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Brain Stents Show Huge Promise for Stroke Patients

February 13, 2015 11:19 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP | News | Comments

Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries also can be used to clear a blood clot in the brain, greatly lowering the risk a patient will end up disabled.

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Radiotracer Helps Limit Biopsies in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

February 13, 2015 10:25 am | by ESTRO | News | Comments

The biopsy of the first lymph node to which a cancer spreads has lead to more accurate diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Now a team of researchers has been able to identify the sentinel node in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma using a novel tracer. It's a challenging task because there are up to 150 different lymph nodes in the neck.

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Even as Sign-up Deadline Nears, Obamacare Facing a New Challenge

February 13, 2015 10:05 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | News | Comments

A few tweaks from Congress would fix the problem but Republicans are unlikely to come to its rescue. Meanwhile, with the sign-up working relatively well, the administration seems on track to meet its target of 9.1 million people, but a pending Supreme Court case leaves many things in question.

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traxi Panniculus Retractor

February 13, 2015 9:59 am | by Clinical Innovations | Product Releases | Comments

Clinical Innovations offers their traxi™ Panniculus Retractor with Retentus™ Technology. traxi lifts and retracts the dense layer of fatty tissue during abdominal procedures. When used in cesarean sections, it allows for a safer labor and delivery experience for mothers with a high BMI.

Protect Your Reprocessing Savings

February 12, 2015 11:53 am | by Stryker | Product Releases | Comments

Stryker Sustainability Solutions is committed to helping hospitals increase their supply chain cost savings.

Healthcare as a Right in the Age of Obamacare

February 12, 2015 10:56 am | by Miles J. Zaremski | Blogs | Comments

President Lyndon Johnson apparently also considered healthcare a right. Johnson once told then-senator Hubert Humphrey, "I'll go a hundred million or a billion on health or education ... You got to have health. I may cut back some tanks. But not on health."

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Non-FDA Approved Device Case Offers Warnings

February 12, 2015 10:31 am | by New York Times | News | Comments

A device called the OtisKnee was supposed to speed the surgical procedure and recovery. Rather, patients saw neither and, as it turned out, the OtisMed Corporation had been distributing the device without clearance from the FDA.

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In-Flight Blood Transfusions Increase Survival Rates of Trauma Patients

February 12, 2015 10:09 am | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

Air-lifted trauma victims who received transfusions in the helicopter before arriving at a trauma center had higher one-day survival rates and less chance of shock than air-lifted patients who did not receive blood until they arrived at the trauma unit.

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Suit Seeks to Exempt Physicians from Assisted Suicide Law

February 12, 2015 9:58 am | by Sudhin Thanawala, AP | News | Comments

A cancer patient and five doctors have filed a lawsuit seeking to exempt physicians who help terminally ill patients end their lives. Physicians who provide such assistance are not helping the patient commit suicide, but providing the option of bringing about a peaceful death, according to the lawsuit.

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A Truly Smart Disinfection System

February 12, 2015 9:38 am | by TRU-D | Product Releases | Comments

TRU-D SmartUVC is a portable UV disinfection system that measures reflected UVC emissions to automatically calculate the pathogenlethal UV dose required to sterilize patient rooms, dynamically compensating for room size, shape and other dose-altering variables such as the position of contents, windows, blinds and doors.

Neurointerventional Surgery Could Reduce Stroke Mortality

February 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by New England Journal of Medicine | News | Comments

Two new clinical trials on the treatment of stroke demonstrate that neurointerventional surgery significantly increases the number of patients who are able to live independently without major neurological disabilities.

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Swabs Receives FDA Clearance

February 11, 2015 12:27 pm | by PDI | Product Releases | Comments

The Prevantics Device Swab from PDI is the only swab with 3.15 percent Chlorhexidine Gluconate and 70 percent Isopropyl Alcohol solution that has received market authorization from the FDA for disinfecting needleless access sites prior to use.

Customized Joint Implants Rising In Popularity Amongst Surgeons

February 11, 2015 12:17 pm | by AAOS | News | Comments

Provided that other factors are favorable, such as pricing, economics and availability, this demand will help facilitate growth of the market for custom implant instrumentation and cutting blocks.

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Rate of Latino Physicians Shrinks, Even as Population Grows

February 11, 2015 12:07 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

Researchers were surprised by the 22 percent drop in the rate of Latino physicians, a decline that was in stark contrast to the 49 percent increase in non-Hispanic white physicians over the same period.

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Most Effective Procedure for Extreme Obesity Comes With Warning

February 11, 2015 11:46 am | by University of Gothenburg | News | Comments

"Despite the greater efficacy of duodenal switch when it comes to weight reduction, our findings suggest that it should be used with caution, given the higher percentage of long-term adverse effects."

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