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U.S. Sees Drop In Dangerous Hospital Staph Illnesses

August 11, 2010 7:00 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Aggressive, drug-resistant staph infections caught in hospitals or from medical treatment are becoming scarcer, another sign of progress in a prevention effort that has become a national public health priority. The decline was seen in a federal study of methicillin-resistant staph, or MRSA.

Woman Receives $198K For Mistaken Mastectomy

August 11, 2010 7:00 am | News | Comments

Ana Jimenez-Salgado had her breasts surgically removed at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center after two outside pathologists determined the cells obtained from an August 2007 biopsy were cancerous. She later underwent reconstructive surgery. The hospital's pathologists examined tissue obtained during that procedure and concluded she did not have breast cancer.

Flying Eye Hospital Delivers Sight-Saving Surgery

August 11, 2010 7:00 am | News | Comments

With the generous sponsorship of FedEx (NYSE: FDX), ORBIS International's Flying Eye Hospital - the world's only eye surgical and training hospital with wings - touches down in two Southeast Asia countries to deliver sight-saving surgeries to those suffering with blindness and visual impairments, and to conduct skills exchange programs with the local ophthalmic community.

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Cardinal Health Foundation Awards $1M To Improve Health Care Efficiency, Quality

August 11, 2010 6:59 am | News | Comments

The Cardinal Health Foundation announces that, for the third consecutive year, it has awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems and community health clinics improve the efficiency and quality of care. Forty organizations in 25 states have been awarded grants ranging from $7,500 up to $37,500 as part of the 2010 Cardinal Health Foundation E3 Grant Program, which was launched in 2008 to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of health care, nationwide.

Nurses Fear Even More ER Assaults As Programs Cut

August 11, 2010 6:58 am | News | Comments

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Emergency room nurse Erin Riley suffered bruises, scratches and a chipped tooth last year from trying to pull the clamped jaws of a psychotic patient off the hand of a doctor at a suburban Cleveland hospital. A second assault just months later was even more upsetting: She had just finished cutting the shirt off a drunken patient and was helping him into his hospital gown when he groped her.

Germicidal Wipe

August 11, 2010 6:58 am | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Professional introduces the KIMTECH* One-Step Germicidal Wipe. KIMTECH* One-Step Germicidal Wipe is an EPA registered product that features a new chemistry to quickly and effectively clean and disinfect environmental surfaces, killing MRSA in 30 seconds and C.

HD Microscope Cameras

August 11, 2010 6:56 am | Optronics® | Product Releases | Comments

Optronics® introduces the Microcast® HD Pro-Lite™ and Print Pro™ camera models to their line of full 1080p HD digital microscope camera systems. The new camera models are designed to provide end-user customers more flexibility in terms of their HD microscope imaging requirements.

Endoscopic Suturing Solution

August 10, 2010 7:26 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

The Endo Stitch™ automated endoscopic suturing instrument from Covidien enables advanced laparoscopic procedures that require endoscopic suturing and knot tying. According to the company, features include: An integrated needle and suture that eliminates the need for loading and unloading the needle.

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MiniLap Instruments

August 10, 2010 7:25 am | Stryker Endoscopy | Product Releases | Comments

Stryker’s MiniLap instrument line allows for access and instrumentation in one laparoscopic device. According to the company, the instruments are designed percutaneous entry through the abdominal cavity, and feature: A diameter of 2.3 mm. Availability in 4 tip styles for a variety of laparoscopic procedures.

Today’s New Physicians Are Unable To Improve Patient Safety

August 10, 2010 7:23 am | by David Nash, MD, MBA, FACP | Articles | Comments

It has been 10 years since the landmark Institute of Medicine report “To Err is Human” uncovered disturbing deficiencies in the quality of our nation’s medical care. Progress in correcting these deficiencies remains frustratingly slow, and it has become clear that achieving the quality and safety improvements we seek will require us to examine our approach to medical education.

Purdue-IU Team Uncovers Potential Prostate Cancer Marker

August 10, 2010 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Images from the desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry analysis of prostate tissue samples are shown next to stained slides of the same samples. The images show that cholesterol sulfate is present in cancerous tissue and precancerous legions called high grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, or PIN.

U.S. Continues To Dominate Plastic Surgery

August 10, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) announces the "ISAPS Biennial Global Survey™" of plastic surgeons and procedures in the top 25 countries and regions - representing 75 percentof all procedures in 2009. The ISAPS Survey marks the first time reliable international plastic surgery data has been obtained and analyzed by independent statistical specialists.

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Leading Robotic Surgeon Joins Titan Medical's Advisory Board

August 10, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

Dr. John R. Valvo, M.D., F.A.C.S. is currently the Chief of Urology and Director of Robotics at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York. Following a 20-year career in performing open surgery, Dr. Valvo founded the robotic program at Rochester General Hospital in early 2004, which currently ranks in the top 4% of robotic surgeries in the United States, having over 30 robotic surgeons and over 3,000 robotic surgeries performed.

Scientists Identify Pathways In Kidney Disease, C. difficile Colitis

August 10, 2010 7:21 am | News | Comments

Arch Biopartners Inc. announces that Arch scientists have reported findings that identify key inflammation pathways in chronic kidney disease and C. difficile colitis. The studies are the result of the scientists' ongoing research at the University of Calgary and are reported in the journals Gastroenterology and The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology .

Belly Bulge Can Be Deadly For Older Adults

August 10, 2010 7:21 am | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — If your pants are feeling a bit tight around the waistline, take note: Belly bulge can be deadly for older adults, even those who aren't overweight or obese by other measures. One of the largest studies to examine the dangers of abdominal fat suggests men and women with the biggest waistlines have twice the risk of dying over a decade compared to those with the smallest tummies.

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