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More Residents Endangering Patients By Working Through Illness

September 15, 2010 5:33 am | News | Comments

A new study demonstrates that young doctors often fail to heed the Biblical injunction, "physician, heal thyself." In a research letter published in the , issue of JAMA , researchers report that three out of five residents surveyed came to work in the previous year while sick, possibly exposing their patients and colleagues to suboptimal performance and, in many cases, communicable disease.

Being A Better Listener

September 15, 2010 5:18 am | News | Comments

Doctors can be taught to listen better to individual circumstances that may affect patient care, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. The findings are reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association . In a previous study the investigators had shown that doctors are not good at picking up clues to details in their patients' personal lives that may affect their treatment, or what the researchers call "context.

Medical Students Critical About Depression Among Peers

September 15, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

Medical students experience depression at a higher rate than the general population and attach high levels of stigma to the mental illness, according to University of Michigan research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association . The study showed that 53.3 percent of medical students who reported high levels of depressive symptoms were worried that revealing their illness would be risky.

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Operating Better, With Electricity

September 14, 2010 6:07 am | by Aggravated DocSurg | News | Comments

Sharp knives. Sutures. Hot lights and warm blood. That's what most folks picture when thinking about operating rooms. It's easy to overlook that we make use of plain old electrical energy in the OR - electrosurgery. Sounds like something from a '50s SciFi novel. Perhaps a gift from the Red Lectroids from the 8th dimension? Actually, the modern era of electrosurgery started in 1926, courtesy of Dr.

Funds Targeting Wider EHR Implementation

September 14, 2010 5:52 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that nearly $20 million has been allocated in new technical support assistance to help critical access and rural hospital facilities convert from paper-based medical records to certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.

AER DEFENSE™ Smoke Evacuator

September 14, 2010 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The AER DEFENSE™ Smoke Evacuator is ConMed’s new surgical smoke evacuation system intended to remove smoke, aerosols, and noxious odors produced during electrosurgical procedures. The AER DEFENSE™ offers four different modes of operation, which makes it the most versatile smoke evacuator on the market and is 11 percent (7dBA) quieter than our previous model.

Cosmetic Surgery Worth Over $3 Billion In The U.S. by 2017

September 14, 2010 5:47 am | News | Comments

According to a new report by iData Research, the market for cosmetic surgery, facial aesthetics and medical lasers is expected to almost double in size, exceeding $3 billion by 2017. The market for aesthetic Botulinum toxin-A drugs such as Botox will grow to an estimated $543 million. The aesthetic laser and light therapy markets for skin resurfacing, hair removal and laser lipolysis are seen as the fastest growing segments.

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Cosmetic Surgery Worth Over $3 Billion In The U.S. by 201

September 14, 2010 5:47 am | News | Comments

According to a new report by iData Research, the market for cosmetic surgery, facial aesthetics and medical lasers is expected to almost double in size, exceeding $3 billion by 2017. The market for aesthetic Botulinum toxin-A drugs such as Botox will grow to an estimated $543 million. The aesthetic laser and light therapy markets for skin resurfacing, hair removal and laser lipolysis are seen as the fastest growing segments.

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U.S. Health Workers In Zimbabwe Freed On Bail

September 14, 2010 5:39 am | News | Comments

Chengetai Zvauya, AP A Zimbabwean court freed four Americans on bail after they were arrested and accused of treating AIDS patients without proper medical licenses. A magistrate ordered the six health workers, who included a New Zealand national and a Zimbabwean, to pay a $200 bail and reappear in court on September 27.

EvacMat™

September 14, 2010 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aspen Surgical’s SurgiSafe® Evac Mat™ is quiet, easy to use, and great for fluid-intense procedures. It combines the functionality of absorption and suction to efficiently remove unlimited amounts of fluid from the OR floor. It works with standard wall suction, can be rolled over without loss of suction, and is red bag friendly.

Restroom Spy Reports On Hand Washing Status

September 14, 2010 5:31 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Swine flu may have scared us straight, or maybe we're finally listening to our mothers. Whatever the reason, Americans are washing their hands more often, suggests the latest check by researchers who spy on people using public restrooms. Checks in four big cities last month found 85 percent of public restroom users washing their hands, up from 77 percent in 2007.

Faster Surgical Decisions Help Prevent Hip Fracture Deaths

September 14, 2010 5:22 am | News | Comments

Hip fractures are associated with a mortality rate of 14 to 36 percent in the year following the fracture and can negatively affect a patient's independence and quality of life. Current guidelines recommend surgery within 24 hours of the break, although some physicians who favor delays believe it provides more time to prepare the patient and can decrease the risk of complications.

Preliminary Data On New Valve Platform Shows Benefit

September 13, 2010 9:36 am | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, a leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, recently announced the U.S. and European launches of its Carpentier-Edwards PERIMOUNT Magna Mitral Ease valve, designed to enhance implantation in the mitral position. The Magna Mitral Ease valve incorporates new features to facilitate access, placement and suturing during both conventional and minimally invasive heart valve surgeries, especially those using a thoracotomy.

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The Surgeon's Pact With the Patient

September 13, 2010 9:30 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Articles | Comments

The patient, in her late 50s with failing kidneys, had come to the hospital for what she and her doctors thought would be a simple procedure preparing her for dialysis. But instead of returning home the next day, the woman ended up in the hospital for nearly half of my internship. Her procedure went awry, she landed in the intensive care unit, and over the course of the next six months she returned at least a dozen more times to the operating room, all failed attempts to right what had gone so terribly wrong.

Questions Raised Over New Pain Medication Rules

September 13, 2010 9:21 am | News | Comments

(AP) Physicians say that while good intentions may have been behind a new state law mandating tougher controls on prescribing opiates to chronic-pain patients, the rules may harm the people the law was meant to protect. The Legislature passed the law earlier this year after statistics indicated that more middle-aged Washington residents died while taking prescription painkillers than from traffic accidents.

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