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Doctors Without Borders

July 8, 2010 6:51 am | Videos | Comments

CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports on a Doctors Without Borders project that helps wounded Iraqis.

Website Expands Hospital Quality Information For Consumers

July 7, 2010 8:34 am | News | Comments

The Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) today applauded the public availability of new information on hospital quality of care at the Hospital Compare website ( www.HospitalCompare.hhs.gov ).  The HQA is a broad working group of hospitals, consumer representatives, physician and nursing organizations, employers and payers, oversight organizations and government agencies dedicated to improving health care quality and making useful and understandable information about hospital quality available to the public.

Obesity May Not Impact Outcomes From Robotic Prostate Surgery

July 7, 2010 8:31 am | News | Comments

At the recent 25th Annual European Association of Urology Congress, Dr. David Samadi, Chief of the Division of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, presented findings that showed that obesity does not adversely impact the outcomes of robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomies (RALP) for prostate cancer treatment.

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The Tired Trainee

July 7, 2010 7:45 am | by Amanda McGowan | Product Releases | Comments

One of my close friends recently moved to a new city to take a job at a large company. The job, it seems, is a perfect stepping stone for her as she builds her career. Still, when I receive calls from her at 8:30 or 9 pm while she is on her way home, just leaving work after being there since the wee hours of the morning, I know she questions if all the hard work and long hours are worth it.

Company Offers Vendor Credentialing Solution

July 7, 2010 7:32 am | News | Comments

Universal Vendor Services, LLC (UVS) is entering the business of Health Care Industry Representative (HCIR) Credentialing by implementing 2009 joint recommendations of AdvaMed, Joint Commission, and a host of other stake-holding professional organizations. Until today, there has been no Vendor Credentialing Organization that has standardized HCIR credentialing.

9 In 10 Docs Blame Lawsuit Fears For Overtesting

July 7, 2010 7:32 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Ninety percent of physicians surveyed said doctors overtest and overtreat to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits. That sentiment is more common among male doctors than female doctors, according to the survey published Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Some Prostate Cancer Patients Not Given All Possible Treatment Options

July 7, 2010 7:31 am | News | Comments

At the recent meeting of the American Urological Association in San Francisco, researchers presented studies regarding the decision-making process men go through when considering proposed prostate cancer treatments. Dr. Vorstman, renowned Florida urologist, believes these studies would have more meaning if patients were presented with information about prostate cancer treatment options in a different fashion.

Colon Cancer Screenings Up, Breast Rate Stalled

July 7, 2010 7:31 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — More older Americans are getting tested for colon cancer, with nearly two out of three getting recommended screenings. Meanwhile, rates for breast cancer screening remain stuck on a higher plateau, according to a government report released Tuesday.

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FDA Clears First Implantable Telescope For Vision

July 7, 2010 7:30 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have approved a first-of-its-kind technology to counter a leading cause of blindness in older adults — a tiny telescope implanted inside the eye. The Implantable Miniature Telescope aims to help in the end stages of incurable age-related macular degeneration, a creeping loss of central vision that blocks reading, watching TV, eventually even recognizing faces.

Warming And Cooling Critical For Temperature Management

July 7, 2010 7:30 am | by Andy Fleishacker, Director of Business and Market Development and Xia Luo, M.D., Director of Clinical for Zoll Medical Corporation | Zoll Medical Corp. | Articles | Comments

Managing patient temperature in the operating room has always been a critical part of any surgical procedure. When patients undergo large open surgical procedures, such as liver, cardiovascular, burn  or any large abdominal incision, heat loss is common due to the patient being exposed to the cold OR temperature and the cooling effect of the anesthesia and mechanical ventilation.

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MRI-Compatible Surgical Light

July 7, 2010 7:29 am | Sunnex, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Sunnex Celestial Star™ MRI surgical light provides medical professionals and surgeons with a stable, reliable source of light in MRI surgical suites. The Celestial Star MRI surgical light is made of MRI compatible material and is certified by both GE and Siemens for use with their MRI solutions.

Touch-Enabled Simulator

July 7, 2010 7:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

SensAble Technologies, a manufacturer of haptic devices and 3D modeling solutions, announced that its customer, BioDigital, working in partnership with surgeons at NYU Langone Medical Center, has created the first medical simulation application for teaching residents the high-technology procedure for lung resection of the right upper lobe, most commonly performed to treat resectable lung cancers.

Obese Patients Present Challenges In The ICU

July 6, 2010 7:48 am | by Ralph Gordon, MD | Articles | Comments

Obesity is a huge healthcare problem in the United States. It has reached the proportions of an epidemic and continues to get worse. Multiple medical problems including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea and cancer are closely associated with obesity. The patients with extreme obesity can reach a body weight of five, six or seven hundred pounds and even higher.

Nanotechnology Cancer Treatment

July 6, 2010 7:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nano Cancer® Therapy is currently approved  in Europe for the treatment of brain tumors only, but studies are underway in prostate cancer, esophageal cancer and pancreatic cancer. July 6, 2010 Following two decades of intensive research and development efforts, MagForce Nanotechnologies AG, a Berlin-based medical technology company founded in 1997, has received European regulatory approval for its Nano-Cancer® therapy.

Video Imaging System

July 6, 2010 7:45 am | Luxtel, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The IsoluX video imaging system is comprised of three video camera options and one TriLux Video Signal Processor. The TriLux will accept input from any of the three IsoluX cameras and provides a signal for recording and/or displaying. The CardioVu Video Camera enhances the surgical image.

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