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To Sleep Or Not To Sleep?

April 27, 2010 7:20 am | Articles | Comments

Algorithms manage sleeping patterns of astronauts, shift worker schedules. April 27, 2010 Shifting work schedules can wreak havoc on a person's ability to get enough sleep, resulting in poor performance on the job. Researchers funded by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) have developed software that uses mathematical models to help astronauts and ground support personnel better adjust to shifting work and sleep schedules.

Transplants Could Benefit Kids With Cerebral Palsy

April 27, 2010 7:14 am | News | Comments

A unique cell type that supports and surrounds (ensheathes) neurons within the nose (olfactory system) known as olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), possess the ability to regenerate, are relatively easy to obtain, and have become prime candidates for transplantation to repair a number of lesions in the central nervous system (CNS).

Avoiding Artificial Joints

April 27, 2010 7:03 am | News | Comments

Although the human body has an amazing capacity to repair itself, our joints are surprisingly fragile. The cost for a new hip or knee, the joints most commonly replaced, is $30,000 to $40,000, with out-of-pocket costs being $3,000 to $4,000. The population is getting older, more people are overweight, and an increasing number of children and young adults are playing serious sports and getting seriously injured — all factors that contribute to osteoarthritis.

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MIT Students Develop Negative Pressure Wound Treatment

April 27, 2010 6:48 am | News | Comments

Doctors have known for a while that suction, or negative pressure, is an effective treatment for open wounds. In addition to quicker healing, there is also the benefit of less frequent bandage changing. But in the developing world, there are problems with the expense of these systems and the availability of reliable electrical systems.

Organ Donation Assistance

April 27, 2010 6:28 am | News | Comments

A new tool may help neurologists predict which coma patients could be candidates for organ donation, according to a study published in Neurology ®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Coma patients and others with irreversible brain injuries are often potential organ donors because their other organs are usually healthy.

Two Worlds Collide

April 26, 2010 6:36 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

“ There’s a consult downstairs, Campbell. Go check it out and I’ll catch up with you later.”   “Sure, OK.” I was a third-year medical student fumbling through my first clinical rotations. The resident headed off to whatever he needed to accomplish and I trotted down the back stairwell.

Table Offers Freedom Of Positioning

April 26, 2010 6:36 am | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative MAGNUS OR table systems, by MAQUET, combine virtually unlimited patient positioning, with unparalleled trend/reverse trend and lateral tilt combinations, and a versatile height adjustment capability from a low of 21.1” to 48.6” high. Additional features include: The ability to be quickly and easily configured for specific surgical needs using custom modular components and a wide range of MAQUET accessories.

OR Table Pads

April 26, 2010 6:35 am | David Scott Company | Product Releases | Comments

David Scott Company offers a complete line of replacement OR Table Pads. Features include: Offerings from standard to mid-level to pressure management OR pads. Superior quality at a reasonable price point. Availability of accessories such as drain bags, table extensions, shoulder supports, hip positioners and more.

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Clinically-Engineered OR Table Pads 

April 26, 2010 6:34 am | Action Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring a continuous support layer of Akton® polymer, the new Action® Performance and Performance Plus Series of OR table pads from Action Products, Inc. are clinically engineered for the OR. The pads ensure head-to-toe pressure management while providing the stability and shear protection necessary for optimal surgical outcomes.

Purchasing Surgical Camera & Video Systems

April 26, 2010 6:33 am | by Joey Knight, Vice President of Sales, US Surgical Workplaces – MAQUET, Inc. | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Articles | Comments

1. Understand the technology available. Technological advancement has created a lot of opportunities for customers to achieve some great results ultimately improving the surgeon’s work environment and increased patient safety. Often times the definition of Hi Def technology associated with cameras and video systems can be very confusing for customers and can tarnish the industry if a sound purchase decision is not achieved.

Senator Pushes CDC To Disclose Experts' Conflicts

April 26, 2010 6:18 am | News | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP A top congressional watchdog is pushing the Centers for Disease Control to do more to catch financial conflicts that could sway the opinions of scientists who make public health recommendations. Republican Senator Charles Grassley sent a letter to the agency last week asking what CDC is doing to better monitor and disclose financial ties of experts who serve on its 17 medical advisory committees.

Tracheostomy Tubes Recalled After 3 Die

April 26, 2010 6:03 am | News | Comments

Christine Simmons, AP A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that three people died while using them. The company told the Food and Drug Administration that there were also about 1,200 complaints of leaks involving the recalled devices, said FDA spokesman Tom Gasparoli, adding the agency is investigating the deaths and complaints.

Stem Cell Surgery Leftovers Could Repair Heart Muscle

April 26, 2010 5:49 am | News | Comments

Scientists have succeeded in extracting vital stem cells from sections of vein removed for heart bypass surgery. Researchers funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that these stem cells can stimulate new blood vessels to grow, which could potentially help repair damaged heart muscle after a heart attack.

Siemens & Skytron Form Hybrid OR Partnership

April 26, 2010 5:41 am | News | Comments

Skytron has announced a collaborative agreement with Siemens to deliver hybrid operating rooms for minimally invasive surgical procedures, targeting the specific areas of vascular and cardiovascular surgeries. The hybrid room solutions combine imaging systems from the Siemens Artis zee® family, including the robotic-assisted Artis zeego®, with Skytron’s surgery room equipment and fiber optic, digital OR integration system.

Spanish Hospital Claims First Full Face Transplant

April 23, 2010 8:15 am | News | Comments

Daniel Woolls, Associated Press Writer MADRID (AP) — A hospital in Spain said it has carried out the world's first full-face transplant, giving a young man who lost his in an accident a new nose, skin, jaws, cheekbones, teeth and other features. The operation was carried out by a 30-member medical team in late March and took 24 hours to perform, according to Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona.

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