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Immune Cell Discovery Could Halt Cancer Spread

August 14, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

Melbourne researchers have revealed the critical importance of highly specialised immune cells, called natural killer cells, in killing melanoma cells that have spread to the lungs. The team, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, also found natural killer cells were critical to the body's rejection of donor bone marrow transplants and in the runaway immune response during toxic shock syndrome.

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Ohio Doctor, Medical Group Owe $1.8 Million in Surgery Death

August 14, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

A Franklin County, Ohio jury has awarded $1.8 million to the family of a 30-year-old man who died after surgery in 2010. According to the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, the jurors found that Dr. Adam M. Zochowski of Columbus and his medical group, Central Ohio Surgical Associates Inc., were negligent in assessing the man, Carl Whitmer, and clearing him for surgery.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Tronex Nitrile Chemo-Rated Exam Gloves

August 13, 2014 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Tronex Healthcare introduces its new Nitrile Chemo-Rated, Powder-Free, Fingertip-Textured Exam Gloves (Series #9696/9830).  Manufactured from an advanced material formulation, these lightweight yet highly durable and chemical-resistant gloves provide superior tactile sensitivity, elasticity, and tensile strength combined with added softness for comfort and reduced hand fatigue.

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Open-Heart Surgery Could Have Triggered Robin Williams' Depression

August 13, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

Robin Williams' 2009 open-heart surgery could have contributed to the late star's demise, possibly serving as a trigger to the comedian's downward spiral to severe depression. "Open-heart surgery has historically been known to affect a person's cognitive functioning following recovery," Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chief of psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia, told the New York Daily News.

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Regional Anesthesia Breakthrough for Pediatric Knee Surgeries

August 13, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

A recent study of an ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia technique, called femoral nerve block, shows that it leads to less opioid use and allows the majority of patients to go home within hours of surgery. "Our goal with this technique is to reduce pain, which improves patient outcomes and patient satisfaction," said Tarun Bhalla, MD, director of Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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First Time in US: Doctors Replace Valve Outside Heart

August 13, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

For the first time in the United States, doctors at Henry Ford Hospital used a minimally invasive procedure to replace a failing, hard-to-reach heart valve with a new one – and placed it just outside the heart. Henry Ford is the first hospital in the United States to perform the unique, transcatheter tricuspid valve replacement, which was pioneered in Germany.

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Medical Device Staffers Admit to Defrauding Hospitals

August 13, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors say two staffers at a northern New Jersey medical devices firm have admitted their roles in a scheme to defraud hospitals out of more than $800,000. Daniel Metz, a 34-year-old Fairfield resident, and 35-year-old Charles Carey Jr., of Clark, both pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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Kentucky surgeon performs unique skull surgery

August 13, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

A surgeon at University of Louisville Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, recently performed an extended endoscopic skull-based surgery of the brain, a unique surgery of its kind in Kentucky. This approach reduces risks and recovery times for the patient who would otherwise need a craniotomy, which requires temporary removal of a bone flap from the skull to access the brain and brain retraction to reach the tumor.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Visum Blade LED Surgical Light

August 12, 2014 12:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Visum Blade LED Surgical Light from Stryker is a simplified surgical lighting solution for the OR, emergency department, and other environments requiring surgical lighting.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Bleach-Rite Disinfecting Spray

August 12, 2014 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hype-Wipe Bleach towelettes and Bleach-Rite Spray are ready-to-use, EPA registered hospital-grade disinfectants containing a 1:10 dilution of bleach and are stabilized for an extended shelf life.  Both the wipe and spray products are approved for a one-minute kill time against CRKP.

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Surgery May Help Epilepsy and Psychoses

August 12, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

The finding that patients with epilepsy have a higher incidence of delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized behaviors than the general population is controversial as researchers suggest this is an overrepresentation due to sampling errors or inadequate control groups. Researchers identified surgical candidates with drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy and comorbid psychoses from 2000-2010 and followed participants 2 years after surgery.

Naval Surgical Team Performs First Surgery at Sea

August 12, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

The USS Mesa Verde made history in July with the first surgery aboard the Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship. The procedure was also the first ever surgery done by members of an Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical System (ERSS) team since the teams were created in 2009.

Blacks, Women Face Larger Burden From CVD Risks

August 12, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

The impact of major cardiovascular risk factors combined is greater in women than men and in blacks than whites. While the gender gap may be narrowing, differences by race may be increasing. Researchers studied population attributable risk changes for the five major modifiable cardiovascular risk factors — high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.

Doctors Remove Woman's 130-Pound Tumor

August 12, 2014 10:51 am | News | Comments

Mexican doctors say they have removed a 130-pound (60-kilogram) tumor from the body of a 51-year-old woman who had been unable to leave her home for two years. Dr. Gilberto Inzulza says a team of surgeons needed four hours to remove the giant tumor from the body of Mercedes Talamantes.

2014 ESP Award Submission: ONE TRAY from Innovative Sterilization Technologies

August 11, 2014 12:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ONE TRAY is an FDA cleared, sealed, terminal filtered vent sterilization container utilizing a four minute pre-vacuum (3 pulse) cycle with zero dry/cool time.

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