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MIS A Pain For Surgeons

February 3, 2010 5:10 am | News | Comments

Thomas H. Maugh II, L.A. Times Minimally invasive surgery has been a boon for patients over the last 20 years, minimizing hospital stays, speeding recovery and reducing the cosmetic consequences of operations. But new evidence suggests the surgeons who perform the procedures are developing a new group of aches, pains and medical complications from them, according to Dr.

Jackson's Family Seeks Stronger Charges

February 3, 2010 4:52 am | News | Comments

Linda Deutsch, Thomas Watkins, AP Michael Jackson's family believes involuntary manslaughter charges against the pop singer's physician would be a slap on the wrist, attorney Brian Oxman said Wednesday. Oxman said Dr. Conrad Murray displayed recklessness in dispensing powerful drugs to help Jackson sleep, warranting a second-degree murder charge.

Malpractice Suit Dropped, Court Costs Covered

February 3, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

The family of the late Laura Sebile filed suit against Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital in Texas, naming two doctors and an anesthesiologist, in alleging her death was caused by their negligence. Plaintiff Paul Sebile, along with seven of his children, claimed his wife, who was 70-years-old and morbidly obese, died after doctors performed an unnecessary heart surgery.

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Steris System 1 Processor Update

February 3, 2010 4:12 am | News | Comments

This document updates the FDA Notice: Concerns about the Steris System 1 Processor, Components, and Accessories, and FDA Recommendations , issued December 3, 2009. Dear Healthcare Facility Administrators and Infection Control Practitioners: The purpose of this document is to inform you that FDA is extending to 18 months from the date of this notice the total recommended time period for transitioning from Steris Corporation’s modified System 1 processor (SS1) to legally-marketed alternative devices.

Risk Factors For Severe Adverse Outcomes In VHR

February 2, 2010 6:56 am | Articles | Comments

According to an abstract in the September 2009 issue of the supplement to the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, ventral hernia repair (VHR) has been identified as one of 10 general surgery procedures responsible for over half of complications and extended hospital stays. The researchers included Brook V Nelson MD, Fengming Tang MS, Philip Jones MS, John Spertus MD, MPH and Kimberly Brown MD, of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, St.

The Foreign Body That Didn’t Exist

February 2, 2010 6:55 am | by GruntDoc | Articles | Comments

Except, of course, that it did… A patient comes in with the entirely understandable complaint of “I have a fishbone lodged in my throat”. Came straight from dinner to the ED. When I ask a stupid question I’m given a stupid answer: “It feels like…a fishbone…”.

Line Of Bed Rails

February 2, 2010 6:52 am | Graham Field, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Graham-Field is proud to introduce the Liberty line of FDA-compliant bed rails. These new bed rail systems, developed using the FDA Hospital Bed System Dimensional Guidance to Reduce Entrapment and tested to the Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup and FDA Dimensional Test Methods for Bed System Zones 1-4 and International Standard IEC60601-2-38 Requirements for the Safety of Electrically Operated Hospital Beds, offer added protection and reduce the risk of entrapment.

Digital "Communicator"

February 2, 2010 6:40 am | Vision Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Vision USA's digital "Communicator" is a camera/video that is mounted on an adjustable stand, allowing the user to capture and transmit images of specimens, disease analysis, insects, skin, alloy, etc. at10x - 200x, 500x with LED lighting. Additional features include: The ability for the system to automatically attaches the photo/video to an e-mail server.

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Male Breast Reduction Is Fastest Growing Cosmetic Surgery In UK

February 2, 2010 6:30 am | by by Rosemary Black, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER | News | Comments

Women aren't the only ones unhappy with too-large breasts. For the second year in a row, male breast reduction surgery was the fastest growing segment of the cosmetic surgery industry in England, according to the BBC News. And while such a jump in cases hasn't been seen in the U.S., it's definitely a popular operation here, too, cosmetic surgeons say.

Herbal Remedies Conflict With Heart Disease Meds

February 2, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

More and more Americans are turning to herbal remedies to help manage chronic conditions or promote general health and wellness. But many of today's popular herbal supplements can pose serious risks to people who are taking medications for heart disease, according to a review article published in the February, 9, 2010, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology .

Wii Ability Points To Laparoscopic Skill

February 2, 2010 5:54 am | News | Comments

According to research appearing in Surgical Endoscopy , studies have suggested a possible link between video-gaming and laparoscopic skill. The authors feel that the Nintendo Wii, with its motion-sensing interface, could provide a better model for laparoscopic tasks. This study investigated the relationship between Nintendo Wii skill, prior gaming experience and potential laparoscopic surgical abilities.

New Budget Plan Could Hit Generic Drugs

February 2, 2010 5:34 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Generic drugmakers would pay the U.S. government $38 million to help speed reviews of their medicines under President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget plan. The Obama administration will ask Congress to pass legislation allowing the Food and Drug Administration to collect the fees. The money would be used to “improve review times and reduce the current backlog of applications,” budget documents said.

New Bariatric Social Network

February 2, 2010 5:24 am | News | Comments

The Lap-BandLink™ Patient Care Network ( http://www.lapbandhcp.com ) is a new, web-based referral platform for connecting primary care physicians and bariatric surgeons. The password-protected, invite-only site, which is being launched by Allergan includes only those bariatric surgeons that are certified to perform the LAP-BAND® System procedure.

Surgery Solves One Problem, Leads To Another

February 1, 2010 6:18 am | News | Comments

You'd think folks who’ve had knee replacement surgery and are now able to walk and exercise without pain would lose weight instead of put on pounds, but surprisingly that's not the case, according to a University of Delaware study. Researchers Joseph Zeni and Lynn Snyder-Mackler in the Department of Physical Therapy in UD’s College of Health Sciences found that patients typically drop weight in the first few weeks after total knee arthroplasty (TKA), but then see an average weight gain of 14 pounds in two years.

Surgery Solves One Problem, Leads To Anothe

February 1, 2010 6:11 am | News | Comments

You'd think folks who’ve had knee replacement surgery and are now able to walk and exercise without pain would lose weight instead of put on pounds, but surprisingly that's not the case, according to a University of Delaware study. Researchers Joseph Zeni and Lynn Snyder-Mackler in the Department of Physical Therapy in UD’s College of Health Sciencesfound that patients typically drop weight in the first few weeks after total knee arthroplasty (TKA), but then see an average weight gain of 14 pounds in two years.

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