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Varying Body Composition Measurement Techniques

April 14, 2010 8:30 am | News | Comments

Measuring body composition can provide valuable information for determining an individual’s overall health status. However, obtaining accurate measurements can be difficult and expensive, according to Steve Ball, University of Missouri Extension fitness specialist. Now, MU researchers are comparing measurement techniques to determine the most efficient and cost-effective method for assessing body composition.

Malpractice Worries Dive Health Care Costs

April 14, 2010 8:25 am | News | Comments

Stephanie Nano, AP A substantial number of heart doctors — about one in four — say they order medical tests that might not be needed out of fear of getting sued, according to a new study. Nearly 600 doctors were surveyed for the study to determine how aggressively they treat their patients and whether non-medical issues have influenced their decisions to order invasive heart tests.

Love Handles Repurposed For Breast Reconstruction

April 14, 2010 8:23 am | News | Comments

A new technique using tissue from those below-the-waist love handles improves cosmetic breast reconstruction in slim, athletic cancer patients without adequate fat sources elsewhere, a small Johns Hopkins study has found. The method also turns out to be less complicated than other options. Plastic and reconstructive surgeons from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine describe the procedure they developed in a paper published in the online version of the journal Microsurgery , based on experience from their work on cadavers and on 12 breast cancer patients over the course of a year.

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Nurses Roles Expanded During Doctor Shortage

April 14, 2010 8:17 am | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners. These nurses with advanced degrees want the right to practice without a doctor's watchful eye and to prescribe narcotics. And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called Doctor.

Weight-Loss Surgery Can Lower Pregnancy Complications

April 14, 2010 6:35 am | News | Comments

Obesity, especially extreme obesity, is a risk factor for hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. These include serious conditions such as pre-eclampsia, which can effect about seven percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. Bariatric surgery is an effective weight loss intervention for women with a body mass index of 40 or more, or a BMI of 35-40 with associated conditions like diabetes.

Staying Focused

April 14, 2010 6:07 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

I’m sure most anyone reading this can relate to a time when you felt rushed. Many of us experience times when we feel our to-do list doesn’t seem to get any shorter as time begins to run out. That’s how I’ve felt this week as I prepare for back-to-back business trips.

Pediatric Surgeon Praises Robot Helpers

April 13, 2010 9:26 am | Videos | Comments

At Children's Hospital Boston, surgeons say that the da Vinci robot helps them complete procedures with lower costs and faster recovery times.

Complications During Laparoscopic Surgery

April 13, 2010 9:26 am | Videos | Comments

This video shows a complication that occurred during a laparoscopic right hemicolectomy for tumor removal and how the surgeon performing the procedure handled it.

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Healthcare Heroes: Orthopedic Surgery

April 13, 2010 9:26 am | Videos | Comments

Philip Sancken has enjoyed riding motocross competitions for years, but when an accident left him unable to walk, he went to Dr. Peter Simonian of Simonian Sports Medicine Center in Fresno for help. Philip knew his leg injury was far from ordinary and that he’d need an orthopedic specialist to put his badly fractured leg back together.

UIC Robotic Surgery Division Wins Innovation Award

April 13, 2010 9:25 am | Videos | Comments

The Division of General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is at the forefront of surgical technology and applica- tion. While many medical centers and institutions now utilize robotic surgery in some capacity, UIC is creating a new playing field for surgeons from across the globe—not just in the number of surgeries performed, but also the types of procedures performed as well.

Total Knee Arthroplasty Using Electrosurgical Cutting/Coagulation Tool

April 13, 2010 9:24 am | Videos | Comments

PEAK Surgical has developed a family of disposable surgical cutting and coagulation tools to ensure that orthopedic surgeons have the technology they need for a variety of procedures: The PlasmaBlade 4.0, which is designed to be used to cut through all types of soft tissue, including skin, fat and muscle.

ER On Wheels In Afghanistan

April 13, 2010 9:23 am | Videos | Comments

CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on a mobile surgical unit that is saving lives in Afghanistan.

RF Tissue And Vessel Instrument Used In Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve

April 13, 2010 9:23 am | Aragon Surgical, Inc | Videos | Comments

Nirmal Jayaseelan, MD of Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas, TX uses Aragon Surgical's Lektrafuse™ CAIMAN™ in a laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure. The Lektrafuse CAIMAN combines unique mechanics and sophisticated energy delivery to assure a precise, durable seal with every pass.

Surgeon Terminates Wrong Fetus - Loses License

April 13, 2010 7:51 am | News | Comments

Florida state officials stripped a Sarasota doctor of his license after he aborted the wrong fetus in a woman carrying twins. The procedure, known as selective termination, was supposed to be performed on the fetus with congenital birth defects. During a state hearing the doctor blamed his mistake on ultrasound equipment that he said didn't allow him to view the fetuses as clearly as possible.

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