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MDs Slash Some Drug Co. Ties Amid Rising Scrutiny

November 9, 2010 5:29 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors have sharply cut some financial ties to drug companies, thanks to increased scrutiny about relationships that critics say improperly influence medical treatment, a survey suggests. The biggest change occurred in the number of doctors who accept drug company money for attending medical meetings, including covering travel to sometimes exotic locations.

A New Threat

November 8, 2010 5:32 am | by ShadowFax | Articles | Comments

I wish I could say that every patient encounter worked out well, that all my patients went home happy and satisfied.   It would be nice, but unfortunately that is not true at all.   There are many patients who present with unrealistic expectations or an agenda which is non-therapeutic and I am relatively straightforward and unapologetic about correcting patient's misconceptions about the care that is or is not appropriate in the ED.

Patient-Specific Bicompartmental Knee Resurfacing System

November 8, 2010 5:30 am | Conformis, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ConforMIS announces the availability of the iDuo® G2 , the next generation of its bicompartmental knee resurfacing system. The iDuo G2 combines the best of both worlds by incorporating proven principles for patella treatment from traditional total knee replacement with the unique advantages of the ConforMIS partial knee system.

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What Do Surgeons Want?

November 8, 2010 5:30 am | by Craig Johnson MD, Associated Professor of Plastic Surgery, Consultant, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery and Department of  General Surgery, Mayo Clinic | Articles | Comments

Since the origins of surgery many millennia ago, the goal of caring for a wound was simply healing. As the complexity of surgical procedures evolved, the same realistic outcome remained the same, that being a strong, stable closure that yields a long term, pain free, infection resistant closure.

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Helping Soldiers Who Have Lost Limbs

November 8, 2010 5:29 am | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University's Bone Tissue Engineering Center is working to help soldiers who have lost limbs in combat. CMU's Jeffrey O. Hollinger, director of the center, and Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski have received a three-year, $2.9 million U.S. Department of Defense research grant to develop a therapy that would aid amputees, specifically wounded soldiers.

Study: CT Scans Modestly Cut Lung Cancer Deaths

November 8, 2010 5:29 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A major study shows giving heavy smokers special CT scans can detect lung cancer early enough to modestly lower their risk of death — the first clear evidence that a screening test may help fight the nation's top cancer killer.

Hernia Repair Workshop Highlights Use Of Biologic Grafts

November 8, 2010 5:28 am | News | Comments

Surgical residents in their final years of surgical training learned the latest techniques in using biologic grafts to treat hernias in a workshop led by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and sponsored through an educational grant from Cook Medical. The workshop, entitled “Advanced Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery Workshop” took place during August in St.

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‘The Doctors’ Profiles SPIDER® Surgical System

November 8, 2010 5:27 am | Transenterix, Inc. | News | Comments

The show aired Friday, Nov. 5. “The Doctors” – which features practicing physicians discussing topical health and medical issues in an easy-to-understand, conversational manner – reaches millions of viewers and just picked up its first Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show in the informative category.

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Experts Recommendations For Post-Bariatric Surgery Patients

November 5, 2010 6:48 am | News | Comments

The Endocrine Society released a new clinical practice guideline for the nutritional and endocrine management of adults after bariatric surgery, including those with diabetes mellitus. The guideline features a series of evidence-based clinical recommendations developed by an expert task force.

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Special Election: Ambulance Takes Voter To Poll

November 5, 2010 6:36 am | News | Comments

(AP) A Philadelphia-area man didn't let an ambulance ride stop him from casting his vote. Eighty-three-year-old Charles Gorby persuaded an emergency crew to stop and let him vote Tuesday as they took him home after a two-week hospital stay. Since the polling place was only about a block from Gorby's Havertown home, the crew agreed.

Surgical And Non-Surgical Bicep Treatments Show Promise

November 5, 2010 6:08 am | News | Comments

A patient with a long head biceps (LHB) tendinopathy, which is a pain and/or tearing of the tendon, may also have a shoulder problem and/or a rotator cuff tear. Traditional treatments include both surgical and non-surgical approaches. “The surgeon’s goal in treating any long head biceps tendinopathy is to address the pain in a way that also respects the patient’s lifestyle.

More Women Opting To Remove Both Breasts

November 5, 2010 5:57 am | News | Comments

Surgeons conducting the largest study yet of women who have cancer in one breast but have both removed have found that this option has grown rapidly despite a lack of evidence that it improves long-term life expectancy. Their findings were recently reported in a study of almost 1.2 million women whose cases are documented in the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Absorbable “Strap” Fixation Device

November 5, 2010 5:45 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.

Endoscopic Suturing System

November 5, 2010 5:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. announced that their newly launched OverStitch™ Endoscopic Suturing System has recently been employed in several, first-in-human cases. OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System is a unique device that mimics the way physicians deploy sutures by hand.

Keyhole Bowel Cancer Surgery Shown Safe And Effective

November 5, 2010 5:43 am | News | Comments

Laparoscopic or keyhole surgery is a safe, effective way of removing bowel tumours and should be offered to all patients undergoing surgery for colorectal cancer, state researchers from the University of Leeds. Patients who have laparoscopic surgery spend less time in the hospital and recover more quickly from the operation.

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