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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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Study: Blood Poisoning Increases The Risk Of Blood Clots

March 14, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

"We have followed more than 4,000 people who have been admitted with blood poisoning. The study shows that the risk of suffering a blood clot in either the brain or the heart is twice as high for patients with blood poisoning in relation to other patients who are also admitted with acute illnesses," says Michael Dalager-Pedersen , PhD student at Aarhus University and Registrar at Aalborg University Hospital...

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Man's Face Rebuilt With 3D Printer After Crash

March 14, 2014 10:30 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A man seriously injured in a motorbike crash had his face reconstructed using a 3D printer. In a one-of-a-kind procedure, surgeons repaired Stephen Power’s cheekbone and eye socket using the cutting-edge technology in an eight-hour operation...

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Healthcare.gov Sign-Ups All But Guaranteed To Fall Short Of Goal

March 14, 2014 10:20 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Tuesday it's making steady progress on healthcare sign-ups, but the White House needs something close to a miracle to meet its goal of enrolling 6 million people by the end of this month. It could happen with a sustained surge in consumer demand and a foolproof website. But they're not seeing it yet, and time is running out...

FDA Chief Defends Controversial Painkiller As Criticism Intensifies

March 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told Senate lawmakers that the recently-launched Zohydro fills an "important and unique niche" for treating chronic pain. Her agency has been under fire for clearing the drug since December, amid concerns from lawmakers, addiction specialists, and others that the drug will exacerbate the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse...

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Back Surgery Offers Long-Term Societal Benefits, According To New Study

March 13, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

Past research has found herniated disc surgery to be an effective treatment option to ease the extreme back pain associated with herniation of a disc. However, until now, none of these studies accounted for lost productivity in the workplace. A new study, commissioned by AAOS and conducted by health economists, found surgery to be a cost-effective option for patients who used it, particularly because of its effect on productivity...

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Healthcare Industry Still Lacking In Cyber Threat Preparedness

March 13, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

The number of cyber attacks targeted at healthcare industry organizations of all types and sizes continue to increase, while research indicates that most healthcare organizations are not adequately addressing cyber threat preparedness and response...

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FaceGuard Head Shield/Instrument Trays

March 13, 2014 10:03 am | by Dan Allen Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Dan Allen Surgical introduces FaceGuard Head Shield/Instrument Trays. The table-mounted device offers innovative patient safety and user-friendly features...

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Questions About A Popular Heart Procedure

March 13, 2014 9:57 am | by Paula Span | Blogs | Comments

Our great-great-grandparents probably didn’t have to think much about the way the heart’s aortic valve slowly stiffens and narrows over decades, a condition called aortic stenosis. Most of them died before they could experience its distressing symptoms...

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