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High-Tech Aid For Surgeons: 3-D Simulation And Talking Skulls

October 14, 2010 6:05 am | Videos | Comments

In an ultra-modern, high-tech facility for surgical planning in Leipzig, masses of collated data on patients are converted into 3-D images of the patients' heads. Doctors can remove skin and muscles and even parts of the brain from the virtual image in order to get a better view of a tumor inside.

Surgeons Expand The Use Of Scar-Free Technique

October 13, 2010 7:19 am | News | Comments

A team of surgeons from Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York who have pioneered scar-free gallbladder removal are offering the procedure to all suitable patients, and extending this new type of surgical procedure to other operations in the abdomen. They reported on their updated findings at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

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Selecting A Fluid Management System

October 13, 2010 7:17 am | by Bill Merkle, MD Technologies inc. | MD Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The following important factors and recommendations are provided to assist in selection of a fluid management system for your facility.   Important Factors Infection prevention should have highest priority in performing medical procedures. Risk of exposure to infectious fluids increases with each added step in disposal process.

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Food Addiction: Cheesecake-Eating Rats And Obesity As A Mental Illness

October 13, 2010 7:16 am | by Michele R. Berman, MD | Articles | Comments

In a 2007 Editorial in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the U.S. National Center on Drug Abuse (NIDA), asked if obesity should be included as a brain disorder in the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5, expected in 2012). She posed this question based on mounting evidence that foods can trigger behavioral and physiological processes that are similar to or overlapping with those caused by classic drugs of abuse.

Molecular Sensing Device

October 13, 2010 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spectros offers advanced molecular sensing devices that shed light on life-threatening diseases, including ischemia and cancer. The medical devices build upon optical molecular technologies to speed diagnosis, reduce complications and lower costs. The company’s T-Stat is a device to be labeled by the FDA as “sensitive to Ischemia” and has been proven in multiple trials as an easy-to-use and reliable tool for assessing the adequacy of oxygen delivery to tissue.

Surgical Voluteers Recognized For Work In U.S., Abroad

October 13, 2010 6:35 am | News | Comments

Four members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) were recognized for their selfless efforts as volunteer surgeons who provide care to medically underserved individuals in the United States and international locations. The following were named recipients of the 2010 Surgical Volunteerism Award of the College and Pfizer, Inc.

Surgeon's New Protocol Could Eliminate Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

October 13, 2010 6:22 am | News | Comments

Critically ill patients on a breathing tube are at risk not only from their injuries or diseases, but also from infections they can contract in the hospital. One of the most common infections is pneumonia from breathing tubes. A study of a new multidisciplinary protocol that has all but eliminated such infections at one hospital was reported on at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Nurses' Strike Not Impacting Oakland Hospital

October 13, 2010 6:11 am | News | Comments

(AP) Officials at Children's Hospital Oakland say the facility is running smoothly even as its nurses begin a three-day strike. The California Nurses Association called the walkout of nearly 800 nurses after negotiations broke down over proposed hikes to the health care benefits in their contract, which expired in July.

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Patient Safety At The Heart Of New National Collaborative Effort

October 13, 2010 6:06 am | News | Comments

The Sullivan Group, a leading provider of clinician solutions to reduce medical errors and malpractice claims, launched its National Risk & Safety Collaborative today at the ASHRM Annual Conference. The Collaborative was created to extend The Sullivan Group's framework for evidence-based e-learning, software and services.

Study Points To Advantages Of RF Sponge Detection

October 12, 2010 6:56 am | Articles | Comments

During the American College of Surgeons annual Clinical Congress and Exposition held last week in Washington, D.C., the results of a study funded by RF Surgical Systems offered some interesting findings related to the use of radio frequency technology and how it can help prevent sponges from being left in the body after surgery.

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Telemedicine Via iPhone

October 12, 2010 6:55 am | by SHADOWFAX | Articles | Comments

  I was seeing a youngster on a recent Sunday morning, an aspiring linebacker, playing the local Pop Warner football league who had injured his right fourth finger in a tackle gone awry.  It was kind of an ugly fracture -- angulated, rotated, and involving the growth plate. (Salter-Harris II, for those keeping score at home.

Simulation Software

October 12, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Simbionix Ltd., a subsidiary of Simbionix USA Corporation, a provider of medical education and simulation technology, announces the receipt of FDA clearance for the PROcedure Rehearsal Studio™ Software. The PROcedure Rehearsal Studio software is intended for use as a software interface and image segmentation system for the transfer of imaging data from a medical scanner such as a CT scanner to an output file.

2D/3D Workstation For Early Detection Of Breast Cancer

October 12, 2010 6:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

October 12, 2010 The latest version of Syngo Mammo Report, the mammography workstation from Siemens, for the first time combines tomosynthesis, 3D ultrasound and 3D magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with 2D mammography. That way, breast care specialists can interpret images from various examinations of one patient at a glance.

New Method For Preserving Post-Op Bladder, Sexual And Anorectal Function

October 12, 2010 6:26 am | News | Comments

Surgeons in Germany have found that using microtechnology to electronically stimulate and monitor pelvic autonomic nerves may help prevent problems after a surgical procedure for rectal cancer, such as bladder, urinary and fecal incontinence, as well as sexual function disorders, according to a study reported at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Surgeon Availability Tied To Crash Victim Survival Rate

October 12, 2010 6:10 am | News | Comments

Having more surgeons working in a geographic area has a direct impact on the likelihood that victims will survive motor vehicle crashes, according to a new research study presented at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. The study, led by David C. Chang, PhD, MPH, MBA, at the Center for Surgical Systems and Public Health, in the department of surgery at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, analyzed public health data of 3,225 U.

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