned it on oxygen deprivation, but Joan's grief-stricken daughter Melissa wants no autopsy performed—and New York law is OK with that as long as there's... More »

Study Delves Into Horrors of Waking Up During Surgery

Finds that the worst part for many patients is the paralysis

(Newser) - "It felt as though nothing would ever work again—as though the anesthetist had removed everything apart from my soul." That's a quote from a woman who woke up during dental surgery some 15 years ago but was unable to move because of the paralyzing drugs she... More »

10-Year-Old Goldfish Undergoes Brain Surgery

'Fiddly' procedure gives fish new lease on life

(Newser) - In the hands of a less skilled surgeon, the patient could have ended up being flushed: After a 45-minute operation that a veterinarian in Melbourne, Australia, describes as "fiddly," a life-threatening brain tumor was removed from a goldfish named George last week, the BBC reports. On its Facebook... More »

Woman Plays Violin During Her Brain Surgery

Naomi Elishuv serenaded doctors with Mozart as they resolved tremor problem

(Newser) - Naomi Elishuv used to be a world-class violinist who played with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, but uncontrollable shaking caused by a neurological disorder called essential tremor forced her to stop playing 20 years ago, the Telegraph reports. She only recently learned of deep brain stimulation, the surgery that could... More »

Damage Unknown as Joan Rivers Brought Out of Coma

Family threatening to sue NYC clinic Yorkville Endoscopy

(Newser) - As doctors bring Joan Rivers out of a medically induced coma, there's some concern the comedian could end up "either a vegetable or in a wheelchair," the New York Daily News reports. That news has her family considering a lawsuit. Whether or not Rivers, 81, has suffered... More »

Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh Injured in Car Crash

Freeh has a broken leg and underwent surgery, officials say

(Newser) - Former FBI Director Louis Freeh suffered injuries including a broken leg and cuts to his head in a single-car accident today. Law enforcement sources tell NBC News and CNN that he drove his GMC Yukon SUV off a road in Vermont into a mailbox. Now he's in stable condition... More »

Mom Threatened With Forced C-Section

Jennifer Goodall gave birth Friday after much drama

(Newser) - Two weeks before she gave birth to her fourth child, a Florida hospital threatened to force a C-section on 29-year-old mom Jennifer Goodall "with or without [her] consent," Jezebel reports. Goodall wanted to try delivering vaginally before agreeing to what would be her fourth cesarean—if it was... More »

232 Teeth Removed From Boy's Head

Doctors to submit tooth count to Guinness Book of World Records

(Newser) - When doctors in India opened up a tumor in a teenager’s lower jaw on Monday, something unexpected happened. "Little pearl-like teeth started coming out, one by one. Initially, we were collecting them, they were really like small white pearls. But then we started to get tired. We counted... More »

To Save Voice, Patient Sings During Throat Surgery

Tumor extraction could have destroyed Alama Kante's vocal cords

(Newser) - When Alama Kante had surgery to remove a parathyroid tumor from her throat, one tiny slip of the scalpel could have caused her to lose her singing voice—and she's a professional singer . So, in an unprecedented move, she sang throughout the surgery at France's Henri Mondor hospital... More »

Johnson & Johnson Halts Sales of Key Surgery Tools

FDA warns of cancer risk

(Newser) - Johnson & Johnson is suspending worldwide sales of surgical tools known as power morcellators, of which it is the biggest maker. The halt stems from concerns that the devices, used in a common uterine surgery to remove fibroids, could in some cases spread cancer in the body, the Wall Street ... More »

Lawsuit: Appendectomy Fails to Remove Appendix

Man surprised when he has to have 2nd surgery

(Newser) - When William McCormack went into a medical center in the Adirondacks last month with severe stomach pains, he ended up getting an emergency appendectomy ... which came as quite a surprise to him, considering he thought he'd already had his appendix removed in Bronxville, New York, last year. The 43-year-old... More »

Young Mom in Coma After Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Boyfriend: Kristen Tavares 'went into cardiac arrest'

(Newser) - A Hawaii woman went in for routine dental work on Monday but ... didn't wake up. Kristen Tavares, 23, was to have four wisdom teeth removed; during the procedure "she went into cardiac arrest and they had to use a defibrillator and shocked her, stunned her heart," her... More »

Opera Singer Farts When Singing, Sues Over Surgery

Amy Herbst says unkind cut ruined her singing career

(Newser) - Hitting a high C is hard enough without worrying about passing gas—and an opera singer in Nashville is suing over the dilemma, Fox News reports. Amy Herbst, a mezzo-soprano, says she was doing fine until an Army nurse screwed up her childbirth operation in 2012. The nurse at an... More »

Most Popular Knee Surgery Is a Big Waste for Many

Study: arthroscopic surgery as good as fake surgery for some meniscus tears

(Newser) - If you're anticipating having arthroscopic surgery in the new year to fix your torn meniscus, bad news for you: A new study found the procedure is, for many, as effective as ... fake surgery. That could have big implications, considering the US spends an estimated $4 billion a year on... More »

Tonsil Surgery-Gone-Wrong Not Hospital's First

Rebecca Jimenez left severely brain damaged after similar surgery in 2011

(Newser) - It turns out Jahi McMath isn't the first case of a tonsillectomy-gone-wrong at Children's Hospital Oakland. Two years ago, Rebecca Jimenez, then 8, went in for a similar tonsil surgery to treat her sleep apnea; now she can't walk or speak because of the severe brain damage... More »

Doctors Attach Severed Hand ... to Man's Foot

Chinese worker cut off his hand in a work accident

(Newser) - Fast-thinking doctors in China are trying to save a man's severed hand by temporarily reattaching it to his foot, the Daily Mail reports. Xiao Wei cut off his hand in a work accident early last month, leaving him "shocked and frozen on the spot," he said, "... More »

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