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The Pink Pad

June 6, 2014 3:01 pm | by Xodus Medical, Inc. | Xodus Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The Pink Pad by Xodus Medical, Inc. is the safest, most effective Trendelenburg positioning system for all procedures that require steep table adjustments. The Pink Pad’s patented material protects the patient's head, neck, and shoulders from nerve damage and skin abrasion, while its unique high coefficient of friction virtually eliminates the risk of sliding during surgery. The Pink Pad offers clinicians a best practice Trendelenburg positioning solution for even the most challenging cases.

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What Is The Source Of Deteriorating Patient Care?

June 6, 2014 2:48 pm | by Val Jones, MD | Blogs | Comments

For the past couple of years I’ve been working as a traveling physician in 13 states across the U.S. I chose to adopt the locum tenens lifestyle because I enjoy the challenge of working with diverse teams of peers and patient populations. I believe that this kind of work makes me a better doctor, as I am exposed to the widest possible array of technology, specialist experience, and diagnostic (and logistical) conundrums...

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New Single-Dose Antibiotic May Help Battle Superbug MRSA

June 6, 2014 1:15 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A single dose of a newly developed antibiotic may be just as effective as a longer course of standard antibiotics for the treatment of serious skin infections, including drug-resistant MRSA...               

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Biomarkers Accurately Distinguish Mesothelioma From Non-Cancerous Tissue

June 6, 2014 12:57 pm | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Scientists have identified four biomarkers that may help resolve the difficult differential diagnosis between malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and non-cancerous pleural tissue with reactive mesothelial proliferations (RMPs). This is a frequent differential diagnostic problem in pleural biopsy samples taken from patients with clinical suspicion of MPM...

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Our Ability To Identify The Source Of Pain Varies Across The Body

June 6, 2014 12:49 pm | by University College London | Articles | Comments

"Where does it hurt?" is the first question asked to any person in pain. A new UCL study defines for the first time how our ability to identify where it hurts, called "spatial acuity," varies across the body, being most sensitive at the forehead and fingertips...

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Endoscope With Oxygen Sensor Detects Pancreatic Cancer

June 6, 2014 11:55 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

An optical blood oxygen sensor attached to an endoscope is able to identify pancreatic cancer in patients via a simple endoscopic procedure, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida...           

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VA Chief: 18 Vets Left Off Waiting List Have Died

June 6, 2014 11:27 am | by Matthew Daly and Terry Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

An additional 18 veterans in the Phoenix area whose names were kept off an official electronic Veterans Affairs appointment list have died, the agency's acting secretary said Thursday — the latest revelation in a growing scandal over long patient waits for care and falsified records covering up the delays at VA hospitals and clinics nationwide...

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Medicare, We Have A (Big?) Problem

June 6, 2014 10:43 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

It’s not a question of if Medicare patients are receiving unnecessary treatments and procedures. It’s a question of how many. Or so says a recent study conducted by Harvard Medical School researchers and published last month in JAMA Internal Medicine...

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Albahealth EssentialCARE Anti-Embolism Stockings Size Offering Expansion

June 6, 2014 10:37 am | by Encompass Group, LLC | Encompass Group, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Encompass Group, LLC recently announced their Albahealth EssentialCARE Anti-Embolism Stockings size offering expansion.

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Better Care Now Available For Hip Fracture Patients

June 6, 2014 9:30 am | by Central Maine Medical Center | News | Comments

Central Maine Medical Center and Central Maine Orthopaedics, who came together to establish The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine five years ago, have developed the state's first hip fracture program focused on helping patients recover sooner...

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Stop The War Being Waged In The Emergency Department

June 6, 2014 9:16 am | by Nick Dawson | Blogs | Comments

There’s a war being waged on one of America’s most revered institutions, the emergency room. The ER, or emergency department (ED for the sake of this post) has been the subject of at least a dozen prime-time TV shows...     

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Healthcare Worker Fatigue Cited As Contributing Factor In Over 1,600 Events Reported to Penn. Patient Safety Authority

June 6, 2014 9:12 am | by Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority | News | Comments

Healthcare worker fatigue is cited as a contributing factor in over 1,600 events reported through the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority with 37 reported as harmful events including four patient deaths...

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VA Healthcare Nominee Withdraws

June 6, 2014 9:10 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's choice to be the top health official at the Veterans Affairs Department withdrew his nomination Thursday, saying he feared his confirmation could spark a prolonged political battle...       

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Single-Channel Therapeutic Gastrointestinal Videoscope

June 6, 2014 9:07 am | by Olympus Medical Systems Group | Olympus America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The GIF-1TH190, by Olympus Medical Systems Group, is the first single-channel therapeutic gastrointestinal videoscope to offer both high-definition (HD) and Narrow Band Imaging (NBI).

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NJ Court Rules For Nurse Fired For Refusing Flu Vaccine

June 6, 2014 8:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey appeals court says a nurse was unfairly denied unemployment benefits after she was fired for refusing a flu shot. June Valent was working as a nurse at Hackettstown Community Hospital in 2010 when the company began requiring employees to take the flu vaccine unless they had medical or religious reasons not to. Anyone who refused would be required to wear a mask...

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