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Travel Health Insurance Vital, Yet Easy To Overlook

May 10, 2010 6:57 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Plane tickets, check. Passport, check. Medical evacuation insurance? It's probably not something most people think about when packing for a vacation. But Louise Robbins says she'd probably be bankrupt without it. The University of Wisconsin library educator and her husband, Robby, were in southwest China last summer when Robby slipped and fell backward on a hotel walkway made of the region's famed red marble.

Kidney Removal May Not Extend Cancer Patients' Lives

May 10, 2010 6:35 am | News | Comments

A new study indicates that patients 75 years or older who have confined kidney tumors do not live longer if they have their entire kidney removed. The research reveals that these patients typically have other medical problems of greater significance and that many should receive more conservative cancer-related care, such as observation or treatments that spare the non-cancerous parts of their kidneys.

Jumping The Gun 

May 7, 2010 7:36 am | Articles | Comments

By: Todd Neale, MedPage Today   I recently got back from the annual meeting of the American Society of Hypertension, where I witnessed a prime example of "getting ahead of yourself." In a press conference Monday discussing the next morning's late-breaking clinical trials session to close out the meeting, we heard preliminary results from a pivotal trial of the Rheos Baroreflex Activation Therapy system, which is being developed by CVRx for treating resistant hypertension.

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Surgeon Uses New Technique To Repair Facial Nerve

May 7, 2010 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Instead of using the patient’s own nerve, the surgeon uses AxoGen's Avance Nerve Graft to successfully reconstruct a missing portion of the patient's facial nerve. May 7, 2010 Dr. Renata Weber used AxoGen's Avance Nerve Graft to successfully repair the facial nerve.

Non-Invasive Surface Cooling

May 7, 2010 6:55 am | Medivance | Product Releases | Comments

Medivance offers the Arctic Sun® Temperature Management System, a thermoregulatory device that monitors and controls patient temperature within a range of 33°C to 37°C (91.4°F to 98.6°F). According to the company, the system exhibits: The Model 2000 automated controller featuring: The ability to monitor and control patient temperature The ability to pull temperature-controlled water ranging between 4°C and 42°C (39.

Probes For Temperature Monitoring

May 7, 2010 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

DeRoyal offers general purpose probes for temperature monitoring. The company offers both nasopharyngeal probes and nasal probes. The Nasopharyngeal Probe features: A very soft sheath for atraumatic insertion to minimize epistaxis. An 18” sheath on a 30” wire that provides additional flexibility.

Cooling And Warming From The Inside Out

May 7, 2010 6:49 am | Zoll Medical Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

ZOLL's Intravascular Temperature Management (IVTM™) solutions gives health care providers the power and control they need to rapidly, safely and effectively manage the core body temperature of critically ill or surgical patients. The Thermogard XP® console and family of cooling/warming catheters work together to provide cooling and warming in reaching and maintaining target temperature within the patient’s body, offering superior clinical efficiency when compared with other methods.

Action Products Dedicates New Site To Pressure Ulcer Prevention

May 7, 2010 6:23 am | News | Comments

Action Products has unveiled a new website dedicated to pressure ulcer prevention. The site has been combined with the Action International site to give a global solution to decubitus ulcers. The new site will feature improved navigation, specialty related products and much more product information than on the current site.

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Oil Spill May Endanger Human Health

May 7, 2010 6:10 am | News | Comments

John Flesher, AP With a huge and unpredictable oil slick drifting in the Gulf of Mexico, state and federal authorities are preparing to deal with a variety of hazards to human health if and when the full brunt of the toxic mess washes ashore. The list of potential threats runs from temporary, minor nuisances such as runny noses and headaches to long-term risks such as cancer if contaminated seafood ends up in the marketplace.

Deaths Cause VA To Limit Surgeries

May 7, 2010 5:49 am | News | Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs is implementing a new rating system for its hospitals that will limit the types of surgeries doctors can perform at some facilities. The changes come after several patients died because of surgical mistakes at one Illinois VA hospital.  Officials acknowledged that at least nine patients died directly because of surgical mistakes by doctors at the Marion VA Medical Center in southern Illinois in 2006 and 2007.

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Boston Scientific Begins Spinal Cord Stimulation vs. Re-Operation Trial

May 7, 2010 5:37 am | News | Comments

Boston Scientific today announced the start of patient enrollment in the EVIDENCE Clinical Trial, which compares the therapeutic and cost effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy to spine re-operation in patients with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). EVIDENCE is a randomized, controlled trial enrolling 132 patients at 20 sites worldwide.

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Incidents Raise Questions About Robotic Surgery

May 7, 2010 5:21 am | News | Comments

Complications with some recent operations performed at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Vermont have raised concerns about the amount of training surgeons should undergo before using a da Vinci system on live patients. These incidents, which have included lacerated bladders and severed ureters, have many wondering if the marketing advantages for a hospital are being given greater priority over patient safety.

MAKOplasty Knee Surgery

May 6, 2010 6:31 am | Videos | Comments

An innovative, minimally-invasive partial knee replacement surgery helped one 80-year-old Martin Memorial patient overcome osteoarthritis. MAKOplasty partial knee replacement surgery uses 3-D visualization and a robotic arm to help patients get back on their feet quickly.

Laparoscopic Partial Gastrectomy For Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

May 6, 2010 6:30 am | Videos | Comments

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors are rare lesions stemming from connective tissue anywhere along the length of the gut. This video reviews treatment of such a tumor through Laparoscopic Partial Gastrectomy.

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