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FDA Site Offers Public Insight

January 13, 2010 5:21 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is launching a new website explaining its operations to consumers as part of a broader effort to re-brand itself as a more accessible agency. Dubbed “FDA Basics”, it features short videos about the agency as well as conversations with FDA leaders. The FDA has long operated under strict confidentiality rules because its scientists handle reams of proprietary information from food, drug and device companies.

Bullet Removal Not Subject To Malpractice

January 13, 2010 5:12 am | News | Comments

A physician attempting to remove a bullet from a patient's head without his consent is not a medical malpractice issue, a plaintiff will argue before an appeals court in Beaumont, TX later this month. Joshua Bush has filed a lawsuit against Christus Health Southeast Texas and Dr. David Parkus after the doctor tried to remove a bullet from his skull against his will.

Katrina Lawsuits Could "Open Pandora's Box"

January 12, 2010 6:31 am | News | Comments

Once the power blinked out, Althea LaCoste's lungs were on their own. She struggled to breathe without the help of a respirator, and even a team of nurses hand-bagging air into her ailing lungs couldn't save her, according to court documents. LaCoste, 73, died before she could be evacuated from Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina.

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LED Lighting Line

January 12, 2010 6:29 am | Huot Instruments, Llc | Product Releases | Comments

January 12, 2010 Huot Instruments, LLC announces the launch of its new line of LED medical examination lights. According to the company, the StarTrol line of examination lights was introduced in order to satisfy the growing need of medical professionals for a more energy efficient lighting solution.

The Doctor Will Friend You Now ...

January 12, 2010 6:27 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Articles | Comments

The argument that you need the "laying on of hands" to practice medicine is an old and tired argument that simply has no credibility … - Rashid Bashshur, PhD, Director of the University of Michigan Telemedicine Center   The family legend goes like this: When my grandfather’s tonsils became infected yet again, the doctor rode out to the farm in his horse-drawn carriage toting his surgical instrument set.

ChloraPrep® Superior As A Surgical Skin Prep

January 12, 2010 6:25 am | Articles | Comments

A prospective, randomized trial shows significantly better patient outcomes in selected surgical procedures within 30 days wen ChloraPrep is used preoperatively, compared to Povidone-iodine. January 12, 2010 Data published in January 2010 in The New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates that use of CareFusion’s patient preoperative skin preparation ChloraPrep® (2 percent chlorhexidine gluconate and 70 percent isopropyl alcohol) reduced total surgical site infections (SSIs) by 41 percent, from 16.

Spine Immobilization A Potential Hazard For Gunshot, Stab Victims

January 12, 2010 6:14 am | News | Comments

A new Johns Hopkins study states that immobilizing the spines of shooting and stabbing victims before they are taken to the hospital – standard procedure in Maryland and other parts of the country – appears to double the risk of death when compared to transporting patients to a trauma center without this time-consuming step.

Looks Over Logic

January 12, 2010 6:00 am | News | Comments

Cristian Salazar, AP Clara Tolentino was terrified when her 43-year-old sister died last year after getting liquid silicone injections to add a bit more shape to her buttocks. The 35-year-old had good reason to be – in 2006, she paid $2,000 to get liquid silicone injections, too. “I didn't do it as many times as my sister .

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Beer For Blood

January 12, 2010 5:13 am | News | Comments

A Washington state blood center is offering donors a deal – give a pint of blood, get a pint of beer. Cascade Regional Blood Services in Tacoma says its “Give blood, get beer” promotion has worked so well that it's being expanded. The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Monday that donors who are at least 21 years old are given a coupon for a free pint of beer.

Robots Cut Vasectomy Procedure Times

January 12, 2010 4:57 am | News | Comments

University of Florida urologists have used robot-assisted surgery to cut about 20 minutes off the average surgery time for a conventional vasectomy reversal, and it appears to also provide a quicker return of the sperm count after surgery. “For a couple that's trying to get pregnant, this is a big deal,” said Sijo Parekattil, M.

LED Surgical And Procedure Light

January 11, 2010 6:51 am | TRUMPF | Product Releases | Comments

The new TruLight™ 5000 LED surgical and procedure light from TRUMPF Medical Systems delivers up to 150,000 Lux of illumination with shadow control. The new optical system produces a homogeneous spot for all procedures providing the best possible visualization of the surgical site.

Body Smart Solutions® Positioning Products

January 11, 2010 6:48 am | Action Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Action Products, Inc.’s Body Smart Solutions® are premier viscoelastic polymer positioning products for a green OR. According to the company, the clinically-proven pads and positioners help hospitals to accomplish their green goals. The company’s domestically made, exclusive Akton® polymer is a reusable product that will cut down on waste caused by disposable positioning products in the OR.

Glucose Aids In Prostate Surgery

January 11, 2010 6:15 am | News | Comments

In men undergoing prostate surgery, excessive fluid absorption can lead to dangerously low sodium levels. Adding a small amount of glucose to the irrigation fluid used during surgery can help anesthesiologists prevent this complication, reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. The new technique provides an effective solution to the challenge of how to monitor fluid status during transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).

Schwarzenegger Cries Foul On Bought Vote

January 11, 2010 6:01 am | News | Comments

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says concessions made to Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to win his vote on the health care overhaul bill were a rip-off for his state and is urging California lawmakers to vote against it. In an interview Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press , Schwarzenegger says giving extra Medicaid benefits to Nebraska to secure Nelson's vote, critical to Senate passage of the measure, was like buying a vote.

NYC Looks To Take A Bite Out Of Salt Content

January 11, 2010 5:48 am | News | Comments

David B. Caruso, AP New York City health officials have already battled calories and trans fat. Now, they're taking on salt. The city health department released guidelines Monday recommending a maximum amount of salt that should be in all sorts of manufactured and packaged food. The recommendations posted on its website call for sizable reductions in the salt content of many products, from a 20 percent drop in peanut butter to a 40 percent decline in canned vegetables.

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