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Surgical Robot Developer Sees Progress

October 29, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

Virtual Incision Corporation announces financing and the opening of its corporate headquarters as it works to develop in vivo single incision laparoscopic robotic surgical devices for abdominal and pelvic procedures October 29, 2010 Virtual Incision Corporation, a developer of in vivo robots for use in single incision laparoscopic surgery, today announced it has completed a $2 million Series A financing led by PrairieGold Venture Partners and Bluestem Capital.

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Italian Surgeons Get Prison For Unneeded Surgery In “Clinic Of Horrors”

October 29, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

ROME (AP) — Three surgeons have been convicted of performing unnecessary operations in what the Italian media has dubbed a "clinic of horrors." The sentences were handed down Friday after a trial in which prosecutors produced evidence that unneeded operations including amputations were performed on 83 patients at the Santa Rita clinic in Milan with the aim of getting large reimbursements from the state health system.

China Red Cross Calls For Urgent Blood Donations

October 29, 2010 6:03 am | News | Comments

Chi-Chi Zhang, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China's Red Cross asked citizens around the country Friday to urgently donate blood because of an acute shortage that has prompted delays in some surgeries. An emergency notice on the agency's website said blood was in especially short supply this year and called for emergency measures, such as blood drives, in Beijing and the provinces of Yunnan, Shandong, Jilin, Hubei and Guangdong.

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Hip Replacement Surgery

October 28, 2010 6:32 am | Videos | Comments

Hip Replacement Surgery (Hip Arthroplasty) for Hip Arthritis has developed over the last 300 years from rudimentary surgery, to modern total hip replacement.

Nurse Turns Off Ventilator, Man Brain Damaged

October 28, 2010 6:31 am | Videos | Comments

A quadriplegic English man has been left brain damaged after a nurse accidentally switched off his ventilator - an act caught on a camera the patient had reportedly installed because he was concerned about the quality of his care.

Break Dancing With da Vinci

October 28, 2010 6:30 am | Videos | Comments

The da Vinci robot is teaching surgeons at Methodist Hospital in Henderson, KY. The hospital made a music video to promote their da Vinci robot suite, being used to perform hysterectomies and prostate or kidney removals.

Campaign Educates Women About Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism

October 27, 2010 6:36 am | News | Comments

As many as 600,000 people are affected by deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) every year, and more than half of those are never diagnosed. Some people experience swelling and varying levels of discomfort in the affected area, and some don't feel anything at all. But the symptoms of DVT can be similar to other conditions, like a pulled muscle, and because some people with DVT do not have any symptoms, there is often a delay in diagnosis.

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Follow Up: Hospital Fined $300K For Leaving Drill Bit In Patient

October 27, 2010 6:35 am | News | Comments

Rhode Island officials have ordered the state's largest hospital to pay a $300,000 fine, the largest in state history, after operating room staff left a broken drill bit in a patient's skull during brain surgery. State health officials on Tuesday said Rhode Island Hospital did not follow its own policy, which requires staff to do an X-ray of a patient if a surgical tool or device is missing at the end of a surgery.

Cosmetic Surgery Gets A 'Lift' With Updated Approach

October 27, 2010 6:34 am | News | Comments

Adam D. Schaffner, M.D., F.A.C.S., Director of Plastic Surgery at JUVA Skin and Laser Center in Manhattan, is challenging the "one size fits all" approach to the traditional facelift with a new, customizable, minimally-invasive and affordable procedure named JuvaLiftT. We all know how the subtle changes on our face reveal our age.

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Surgery Gives Infants With Heart Defect Chance Of Survival

October 27, 2010 6:32 am | News | Comments

When prenatal diagnosis detects the severe heart defect hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) in a fetus, a comprehensive prenatal evaluation is important to provide parents an accurate prognosis. In HLHS, one of the heart's pumping chambers is severely underdeveloped. However, say researchers, in two-thirds of cases, reconstructive surgery affords the infant an excellent chance of early survival.

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Better Transparency Needed On Medical Journals' Competing Interests

October 27, 2010 5:54 am | News | Comments

Journals need to develop policies to handle the inevitable competing interests that arise when they publish papers that may bring them reprint revenue or increase their impact factors. This is the conclusion of a research article by Andreas Lundh and colleagues from the Nordic Cochrane Centre published in this weeks PLoS Medicine .

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Peel Pouch Rack

October 27, 2010 5:53 am | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. introduces their Peel Pouch Rack. The rack is designed to support peel pouches on edge and separate the pouches during steam sterilization. This easy-to-use modular solution provides a convenient means to organize, sterilize and store peel pouches.

The Tanzanian ENT Clinic

October 27, 2010 5:50 am | by Dr. Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. - Albert Schweitzer The middle-aged Tanzanian woman lived many hours away and had traveled to the academic medical center in Moshi.

Planning Surgeries, Virtually

October 27, 2010 5:50 am | by Dr. David Chen, Chief Technology Officer, SensAble Technologies | Videos | Comments

MedCAD used FreeForm to create 3D models based on the patient’s CT scan. This model shows how surgical incisions would create two bony sections, one on either side of the face, to be realigned. Surgery is like playing the violin – it requires intensive finger-learning to achieve technique and mastery, yet a virtuoso performance worthy of a “Bravo!” requires something more.

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