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Medical Polymer For Chronic Implants

March 8, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

March 12, 2010 DSM PTG, part of DSM Biomedical, introduces Bionate® II PCU, a versatile medical polymer with built-in surface technology designed for chronic implants.  Bionate® II PCU is a line extension of the Bionate® Polycarbonate Urethane family, a medical polymer for long-term implants and is backed by an established FDA Master File.

Clipboards Safe For Now - iPad Launch Delayed

March 8, 2010 4:26 am | News | Comments

Barbara Ortutay, AP The much-anticipated iPad tablet computer from Apple, Inc., which was targeted for potential hospital use, will start hitting U.S. store shelves on April 3, slightly later than originally planned. When Apple unveiled the touch-screen device Jan. 27, the company said the first iPads would reach the market in late March worldwide, not just in the U.

Self-Expanding Stent Receives CE Marking

March 8, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

Medical device maker Stentys announced today that it has received CE Marking for its self-expanding and disconnectable stent to treat acute coronary syndrome (ACS).  According to the company, the self-expanding feature of the Stentys platform is designed to ensure optimal apposition of a stent in the initial hours and days after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) procedure, by being continuously applied to the vessel’s internal surface even during thrombus and vessel spasm relief, thereby avoiding malapposition.

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Post-Mastectomy Patients May Not Need Radiation

March 8, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

Breast cancer patients with early stage disease that has spread to only one lymph node may not benefit from radiation after mastectomy, because of the low risk of recurrence following modern surgery and systemic therapy, according to researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Infection Control Concerns From Local Hand Sanitizers

March 8, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

Mike Melia, AP Puerto Rico's government has sent inspectors across the island to stop stores from selling locally produced hand sanitizers tainted with dangerous bacteria. The products were made by Puerto Rico Beverage, Inc. of Maunabo. A recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection of the plant found serious problems with manufacturing practices.

Shoulder Function Not Fully Restored After Surgery

March 8, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

Shoulder motion after rotator cuff surgery remains significantly different when compared to the patient's opposite shoulder, according to Henry Ford Hospital researchers. In the study, researchers used X-rays providing a 3D view of motion of the arm bone in relation to the shoulder blade, compared to motion in the shoulders of 14 patients who had arthroscopic surgical repair of tendon tears and no symptoms in their other shoulders.

It’s Time For Surgery’s Future To Go Under The Knife

March 5, 2010 11:52 am | by Pier Giulianotti, M.D. University of Illinois at Chicago | Articles | Comments

It’s not enough to have mere awareness in robotic surgery; the imperative lies in applying it—and differently. March 8, 2010 Pier Giulianotti, M.D. Recently, I consulted with a leading medical manufacturer about a new surgical tool in development which would expand the depth and scope of robotic surgeries presently available to the medical community.

Automating The Driver Of The Hospital

March 5, 2010 11:52 am | by Amanda McGowan | Articles | Comments

In response to the increased economic pressures and quality concerns facing hospitals today, many facilities are automating their perioperative systems in an effort to boost revenue and improve clinical outcomes. March 8, 2010 No one, no matter how smart they are, can remember everything,” says Susan Almquist-Baldwin, Vice President of Perioperative Systems at North Shore Long Island Jewish (NSLIJ).

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Michael J. Fox Named Honorary Doctor In Sweden

March 5, 2010 7:15 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's Karolinska institute says it will give an honorary degree of medicine to Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox for his work to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease. The institute, which awards the annual Nobel Prize in medicine, says the Michael J.

Senators: Lift Ban On Gays Donating Blood

March 5, 2010 7:15 am | News | Comments

Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The time has come to change a policy that imposes a lifetime ban on donating blood for any man who has had gay sex since 1977, 18 senators said Thursday. "Not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban," said Sen.

Lawsuit: Cosmetic Surgery Killed Mom Of 3

March 5, 2010 7:14 am | News | Comments

A mother of three wanted a change and went in for a common procedure -- a face-lift. She never came out of surgery. Her family now says that a well-known, nationwide chain is responsible for her death and has filed a lawsuit against Lifestyle Lift in Middlesex Superior Court. The company insists the procedure is safe and the patient is to blame.

Concerns Over ‘Metal On Metal’ Hip Implants

March 5, 2010 7:14 am | News | Comments

Some of the nation’s leading orthopedic surgeons have reduced or stopped use of a popular category of artificial hips amid concerns that the devices are causing severe tissue and bone damage in some patients, often requiring replacement surgery within a year or two. In recent years, such devices, known as “metal on metal” implants, have been used in about one-third of the approximately 250,000 hip replacements performed annually in this country.

Bankruptcy Follows Hepatitis Scrutiny For Doctor

March 5, 2010 7:13 am | News | Comments

Dr. Dipak Desai, whose Las Vegas clinics were at the center of a 2008 hepatitis scare in Las Vegas, has filed for personal Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The filing could affect upcoming malpractice trials involving Desai and other defendants. Litigation is automatically put on hold in bankruptcy cases, though plaintiffs can petition the bankruptcy court to proceed with their cases.

A Window Into The Body

March 5, 2010 7:04 am | by Amanda McGowan | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers of surgical display systems discuss how the technology has evolved to accommodate minimally invasive surgery, features to consider when purchasing displays for your operating room, and what to expect in the future for visualization in the OR. March 5, 2010 The rise of HD endoscopic systems used in MIS procedures has driven the need for HD surgical displays in the OR.

The Doctor’s Failure To Cut Costs

March 5, 2010 6:13 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

On wards and in intensive care units, when doctors, nurses, patients and families find themselves at odds with one another, they inevitably turn to the experts of last resort: the bioethicists. Regularly called upon to weigh in on issues including life support, human research, patient rights and organ transplantation, bioethicists are known for bringing clarity to situations so overwrought with opinions, values and special interests that consensus appears impossible.

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