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The Day That Medicine Broke Her And Destroyed Her Innocence

October 4, 2010 6:54 am | by Jordan Grumet, MD | Articles | Comments

I was a third-year medical student in the first week of my obstetrics rotation. The obstetrics program was known to be high-pressure, its residents among the best. Mostly women, they were a hard-core group–smart, efficient, motivated–and they scared the heck out of us medical students.

Test-Tube Baby Pioneer Wins Medicine Nobel

October 4, 2010 6:53 am | News | Comments

Karl Ritter, Associated Press Writers Malin Rising, Associated Press Writers October 4, 2010 STOCKHOLM (AP) — Robert Edwards of Britain won the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for developing in-vitro fertilization, a breakthrough that ignited heated controversy in the 1970s but has helped millions of infertile couples since then have children.

US Apologizes For '40s Syphilis Study In Guatemala

October 4, 2010 6:53 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — American scientists deliberately infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital in Guatemala with syphilis 60 years ago, a recently unearthed experiment that prompted U.S. officials to apologize Friday and declare outrage over "such reprehensible research.

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Toronto Anesthesiologist Accused Of 29 Sex Attacks

October 4, 2010 6:52 am | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — Twenty-nine women have alleged that a doctor sexually assaulted them while they were under anesthetic, and police warned Thursday there could be more victims. Anesthesiologist George Doodnaught, 61, was already facing three counts of sexual assault before police announced 26 more charges Thursday.

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Health Overhaul Centerpiece Endures Growing Pains

October 4, 2010 6:52 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health care remake, a lifeline available right now to vulnerable people whose medical problems have made them uninsurable. But the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan started this summer isn't living up to expectations.

Paying Doctors For Patient Performance

October 1, 2010 6:51 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

Not long ago, a fellow doctor told me that his local health care insurers, in an effort to improve care and rein in costs, had been evaluating physicians and paying them according to their “quality ranking.” With “pay for performance” reimbursement, doctors who had, for example, managed more timely follow-up and achieved better test results with their diabetic or hypertensive patients would rank more highly and earn more in financial bonuses than physicians whose patients failed to meet the insurers’ guidelines.

Prevent Infection And Keep Staff Safe

October 1, 2010 6:51 am | by Kathy Sheerin Vice President of Marketing, Flagship Surgical, LLC www.flagshipsurgical.com | Flagship Surgical, LLC | Articles | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing fluid waste control products to ensure infection control and staff safety in the OR? October 1, 2010 The two biggest concerns in every OR are the prevention of infection and the safety of the workers.

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Long-Lasting Surgical Skin Marker

October 1, 2010 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Viscot Medical introduces the Mini XL, a new surgical skin marker that, according to the company, lasts 10 times longer than traditional skin markers after pre-operative scrubbing with alcohol-based antiseptics such as Chloraprep or Duraprep. Additionally, the Mini XL offers: Clinicians the ability to use the appropriate antiseptic agents to prevent surgical site infections and still comply with the Joint Commission Protocol for correct site marking and pre-operative verification to prevent wrong site surgery.

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“Diamond Dusting” Of Instruments

October 1, 2010 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hunter Products, Inc.  provides a solution to improve and renew micro-electronic tools, surgical instruments and micro-laboratory instruments with the Hunter Carbitron 300, the technique for “DIAMOND DUSTING” medical instruments by manufacturers and on-site at hospitals.

Scarless Thyroidectomy System

October 1, 2010 6:49 am | Automated Medical Products Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Automated Medical Products Corp. introduces a new Iron Intern® product, the Pier Giulianatti Scarless Thyroidectomy System. The product is designed by Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti, MD, FAC. A world-renowned robotic surgeon, president of the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA), Distinguished Lloyd M.

Navy Journal From 1801: Tobacco Smoke Saves Lives

October 1, 2010 6:47 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — For some 19th-century British navy surgeons, reviving men who nearly drowned after falling overboard required what is now a rather unorthodox treatment: tobacco smoke. The treatment is documented in an 1801 journal, one of more than 1,000 navy medical officers' reports released Thursday by Britain's National Archives.

Drugs Before Surgery Help Women Avoid Mastectomies

October 1, 2010 6:46 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer Taking hormone-blocking pills for a few months before breast cancer surgery can shrink tumors and allow many women to have just the lump removed instead of the whole breast, a new study suggests. This approach is sometimes tried now in Europe, and the study was the first large test of it in the United States.

CDC Chief Picks 6 'Winnable Battles' In Health

October 1, 2010 6:46 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Where would you start if you were charged with keeping the nation healthy? Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has chosen six priorities — winnable battles, he calls them. They are smoking, AIDS, obesity/nutrition, teen pregnancy, auto injuries and health care infections.

ACS Clinical Congress Convenes Next Week

October 1, 2010 6:45 am | News | Comments

The 96th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), one of the largest meetings of surgeons in the world, will convene October 3-7 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. This year marks the first time that the ACS Clinical Congress has ever been held in the nation's capitol.

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First-Ever Pregnancy In A Transplanted Womb

October 1, 2010 6:45 am | News | Comments

Transplantation of the uterus (womb) looks likely to become a future treatment for women who are infertile either because their uterus is congenitally absent or they have a uterus that is nonfunctional due to disease, according to the results of ground-breaking new research published online in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica .

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