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Bone Lengthening Technique Proves Useful In Patients With Cleft Palate

March 18, 2014 9:21 am | News | Comments

Dr. Emeka Nkenke of Erlangen University Hospital, Germany, and colleagues, report on the use of distraction osteogenesis to lengthen the maxilla (upper jaw) bone in patients with cleft lip and palate. In this technique, hardware is placed to gradually "stretch" bone in the desired direction...

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Scientists Build 'Molecular Drill Bits' To Fight Superbugs

March 18, 2014 9:17 am | News | Comments

In response to drug-resistant "superbugs" that send millions of people to hospitals around the world, scientists are building tiny, "molecular drill bits" that kill bacteria by bursting through their protective cell walls. They presented some of the latest developments on these drill bits, better known to scientists as antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS)...

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What’s New In The FDA’s 2015 Budget?

March 18, 2014 9:07 am | by William Tootle, Director – Office of Budget, FDA | Blogs | Comments

A few days ago, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Message to Congress, which included a high-level summary of his proposed funding for the FDA. Then the White House is out with the full budget, complete with all of the nitty gritty details...

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Kimberly-Clark And 3M Announce U.S.-Based Infection Prevention Solutions Agreement

March 17, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Health Care and 3M Infection Prevention Division today announced a unique alliance to deliver best-in-class surgical and infection prevention solutions to hospitals and healthcare facilities in the U.S...          

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ScopeValet PULL THRU

March 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Ruhof | Ruhof Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The ScopeValet PULL THRU from Ruhof is a revolutionary single use endoscope lumen-cleaning device, which can be effectively used to pre clean endoscope channels from 2.8mm to 5mm in a single pass. The unique patented five-wiper design of the Scope ValetPULL THRU provides a complete circumferential seal in the endoscope channel, thereby removing almost all residue in a single pass with its Five cleaning actions.

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Surgery For Early Stage Pancreatic Cancer Remains Under-Utilized

March 17, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

"Surgery is potentially curative for patients with early stage pancreatic cancer however utilization has not increased over the past 22 years," said Julian Kim, MD, senior author of the study and Chief of Surgical Oncology at UH Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center...

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Study: Stretta Therapy for GERD Remains Highly Effective 10 Years After Treatment

March 17, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

"This 10 year follow-up study confirms the findings of safety, efficacy, and durability of Stretta that have been demonstrated in a multitude of other published studies since 2001," the study lead author, Mark Noar, MD, MPH of Endoscopic Microsurgery Associates PA, Heartburn & Reflux Study Center, stated.

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A Surgical Procedure’s Risks, Unmentioned

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Jane E. Brody | Blogs | Comments

Surgical techniques, however, are not subject to the stringent approval process that drugs go through. And as with drugs, problems with new procedures may not become apparent until after they have been used many hundreds or thousands of times...

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Preserving Antibiotics For Future Generations

March 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Neil Fishman, MD and Kenneth Sands, MD, MPH | Blogs | Comments

Despite all the benefits of antibiotics their overuse has, in less than 100 years, led us to a point where we need to be seriously concerned about the efficacy of antibiotics in the future. Antibiotic resistance is considered one of the most critical public health and patient safety threats facing us today...

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Surgeons Use 3D Technology In Brain Surgery

March 17, 2014 9:28 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Surgeons at Chicago's Northwestern Medicine hospital are pioneering a new and innovative approach to brain surgery. The facility is using 3D glasses and monitors to improve visualization in the OR. The hospital is one of only three in the country to regularly employ the technology to remove brain tumors...

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Rare C-Section Performed On Gorilla At San Diego Zoo

March 17, 2014 9:12 am | News | Comments

Veterinarians at the San Diego Zoo have performed an operation on a newborn gorilla that was delivered by cesarean section. The zoo says the 4.6-pound female was born Wednesday but seemed to have breathing problems. On Friday morning, a team fixed a collapsed lung that probably occurred during delivery...

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ivNow: Streamlined Fluid Warming

March 14, 2014 11:20 am | by Enthermics Medical Systems | Enthermics Medical Systems | Product Releases | Comments

ivNow from Enthermics Medical Systems is designed to increase regulatory compliance. ivNow displays actual temperature and records shelf life of every bag. According to the company, it improves processes by efficiently warming patients from admission to discharge and save space and footsteps by warming fluids at the point of use.

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Robotic FloShield

March 14, 2014 11:07 am | by Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc. | Minimally Invasive Devices, Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc. announced the commercial release of Robotic FloShield, designed specifically to be compatible with the da Vinci Surgical System for robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. FloShield technology uses Vortex Barrier Technology (VBT), which forms an invisible curtain of gas in front of a laparoscope's optics that acts as a barrier to debris, condensation, and smoke.

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Even Supporters Need To Realize That Obamacare Needs A Fundamental Fix

March 14, 2014 10:44 am | by Robert Laszewski | Blogs | Comments

It has been confirmed that the individual policies that were supposed to be cancelled because of Obamacare can now remain in force another two years. For months I have been saying millions of individual health insurance policies will be cancelled by year-end — most deferred until December because of the carriers’ early renewal programs and because of President Obama’s request the policies be extended in the states that have allowed it...

Patient Requests For Specific Drugs Have Major Impact On Prescribing, Reports Study

March 14, 2014 10:36 am | News | Comments

"A patient request for a specific medication dramatically increases the rate at which physicians prescribe that medication," according to the new research led by John B. McKinlay, PhD, of New England Research Institutes, Watertown, Mass. They add, "These results highlight potential negative impacts of DTC advertising and other forms of activation in medication requests..."

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