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Transplant Advance In Windpipe Cancer

August 2, 2010 7:40 am | News | Comments

Colleen Barry, Associated Press Writer ROME (AP) — Doctors have successfully transplanted windpipes into two cancer patients in an innovative procedure that uses stem cells to allow a donated trachea to regenerate tissue and create an organ biologically close to the original, they said Friday.

Growing Debate In South Korea Over Traditional Medicine

August 2, 2010 7:39 am | News | Comments

Hyung-Jim Kim, Associated Press Writer SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Nam-soo has stuck needles into generals, actors, tycoons and at least one president for more than six decades as South Korea's acupuncturist to the stars. Grateful patients say his treatments combining acupuncture with the ancient practice of burning herbs on the skin do as much good, or more, as Western medicine in treating everything from arthritis to diabetes, burns and even cancer.

New Technique In Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy

August 2, 2010 7:39 am | News | Comments

Stress urinary incontinence is one of the most feared complications of radical prostatectomy. The weighted mean continence rate immediately after catheter removal following robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) is 25.7%. Evidently, early recovery of urinary continence remains a challenge to be overcome.

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Patients Lose Weight After Total Joint Replacement

August 2, 2010 7:38 am | News | Comments

Osteoarthritis patients who were obese lost weight after undergoing total knee or hip replacement surgery, according to a recent study published in Orthopedics. Among a study group of 196 patients, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that nearly 20% lost at least 5% or more of their body weight and experienced a significant decrease in body mass index (BMI) -- a measurement of height and weight -- after undergoing total joint replacement, or arthroplasty.

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Should Patients Read The Doctor’s Notes?

August 2, 2010 7:38 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | News | Comments

Their request seemed simple enough: the patient and his wife, both in their 70s, wanted a copy of what I’d written in their medical file. During their visit, I had watched them refer to a well-thumbed collection of doctors’ notes and medication lists, so when they asked for a copy of my note just before leaving, I assumed it would simply be added to the others.

Articulating Suturing Device

August 2, 2010 7:37 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien introduces the SILS™ Stitch articulating suturing device for advanced laparoscopic surgery, including SILS single-incision procedures. The new SILS Stitch instrument is an automated suturing device with articulating features and a rotating tip for optimal mobility.

Physician Blows Whistle On “Hectic Lap-Band Factory”

July 30, 2010 8:10 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

It’s always been a newsworthy topic among the surgical community always, but following the recent release of revealing survey data, it’s once again come to the surface. The issue: whether or not medical professionals feel comfortable reporting colleagues who appear impaired, incompetent or may be practicing “bad medicine.

Study: Anesthesiologists Have Role In SSI Prevention

July 30, 2010 8:09 am | News | Comments

A study published in the August issue of Anesthesiology reports patients who undergo a primary total hip or knee replacement procedure with general anesthesia have a higher risk of surgical site infection (SSI) than those who undergo the procedure with epidural/spinal anesthesia. Chuen-Chau Chang, M.

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Miniscal Repair System

July 30, 2010 8:08 am | Depuy Mitek, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Mitek, Inc. announces the launch of its OMNISPAN™ Meniscal Repair System for all-inside repairs of meniscus tears. The System features a low-profile needle pre-loaded with two PEEK backstops and proprietary ORTHOCORD® suture for enhanced strength. Testing has shown the OMNISPAN System provides superior strength compared to leading all-inside devices.

Micro-LED Headlight

July 30, 2010 8:07 am | QED Medical | Product Releases | Comments

QED Medical introduces the EOS 3 Watt LED Headlight optic weighs in at only .4 of an ounce and provides variable intensity up to 4,500-foot candles of white light into the field. The EOS headlight is available on a comfortable headband or on a variety of clips to accommodate most common loupes and eyewear.

Alternative to Lap Band Surgery Gaining Momentum

July 30, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

As of late, the most prominently advertised and promoted form of bariatric surgery has been the Lap-Band procedure. However, some patients have achieved comparable results without the use of the band implant. Los Angeles surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz has seen a rise in the popularity of a sleeve gastrectomy procedure on numerous patients suffering from obesity characterized by a BMI of 35 or higher.

Medical Group Manager Gets Prison Time For Embezzling $1 Million

July 30, 2010 5:43 am | News | Comments

A former south Texas medical group office manager has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for not paying income taxes on about $1 million she embezzled. Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey sentenced Gina Anzaldua Holley of Corpus Christi and ordered her to also pay $297,855 in back federal taxes.

Acupuncture Patient Abandoned With Needles In Her Back

July 30, 2010 5:40 am | News | Comments

Police in Bellingham, WA got a 911 call from an acupuncture patient after she says clinic workers apparently forgot about her and locked up the office. Police spokesman Mark Young says the 47-year-old woman told police she still had acupuncture needles in her back when she decided the clinic had closed.

Stopping Bedbug Infestations

July 30, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

Sara Kugler Frazier, AP One of every 15 New Yorkers battled bedbugs last year, officials said as they announced a plan to fight the spreading infestation, including a public-awareness campaign and a top entomologist to head the effort. The bloodsucking pests, which are not known to spread disease but can cause great mental anguish with their persistent and fast-growing infestations, have rapidly multiplied throughout New York and many other U.

Pushy Dispatchers Save Lives

July 30, 2010 5:22 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP More bystanders are willing to attempt CPR if an emergency dispatcher gives them firm and direct instructions — especially if they can just press on the chest and skip the mouth-to-mouth, according to new research. The two new studies conclude that hands-only chest compression is enough to save a life.

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