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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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From The Other Side

February 26, 2014 10:40 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

From a medical standpoint, this past year proved to be an overly interesting one for my youngest daughter. In January she underwent a minor outpatient procedure to remove a small cyst from under her eye. Although there were no short-term issues, her ophthalmologist was concerned about long-term effects if the cyst continued to grow. My eight-year-old was a champ the whole time...

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Poll: For Right Price, Consumers Will Accept Limited Choice Of Doctors, Hospitals

February 26, 2014 10:27 am | by Jordan Rau | Articles | Comments

People buying health insurance through the health law’s new online marketplaces are more willing than the public at large to accept a limited roster of doctors and hospitals in return for lower premiums, a poll released Wednesday finds. But that enthusiasm nosedives if they are told their regular doctor isn’t included in the plan...

Kansas Physician-Turned Politician Posted X-Ray Images Of Gunshot Victims To Facebook

February 26, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

A Kansas physician trying to oust three-term Sen. Pat Roberts in the Republican primary is apologizing for posting graphic images of gunshot victims on his Facebook page. Radiologist Milton Wolf said it was insensitive and inappropriate to have posted the X-ray images and macabre commentary on social media some years ago...

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PBS Reporter Miles O'Brien Gets Arm Amputated After Injury On Assignment

February 26, 2014 10:07 am | by Lynn Elber, Associated Press | News | Comments

PBS science correspondent Miles O'Brien said Tuesday his left arm was amputated above the elbow after an apparently minor injury put his life in jeopardy. In a blog post on his personal website Tuesday, which was verified by PBS, O'Brien recounted the Feb. 12 blow to his arm he suffered while on assignment in Asia and the medical emergency that followed...

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HangTimeKit Labels

February 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark has announced the addition of color to their line of HangTimeKitTM Labels (HTKlabels). Just like the original HTKlabels, these labels allow day and month tracking to document when a scope was last reprocessed, with the added benefit of color coding. The new colors include green, yellow, pink, orange, and blue.

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3-D Printer Creates Transformative Device For Heart Treatment

February 26, 2014 9:41 am | by Beth Miller (via Washington University in St. Louis) | News | Comments

Using an inexpensive 3-D printer, biomedical engineers have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could transform treatment and prediction of cardiac disorders. Igor Efimov, PhD, The team has created a 3-D elastic membrane made of a soft, flexible, silicon material that is precisely shaped to match the heart’s epicardium, or the outer layer of the wall of the heart...

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Exercise, Surgically Removing Belly Fat Improves Cognition In Obese, Diabetic Mice

February 26, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

Cognitive decline that often accompanies obesity and diabetes can be reversed with regular exercise or surgical removal of belly fat, scientists report. A drug already used to treat rheumatoid arthritis also helps obese/diabetic adult mice regain their ability to learn and comprehend, while transplanting belly fat to a normal mouse reduces those abilities...

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St. Louis-Based Catholic Health System's Growth Raises Questions About Charitable Status

February 25, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

The rapid growth of a St. Louis-based Catholic healthcare system that is branching out into for-profit ventures is raising questions about its charitable status. Ascension Health was created 15 years ago, and it has since grown into the nation's third-largest healthcare system by buying dozens of nonprofit hospitals and pursuing numerous for-profit ventures...

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