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One Way to Say No To Drugs Following Knee and Hip Replacements

March 13, 2015 12:17 pm | by Interview by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

Dr. Clifford W. Colwell sat down with Surgical Products to offer some additional perspective on the use of a mobile compression device to combat VTE, or blood clots, following hip and knee replacement surgeries.

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Bariatric Surgery Cuts Risks for Asthma-Related Events

March 13, 2015 12:10 pm | by Massachusetts General Hospital | News | Comments

Study finds that weight-loss surgery reduces asthma-associated emergency visits, hospitalizations by half.

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FDA Wants More Info On Scopes Linked To Superbug Outbreaks

March 13, 2015 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Federal health officials are stepping up their oversight of medical scopes linked to potentially fatal superbug outbreaks.

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German Court Orders Vaccination Cynic To Pay For Virus Proof

March 13, 2015 11:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A German court has ruled that a prominent anti-vaccination advocate must pay a doctor 100,000 euros ($105,720) in prize money he had promised to anyone who could prove measles is a virus.

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Positive Disruptions

March 12, 2015 2:24 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The first in a series of articles looking at the most significant technology topics impacting the OR and the future of surgery.

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Synthetic Spider Silk Could Have Wide Medical Applications

March 12, 2015 2:20 pm | News | Comments

The Stockholm-based biomaterials company Spiber Technologies AB is working to apply spider silk in several medical fields, including cardiology, heart tissue regeneration, bone reconstruction, skin cell growth and vaccines.

Less Liver Removed, Fewer Complications

March 12, 2015 2:11 pm | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

A new Journal of the American College of Surgeons study shows that a surgical approach focused on preserving liver tissue in patients undergoing a liver operation leads to lower mortality rates and fewer complications.

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How Much Cancer Imaging is Too Much?

March 12, 2015 1:55 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

A study concluded that regional culture and infrastructure could contribute to an inappropriate level of prostate and breast cancer imaging.

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ACA May Reduce ER Visits; Doesn't Affect Hospitalizations

March 12, 2015 1:48 pm | by American College of Emergency Physicians | News | Comments

Two patient groups created by the Affordable Care Act had slightly fewer emergency department visits than they had before health care reform. However, there was no change in the rate of the most expensive types of emergency visits: those that lead to hospitalization.

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Titan Series Blanket Warming Cabinets

March 12, 2015 12:31 pm | by Enthermics Medical Systems | Enthermics Medical Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Enthermics’s newest Titan Series blanket warmers are available with safe, efficient and even zone heating.

Hundreds of Hospitals Struggle to Improve Patient Satisfaction

March 11, 2015 12:57 pm | by Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News | Articles | Comments

Nationally, the hospital industry has improved in all the areas the surveys required by Medicare track, including how clean and quiet their rooms are and how well doctors and nurses communicate. But hundreds of hospitals have not made headway in boosting their ratings, federal records show.

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One-Year TAVR Outcomes Available

March 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

David R. Holmes Jr., M.D., of Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and colleagues examined 1-year outcomes for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) patients who had 30-day outcomes previously reported. 

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Ensuring Respect and Dignity in the ICU

March 11, 2015 12:40 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Identifying loss of dignity and lack of respectful treatment as preventable harms in health care, researchers at Johns Hopkins have taken on the ambitious task of defining and ensuring respectful care in the high-stakes environment of the intensive care unit.

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Injured Kidneys Can Be Used for Transplants

March 11, 2015 12:36 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Kidneys from deceased donors that have acute injuries are frequently discarded instead of being used for transplant. However, a Yale-led study finds that such kidneys may be more viable than previously thought, and should be considered to meet the growing demand for organ transplants.

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Injectable Polymer Could Keep Soldiers, Trauma Patients From Bleeding to Death

March 11, 2015 12:33 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

University of Washington researchers have developed a new injectable polymer that strengthens blood clots, called PolySTAT. Administered in a simple shot, the polymer finds any unseen or internal injuries and starts working immediately.

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