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Must A Surgeon Mention Death As A Complication?

June 4, 2014 10:54 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

Earlier, I wrote about the tragic case of a young girl in California who was declared brain dead after what most media sources called a tonsillectomy. In fact, the patient had a much more extensive procedure for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. In addition to having her tonsils removed, she underwent an uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) and resection (removal) of her inferior nasal turbinate bones...

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How Long Is Too Long To Wait For Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery?

June 4, 2014 7:12 am | by Canadian Journal of Cardiology | News | Comments

Modest delays in treatment have substantial impact on effectiveness of transcatheter aortic valve replacement in patients with severe aortic stenosis, say researchers in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology...            

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Implanted Heart Device Linked To Increased Survival

June 4, 2014 7:03 am | by Duke University Medical Center | News | Comments

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are associated with improved survival among heart failure patients whose left ventricles only pump 30 to 35 percent of blood out of the heart with each contraction, according to a study from the Duke Clinical Research Institute...

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Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs May Reduce Deaths

June 4, 2014 6:46 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Community opioid overdose prevention programs (OOPPs)—including the use of naloxone for rapid drug reversal—can improve bystander responses to overdose of heroin and related drugs, according to a review in the June Journal of Addiction Medicine...

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Adopting New Definition Of Kidney Disease For Clinical Trials Could Accelerate Development Of New Treatments

June 4, 2014 6:42 am | by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health | News | Comments

A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that new therapies for kidney disease could be developed more quickly by revising the definition of kidney disease progression used during clinical trials. If adopted, the new definition could shorten the length of some clinical trials and also potentially encourage more clinical trials in kidney disease...

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GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro Surgical Gloves

June 4, 2014 6:39 am | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro surgical gloves offer exceptional dexterity, tactical sensitivity, and at the same time, outstanding strength and barrier protection. The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro is ideal for delicate procedures without the risks associated with natural rubber latex sensitization.

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Connecticut Hospital Ordered to Pay $12M After Surgeon Punctured Woman's Colon

June 3, 2014 11:20 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A Connecticut woman was awarded $12 million by a Danbury Superior Court jury in a medical malpractice case late last week. The woman said a surgeon punctured her colon, resulting in permanent injuries, during a routine hernia operation...    

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GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

June 3, 2014 10:40 am | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

Ansell, the global leader in hand protection, features the GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive surgical glove with SENSOPRENE formulation. GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive is a major innovation in non-latex, chemical accelerator-free glove technology. The SENSOPRENE formulation allows for superior sensitivity while maintaining glove strength, offering unprecedented comfort and tactility with advanced allergy protection against both latex and chemical allergies for healthcare workers and patients.

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Surgeons Gather To Learn New MIS Procedure For Treatment Of Rectal Cancer

June 3, 2014 10:33 am | by NovaTract Surgical, Inc. | News | Comments

Twelve advanced minimally invasive colorectal surgeons, experts who treat rectal cancer, convened to participate in the first Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME) training course in the United States this past weekend to learn how to safely incorporate this novel technical approach into their practice...

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Reduced Neurosurgical Resident Hours: No Significant Positive Effect On Patient Outcomes

June 3, 2014 10:19 am | by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group | News | Comments

Focusing on the specialty of neurosurgery, researchers found no significant positive changes in patient outcomes after neurosurgical resident duty hours were reduced...                    

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Study: Screening Has Prevented Half A Million Colorectal Cancers

June 3, 2014 10:14 am | by Cancer | News | Comments

An estimated half a million cancers were prevented by colorectal cancer screening in the United States from 1976 to 2009, report researchers from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale Cancer Center...

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Four Ways To Improve The Affordable Care Act

June 3, 2014 10:04 am | by Bob Doherty | Blogs | Comments

The fate of the ACA will be the big issue in the upcoming mid-term congressional elections, with Republicans and their allies continuing to press for repeal, believing that it is a winning issue with voters (or at least the base voters who lean Republican). Opinion polls are not as clear-cut, though. Although more Americans continue to have a less favorable than more favorable view of the law, most oppose outright repeal...

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Better Outcomes And Lower Costs: The Perioperative Surgical Home

June 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Whether it’s a knee replacement avoided for years or an urgent life-saving tumor removal, when the decision for surgery occurs, too often the patient begins a journey into a complex system of fragmented medical care. Perioperative care, which generally refers to the three phases of surgery — preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative — can be variable and fragmented...

Doctors Use Immune Therapy Against Cervical Cancer

June 3, 2014 9:33 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

Two years ago, Arrica Wallace was riddled with tumors from widely spread cervical cancer that the strongest chemotherapy and radiation could not beat back. Today, the Kansas mother shows no signs of the disease, and it was her own immune system that made it go away...

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Product Q&A: Ansell's Gammex Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

June 2, 2014 12:05 pm | by Ansell | Articles | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive surgical glove is a unique solution that offers a complete protection against latex and chemical allergies, and an advanced level of sensitivity and comfort thanks to the new SENSOPRENE formulation. It provides the superior strength, resistance, and grip consistent with all Ansell surgical gloves...

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