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Botox Maker Pays $600 Million In Settlement

September 1, 2010 8:06 am | News | Comments

(AP) Allergan says it will pay $600 million to settle a years-long federal investigation into how it marketed its top-selling drug, Botox. The company says it will plead guilty to one misdeameanor charge of “misbranding”, in which the company's marketing led physicians to use Botox for unapproved uses.

Prophylactic Surgeries Associated With Lower Cancer Risks For Women

September 1, 2010 8:00 am | News | Comments

Women at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer because of inherited mutations of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes who had prophylactic mastectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries) had an associated decreased risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, according to a study in the September 1 issue of JAMA .

Crohn's Disease Surgery Risks Lower Than Reported

September 1, 2010 7:52 am | News | Comments

A new multi-center study of 854 children with Crohn's disease shows a five-year cumulative risk of bowel surgery is significantly lower than reported in recent studies. The findings of the study, led by Hasbro Children's Hospital, also indicate that children diagnosed between ages 13 and 16 had an increased risk of bowel surgery, and that a common treatment that begins at diagnosis, immunomodulator therapy, did not alter the risk of surgery.


5 Reasons Why Health IT Needs An Apple

September 1, 2010 7:35 am | by Iltifat Husain | Articles | Comments

Healthcare workers throughout the country daily face the growing pains of the transition from paper charts to electronic medical systems. Not only are there frustrations within each system, every hospital seems to have selected a different EMR.   When I was a medical student at UCSD, I was exposed to four separate EMR’s (Epic, PCIS, CPRS, Centricity) during my rotations at various San Diego hospitals.

The Painful Truths Of New Mobile Technology

September 1, 2010 7:31 am | by Jeff Reinke | Articles | Comments

Hearing loss. Blurry vision. Repetitive Strain Injury. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. One might think these injuries were referencing the long-term effects of a career in manufacturing or construction. However, the reality is that these conditions, which could also be referred to as iPod ear, texting tendonitis or Blackberry wrist, are the results of increased mobile device use.

New Apple App For HD Video

September 1, 2010 6:13 am | Leica Microsystems, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

  Leica Microsystems, in partnership with Med X Change, introduces a new Apple® app called Med X Mobile. The application enables surgeons to wirelessly transfer HD video and still images of surgical cases directly from a Leica Microsystems surgical microscope to an Apple® iPhone or iPod with no need to connect to a personal computer.

Harmony iQ 6600 Integration System

August 31, 2010 8:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Harmony iQ™ 6600 Integration System from STERIS is designed to seamlessly integrate the state-of-the-art audio, video and data sources available in advanced hybrid operating rooms. This integration system can be operated from either of two touchpanels provided for the control room and exam room.

Cleaning daVinci Instruments

August 31, 2010 8:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cleaning Method For da Vinci® EndoWrist® Instruments   The SI-PCFTM system from Medisafe America uses the same critical cleaning parameters as Intuitive Surgical’s manual cleaning method, while being able to reprocess up to 10 EndoWrist® instruments simultaneously, within a time efficient and convenient process.


Public System Needs Private Sector To Clear Surgical Logja

August 31, 2010 7:50 am | News | Comments

Saskatchewan has turned to private health care to help clear up a backlog of patients waiting for day surgeries. The province said Monday that the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region has started booking patients for dental surgery and knee arthroscopy procedures at Omni Surgery Center, a private surgical facility.


Agent Orange Now Part Of A Different Battle

August 31, 2010 7:34 am | News | Comments

Mike Baker, AP By his own reckoning, a Navy electrician spent just eight hours in Vietnam, during a layover on his flight back to the U.S. in 1966. He bought some cigarettes and snapped a few photos. The jaunt didn't make for much of a war story, and there is no record it ever happened. But the man successfully argued that he may have been exposed to Agent Orange during his stopover and that it might have caused his diabetes — even though decades of research into the defoliant have failed to find more than a possibility that it causes the disease.

C-Section Rate Will Continue To Rise

August 31, 2010 7:16 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP More women will be giving birth by C-section for the foreseeable future, government scientists said Monday, releasing a study into the causes of a trend that troubles maternal health experts. Overall, cesarean deliveries account for about one-third of births in the U.


Hospitals Face Legal Dilemma In Testing Incapacitated Patients

August 31, 2010 7:05 am | News | Comments

Anaesthetists are calling for greater clarity on the legal implications of testing incapacitated patients for blood-borne viruses, after a survey found that this is often done following staff needlestick injuries, in possible breach of UK legislation. The paper, in the September issue of Anaesthesia , reports on the results of an anonymous survey of intensive care units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Exclusive: Ownership Impacts Surgical Decisions

August 31, 2010 6:49 am | Articles | Comments

Orthopedic surgeons who have an ownership interest in a specialty hospital or ambulatory surgery center are more likely to schedule patients for procedures, a study published in the August issue of Archives of Surgery showed. Patients of these doctor-owners were significantly more likely to have carpal tunnel surgery, rotator cuff repair or arthroscopic knee surgery than patients whose physicians didn't have an ownership interest in an outpatient facility, according to Jean M.


Can Concierge Medicine For The Few Benefit The Many?

August 31, 2010 6:42 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Articles | Comments

Earlier this summer a friend revealed that for the last nine years she has been a patient in a concierge, or boutique, primary care practice. For $350 each month, she is guaranteed around-the-clock access to her doctor, appointments within 24 hours of calling, longer office visits and the kind of personalized attention and care coordination she felt was missing with all her previous doctors.

Intraoperative Arm Positioner

August 30, 2010 7:50 am | Allen Medical Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The Allen® Intraoperative Arm Positioner™ is a small, lightweight arm positioner for any shoulder procedure in the Beach Chair position. It attaches over the drape and provides positioning of the arm intra-operatively. The positioner delivers arm positioning for shoulder surgery in the Beach Chair position, as well as elbow and clavicle procedures.


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