Doctors perform in utero surgery on fetus, repairs spina bifida before baby’s birth

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Clinic has joined other top hospitals in North America and can now offer in utero surgery. The hospital announced Wednesday that after more than a year of preparations they have successfully completed Northern Ohio’s first ever surgery on a fetus inside the uterus to repair spina bifida. “The operation on the fetus in the uterus, I’m directing and in charge of, and the guidance of where we should open the uterus, the exposure of the baby,” said Dr. Darrell Cass, Director of Fetal Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic’s…

Read More

Summer camps are requiring children get vaccinated amid measles fears

Each summer, as Lauren Rutkowski and her husband Joel await the arrival of energized, sun-kissed children for their seven-week camp, the couple surveys the canoes and paddleboards, the arts and crafts, the food menus — and every camper’s vaccination records. Measles outbreaks in the United States continue to grow, rising to 1,044 cases nationwide so far this year. In response, more camp owners and the camping industry are urging families to follow vaccination policies. Some camps that require all participants to be vaccinated against measles, even if parents have religious objections, have not accepted…

Read More

Pharmacy tests turn up another cancer-causing compound in heart drugs

Tests by an online pharmacy turned up another cancer-causing compound in heart medications, and these drugs haven’t been recalled. Drugs containing valsaratan, losartan and irbesartan made by a variety of companies in a variety of countries have been taken off pharmacy shelves since July, when tests turned up chemicals in them that are considered carcinogens. The recalls of these angiotensin II receptor blockers or ARBs continue to expand. The US Food and Drug Administration keeps a regularly updated list of the drugs that have been recalled. In this case, it’s…

Read More

Vaginal birth after cesarean allows patients the chance to safely deliver naturally

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Having a baby is one of the happiest moments in a woman’s life and the ability to choose a birthing option is important. In years past, if you delivered by cesarean section and became pregnant again, the odds were you would have another c-section. Today, physicians are hoping to give more women the opportunity to have a natural childbirth. Dr. Jerry Lucas, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Chippenham Medical Center, says 30% of deliveries are c-sections. He says physicians are hoping to reduce that number to…

Read More