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Reusable Transposal Canisters

June 8, 2010 7:36 am | Dornoch Medical Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Reusable Transposal canisters from Dornoch Medical Systems replace disposables everywhere they are used in a facility. Two sizes are available – 1800 and 2800cc. Each canister collector body is made of high-impact resistant polycarbonate plastic with an expected life of five-years.

New Treatment Approach To Rare Cancer Results In Prolonged Survival

June 8, 2010 7:34 am | News | Comments

Aggressive treatment of anaplastic thyroid carcinoma has dramatically increased survival in the small group of patients who chose to undergo it. Researchers at Mayo Clinic say a nationwide clinical trial is also planned Aggressive treatment of anaplastic thyroid carcinoma has dramatically increased survival in the small group of patients who chose to undergo it, say physicians at Mayo Clinic.

Clinical Hotline Launched For Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Patients

June 8, 2010 7:34 am | Smith & Nephew, Inc. | News | Comments

The hotline offers immediate access to product information for patients using the RENASYS™ Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Systems June 8, 2010 The Advanced Wound Management Division of Smith & Nephew, Inc., a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN; NYSE: SNN) announced the launch of its Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) clinical hotline for patients.

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Study: Radiation Boosts Prostate Cancer Survival

June 8, 2010 7:29 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors are reporting a key advance in treating men with cancer that has started to spread beyond the prostate: survival is significantly better if radiation is added to standard hormone treatments. Results of the study were given Sunday at a cancer conference, where other research showed that an experimental drug boosted survival for women with very advanced breast cancer.

Overtreated: Time May Be Best Treatment For Back Pain

June 8, 2010 7:28 am | by Lauran Neergaard AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Why did they cut you?" The shocking question came from a respected spine surgeon tracked down by Keith Swenson, who was still in severe pain after an earlier back operation. He didn't know what to believe. Two other surgeons had urged more operations, different ones.

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Doctor Who Took Out Wrong Organ Fined

June 8, 2010 7:27 am | News | Comments

Health News Florida reports Monday that the board said Bernard Zaragoza is a good doctor, but he had bad luck. A state hearing officer recommended a penalty of a $5,000 fine and 50 hours of community service. Zaragoza has to reimburse the state $25,000 for the state's costs of investigation and prosecution.

New Treatment Helps Babies Smile

June 7, 2010 7:35 am | by Bob Cramblitt | Articles | Comments

Using 3D scanning technology, engineers have developed a new treatment for severe cleft lip and palate that reduces the cleft width before surgery without inhibiting upper-jaw growth. June 7, 2010 One of the first babies to receive the new cleft lip and palate treatment, during his initial visit to Shriners Hospital.

Bringing Doctors To The Dying Patient’s Bedside

June 7, 2010 7:34 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

When D., a woman in her mid-30s, learned that she was dying from complications of AIDS, she fully expected that her life would end in much the same way it had been lived: homeless, alone and among strangers. If it hadn’t been for Dr. Jason K. Alexander, a medical student at the time, she might have been right.

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Semi-Rigid Canisters

June 7, 2010 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

DeRoyal SafeLiner Semi-Rigid canisters boast a safe design and offer a reduction in red bag waste. Patented adhesive on the disposable lid keeps fluids secure, preventing costly clean-ups, and providing a spill safe product for all clinicians. A filter technically proven to prevent backflow of aspirated fluids into hospital vacuums is innovative and a part of every canister created by DeRoyal.

Laparoscopic Smoke Filtration System

June 7, 2010 7:30 am | Pall Medical | Product Releases | Comments

  The Laparoshield Laparoscopic Smoke Filtration System is a passive smoke evacuation system which removes particulate, cells, virus and odor causing chemicals from surgical smoke generated in laparoscopic procedures while maintaining a clear field of vision.

Blowing The Whistle Or Inciting A Panic?

June 7, 2010 7:29 am | News | Comments

An NYU Medical Center doctor phoned her bosses' weight-loss surgery patients on the eve of their operations to warn them they could end up dead. Surgical resident Neelu Pal was so spooked after a lap-band surgery patient died in 2006 that she spent the weekend anonymously phoning patients scheduled for surgery that Monday.

Wrong Back Surgery Nets $2 Million Ruling

June 7, 2010 7:16 am | News | Comments

A Roanoke, NC jury awarded a 38-year-old woman $2 million in a malpractice judgment against Carilion Clinic after hearing claims that a neurosurgeon performed the wrong type of surgery on her herniated discs, prolonging her pain. Carilion has asked that the verdict be reduced to a reasonable sum or that the court grant a new trial.

Surgeons Fined For Overbilling Medicare By More Than $1 Million

June 7, 2010 6:52 am | News | Comments

The Oregon Medical Board has fined four Eugene heart surgeons for allegedly overbiling Medicare. The doctors agreed to each pay a $10,000 fine and serve 100 hours of community service. The Register-Guard newspaper reports the action comes more than two years after Drs. David Duke, Warren Glover, Richard Hicks and Stanley Baldwin reached a settlement with the federal government in which they agreed to pay $2.

Pulmonary Embolism Pioneer Recognized

June 7, 2010 6:42 am | News | Comments

Lazar J. Greenfield, MD, FACS of Ann Arbor, MI, was the recipient of the 16th Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons. The Jacobson Award, which honors living surgeons who have been innovators of a new development or technique in any field of surgery, was presented to Dr. Greenfield during a dinner that was held in conjunction with the ACS Board of Regents meeting.

H1N1 Experts Linked To Pharmaceutical Industry

June 7, 2010 6:09 am | News | Comments

Key World Health Organization personnel who advised on the stockpiling of pandemic flu drugs had financial ties with companies which stood to profit, an investigation has found. The British Medical Journal says these individuals had openly declared these interests, yet WHO made no mention of the links.

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