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When The Doctor Is The Patient, Humanism And Competency Matter

July 13, 2010 7:17 am | by Wendy Sue Swanson, MD | Articles | Comments

Over the past few weeks I’ve had ample opportunity to be on the other side. Not like some parents with chronically ill children or those with children who have suffered tragic illness. No, not like that; I am fortunate that hospitals aren’t a part of my family’s everyday (except for work).

Women Face Fewer Complications After Gastric Bypass Surgery

July 13, 2010 7:16 am | News | Comments

A study of nearly 38,000 patients found Caucasian, Hispanic and female patients have the fewest complications and the shortest hospital stays after laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, according to University of Nebraska Medical Center researchers who presented their findings today at the 27th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

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Steerable Neurovascular Guidewire

July 13, 2010 7:15 am | Codman | Product Releases | Comments

Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. (Codman) introduces the NEUROSCOUT™ 14 Steerable Guidewire, a newly developed steerable guidewire that facilitates the placement of diagnostic or therapeutic catheters within the neurovasculature. Neurovascular guidewires are placed inside catheters, flexible tubes that are used to carry coils or stents to treat conditions such as aneurysms and cerebral arteriovenous malformations, the two leading causes of hemorrhagic stroke.

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Vestagen Completes First Clinical Trial

July 13, 2010 7:14 am | News | Comments

Vestagen Technical Textiles today announced the completion of the first clinical trial involving its Vestex™ nanotechnology-based products. The clinical trial was conducted by the Department of Epidemiology and Infection Control at Virginia Commonwealth University. Medical research has consistently documented that garments and fabrics used in the healthcare environment are contaminated with high levels of dangerous microbes such as MRSA, which may pose a threat to health care workers, their patients and the community.

One-Step Germicidal Wipe

July 13, 2010 7:12 am | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Professional introduces the KIMTECH* One-Step Germicidal Wipe, an EPA registered product that features a new chemistry to quickly and effectively clean and disinfect environmental surfaces, killing MRSA in 30 seconds and C. difficile spores in six minutes, versus 10 minutes, as required by other environmental surface disinfectants.

Tricking The Head To Control The Belly

July 13, 2010 7:06 am | News | Comments

Research to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), suggests that the key to losing weight could lie in manipulating our beliefs about how filling we think food will be before we eat it, suggesting that portion control is all a matter of perception.

A New Look For Reconstructive Surgery

July 13, 2010 6:57 am | News | Comments

Facial reconstruction patients may soon have the option of custom-made bone replacements optimized for both form and function, thanks to researchers at the University of Illinois and the Ohio State University Medical Center. Whether resulting from illness or injury, loss of facial bones poses problems for reconstructive surgeons beyond cosmetic implications, as the patient's chewing, swallowing, speaking or even breathing abilities may be impaired.

Few Correctly Covering Coughs, Sneezes

July 13, 2010 6:20 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Alas, here's more proof that most people have habits that aren't very sanitary — and sometimes can be plain disgusting. For a study, medical students secretly watched hundreds of people cough or sneeze at a train station, a shopping mall and a hospital in New Zealand. What they saw wasn't pretty, with most people failing to properly prevent an airborne explosion of infectious germs.

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CAUTI Prevention Measures A Challenge For Many

July 13, 2010 6:10 am | News | Comments

Only 40 percent of infection control professionals indicated that more than three-quarters of the nurses at their facility were applying the CDC’s CAUTI prevention guidelines, and less than half reported that their facilities were conducting annual education and training on alternatives to catheterization, according to a recent survey.

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Tissue Reinforcement

July 12, 2010 8:08 am | W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

GORE BIO-A® Tissue Reinforcement, a uniquely-designed web of biocompatible synthetic polymers, encourages tissue generation in soft tissue reinforcement applications. According to the company, the material offers: A 3D matrix of open, highly interconnected pores that serves as a scaffold for new tissue and is gradually absorbed by the body.

Why Technology And The Internet May Not Be Good For Patients

July 12, 2010 8:07 am | by Kent Bottles, MD | Articles | Comments

Paro the robot baby harp seal was the final straw. I had vowed to myself not to think about or write about “the internet makes you smarter, the internet makes you dumber” argument.  Even when some of my favorite authors (Steven B. Johnson, Clay Shirky, Nicholas Carr, and Jonah Lehrer) weighed in, I thought it best not to participate.

Patients Denied Insurance For Bariatric Surgery Developed New Diseases At Rapid Pace

July 12, 2010 8:06 am | News | Comments

Patients who were denied bariatric surgery for insurance reasons developed a slew of new obesity-related diseases and conditions within three years of follow-up, according to a study presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Researchers at Gunderson Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, WI, compared medical records of 587 patients who had laparoscopic gastric bypass (LGB) with 189 patients who were medically eligible, but denied bariatric surgery by their insurance provider during the period 2001 to 2007.

Support Tool For REALIZE® Adjustable Gastric Band Patients

July 12, 2010 8:06 am | Ethicon Endo-Surgery | Product Releases | Comments

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (EES) recently announced an 18-month data analysis demonstrating that REALIZE® Adjustable Gastric Band (shown) patients who consistently utilized the company’s REALIZE mySUCCESS® Program lost significantly more weight compared to those who inconsistently used the program.

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MedGem® Indirect Calorimeter

July 12, 2010 8:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microlife’s MedGem indirect calorimeter is a FDA 510K-cleared Class II medical device is a state-of-the-art, handheld device that accurately measures oxygen consumption (VO2) to determine resting metabolic rate (RMR)*. The measurement is easy to administer and provides accurate results in a few minutes.

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Surgical Stapler Recognized For Saving Time

July 12, 2010 6:48 am | News | Comments

Covidien’s Duet TRS™ Reload with Tissue Reinforcement was recently selected as a winner in the 2010 Medical Design Excellence Awards MDEA). The Duet TRS Reload is an endoscopic stapler used in laparoscopic surgery to transect and staple tissue. The Duet TRS Reload is the only stapler of its kind that comes preloaded with a synthetic absorbable reinforcement material on each anvil and cartridge.

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