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Robotic FloShield

March 14, 2014 11:07 am | by Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc. | Minimally Invasive Devices, Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc. announced the commercial release of Robotic FloShield, designed specifically to be compatible with the da Vinci Surgical System for robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. FloShield technology uses Vortex Barrier Technology (VBT), which forms an invisible curtain of gas in front of a laparoscope's optics that acts as a barrier to debris, condensation, and smoke.

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Even Supporters Need To Realize That Obamacare Needs A Fundamental Fix

March 14, 2014 10:44 am | by Robert Laszewski | Blogs | Comments

It has been confirmed that the individual policies that were supposed to be cancelled because of Obamacare can now remain in force another two years. For months I have been saying millions of individual health insurance policies will be cancelled by year-end — most deferred until December because of the carriers’ early renewal programs and because of President Obama’s request the policies be extended in the states that have allowed it...

Patient Requests For Specific Drugs Have Major Impact On Prescribing, Reports Study

March 14, 2014 10:36 am | News | Comments

"A patient request for a specific medication dramatically increases the rate at which physicians prescribe that medication," according to the new research led by John B. McKinlay, PhD, of New England Research Institutes, Watertown, Mass. They add, "These results highlight potential negative impacts of DTC advertising and other forms of activation in medication requests..."

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Study: Blood Poisoning Increases The Risk Of Blood Clots

March 14, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

"We have followed more than 4,000 people who have been admitted with blood poisoning. The study shows that the risk of suffering a blood clot in either the brain or the heart is twice as high for patients with blood poisoning in relation to other patients who are also admitted with acute illnesses," says Michael Dalager-Pedersen , PhD student at Aarhus University and Registrar at Aalborg University Hospital...

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Man's Face Rebuilt With 3D Printer After Crash

March 14, 2014 10:30 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A man seriously injured in a motorbike crash had his face reconstructed using a 3D printer. In a one-of-a-kind procedure, surgeons repaired Stephen Power’s cheekbone and eye socket using the cutting-edge technology in an eight-hour operation...

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Healthcare.gov Sign-Ups All But Guaranteed To Fall Short Of Goal

March 14, 2014 10:20 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Tuesday it's making steady progress on healthcare sign-ups, but the White House needs something close to a miracle to meet its goal of enrolling 6 million people by the end of this month. It could happen with a sustained surge in consumer demand and a foolproof website. But they're not seeing it yet, and time is running out...

FDA Chief Defends Controversial Painkiller As Criticism Intensifies

March 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told Senate lawmakers that the recently-launched Zohydro fills an "important and unique niche" for treating chronic pain. Her agency has been under fire for clearing the drug since December, amid concerns from lawmakers, addiction specialists, and others that the drug will exacerbate the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse...

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Back Surgery Offers Long-Term Societal Benefits, According To New Study

March 13, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

Past research has found herniated disc surgery to be an effective treatment option to ease the extreme back pain associated with herniation of a disc. However, until now, none of these studies accounted for lost productivity in the workplace. A new study, commissioned by AAOS and conducted by health economists, found surgery to be a cost-effective option for patients who used it, particularly because of its effect on productivity...

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Healthcare Industry Still Lacking In Cyber Threat Preparedness

March 13, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

The number of cyber attacks targeted at healthcare industry organizations of all types and sizes continue to increase, while research indicates that most healthcare organizations are not adequately addressing cyber threat preparedness and response...

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FaceGuard Head Shield/Instrument Trays

March 13, 2014 10:03 am | by Dan Allen Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Dan Allen Surgical introduces FaceGuard Head Shield/Instrument Trays. The table-mounted device offers innovative patient safety and user-friendly features...

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Questions About A Popular Heart Procedure

March 13, 2014 9:57 am | by Paula Span | Blogs | Comments

Our great-great-grandparents probably didn’t have to think much about the way the heart’s aortic valve slowly stiffens and narrows over decades, a condition called aortic stenosis. Most of them died before they could experience its distressing symptoms...

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Same-Day Double Knee Replacement Safe For Select Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

March 13, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

In a new study, "Rheumatoid Arthritis Does Not Increase Perioperative Complications Following Same-day Bilateral TKA," to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Orleans on March 13, Dr. Figgie and colleagues found that select patients with RA do just as well with same-day bilateral knee replacement as OA patients, and with no higher complication rate...

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Trauma Center Closures Linked To Higher Odds Of Death For Injured Patients

March 13, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers. "This study confirms that when trauma centers close, people who live in the surrounding areas are more likely to die following an injury," said lead author Renee Y. Hsia, MD, an associate professor of emergency medicine at UCSF...

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Study Generally Finds Comparable Outcomes For Outpatient, Inpatient Orthopedic Surgeries

March 13, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

As the effectiveness of anesthesia, pain management, and rehabilitation continues to improve, more orthopaedic procedures are being done on an outpatient basis. In a new research study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons...

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NY Hospital Alerts Patients Of Possible Blood Contamination From Insulin Pen

March 13, 2014 9:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A New York hospital is going to great lengths to contact its patients and recommend they seek immediate testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. South Nassau Communities Hospital is sending out 4,247 letters to patients to notify them of potential risk of a serious infection from an insulin pen...

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