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Breakthrough Technology Can Repair Severe Tissue Damage

April 10, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

A breakthrough could speed recovery and limit disfigurement for patients who have suffered large soft tissue trauma – as occurs with serious injury or cancer surgery. By biomedically engineering a muscle flap that includes a patient's own blood vessels, the team created tissue that could be transferred to other parts of the body along with the patient's blood supply...

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Spike In Postoperative Cardiac Surgery Deaths May Be Linked To 30-Day Survival Measurement

April 10, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

Analyzing a national database of hospital inpatient records, a team of researchers reports an expected spike in mortality six days after cardiac surgery, but also a more surprising and potentially troubling jump in deaths at the 30-day mark...

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Patients Over 65 Have More Complications After Colorectal Cancer Surgery

April 10, 2014 10:02 am | News | Comments

Most colorectal cancer surgeries are performed on patients older than 65 years, and older patients have worse outcomes than younger patients, although the total number of colon cancer operations has decreased in the past decade...    

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Scientists Employ 3D Printer To Build Human Heart

April 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3D printed heart would ever be put in a person...

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Medical Helicopter Crashes On Roof Of New Mexico Hospital

April 10, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Investigators are trying to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center. Officials said all three people aboard escaped serious injury...    

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New Campaign Brings Awareness To Role Of HCW Attire In Pathogen Transmission

April 9, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

To draw attention to the role healthcare worker attire can play in transmitting pathogens, Vestagen Technical Textiles, Inc. today launched a “Keep the Coat” awareness campaign. The effort intends to bring understanding that, with new technological advancements, what care providers wear can actually become a line of defense for them, their patients, and their families.

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Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System

April 9, 2014 10:59 am | by DePuy Synthes Power Tools | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Synthes Power Tools announced the global launch of the Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System, a next generation high-speed electric drill with multiple attachments and accessories, designed for use in neurosurgery, otology, and spinal procedures. The new Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System includes a high-speed drill with 30 percent more power than the Anspach XMAX and EMAX 2 Plus systems.

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What Goes Through A Surgeon’s Mind After A Complication

April 9, 2014 10:43 am | by Sid Schwab, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

One of the hardest things about being a surgeon is the inevitability of complications. It’s true for any doctor; but with surgery, it’s as if they are lit in neon and given a soundtrack. At least to me. Aiming for perfection (as do we all) and beating myself up (more than healthier people) when I miss the mark, I found bad outcomes of nearly any magnitude deeply disturbing...

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Promising Agents Burst Through 'Superbug' Defenses To Fight Antibiotic Resistance

April 9, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

In the fight against "superbugs," scientists have discovered a class of agents that can make some of the most notorious strains vulnerable to the same antibiotics that they once handily shrugged off. The report on the promising agents called metallopolymers appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society...

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Surgically-Implanted Electrical Device Helps Paralyzed Men Move Legs

April 9, 2014 10:34 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke. Experts say it's a promising development but warn that the experimental treatment isn't a cure. When the implanted device is activated, the men can wiggle their toes, lift their legs, and stand briefly...

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Google Glass App Turns Anyone Into A Rapid Diagnostic Test Expert

April 9, 2014 10:21 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

The American Chemical Society recently released this video detailing a Google Glass application developed at UCLA for automatic interpretation of chromatographic tests. The app basically turns anyone into a rapid diagnostic text expert...

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Florida Lawmakers Look To Expand, Regulate Telehealth

April 9, 2014 10:00 am | by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren't any neurologists on call. Within 15 minutes, a neurologist pops onto a computer screen and can order an IV drug. It's that sort of potentially life-saving technology that may drive down healthcare costs, while also addressing serious doctor shortages...

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Giraffe Dies During Unique Surgery For Terminal Heart Defect

April 9, 2014 9:46 am | by Bailey Elise McBride, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oklahoma City Zoo officials say a 6-month-old female giraffe with a terminal heart defect died Tuesday during surgery. Kyah had an extra blood vessel wrapped around her esophagus — a symptom of a congenital heart defect — that prevented her from holding down solid food...

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Olympian Ian Thorpe Battling Serious Infections Related To Shoulder Surgery

April 9, 2014 9:39 am | News | Comments

The agent for five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe says the 31-year-old will never swim again after contracting two potentially-deadly infections while undergoing shoulder surgery. James Erskine said on Tuesday that Thorpe was "quite sick" in the intensive care ward of a Sydney hospital but dismissed media reports the swimmer might lose the use of his left arm...

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Comprehensive Fluid Management Solution

April 8, 2014 10:31 am | by BASS Medical | Bass Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The BASS Medical comprehensive fluid management solution keeps the operating room floor dry during high fluid volume procedures such as shoulder and knee arthroscopy. The mat’s patented anti-splash and containment design keeps fluid from ever hitting the floor. It collects, contains, and rapidly evacuates contaminated fluid using standard wall suction.

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