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Micro-Organs To Shape The Future Of Personalized Medicine

April 18, 2014 7:09 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Vanderbilt University are developing an artificial liver as part of a larger system of synthetic organs being built to test drugs. If successful, the technology will not only change the way drugs are developed and tested, but also provide doctors with a way to personalize treatment for patients with conditions like heart disease and cancer...

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FDA Warns Of Cancer Risk With Fibroid Procedure

April 18, 2014 7:02 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Articles | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure used to eliminate growths in the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The agency is discouraging doctors from performing the procedure, which uses an electronic device to grind and shred uterine tissue so it can be removed through a small incision in the abdomen...

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New MRSA Superbug Emerges In Brazil

April 18, 2014 6:57 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | News | Comments

The new superbug is part of a class of highly-resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, which is a major cause of hospital and community-associated infections. The superbug has also acquired high levels of resistance to vancomycin, the most common and least expensive antibiotic used to treat severe MRSA infections worldwide...

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Research: Adrenaline Does Little To Increase Patient's Survival After Cardiac Arrest

April 17, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

"The vast number of patients who have a cardiac arrest get adrenaline, which has been the drug recommended in treating cardiac arrest for decades," said Dr. Steve Lin, an emergency physician and trauma team leader at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital. "Yet, despite advances in medical treatment, long-term survival rates of patients who suffer a cardiac outside a hospital and receive adrenaline remains low..."

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AORN Advises One RN Circulator For Every Surgical Patient, Touts Staffing, On-Call Practice Guidelines

April 17, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

Evolving models of healthcare delivery are affecting perioperative nursing practice across diverse settings, prompting AORN to study perioperative nurse staffing issues and to revise an official position statement on “One Perioperative Registered Nurse Circulator Dedicated to Every Patient Undergoing an Operative or Other Invasive Procedure” and an official position statement on “Perioperative Safe Staffing and On-Call Practices...”

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Clearfast

April 17, 2014 9:57 am | by BevMD | Product Releases | Comments

BevMD, a medical beverage company, recently introduced the first U.S.-patented and American Society of Anesthesiologist-approved preoperative-beverage: Clearfast. This scientifically formulated, carbohydrate-rich beverage is the only product of its kind in the U.S. designed for preoperative use; offering the right carbohydrates to safely clear the system prior to surgery while reducing metabolic stress.

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Confidently Control Infectious Fluid Waste

April 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Candace L. Samudio, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR | Blogs | Comments

Hospital acquired infections are a constant concern. They harm both the patient and/or the staff member who was exposed. They also have a very negative financial impact on the hospital. How often are we asked if we are doing everything we can to protect our patients, and ourselves as healthcare workers, from the hazards of a hospital acquired infection?

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New Smartphone Apps Remind Patients To Take Their Meds

April 17, 2014 9:33 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

Only about half of patients take medication as prescribed, resulting in unnecessary hospital admissions and ER visits that cost the U.S. health care system an estimated $290 billion a year. To help combat the problem, many doctors are trying a more high-tech approach: They're recommending smartphone apps that send reminders to patients to take their medications and record when they take each one...

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Expect Changes In Appetite, Taste Of Food After Weight-Loss Surgery

April 17, 2014 9:25 am | News | Comments

Changes in appetite, taste, and smell are par for the course for people who have undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery during which one’s stomach is made smaller and small intestines shortened. These sensory changes are not all negative, and could lead to more weight loss among patients...

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AORN Foundation, Covidien Team To Offer New Tools For Emerging Nurse Leaders

April 16, 2014 4:55 pm | News | Comments

In a move aimed at giving nursing professionals the tools they need to address rapidly changing practices and cost structures, the AORN Foundation is teaming with Covidien on an initiative that will provide nurse leaders with a core set of financial and management tools to complement their clinical expertise...

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Control OR

April 16, 2014 4:28 pm | by FSN Medical Technologies | FSN Medical Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Control OR from FSN Medical Technologies is the solution for compact, robust medical video integration. The system manages up to 10 separate input sources and maintains signal integrity to output displays. Control OR’s intuitive tablet interface can route video, adjust picture layouts, freeze images, or make subtle changes to individual user settings.

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Scintillant Surgical Light

April 16, 2014 10:46 am | by Engineered Medical Solutions | Engineered Medical Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Engineered Medical Solutions manufactures the Scintillant Surgical Light; the first untethered, self-contained medical lighting device for illumination inside the surgical field. There is no need for light boxes and cords to tie you down. The self-contained light is equipped with simple effective accessories for attachment to almost any surgical tool.

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Change Is Not Always For The Better

April 16, 2014 10:34 am | by Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I took a respite from my concerns about the Affordable Care Act, which I left simmering in the crockpot while I was re-visiting the Kingdom of Cambodia. Most people visit Cambodia for a brief trip to Siem Reap to experience the magnificent ancient temples at Angkor Wat, the symbol adorning its flag...

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A New Take On Surgical Navigation

April 16, 2014 10:23 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

“Good enough” is never enough in today’s modern healthcare landscape. Nothing illustrates that concept better than the latest efforts from a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The group published information highlighting its work to improve surgical navigation through the development of a unique computer algorithm meant to improve patient safety...

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Researchers Transplant Regenerated Esophagus

April 16, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

Tissue engineering has been used to construct natural oesophagi, which in combination with bone marrow stem cells have been safely and effectively transplanted in rats. The study, published in Nature Communications, shows that the transplanted organs remain patent and display regeneration of nerves, muscles, epithelial cells, and blood vessels...

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