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MiniLap Instruments

August 10, 2010 7:25 am | Stryker Endoscopy | Product Releases | Comments

Stryker’s MiniLap instrument line allows for access and instrumentation in one laparoscopic device. According to the company, the instruments are designed percutaneous entry through the abdominal cavity, and feature: A diameter of 2.3 mm. Availability in 4 tip styles for a variety of laparoscopic procedures.

Today’s New Physicians Are Unable To Improve Patient Safety

August 10, 2010 7:23 am | by David Nash, MD, MBA, FACP | Articles | Comments

It has been 10 years since the landmark Institute of Medicine report “To Err is Human” uncovered disturbing deficiencies in the quality of our nation’s medical care. Progress in correcting these deficiencies remains frustratingly slow, and it has become clear that achieving the quality and safety improvements we seek will require us to examine our approach to medical education.

Purdue-IU Team Uncovers Potential Prostate Cancer Marker

August 10, 2010 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Images from the desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry analysis of prostate tissue samples are shown next to stained slides of the same samples. The images show that cholesterol sulfate is present in cancerous tissue and precancerous legions called high grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, or PIN.

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U.S. Continues To Dominate Plastic Surgery

August 10, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) announces the "ISAPS Biennial Global Survey™" of plastic surgeons and procedures in the top 25 countries and regions - representing 75 percentof all procedures in 2009. The ISAPS Survey marks the first time reliable international plastic surgery data has been obtained and analyzed by independent statistical specialists.

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Leading Robotic Surgeon Joins Titan Medical's Advisory Board

August 10, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

Dr. John R. Valvo, M.D., F.A.C.S. is currently the Chief of Urology and Director of Robotics at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York. Following a 20-year career in performing open surgery, Dr. Valvo founded the robotic program at Rochester General Hospital in early 2004, which currently ranks in the top 4% of robotic surgeries in the United States, having over 30 robotic surgeons and over 3,000 robotic surgeries performed.

Scientists Identify Pathways In Kidney Disease, C. difficile Colitis

August 10, 2010 7:21 am | News | Comments

Arch Biopartners Inc. announces that Arch scientists have reported findings that identify key inflammation pathways in chronic kidney disease and C. difficile colitis. The studies are the result of the scientists' ongoing research at the University of Calgary and are reported in the journals Gastroenterology and The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology .

Belly Bulge Can Be Deadly For Older Adults

August 10, 2010 7:21 am | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — If your pants are feeling a bit tight around the waistline, take note: Belly bulge can be deadly for older adults, even those who aren't overweight or obese by other measures. One of the largest studies to examine the dangers of abdominal fat suggests men and women with the biggest waistlines have twice the risk of dying over a decade compared to those with the smallest tummies.

Female Victims Seek Help From Colorado Surgeon

August 10, 2010 7:20 am | News | Comments

Catherine Tsai, Associated Press Writer TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — This picturesque southern Colorado town known for decades as the sex-change capital of the world — thousands of gender-reassignment operations have been performed here — is becoming a beacon for victims of female genital mutilation.

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Greater Precision In Single Incision

August 9, 2010 7:26 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

The SILS™ Hand instruments from Covidien are the latest advancements in endoscopic tissue manipulation, enhancing the surgeon’s flexibility and visualization when performing SILS™ procedures the company’s SILS™ Clinch, SILS™ Hook, SILS™ Shears and SILS™ Dissector offer: The ability to articulate infinitely in a near hemispherical space, allowing access to surgical site from different angles and assisting in providing triangulation and visualization needed to facilitate SILS™ procedures.

Multi-Instrument Access Port

August 9, 2010 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus introduces the QuadPort™, a disposable multi-instrument access port that can simultaneously accommodate up to four instruments, including a laparoscope, through a single incision. According to the company, the QuadPort features: 4 ports: one 15mm, two 10mm and one 5mm.

A Certain Age

August 9, 2010 7:24 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Articles | Comments

For myself I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else. -Winston Churchill August 9, 2010 Even before I met him, I could tell that his cancer was extensive. His problems had started several months before with a cough, a voice change, and some trouble swallowing.

6 Americans On Medical Team Killed In Afghanistan

August 9, 2010 7:23 am | News | Comments

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press Writer KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ten members of a medical team, including six Americans, were shot and killed by militants as they were returning from providing eye treatment and other health care in remote villages in northern Afghanistan, a spokesman for the team said Saturday.

Study: Surgery Better Than Radiation, Hormone Treatments For Some Prostate Cancer

August 9, 2010 7:23 am | News | Comments

The differences among therapies were more prominent at higher levels of cancer risk, and suggest, the researchers say, that in many cases surgery should play a greater role in treatment strategies for patients with prostate cancer that is likely to recur or spread.  The study is available online in the journal “Cancer,” the journal of the American Cancer Society, here Most previous reports comparing treatment outcomes among different treatment options have looked only at PSA responses to treatment, rather than at the more important long-term survival outcomes, according to the researchers.

Iraqi Twin Dies After Surgery In Saudi Arabia

August 9, 2010 7:21 am | News | Comments

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An Iraqi twin who was joined at the hip with her sister died Saturday, three weeks after separation surgery in Saudi Arabia, a Saudi surgeon said. The conjoined twins, Zainab and Ruqqaya Naseer, were born June 5 in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Eaten Alive: Woman Battles Flesh-Eating Germ

August 9, 2010 7:21 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer This April 2005 photo provided by Sandy Wilson shows her with her newborn son Christopher in the intensive care unit at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. No one knows how Wilson got the flesh-eating bacteria, necrotizing fasciitis.

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