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Alcohol May Ease Nerves That Cause Atrial Fibrillation

March 5, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Doctors in the U.S. and Japan have devised a way to treat atrial fibrillation by adding a little alcohol to minimally invasive therapies that target a cluster of misbehaving nerves known to trigger arrhythmia. The researchers say the new therapy may dull or stop the transmission of electrical impulses that cause atrial fibrillation...

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Research: Quality Of Life Improves With Minimally Invasive Surgery For Low Back Pain

March 5, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

Research findings show that patients who have a low back surgery called minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, end up better off in many ways than patients who have more invasive surgery to alleviate debilitating pain...

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Study Reveals Hospital Pillows May Be A Potential Source For HAIs

March 5, 2014 7:42 am | News | Comments

New clinical research presented at the American Medical Directors Association annual conference found that even when patient rooms and linens are cleaned using strictly enforced protocols, a significant portion of hospital pillows remain contaminated with HAI-causing pathogens...

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Computer Simulations Meant For Aircraft Design To Improve Surgical Treatment Of Breathing Disorders

March 5, 2014 7:41 am | by Dawn Fuller | News | Comments

A more accurate and successful, yet complex approach used in designing an airplane is now taking off in the healthcare industry. The end result is helping patients with pulmonary disorders breathe easier, as well as their surgeons in considering novel treatment approaches...

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'Wearable Robot' Helps Paraplegics Walk

March 5, 2014 7:23 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Patients and researchers testing the ReWalk exoskeleton at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York are hoping the device gets approved by the FDA for home use. That would allow paraplegics to walk, climb stairs, and avoid the health complications that come with being inactive in a wheelchair...

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Ritter M9 UltraClave

March 5, 2014 7:12 am | by Midmark | Midmark Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The reliable Ritter M9 UltraClave from Midmark features an intuitive display and prompts to help users easily select appropriate cycles for unwrapped items, pouches, packs, or handpieces. When sterilization is complete, the patented automatic-opening door quietly opens to dissipate steam, providing fast and efficient instrument drying.

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Error In Judgment: Why Wrong-Site Surgery Is Still A Problem

March 5, 2014 7:03 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Wrong-site surgery is a devastating problem that affects all parties present in the operating room. To make matters worse, it’s an all-too-common occurrence today. Although efforts have been made to address this issue, it still remains a significant one. Why?...

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Surgeons Develop Standards For Optimal Resources For Children’s Surgical Care

March 5, 2014 6:56 am | News | Comments

“The intent of these recommendations is to ensure that all infants and children in the United States receive care in a surgical environment matched to their individual medical, emotional, and social needs,” said Keith T. Oldham, MD, FACS, task force chair and the surgeon in chief at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee...

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Carotid Artery MRI Helps Predict Likelihood Of Strokes, Heart Attacks

March 4, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Noninvasive imaging of carotid artery plaque with MRI can accurately predict future cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology...

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Color Coding Barcode Data Matrix

March 4, 2014 9:41 am | by Scanlan International | Scanlan International, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Surg-I-Band Data Matrix Color Coding Barcode offers hospitals a system to organize and track surgical instrumentation and devices. Combining the benefits of Surg-I-Band color coding with the technology of bar coding, Surg-I-Band Data Matrix is designed to offer a fast, easy, and precise organizational system. According to the company, it is also Censitrac compatible.

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Comprehensive Fluid Management Solution

March 4, 2014 9:26 am | by BASS Medical | Bass Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The BASS Medical comprehensive fluid management solution keeps the operating room floor dry during high fluid volume procedures such as shoulder and knee arthroscopy. The mat’s patented anti-splash and containment design keeps fluid from ever hitting the floor. It collects, contains, and rapidly evacuates contaminated fluid using standard wall suction.

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Lower Medicaid Signups Seen In Health Law Study

March 4, 2014 9:06 am | News | Comments

It's one of the most impressive statistics about the new healthcare law. The Obama administration says more than 8.9 million people have been, quote "determined eligible" for Medicaid from Oct. 1 through the end of January...     

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How To Select Surgical Residents: The Evidence

March 4, 2014 8:59 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

On Twitter a while ago, a medical student asked me how surgical program directors select new residents. Then a discussion arose among some academic surgeons on the same topic. Someone suggested that medical school grades were the best way to tell whether an applicant would be a successful resident. The fact is that we aren't really sure what the best way to choose residents is...

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Four Women With Transplanted Wombs Are Trying To Get Pregnant

March 4, 2014 8:51 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A Swedish doctor says four women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant. He would not say on Monday whether any of the women had succeeded. In all, nine women in Sweden have received new wombs since 2012...

The Rise Of Robotics

March 4, 2014 8:13 am | by Anne-Marie Gannon, Clinical & Regulatory Affairs Specialist, neoSurgical | Articles | Comments

With the expectation of a sharp rise in the volume of robot-assisted procedures in the future, it is likely that the complexity of cases being performed robotically will increase. The availability of a greater range of instruments, accessories, and medical devices customized for use with robot systems will facilitate this shift in approach...

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