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Poll: Less Fear For Healthcare Overhaul

February 26, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP With President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in limbo, Americans' fears about its effect on them eased in January, according to a poll released as the president tries to revive sweeping Democratic legislation. The monthly poll from the non-partisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also found that three-fourths of Americans still think it's important that the President include health care reform in addressing the nation's economic crisis — even if many have misgivings.

Radiation Safeguards Added To CT Scanners

February 26, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) An industry group representing the top five manufacturers of CT equipment have committed to adding new safeguards in helping prevent excess exposure to radiation. The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance said manufacturers will add a color-coded warning system to give health care providers clear indications of when they are doing scans that give patients potentially dangerous doses of radiation.

Flight Simulator For Robotic Surgery

February 26, 2010 4:23 am | News | Comments

A collaboration between the Center for Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has produced a simulator that closely approximates the touch and feel of Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci™ robotic surgical system.

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Surgeon Advocates Gastric Bypass In Non-Obese Patients

February 26, 2010 4:05 am | News | Comments

Samuel Goldsmith, New York Daily News A Manhattan doctor thinks he may have found a surgical cure for Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Francesco Rubino will soon begin a surgical trial with overweight, but not obese, diabetes patients in which he'll perform gastric bypass surgery to reverse the disease. Rubino, the chief of gastrointestinal surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, feels that because a significant number of people with lower body mass indexes can develop diabetes, that the medical community needs to start asking whether BMI should be the only clinically appropriate way to decide who gets diabetes-targeted surgery.

Surgery Tech Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison

February 26, 2010 3:52 am | News | Comments

A surgery technician who infected about three dozen people with hepatitis C after she injected herself with painkiller-filled syringes and replaced them with ones filled with saline, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Kristen Diane Parker received the sentence in federal court after pleading guilty to some of the charges in the case.

Surgical Simulator

February 24, 2010 12:08 pm | Videos | Comments

The Surgical Simulator LxH ( Lumbar L4-5) model by Dynamic Disc Designs Corp. is a lumbar model has been designed with a white fibrous nucleus pulposus that can be excised and used to simulate the surgical feel of a discectomy. Nuclear replacements available.

Suturing Workshop

February 24, 2010 12:08 pm | Videos | Comments

A discussion and demonstration of suturing techniques with Lee Dresang, MD from the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine.

Simple, Interrupted Suture

February 24, 2010 12:07 pm | Videos | Comments
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Barrier Gauze Wound Dressings

February 24, 2010 7:24 am | Derma Sciences | Product Releases | Comments

Derma Sciences, Inc.’s BIOGUARD™ barrier gauze wound dressings have recently been classified by the FDA as Class II medical devices. The newly issued guidance pertains to a wound dressing with permanently bound cationic biocide polyDADMAC, one of the molecular entities covered in nine Quick-Med U.

Universal Surgical Drainage

February 24, 2010 7:24 am | SurgiMark, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The DrainTow® closed suction wound drainage system provides rapid deployment of the surgeon’s choice of drains in laparoscopic or open surgical procedures. The DrainTow® traction obturator: Maintains pneumo during drain insertion for speed and precision. Provides smooth atraumatic passage through tissue in open surgery.

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Surgery Is A Team Sport

February 24, 2010 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Like many of you, I’ve spent my evenings the past week or so watching the Winter Olympics. While I’m not much of a winter-sport athlete myself, I generally enjoy watching the skiing and skating events. However, this Olympic Games, I discovered my new favorite event—curling.

Researchers Use Microwave Oven To Sterilize Medical Equipment

February 24, 2010 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Researchers at Glyndŵr University have developed technology for producing a portable device for sterilizing medical equipment—using a £40 microwave oven. The everyday kitchen device has been used to deliver a low cost, chemical-free solution to killing harmful bacteria on medical tools used in GP, dentists and veterinary surgeries.

Unnecessary Mastectomy Leads To Protocol Changes

February 24, 2010 6:00 am | News | Comments

The results of a misread pathology report and results unnecessary mastectomy at the Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario has led hospitals throughout the region to reconsider their surgical protocols. Officials at Windsor hospitals said that surgeons are generally the only ones looking over the final pathology and clinical diagnosis report before surgery, even though many pairs of eyes may see a patient's chart and test results throughout the cancer diagnosis and treatment process, as is the case in most hospitals across Ontario.

Pediatricians Pushing For More Choking Warning Labels

February 24, 2010 5:43 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP When 4-year-old Eric Stavros Adler choked to death on a piece of hot dog, his anguished mother never dreamed that the popular kids' food could be so dangerous. Some food makers, including Oscar Mayer, have warning labels about choking, but not nearly enough, says Joan Stavros Adler, Eric's mom.

Work Hours On The Decline For Doctors

February 24, 2010 5:31 am | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Doctors have steadily cut their work hours over the past decade, a new study finds, something that experts say may only worsen the health care situation. It's not that doctors are terrible slackers. Average hours dropped from about 55 to 51 hours per week from 1996 to 2008, according to the analysis, which will appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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