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Covidien Begins Enrollment For Two Neurovascular Solutions Trials

September 15, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

Covidien plc announced today the start of enrollment in two clinical trials designed to further underscore the safety and effectiveness of the company’s advanced neurovascular solutions. The PREMIER study will enroll up to 141 patients in 20 global sites and is designed to assess the safety and effectiveness of the Pipeline device in the treatment of unruptured, small and medium wide-necked intracranial aneurysms (IAs).

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Considering Surgery? Some Healthcare Providers Offer Warranties

September 15, 2014 11:08 am | by Lisa Zamosky, Los Angeles Times | News | Comments

When Carolyn Rondou needed knee replacement surgery in 2012, she decided to have the procedure done at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, even though there were several hospitals closer to her home in Fullerton. Rondou, a 66-year-old oncology nurse, says Hoag's reputation for quality factored heavily into her decision to have her procedure done there. But something else sweetened the pot: Her surgery came with a warranty.

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Hurdles For Obama Health Law In Second Sign-Up Season

September 15, 2014 10:34 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away, Nov. 15- Feb. 15. Don't expect a repeat of last year's website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system.

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Data From Landmark Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Trial Released

September 15, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

New data from a landmark clinical trial found that after five years, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) demonstrated a persistent mortality benefit, improved functional status, and resulted in a lower rate of repeat hospitalizations when compared with standard therapy for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not candidates for surgery.

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'Electronic Skin' Could Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection

September 12, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

For detecting cancer, manual breast exams seem low-tech compared to other methods such as MRI. But scientists are now developing an "electronic skin" that "feels" and images small lumps that fingers can miss. Knowing the size and shape of a lump could allow for earlier identification of breast cancer, which could save lives.

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Man Saved By Doctor Who Walked Through Snow Storm Dies

September 12, 2014 11:28 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The wife of an Army veteran whose life was saved by a brain surgeon who walked for miles to reach him during a snowstorm says the man has died. Andrea Robinson of Leeds, Ala., tells Al.com that her 55-year-old husband, Tony Anthony Robinson, died last Thursday of congestive heart failure.

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Mach7 Technologies’ Physician And Patient Portal

September 12, 2014 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mach7 Technologies, an award-winning provider of medical image management solutions, announced recently the release of an enhanced version of its Physician & Patient Portal, version 11.5.

African American Women Receive Less Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

September 12, 2014 10:57 am | News | Comments

Dartmouth researchers have found that African American women are 55 percent less likely to receive breast reconstruction after mastectomy regardless of where they received their care. They report on their findings in "The influence of race/ethnicity and place of service on breast reconstruction for Medicare beneficiaries with mastectomy," recently published in SpringerPlus.

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Woman Plays Violin During Surgery On Her Brain

September 12, 2014 10:43 am | by The Telegraph | News | Comments

Diagnosed with essential tremor 20 years ago, violinist Naomi Elishuv shook uncontrollably while she played the instrument, reported The Telegraph on Friday. The shaking forced her to stop playing for the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra.  

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CS 3500 Intraoral Scanner Makes Debut in Oral Surgery Market

September 12, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

For the first time, Carestream Dental’s intraoral scanner, the CS 3500, will be available for oral surgeons to experience firsthand at the American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Annual Meeting exhibition in Honolulu. Until recently, intraoral scanners were not widely used by oral surgeons. However, doctors who take advantage of an intraoral scanner are finding several benefits in doing so.

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Joint Venture To Help US Doctors Connect With Chinese Patients

September 11, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

HelloMD (hellomd.com) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Crosswave Management (crosswavemanagement.com) to provide Chinese patients with access to top US doctors. The two companies will form a joint venture, based in China, to provide Chinese patients with access to doctors from the HelloMD network of leading US physicians.

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3D-Printed Replica Brains Used To Guide Life-Changing Pediatric Surgery

September 11, 2014 11:52 am | by Justine Alford, IFLscience.com | News | Comments

It seems the applications for 3D printing are endless. Scientists have churned out everything from houses to rocket parts, blood vessels to artificial limbs. Now, to add to the ever-growing collection of awesome 3D-printed goodies, medics have used the famous additive manufacturing technology to produce replicas of infants’ brains in order to practice life-saving but risky surgical procedures.

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Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform (SNAP)

September 11, 2014 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SNAP is connected to standard operating room navigation systems and provides advanced imaging capabilities including multiple 3D points of view that allow surgeons to view their case from a microscope perspective and in another view from behind the tumor.

Perfect Focus Through Thick Layers May Bring Better Vision To Surgery

September 11, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

In a first-of-its-kind demonstration, published today in The Optical Society's (OSA) new high-impact journal Optica, a team of researchers has developed a powerful technique to focus laser light through even the murkiest of surroundings without the need for a guide star. This innovation, a specialized version of an adaptive optics microscope, can resolve a point less than one thousandth of a millimeter across.

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Meridian Surgical Partners Agrees To Pay $3.32 Million In Settlement

September 11, 2014 10:33 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Meridian Surgical Partners, LLC, a national operator of outpatient ambulatory surgery centers, announced today that it has settled a qui tam lawsuit brought by a former employee at one of its centers. While denying any liability, Meridian agreed to pay the U.S. government $3.32 million, a small fraction of the $100 million originally demanded by the plaintiff, Thomas Reed Simmons.

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