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Study: Robotic-Assisted Prostate Surgery Offers Better Cancer Control

March 3, 2014 9:15 am | News | Comments

An observational study from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that prostate cancer patients who undergo robotic-assisted prostate surgery have fewer instances of cancer cells at the edge of their surgical specimen and less need for additional cancer treatments like hormone or radiation therapy than patients who have traditional "open" surgery...

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Teen Helps Scientists Study Rare Cancer Where Surgery Is Only Effective Treatment

February 28, 2014 10:51 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

First the teenager survived a rare cancer. Then she wanted to study it, spurring a study that helped scientists find a weird gene flaw that might play a role in how the tumor strikes. Age 18 is pretty young to be listed as an author of a study in the prestigious journal Science. But the industrious high school student's efforts are bringing new attention to this mysterious disease...

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Survey: Drug Shortages Costing Hospitals Money They Can't Spare

February 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. hospitals are coping better with ongoing shortages of hundreds of medications, but a new survey indicates that obtaining drugs from alternate sources is costing them a lot of money they can't spare. Premier Inc., the hospital group that did the survey, conservatively estimates that cost at $230 million a year for the country's 5,000 hospitals, on average, from 2011 through 2013. However, the total impact could be higher...

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The Lesson Of Dr. Charles Dotter: Never Stop Innovating

February 28, 2014 9:56 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

It takes a certain type of person to challenge the status quo. It takes a truly exceptional person to make the status quo a thing of the past. Dr. Charles Dotter was blessed with both keen intelligence and a tremendous innovative spirit. His work, which includes performing the first percutaneous transluminal angioplasty 50 years ago this year, transformed the field of medicine. The effects are still felt by physicians and patients today...

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Battling The 'Bad Actor' Known As C. Diff.

February 28, 2014 9:47 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Every hospital facility has a “bad actor,” says Dr. Mitch Rubinstein. For The Valley Hospital that bad actor – a microorganism that causes trouble within a specific hospital facility – is Clostridium difficile...                

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Utah Governor Rejects Full Medicaid Expansion

February 28, 2014 9:20 am | by Michelle L. Price, Associated Press | News | Comments

Utah's Republican governor announced Thursday he wants to reject a full Medicaid expansion that would enroll more people in the government program, and instead seek federal dollars to cover the poor in private plans. Gov. Gary Herbert's decision came after months of pushing back an announcement, making him one of the last governors in the country to announce his intentions about expanding Medicaid...

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NY Governor Proposes Law Changes To Protect Consumers From Surprise Medical Bills

February 28, 2014 9:09 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Cuomo administration has proposed extending out-of-network coverage requirements for emergencies and specialists to all health insurers in New York in what it says is an effort to protect consumers from big surprise medical bills. When a network lacks an available specialist, or in emergencies, patients could get treated elsewhere and pay only their usual insurance fees...

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X-Ray Cassette Holder

February 28, 2014 8:51 am | by Innovative Medical Products | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Medical Products has designed the X-Ray Cassette Holder to hold an X-ray cassette allowing the surgeon to take intra-operative X-rays. The convenient solution is for use with IMP’s Universal Lateral Positioner that provides stable, lateral positioning for patients undergoing hip or other lateral surgery. When the X-Ray Cassette Holder is employed, the anterior support column must be used with the hyperflexion plate in the Universal Lateral Postioner system for best image results.

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Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV System

February 27, 2014 10:52 am | by Clorox Healthcare | Clorox Professional Products Company | Product Releases | Comments

Clorox Healthcare is now partnering with Ultraviolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI) to introduce the Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV System. For the first time ever, the two companies are teaming up to combine the power of manual surface disinfection with advanced ultraviolet (UV) technology to deliver an even more comprehensive surface disinfection solution.

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Antidote Can Deactivate New Form Of Heparin

February 27, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

Low-molecular-weight heparin is commonly used in surgeries to prevent dangerous blood clots. But when patients experience the other extreme – uncontrolled bleeding – in response to low-molecular-weight heparin, there is no antidote. Now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a synthetic form of low-molecular-weight heparin that can be reversed if things go wrong...

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Pulling Problem Teeth Before Heart Surgery To Prevent Infection May Be Catch-22

February 27, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

To pull or not to pull? A Mayo Clinic study found that roughly 1 in 10 heart surgery patients who had troublesome teeth extracted before surgery died or had adverse outcomes such as a stroke or kidney failure...       

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Obama: More Federal Spending Needed To Train Doctors

February 27, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will ask Congress to approve spending more than $5 billion on medical training to turn out some 13,000 primary care providers over the next 10 years. Obama will include the proposal in the budget he sends to Congress next week. The new funding is aimed at training more doctors who can work in underserved areas, including rural communities...

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One in Five U.S. Hospitals Don't Put Hand Sanitizer Everywhere Needed To Prevent Infections

February 27, 2014 9:51 am | News | Comments

Approximately one in five U.S. health facilities don't make alcohol-based hand sanitizer available at every point of care, missing a critical opportunity to prevent healthcare-associated infections, according to new research from Columbia University School of Nursing and the World Health Organization (WHO)...

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3D Heart Replica Saves Baby's Life

February 27, 2014 9:35 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

A 3D plastic replica of a baby's heart helps doctor perform life-saving surgery on 14-month-old Roland, who is suffering from serious heart issues...                        

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Gallbladder Surgery Goes Back To The Future In China

February 27, 2014 9:25 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

Chinese surgeons claim taking out just the gallstones without removing the gallbladder works well for most patients. There were 65 patients with gallstones, 61 of whom underwent successful minimally invasive surgery for removal of just the stones leaving the gallbladder in place...

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