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Amniotic Membrane Use May Cause Complications

January 3, 2011 6:17 am | News | Comments

Postoperative adhesions are a major complication in strabismus surgery, so amniotic membrane has been used in the hopes of preventing these adhesions by forming a biological barrier during healing. In the December 2010 issue of the Journal of AAPOS , the Official Publication of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, a team of researchers from Cairo University have discovered that the new approach may also have the opposite effect.

Survival Lower Following Reintervantions

January 3, 2011 6:07 am | News | Comments

A report published in the January issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery® evaluates the rate of reinterventions and readmissions after initial abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair, 30-day mortality and the effect on long-term survival. The cases of over 45,000 Medicare beneficiaries who underwent AAA-related or laparotomy-related EVAR or open repair from 2001 to 2004 were reviewed by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Department of Health Policy at Harvard Medical School.

Absorbable “Strap” Fixation Device 

January 3, 2011 5:36 am | Ethicon, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ethicon, Inc. introduces the ETHICON SECURESTRAP™ 5mm Absorbable Strap Fixation Device, the first fixation device to feature an absorbable “strap” design. The unique, absorbable “strap” design of ETHICON SECURESTRAP™ offers surgeons several advantages when performing hernia repair procedures.

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No Touch Transfer System

January 3, 2011 5:35 am | BERCHTOLD Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

BERCHTOLD Corporation introduces an automated No Touch Transfer System, NTTS, which facilitates movement of a patient’s IV equipment and fluids throughout a hospital facility. The NTTS utilizes the lifting and lowering mechanisms of the hospital bed or boom to transfer an integrated IV pole between locations without the need for manual movement of equipment or fluids.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Guatemalan Operating Room

January 3, 2011 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

In this photo taken May 5, 2010, an operating room is seen after a three hour surgery on a man with gunshot wounds and who later died at the San Juan de Dios hospital in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Guatemala is one of the most violent countries in the hemisphere with over 50 murders for every 100,000 residents.

Child “Cancer Cluster” Confounds Parents, Investigators

January 3, 2011 5:33 am | Articles | Comments

John Seewer, Associated Press In this Dec. 14, 2010 photo, Tanner Hisey, center, puts icing on Christmas cookies with his sister Siera, right, and half-sister Tyler Smith in their home near Clyde, Ohio. Tanner, 12, and Tyler, 17, are among 36 kids who live within a few miles of this small farming town and have been struck by cancer in the last decade.

Cataract Surgery Training Set

January 3, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

This new set of KITARO DryLab and WetLab are new products for cataract surgery trainings developed by Frontier Vision Co. Ltd. The KITARO DryLab is used for repeatedly teaching or training with your naked eyes on the desk in your office or home. The KITARO WetLab is used for training with a microscope and a Phaco machine in your operating room or wet-lab.

After Surgery To Slim Down, The Bills Can Pile Up

January 3, 2011 5:23 am | by Lesley Alderman | Articles | Comments

After dieting unsuccessfully her entire life, Barbara Warnock-Morgan, 46, decided she needed to do something radical.  “I was the fat kid,” she said. “Over the years I yo-yo dieted my way up the scale. I’d lose 20 pounds, then gain back 30.” The cycle was so insidious that by her early 40s, Ms.

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Children In Areas With Few Pediatricians At Higher Risk For Serious Appendix Ruptures

December 29, 2010 9:21 am | News | Comments

Fizan Abdullah, M.D. Children who live in areas with fewer pediatricians are more likely to suffer life-threatening ruptures of the appendix than those in areas with more pediatricians, even when accounting for other factors such as the number of hospitals, imaging technology, insurance coverage and the number of surgeons in an area, according to a study from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Experiments Test If Implant Can Block Sleep Apnea

December 27, 2010 9:47 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Loud snoring may do more than irritate your spouse: It can signal sleep apnea, depriving you of enough zzzz's to trigger a car crash, even a heart attack. Now scientists are beginning to test if an implanted pacemaker-like device might help certain sufferers, keeping their airways open by zapping the tongue during sleep.

Boston Hospital Made Three Spine Operation Errors

December 27, 2010 9:46 am | News | Comments

All three unconnected errors happened since September. Dr. Kenneth Sands is the senior vice president of health care quality at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He tells The Boston Globe the surgeons apparently miscounted the patients' vertebrae and operated directly above or below where they were supposed to.

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Surgeon Pens Memoir Of Jim Crow South

December 27, 2010 9:32 am | News | Comments

Russell Contreras, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Growing up in segregated Memphis, Tenn., during the Jim Crow era, Augustus White III knew about those certain places off-limits to him as a black man — restrooms, diners and schools. He just didn't pay racial barriers much mind.

Universal Suction Consolidates Inventory

December 22, 2010 10:05 am | SurgiMark, Inc. | Videos | Comments

The disposable Standard Via-Guard® from SurgiMark, Inc. alternates clog-free Tip and adjustable Poole suction in one unique instrument.

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Hybrid OR With Robotic X-Ray Imaging

December 22, 2010 9:21 am | Videos | Comments

Jeffrey W. Moses, M.D., Director of the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy and the Cardiac Catherization Lab at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, gives a tour of a modern operating room and demonstrates the Siemen's Artis Zeego imaging system - an x-ray machine on a robotic arm that can be positioned at any angle around the operating table.

Woman Recovers From Brain Bleed

December 22, 2010 9:20 am | Videos | Comments

Katherine Wolf was a wife and mother enjoying the success of her acting/modeling career when she suffered a brain bleed.

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