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Fasting Before Surgery Falling Out of Flavor

November 26, 2014 | by Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune | News | Comments

Pushed by a new protocol developed in Europe, the midnight fast before surgery is gradually falling out of favor with American doctors and creating a potential sweet spot for one local company. ...       

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Cook Medical Expands Percutaneous Stone Extractor Line

November 26, 2014 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Urologists now have new options for stone extraction devices when performing percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL), as Cook Medical is launching the Perc NGage® and Perc NCompass® nitinol stone extractors today ...  

Breast Cancer: New Insights Into Spread Could Yield Better Tests, Treatments

November 26, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

A study combining tumor cells from patients with breast cancer with a laboratory model of blood vessel lining provides the most compelling evidence so far that a specific trio of cells is required for the spread of breast cancer ...    

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Readers' Choice: A.T.S. 4000 Tourniquet System

November 25, 2014 12:15 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Surgical Products readers have selected the A.T.S 4000 Tourniquet System from Zimmer as the November/December Readers' Choice product.

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Team Finds Drug Repurposing Signal In E-Health Records

November 25, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

With research and development costs for many drugs reaching well into the billions, pharmaceutical companies want more than ever to determine whether their drugs already at market have any hidden therapeutic benefits that could warrant putting additional indications on the label and increasing production ...

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eShield Promises To Keep Gadgets Safe and Clean

November 25, 2014 11:19 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The use of electronics in the operating room, hospitals or doctors’ offices are becoming the norm with doctors and nurses carrying around many different types of gadgets to record patient information. How do they keep their gadget germ free and sterile in an environment that must remain sterile and safe? 

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Superbug In SE Michigan Shows Recent Decline

November 25, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

A new study finds a decrease in an emergent strain of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) that is resistant to last line defense antibiotics. Researchers examined the prevalence of vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) infections in southeastern Michigan, where the majority of these infections have occurred in the U.S.

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Wireless Electronic Implants Stop Staph, Then Dissolve

November 25, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Tufts University, in collaboration with a team at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, have demonstrated a resorbable electronic implant that eliminated bacterial infection in mice by delivering heat to infected tissue when triggered by a remote wireless signal ... 

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FDA Strengthens Warning on Device Linked to Cancer

November 25, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

U.S. regulators on Monday strengthened their warning against use of a once-popular device for gynecologic surgery that can spread unsuspected cancer, saying its risk is only justified in a fraction of patients ...       

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Spectra254 Ultraviolet Light System 99.9 Percent Effective in Killing Ebola Surrogate

November 24, 2014 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Spectra254, a developer of high-power, easy-to-use, affordable UVC light decontamination systems, announced that results from an independent laboratory study finds Spectra254’s 1000 Series ultraviolet light system to be 99.9 percent effective in killing an Ebola surrogate virus.     

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Halyard Health SMART-FOLD* Wrap Race Returns

November 24, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

Halyard Health, a global medical technology company focused on preventing infection, eliminating pain and speeding recovery, is out to find the fastest wrapper in the second annual SMART-FOLD* Wrap Race competition, a fun and fast paced competition for Sterile Processing and Central Services (CS) professionals ...

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Adult Survivors of Childhood Eye Cancer Experience Few Setbacks

November 24, 2014 11:45 am | News | Comments

Adult survivors of retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer that usually develops in early childhood, have few cognitive or social problems decades following their diagnosis and treatment. That's the conclusion of a study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. ...

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Man's Death During Shoulder Surgery Gets New Trial

November 24, 2014 11:32 am | by Paul Srubas, Press-Gazette Media | News | Comments

The widow of a Green Bay, Wis., man who died while undergoing rotator cuff surgery will get a new trial, an appellate court has ruled, reported the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Sunday ...              

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Doctors Provide Range of Treatment Options for GERD

November 24, 2014 10:44 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most frequent outpatient diagnosis in the U.S., with almost 9 million visits in 2009. The typical symptoms of GERD, heartburn and regurgitation, impair quality of life, activity, and overall work productivity. Nov. 23-29 is GERD Awareness Week and Surgical Products will be getting insight today from doctors about this disease on surgicalproductsmag.com and our daily e-newsletter.

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New Device Reduces Scarring in Damaged Blood Vessels

November 21, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

When blood vessels are damaged through surgery, it can trigger an endless cycle of scarring and repair. “Scar tissue will always form inside the blood vessel and, in many cases, eventually block blood flow,” said Guillermo Ameer, professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering.

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Docphin Leads List of Top 10 Medical Apps

November 21, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

Many of the best apps for the medical community fly under the radar, says Scott Lorenz of Westwind Communications. ...                           

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