Alicia Chang, AP Higher Medicare co-pays, sometimes just a few dollars more, led to fewer doctors visits and to more and longer hospital stays, a large new study reveals. With health care costs skyrocketing, many public and private insurers have required patients to pay more out-of-pocket when they seek care.
Minnesota Medical Development's Rebound HRD and HRD V are self-expanding Nitinol framed/surgical mesh medical devices designed for the laparoscopic repair of inguinal, ventral and incisional hernias. The super-elastic Nitinol frame allows the device to be folded and inserted laparoscopically through an access port or small incision.
Covidien offers the AbsorbaTack™ 20 Short Fixation Device, part of a comprehensive system for open ventral hernia repair. The new absorbable fixation device, with Parietex™ Composite Open Skirt (PCO OS) Mesh, provides a solution that adds no sharps in the OR for a safer surgical environment.
Alexander G. Higgins, AP The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $10 billion over the next decade to research new vaccines and bring them to the world's poorest countries, the Microsoft co-founder and his wife said Friday. Calling upon governments and business to also contribute, they said the money will produce higher immunization rates and aims to make sure that 90 percent of children are immunized against dangerous diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia in poorer nations.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes and current Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer are among more than a dozen NFL players who have pledged to donate their brain and spinal cord tissue for concussion research. Retired players Zach Thomas, Kyle Turley and Conrad Dobler also have said they'll help the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine.
Iowa patients are suing their doctors for malpractice half as often as they used to, which has helped drive down malpractice-insurance premiums for many physicians. Doctors speculate that malpractice lawsuits are becoming rarer because they have cut down on medical mistakes. But plaintiffs' lawyers say they're filing fewer cases because it's become more expensive to press lawsuits.
By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS When my good friend, Amy, called to tell me that her new house in the Chicago suburbs had been broken into, I didn’t realize that was only half of the problem. The other half was that she had also injured her neck and was losing sensation and strength in her right hand.
Reiza Rayman, MD is the president of Tital Medical and holds a destinctive PhD in robotic surgery.. Reiza Rayman MD, is the president of Titan Medical and also holds a distinctive PhD in robotic surgery. This rare combination of knowledge and perspective has helped spearhead what may be the first significant competitor to Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci® surgical system.
One of my favorite patients died last week. My reaction to this was not quite what you would think: I smiled. No, I didn't smile because of his death; I smiled because of his life. I smiled because I got to be a part of that life. His death wasn't his tragic end, it was the exclamation point to his life.
The march is on across the American healthcare landscape to implement electronic health records that also function as decision-support systems. These “advanced” electronic health records will both provide centralized records and assist providers in making care decisions such as implementing therapy and utilizing evidence-based practice on the individual patient level.
A few weeks ago Apple announced an event to be scheduled on January 27th, at 10am. The invitation read, “Come see our latest creation.” Most of the tech community has all but assumed this event will be used to launch the much anticipated and hyped Apple tablet. The hype machine has reached fever pitch, with analysts and bloggers salivating at how this Apple product will "revolutionize" the Tablet platform, similar to what the iPhone did for the mobile phone.
BERCHTOLD introduces its new ChromoVision in-light camera system, an enhancement to the medical manufacturer’s ChromoVision in-light camera offering. According to the company, the in-light cameras offer unrivalled visualization of the open surgical site, directing their lenses at the point of maximum illumination.
Medicus Health offers our new Surgery Anti-Fatigue Mat with Ergonomic Riser to help eliminate surgeon and nurse leg/foot fatigue while standing for long hours on hard surfaces during long cases. This wide, comfortable platform with mat is available in three different height increments and two different lengths, and features: Risers that easily stack on top of one another to help compensate for different table heights.
The new SMX Series probe from RMD offers: A small, 12mm diameter for smaller incisions and visibility, twice the detection sensitivity as previous models and superior resolution, making target acquisition easier and faster for surgeons. RMD manufacturers and markets the Navigator GPS family of surgical probes including gamma and PET probes for lymphatic mapping, sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer and melanoma surgery, and for intra-operative tumor detection.
Early this year, TransEnterix plans to launch its SPIDER™ Surgical System, a completely new and innovative platform to facilitate minimally invasive surgery in the OR. In an exclusive interview, Surgical Products talked with Todd M. Pope, CEO of TransEnterix about the development of this technology and how the company is looking to create a ‘new class of surgery’ as procedures continue to become less invasive.