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New, Faster Weapon In Battling HAIs

December 8, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

MicroPhage recently received its CE Mark for selling and distributing the first of its instrument-free, rapid staph infection testing products in Europe. Based on its Bacteriophage Amplification technology, the product is designed to identify Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria as well as determine methicillin resistance (MRSA) or susceptibility (MSSA) in suspected cases of bacteremia-bacteria in the blood.

MRI Identifies Life-Threatening Complication

December 7, 2009 7:59 am | by by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Product Releases | Comments

The risk of developing placenta accreta, the leading cause of death for women just before and after giving birth, increases with each cesarean section or uterine surgery. December 7, 2009 An MRI image showing that the placenta overlies the cervix, but has an irregular outer contour and a different appearance of placenta indicating uterine invasion.

Smart Phones Aid Quick Diagnosis

December 7, 2009 6:13 am | by by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Product Releases | Comments

According to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago last week, this technology has the potential to expedite emergency room care when consultation with a specialist is needed. December 7, 2009 Radiologists can accurately diagnose acute appendicitis from a remote location with the use of a handheld device or mobile phone equipped with special software, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago last week.

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Microbial Sealant For Surgical Sites

December 7, 2009 6:12 am | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark InteguSeal* Microbial Sealant has a unique mechanism of action that immobilizes dangerous pathogens including MRSA on the surgical site that preps and incision drapes can leave behind. According to the company, the sealant features: Easy application and fast-drying.

Medical Errors, Malpractice And Healthcare Reform

December 7, 2009 6:10 am | by David B. Nash, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P.; Alexis Skoufalos, Ed.D. MedPage Today | Articles | Comments

Preventable medical errors are a critical driver of healthcare costs, both in human and financial terms, so it's in everyone's best interest to improve systems and processes. Quality is always less expensive; government payers and health plans have recognized this and are holding providers accountable by refusing to pay for "never events" such as wrong-site surgery and healthcare-acquired infections.

Controversial Kidney Transplant Technique Could Help The Very Ill

December 7, 2009 5:23 am | News | Comments

Surgeons who successfully performed kidney transplants after removing small cancerous and benign masses from the donated organs have published their results in the December issue of the urology journal BJUI . “Transplanting a living donor kidney which has been affected by a renal mass is controversial and considered a high risk,” says co-author Dr Michael W Phelan.

Patient Deaths End Anti-Bleeding Studies

December 7, 2009 5:11 am | News | Comments

Marley Seaman, AP Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. says it has stopped enrolling patients in trials of a drug intended to reduce bleeding during heart surgery because of deaths among patients that took it. Cubist said a data monitoring board wants to assess the difference between patients on the drug, and those who were on an alternative treatment.

FDA Warns Of Sterilization Device Issues

December 7, 2009 5:00 am | News | Comments

According to the Food and Drug Administration, doctors and hospitals should stop using a device from Steris Corp. to sterilize surgical tools. The company’s SS1 sterilizer device has reportedly been malfunctioning, which has lead to patients becoming infected from unsterile instruments. The FDA recommends physicians begin using alternative devices, while Steris representatives have been reassuring customers about future usage.

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Gift Guide: Tech Gadgets That Help Promote A Healthier Lifestyle

December 7, 2009 4:34 am | News | Comments

Anick Jesdanun, AP In simpler times, maintaining good health was a matter of joining a gym or lacing up running shoes for a lap in the park. At most, you'd buy a watch with a digital display so you could time your laps. These days, a range of gadgets can help boost your workouts, and I'm not talking about iPods that distract you as you lift weights or sprint to nowhere on a treadmill.

Beware Of Mr. Squiggles This Christmas

December 7, 2009 4:21 am | News | Comments

A consumer group contends one of the holiday season's must-have toys is unsafe, but the maker of the robotic Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters defends its product against a study by San Francisco-based GoodGuide stating that higher-than-allowed levels of the chemical antimony were found in the toy. GoodGuide named Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters one of the top-selling toys with low ratings after finding antimony, which can cause health problems, on the hair and nose of one of the toy hamsters, called Mr.

Recessionary Impacts On Hospitals

December 7, 2009 4:01 am | News | Comments

According to a recent AHA (American Hospital Association) survey, which is included in the 2010 edition of AHA Hospital Statistics , the recession continues to impact community hospital operations. As unemployment rises, six in 10 hospitals report seeing more uninsured patients in the emergency department and half cite an increased need for health clinics and other subsidized services.

The Looming Surgeon Shortage

December 4, 2009 7:04 am | by Scott S. Kelley, MD | Articles | Comments

The difference between a good total joint and a great total joint replacement is initially small, but over time the difference can be significant. A good total joint might last 10 years, but a great total joint could last 30 years. Being a total joint surgeon is a profession with little or no room for error in every single hand movement.

$765 vs. $9.4 billion: How A Stethoscope Shows Us The Way

December 4, 2009 6:17 am | News | Comments

Jeff Reinke , editorial director The new 3200 Model 3M/Littmann Electronic Stethoscope, which is compatible with Zargis Cardioscan software, was recently introduced. It costs $765 and has the potential to replace other testing procedures that run somewhere in the neighborhood of $9.4 billion annually.

Burn Patients Benefit From Faster-Growing Skin Grafts

December 4, 2009 4:23 am | News | Comments

French scientists have found a way to create human skin rapidly from stem cells, a discovery that could save the lives of many burns victims who are vulnerable to infection, but must wait weeks for skin grafts. The scientists made the breakthrough by creating a patch of human skin on a mouse's back using stem cells – cells which have the ability to develop into any human cell.

U.S. Approves Human Stem Cell Research

December 4, 2009 4:11 am | News | Comments

The batches, known as lines, were made by two researchers at Harvard University and Rockefeller University using private funds, said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. In March, Obama lifted restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research imposed by his predecessor.

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