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Toshiba America Medical System's Vantage Titan 1.5T and Vantage Titan 3T

August 28, 2014 11:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.’s MR systems have received approval to operate (ATO) with the U.S. Air Force. This makes Toshiba the only manufacturer to have fully certified MR systems (Vantage TitanTM 1.5T and Vantage Titan 3T) for use on the Air Force Network. This follows the recent Air Force ATO for Toshiba’s CT systems.

Man Has Antenna Implanted in His Skull

August 28, 2014 11:17 am | by Will Wei, Business Insider | News | Comments

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind and sees the world in grayscale. But even though Neil can't see color doesn't mean he can't sense it. That's because Neil Harbisson is a cyborg who can hear color. In 2004, Neil convinced a doctor to implant into his skull an antenna that detects and transposes colors into corresponding tones — allowing him to hear color through bone conduction.

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Engineered Cartilage Regenerates Joints

August 28, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

Human articular cartilage defects can be treated with nasal septum cells. Researchers at the University and the University Hospital of Basel report that cells taken from the nasal septum are able to adapt to the environment of the knee joint and can thus repair articular cartilage defects.

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3D Printed Spine Successfully Implanted in 12-Year-Old Boy

August 28, 2014 10:42 am | by Emily Crane, Daily Mail Australia | News | Comments

Surgeons in China have successfully implanted an artificial 3D-printed vertebra into a 12-year-old bone cancer patient to help him walk again. Doctors at Peking University Hospital in Beijing first removed a tumor located in the second vertebra of the boy's neck before replacing it with the 3D-printed implant between the first and third vertebrae to allow him to lift his head.

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Bundled Approach to Reduce SSIs in Colorectal Surgery

August 28, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

A multidisciplinary program (called a "bundle") that spanned the phases of perioperative care helped reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) in patients undergoing colorectal surgery (CRS) at an academic medical center. The study was authored by Jeffrey E. Keenan, M.D., of the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and colleagues.

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OSTAR 300 Remote Patient Monitoring System

August 27, 2014 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

OSTAR Healthcare Technology, a Washington State Based Medical Device company, announced the North American launch of its revolutionary A Series Cloud Based Telehealth Patient Monitoring System, powered by 3SI (three simultaneous interpretations) Interpretive Blood Pressure Monitoring Algorithm.

Hip Fracture Surgery Reduces Health Care Costs By More Than 65K

August 27, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

A new study, appearing in the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, found that average lifetime societal benefits in the U.S. reduced the direct medical costs of hip fracture surgery by $65,000 to $68,000 per patient (in 2009 dollars), and that total, lifetime societal savings exceeded $16 billion for older patients.

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3D Printing in Reconstructive Facial Surgery Must Overcome Reimbursement Challenge

August 27, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

While three-dimensional (3D) printing has been lauded as a game-changing development in the medical devices industry, the technology is battling to convince surgeons that it is a financially viable treatment for craniomaxillofacial (CMF) reconstruction, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

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Surgical Products Welcomes a New Editor

August 27, 2014 11:00 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | News | Comments

In late July, I became editor of Surgical Products. I went from covering village board meetings, school functions and high school football games to writing about the latest news from the OR. Yes, definitely a career change, and while all of it still seems a little scary to me, I’m still fulfilling my passion – writing and editing.

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Fetal Medicine Leaders Report on 100 Prenatal Surgeries for Spina Bifida

August 27, 2014 10:51 am | News | Comments

Reporting on 100 recent cases of fetal surgery for spina bifida, specialists at a premier fetal surgery program achieved results similar to those published three years previously in a landmark clinical trial that established a new standard of care for prenatal repair of this birth defect. Spina bifida is the most common birth defect of the central nervous system, affecting about 1,500 babies born each year in the United States.

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Brain Benefits From Weight Loss Following Bariatric Surgery

August 27, 2014 10:31 am | News | Comments

Weight loss surgery can curb alterations in brain activity associated with obesity and improve cognitive function involved in planning, strategizing and organizing, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). 

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ProCare Protein Check to Verify Effective Cleaning

August 26, 2014 12:22 pm | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Product Releases | Comments

The new ProCare Protein Check from Miele Professional is a new chemistry-based system that is designed to be a fast, simple and direct way to test instruments after processing to assure they are free of blood and protein soils.

With Coverage Through Obamacare, Transgender Woman Opts For Surgery

August 26, 2014 12:03 pm | by Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News | News | Comments

Devin Payne had gone years without health insurance – having little need and not much money to pay for it. Then Payne, who had a wife and four children, realized she could no longer live as a man. The next step was gender reassignment surgery. For that, Payne, who is now 44, said she needed health coverage. “It is not a simple, easy, magical surgery,” said Payne. “Trying to do this without insurance is a big risk."

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Older Parkinson's Patients No Higher Risk for DBS

August 26, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

Implantating deep brain stimulation (DBS) devices poses no greater risk of complications to older patients than it does to younger patients with Parkinson's disease, researchers at Duke Medicine report. The findings, published Aug. 25 in the journal JAMA Neurology, ease concerns that patients older than 75 are poorer candidates for DBS because they may be prone to bleeding, infections or other complications that can arise after surgeries.

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Study: Knee Surgery Not Needed for Mild Osteoarthritis

August 26, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

Their study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) today, says middle-aged or older patients with mild or no osteoarthritis of the knee may not benefit from the procedure of arthroscopic knee surgery. Doctors need to be carefully weighing the costs and benefits when deciding who should undergo such surgery, says Dr. Moin Khan, principal investigator for the study.

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