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3D Imaging Sheds Light On Apert Syndrome Development, Treatment

March 3, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

Three dimensional imaging of two different mouse models of Apert Syndrome shows that cranial deformation begins before birth and continues, worsening with time, according to a team of researchers who studied mice to better understand and treat the disorder in humans...

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HYPE-WIPE And MINI HYPE-WIPE Bleach Towelettes

March 3, 2014 10:33 am | by Current Technologies | Current Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

EPA-registered HYPE-WIPE and MINI HYPE-WIPE bleach towelettes from Current Technologies are one-step disinfectant wipes for most centrifuges and glucometers. The individually wrapped towelettes are saturated with the CDC/OSHA/NCCLS recommended 1:10 dilution of sodium hypochlorite and stabilized for an extended shelf life.  These economical towelettes also contain detergent so that they clean and disinfect in one step.

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Pain Killers

March 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Improving patient outcomes, decreasing hospital length-of-stay, and reducing costs are tasks best classified as perennially unfinished by hospitals. Any chance to make improvements must be considered, including evaluating the use of opioid use for perioperative pain management. Furthermore, recent research and anecdotal evidence point to several potential benefits of reducing the use of opioids in healthcare settings...

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Doctors: Full Recovery For Formula One Champ Michael Schumacher Unlikely

March 3, 2014 9:59 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Nearly two months after Michael Schumacher suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident and was placed in a drug-induced coma, some neurologists say the seven-time Formula One champion seems unlikely to make a full recovery...   

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Merging Healthcare With Modern Communications Technology

March 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Carrie Yang, Senior Healthcare Analyst, Results Healthcare | Blogs | Comments

Modern communications technology is starting to have a real impact on the way patients are managing their diseases and the delivery of healthcare. By collecting and transmitting real-time data, it is now possible to get a much better picture of a patient’s health and how it is changing. Electronic health records, too, enable more accurate information to be available to each provider involved in a patient’s care...

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SC Supreme Court To Debate Medical Facility Expansion Regulations

March 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

On Thursday, South Carolina's highest court is scheduled to hear arguments over the Certificate of Need program, an approvals process administered by the Department of Health and Environmental Control and required under state law for any medical facilities seeking to build or expand...

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3D Technology And The Modern OR: Benefits Of 3D (Part 2)

March 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this edition of “3D Technology And The Modern OR” we’ll take a close look at some of the expectations and benefits of 3D visualization in the OR and why facilities of varying size and type have decided to invest in its potential...  

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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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