Brielle Garrison, a baby recently born in Florida, suffers from anophthalmia, which is a disorder that results in the absence of ocular tissue. According to Dr. Manny Alvarez, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies and serves as consultant to the Fox TV station who reported on Brielle, “The condition can usually be diagnosed by ultrasound – around 18 weeks.
Lawrence Garfinkel, an epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society who helped design landmark studies that linked smoking to lung cancer, died last Thursday in Seattle. He was 88. The cause was cardiovascular disease, his son Martin said. Mr. Garfinkel became a leader in cancer epidemiology despite having no formal education in the field.
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects, affecting eight per 1,000 live births with one-third of affected children requiring intervention in early infancy. Increasing numbers of survivors, combined with developmental expectations for independence, behavioral self-regulation and academic achievement have led to a growing identification of neurobehavioral symptoms in some survivors.
The Mayo Clinic announced today that it raised $1.35 billion in its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, surpassing the goal of $1.25 billion. Though campaigns of this size typically take seven years to achieve, The Campaign for Mayo Clinic was a five-year initiative. Mayo embarked on this campaign to accelerate innovations in clinical practice, education and research that the organization believes could revolutionize medicine in the 21st century.
St. Vincent's Hospital, a major AIDS and trauma center, could be taken over by a powerful nonprofit New York hospital system and stripped of its surgical and inpatient units if its finances don't improve. However, “if St. Vincent is able to continue to meet its mission on its own, they have our full support,” Continuum Health Partners said in a statement Tuesday.
Last month Apple received a patent for a new 3D interface for manipulating objects on computer screens, Medgadget recently reported. As Houston Neal at the Medical Software Advice blog suggests, the new technology could be particularly useful for doctors working with clinical images. Basically, the 3D technology uses a computer camera to look at the movement of hands or head of the user to transform objects on the screen.
The 5mm AnchorPort® disposable trocar from Surgiquest is available in a Bladeless, Optical Tip configuration which accommodates a 5mm laparoscope within the clear tip obturator channel to provide surgeons with visualization during abdominal access. The AnchorPort® disposable cannulas are also available for use with the same disposable obturator during a surgical procedure on the same patient when multiple cannula applications is desired.
A deflectable video laparoscope provides the maneuverability and access required for laparo-endoscopic single-site surgery January 27, 2010 Olympus’ EndoEYE is a deflectable video laparoscope that combines a distally mounted video chip and with an advanced flexible tip design, providing a complete 100° field of view from multiple angles to visually capture the desired location head-on, from above, or even from behind.
Expand Global Medical Resources announces the U.S. launch of the Sitracc (Single Trocar Access) Kit, a 4-Port Multiple Instrument Access Port for laparoscopic surgeries performed through a single incision. It was developed and it is currently manufactured by Edlo S.A. Produtos Medicos.
When a reader responded to Dr. Zoe Kiren Deol’s column in Monday’s First Cuts e-newsletter it sparked her to write another column in response. I think you did a great job explaining your thoughts on medicine today. I am a general surgeon in my 35th yr of practice and trying to decide when to retire.
E-Z Clean® electrosurgical instruments from Megadyne provide dissection and coagulation for a variety of surgical applications, rendering procedures cleaner, safer and faster. They have a non-stick surface, which resists eschar buildup and last an entire case—saving both time and money.
Not long ago, a friend confessed that her son, who spends much of his free time volunteering at a children’s hospital and who is applying to medical school, has been particularly anxious about his future. “His test scores are just O.K.,” my friend said, the despair in her voice nearly palpable.
The WAFFLE Surgery Pad from EHOB is ideal for prevention of pressure ulcers during surgery. It is recommended for any surgical procedure lasting more than two hours and features: A diagonal hole pattern that protects the patient's head and heels while the oval-shaped handwells provide for easier handling should transferring the patient be necessary.
Medline Industries, Inc. has been named the exclusive distributor for the SmartWand-DTX™ and SmartSponge® System, the only FDA-cleared systems using radio-frequency identification to both count and locate surgical sponges. The systems, created by ClearCount Medical Solutions, use a technology featuring chip-embedded sponges to count and locate sponges during surgery which, in turn, helps eliminate surgical errors and improve patient safety.
Dr. Shawn M. Garber, MD, FACS, is the Director of the Long Island Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery and New York Bariatric Group in New Hyde Park, NY. He also works as Chief of Bariatric Surgery and Chief of Mid-Level Practitioners at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, NY.