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Universal Drain Set For Laparoscopy

April 5, 2010 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DrainTow® system features fast, air-tight drain placement in Laparoscopic surgery and smooth passage in Open surgery. Ease and choice of drains encourages routine use that improves outcomes.  Maintains pneumo in laparoscopy. Cuts inventory, saves time and lowers costs.

General, Pelvic Endoscopic Procedures On The Rise

April 5, 2010 6:05 am | News | Comments

According to a recent report from Medtech Insight, general and pelvic endoscopic/laparoscopic surgeries such as gastric bypass, endometrial ablation, laparoscopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH), appendectomy and prostatectomy were performed more than 2.8 million times in 2008. This translates to the U.

The Embryonic Heart: Imaging Life As It Happens

April 5, 2010 6:03 am | Articles | Comments

Kirill Larin, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at UH, works in his lab documenting the formation of the mammalian heart through a high-resolution, noninvasive imaging device, providing perhaps the best live imagery taken of the vital organ. Kirill Larin, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering at UH, and his colleagues in the Texas Medical Center are documenting the formation of the mammalian heart through a high-resolution, non-invasive imaging device, providing perhaps the best live imagery taken of the vital organ.

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Expanding Stent Surgery

April 5, 2010 5:51 am | News | Comments

After Louis Prestes suffered a mini-stroke, his doctor told him the artery in his neck was 70 percent blocked with fatty plaque deposits and the likelihood of another, more serious stroke was high. Mr. Prestes, 76, was presented with two options to prevent another stroke. He could undergo conventional surgery performed on his carotid artery, a procedure performed 100,000 times a year in the U.

Turning Away

April 2, 2010 8:20 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

The e-mail message about my long-term patient was disturbing.   In retrospect, her initial cancer treatment had been nothing short of a miracle. A large tumor of the mouth was completely controlled with a limited surgery and radiation therapy. When her cancer recurred again a few years later, treatment again came to the rescue.

Patient Safety Incidents At U.S. Hospitals Show No Decline

April 2, 2010 8:19 am | News | Comments

A recent study finds nearly one million incidents among medicare patients in years 2006 to 2008. The incidences were associated with $8.9 billion in costs. April 2, 2010 Nearly one million patient-safety incidents occurred among Medicare patients over the years 2006, 2007, 2008, a figure virtually unchanged since last year’s annual study of patient safety by HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization.

Woman Has Twins ... A Week Apart

April 2, 2010 7:04 am | News | Comments

An Ohio couple can look forward to an annual birthday season, because their new twins were born a week apart. Jennifer Renz of North Canton went into labor while at her doctor's office on March 22. She wasn't due for another 12 weeks but gave birth at a Cleveland hospital to a 1-pound, 13-ounce girl, named Grace.

Soda Tax Won't Impact Obesity

April 2, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Small taxes on soda do little to reduce soft drink consumption or prevent childhood obesity, but larger levies probably would, states new research. The study is being released as a recent wave of proposals would raise soda taxes or create new ones on sugared beverages. But they'll have to be a lot steeper than current taxes, which are generally four percent or less, said Roland Sturm, lead author of the new research.

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2 Million Waiting To Join Parent's Healthcare Coverage

April 2, 2010 6:40 am | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Congress voted to overhaul the health care system on a Sunday. On Monday, Patti Lawson e-mailed her employer's human resources office to ask how soon she could get her 22-year-old daughter back on her health insurance. In about six months, the new law will allow at least 2 million young adults to be covered under their parents’ policies.

Surprise Inside - Missing Heads & Torsos

April 2, 2010 6:15 am | News | Comments

Surprise Inside – Missing Heads & Torsos Sue Major Holmes and Maria Sudekum Fisher, AP A human head and torso were found inside a red biohazard tub as part of what was supposed to be a routine shipment of medical waste from New Mexico to a Kansas company. That gruesome discovery last week turned out to be just the start.

Checklists Help Curb Mortality Rates

April 2, 2010 5:57 am | News | Comments

Patient deaths at three London hospitals have been cut by almost 15 percent after introducing treatment checklists (known as care bundles), finds a study published on www.bmj.com. The researchers say their methods could be used to reduce mortality in many other hospitals. The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust serves a population of about 500,000 at three sites: Northwick Park Hospital, Central Middlesex Hospital and St Mark's Hospital.

SILS Sleeve Gastrectomy

April 1, 2010 7:32 am | Videos | Comments

The first ever Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery for Sleeve Gastrectomy performed in Asia. Team CODS under the guidance of Dr. M.

Surgery By Flashlight

April 1, 2010 7:29 am | Videos | Comments

An OR team performs surgery in Haiti using flashlights as lighting. Frequent power outages promote flashlights and headlamps in the OR.

Teenage Gastric Bypass Surgery

April 1, 2010 7:29 am | Videos | Comments

Chelsey, a teenager, undergoes gastric bypass surgery to help her with her weight problems.

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