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Why The VA Scandal Is A Red Flag For Single-Payer Advocates

July 21, 2014 | by Kevin Pho, MD | Blogs | Comments

Some are eager to link the VA scandal to Obamacare, and more broadly, government-run health care. Others extol the virtues of the VA, holding it as an ideal of what our health care system should look like...           

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Study Confirms Value In RF GERD Treatment

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

A newly published peer-reviewed paper states that Stretta therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The paper states that Stretta addresses a significant unmet need where patients receive inadequate control from PPI therapy, or find surgery an undesirable option.

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Robotic, Computer-Assisted Devices Struggling To Win Over Orthopedic Surgeons

July 22, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

The cost-effectiveness of robotic devices for high-volume surgeries, such as large joint reconstruction and spinal fusion, hasn't been justified yet. Furthermore, GlobalData says that the current economic climate and reimbursement hindrance for computer-assisted joint replacements have resulted in many hospitals feeling reluctant to embrace these modern technologies.

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Study: Dopamine System Helps Restore Consciousness After Anesthesia

July 22, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

Researchers may be one step closer to better understanding how anesthesia works. A study in the August issue of Anesthesiology, found that stimulating a major dopamine-producing region in the brain, the ventral tegmental area (VTA), caused rats to wake from general anesthesia. Activating this region at the end of surgery could provide a novel approach to proactively induce consciousness in surgical patients.

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Amid Bloodshed, Frenetic Gaza ORs Improvise

July 22, 2014 11:33 am | by Karin Laub, AP | Articles | Comments

Working at Shifa requires ingenuity. The power goes off repeatedly as aging hospital generators buckle under daily rolling blackouts Gaza residents have lived with for years. Many items are in short supply, from gauze to adrenaline. They also lack spare parts for worn equipment, with bedside trolleys clattering down hallways on rusted wheels.

Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment Eases Spinal Pain In Trial

July 22, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

"... extreme back pain due to spinal tumors degrades quality of life, and until now, limited minimally invasive procedural options ... have been available,” said Nam D. Tran, M.D., and Ph.D., neuro-oncology surgeon. “This multi-center study validates t-RFA as a treatment option that provides rapid, lasting pain relief without the need to interrupt the patient’s primary cancer therapy.”

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New Technique Uses 'Simulated' Human Heart To Screen Drugs

July 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Coventry University | News | Comments

A Coventry University scientist has developed a pioneering new way – using samples of beating heart tissue – to test the effect of drugs on the heart without using human or animal trials...                 

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Best Anticoagulants After Orthopedic Procedures Depends On Type Of Surgery

July 21, 2014 9:17 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

Current guidelines do not distinguish between aspirin and more potent blood thinners for protecting against blood clots in patients who undergo major orthopedic operations, leaving the decision up to individual clinicians...          

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Scientists Successfully Generate Human Platelets

July 21, 2014 9:14 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

Scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed a scalable, next-generation platelet bioreactor to generate fully functional human platelets in vitro. The work is a major biomedical advancement that will help address blood transfusion needs worldwide...

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FDA Expands Clearance Of BioSphere Putty For Spine Indications

July 18, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

Synergy Biomedical, LLC, a developer of novel biomaterial products, has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to market BioSphere Putty as a bone graft extender for use in the posterolateral spine.

KARL STORZ Launches New Analytics Tool

July 18, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America is pleased to announce its release of a new solution to enhance OR workflow, efficiency and collaboration.                   

Traditional Surgical Procedures Still Most Common

July 18, 2014 11:46 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Many U.S. hospitals still perform traditional surgery, over minimally invasive procedures, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.                   

Scientists Try To Create Biological Pacemaker

July 18, 2014 11:41 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat...       

New Lawsuits Filed In The Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Litigation

July 17, 2014 11:42 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Wendy Fleishman and Lexi Hazam, of the national plaintiffs' law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, has announced that over the past month 20 hip replacement patients represented by Lieff Cabraser have filed personal injury lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics.

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Robot-Assisted Surgery Controls Prostate Cancer For Ten Years

July 16, 2014 3:46 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is effective in controlling the disease for 10 years, according to a new study led by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital...                    

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New Research Leads to New Tests and Targeted Treatments for Crohn's Disease

July 16, 2014 1:16 pm | by Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America | News | Comments

Specific types of bacteria and accompanying gene expression patterns in the small intestine affect the development and progression of inflammatory bowel (IBD) diseases in children...                    

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