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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.


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.

Surgeons Create Functional Artificial Pancreatic Tissue

October 12, 2010 5:59 am | News | Comments

Surgeons from Massachusetts General Hospital are reporting on a whole new strategy for controlling insulin-dependent diabetes without daily injections of insulin. The surgeons have bio-engineered a novel matrix that serves as a scaffold for seeding supportive stem cells as well as pancreatic islets (the cells that produce insulin in the pancreas).

Carotid Stents Associated With Greater Risks Than Surgery

October 12, 2010 5:44 am | News | Comments

For patients with blockages in the carotid artery that supplies blood to the brain, stenting (a non-surgical treatment) appears to be associated with an increased risk of both short- and long-term adverse outcomes when compared with surgical treatment (carotid endarterectomy), according to a meta-analysis of previously published studies that was posted online and will appear in the February 2011 print issue of Archives of Neurology , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.


Personalized Orthopedic Surgeries

October 11, 2010 9:01 am | News | Comments

A number of new technologies and surgical techniques focused on personalized orthopedic operations will be presented at an educational program at Hospital for Special Surgery on October 15 and 16. During Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery: Review of Emerging Technologies , prominent orthopedic researchers will discuss how innovative technologies can improve surgical outcomes.


Woman Mistakenly Uses Glue After Cataract Surgery

October 11, 2010 8:54 am | News | Comments

An Arizona woman accidentally glued an eye shut when she mistook super glue for her eye drops. KSAZ-TV said Irmgard Holm of Glendale, Arizona had cataract surgery a year ago. She was reaching for what she thought was one of her half-dozen eye drop medications. The burning sensation told her immediately something was seriously wrong.

Obese Workers Impact Employer Costs

October 11, 2010 8:48 am | News | Comments

The cost of obesity among U.S. full-time employees is estimated to be $73.1 billion, according to a new study by a Duke University obesity researcher published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine . This is the first study to quantify the total value of lost job productivity as a result of health problems, which it finds is more costly than medical expenditures.

Technique Relieves Spine Fracture Pain In Patients With Metastatic Cancer

October 11, 2010 8:32 am | News | Comments

A surgical technique appears to offer quick and effective relief for the debilitating spinal fractures often suffered by patients with metastatic cancer, researchers reported at the 35th Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) in Milan. Many patients with multiple myeloma, or those whose cancer has spread beyond the initial tumor site, suffer compression fractures in their spine.

Cutting-Edge Medical Device Industry Event Comes To Canada

October 11, 2010 7:23 am | News | Comments

Manufacturing Innovations – Medical Canada, the country’s first industry event, to focus entirely on medical device manufacturers, suppliers Business is booming in Canada’s $7.1-billion dollar medical device industry, a sector that produces everything from implants, prosthetics and orthotics to highly specialized surgical simulation tools and systems that deliver pharmaceuticals.


Trauma Surgeon Develops Protocol To Eliminate VAP

October 11, 2010 6:37 am | News | Comments

Team members use a multi-step ‘bundle’ approach to reduce infection rates in hospital trauma unit. October 11, 2010 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 Well-Developed Sense of Denial

October 11, 2010 6:37 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

Inside every patient, there’s a poet trying to get out. My ideal doctor would ‘read’ my poetry. my literature. – Anatole Broyard "When did you first notice the sore?" I ask the newly diagnosed cancer patient. I was taught in medical school that a thorough history includes information on the "duration of symptoms.


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