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UK Hospitals See Reduced Procedure Times by Implementing 3D Printing Solutions

August 28, 2014 1:19 pm | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd., a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions announced that UK medical 3D printing specialist, Replica 3DM, is using its Stratasys 3D Printers to support 12 National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in the validation of patient surgery prior to an operation. As a result, this is having a significant impact on the length of surgical procedures leading to substantial reductions in theatre costs.

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Hospital Loses $2M in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

August 28, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

According to court documents, Olga Sanchez had been admitted to the hospital after complaints of flank pain and urinating blood. During her admission, she was examined by a hematologist and her lab tests were interpreted by a clinical pathologist. Despite a laboratory diagnosis of a bleeding disorder, the doctors and the hospital never provided appropriate care to stop the internal bleeding.

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Chinese Teenager to Have Surgery for Unusual Neck Condition

August 28, 2014 12:43 pm | News | Comments

The New York Daily News reported on Thursday that a Chinese teenager with an unusual neck condition will receive corrective surgery. Fu Wengui, 15, has 10 vertebrae in his neck — three more than the average person. The condition causes him pain, stress on his nerves and makes it difficult for him to walk with the super long neck, according to REX Features.

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Females Ignored in Basic Medical Research

August 28, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

A new study from Northwestern Medicine® has found that surgical researchers rarely use female animals or female cells in their published studies -- despite a huge body of evidence showing that sex differences can play a crucial role in medical research. Editors of the five major surgical journals reviewed in this study have responded to this finding and will now require authors to state the sex of animals and cells used in their studies.

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Toshiba America Medical System's Vantage Titan 1.5T and Vantage Titan 3T

August 28, 2014 11:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.’s MR systems have received approval to operate (ATO) with the U.S. Air Force. This makes Toshiba the only manufacturer to have fully certified MR systems (Vantage TitanTM 1.5T and Vantage Titan 3T) for use on the Air Force Network. This follows the recent Air Force ATO for Toshiba’s CT systems.

Man Has Antenna Implanted in His Skull

August 28, 2014 11:17 am | by Will Wei, Business Insider | News | Comments

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind and sees the world in grayscale. But even though Neil can't see color doesn't mean he can't sense it. That's because Neil Harbisson is a cyborg who can hear color. In 2004, Neil convinced a doctor to implant into his skull an antenna that detects and transposes colors into corresponding tones — allowing him to hear color through bone conduction.

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Engineered Cartilage Regenerates Joints

August 28, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

Human articular cartilage defects can be treated with nasal septum cells. Researchers at the University and the University Hospital of Basel report that cells taken from the nasal septum are able to adapt to the environment of the knee joint and can thus repair articular cartilage defects.

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3D Printed Spine Successfully Implanted in 12-Year-Old Boy

August 28, 2014 10:42 am | by Emily Crane, Daily Mail Australia | News | Comments

Surgeons in China have successfully implanted an artificial 3D-printed vertebra into a 12-year-old bone cancer patient to help him walk again. Doctors at Peking University Hospital in Beijing first removed a tumor located in the second vertebra of the boy's neck before replacing it with the 3D-printed implant between the first and third vertebrae to allow him to lift his head.

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Bundled Approach to Reduce SSIs in Colorectal Surgery

August 28, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

A multidisciplinary program (called a "bundle") that spanned the phases of perioperative care helped reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) in patients undergoing colorectal surgery (CRS) at an academic medical center. The study was authored by Jeffrey E. Keenan, M.D., of the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and colleagues.

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OSTAR 300 Remote Patient Monitoring System

August 27, 2014 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

OSTAR Healthcare Technology, a Washington State Based Medical Device company, announced the North American launch of its revolutionary A Series Cloud Based Telehealth Patient Monitoring System, powered by 3SI (three simultaneous interpretations) Interpretive Blood Pressure Monitoring Algorithm.

Hip Fracture Surgery Reduces Health Care Costs By More Than 65K

August 27, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

A new study, appearing in the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, found that average lifetime societal benefits in the U.S. reduced the direct medical costs of hip fracture surgery by $65,000 to $68,000 per patient (in 2009 dollars), and that total, lifetime societal savings exceeded $16 billion for older patients.

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3D Printing in Reconstructive Facial Surgery Must Overcome Reimbursement Challenge

August 27, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

While three-dimensional (3D) printing has been lauded as a game-changing development in the medical devices industry, the technology is battling to convince surgeons that it is a financially viable treatment for craniomaxillofacial (CMF) reconstruction, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

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Surgical Products Welcomes a New Editor

August 27, 2014 11:00 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | News | Comments

In late July, I became editor of Surgical Products. I went from covering village board meetings, school functions and high school football games to writing about the latest news from the OR. Yes, definitely a career change, and while all of it still seems a little scary to me, I’m still fulfilling my passion – writing and editing.

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Fetal Medicine Leaders Report on 100 Prenatal Surgeries for Spina Bifida

August 27, 2014 10:51 am | News | Comments

Reporting on 100 recent cases of fetal surgery for spina bifida, specialists at a premier fetal surgery program achieved results similar to those published three years previously in a landmark clinical trial that established a new standard of care for prenatal repair of this birth defect. Spina bifida is the most common birth defect of the central nervous system, affecting about 1,500 babies born each year in the United States.

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Brain Benefits From Weight Loss Following Bariatric Surgery

August 27, 2014 10:31 am | News | Comments

Weight loss surgery can curb alterations in brain activity associated with obesity and improve cognitive function involved in planning, strategizing and organizing, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). 

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