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Next-Generation Anal Fistula Repair

February 22, 2010 5:46 am | W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Gore launches GORE BIO-A Fistula Plug, the next generation of anal fistula repair. According to the company, the plug features: Engineering to conform to the anal fistula tract, reducing the potential for failure due to fall-out. An expandable 3D structure of bundled hollow tubes that attach to a circular head, a single plug configuration can be customized to fit most fistula shapes and sizes.

Blunt Point Needles

February 22, 2010 5:44 am | Ethicon, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ethicon, Inc. offers ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needles. According to the company, the ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needle is a solution that helps protect healthcare practitioners and patients from needlestick injuries without compromising performance. Features include: Compliance with the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act standards.

It’s A Small World After All

February 22, 2010 5:37 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Product Releases | Comments

In Part 2 of 2, Dr. Deol discusses the cultural differences she has experienced during her international exposure to the world of medicine. February 23, 2010 Finally, my experience in Paris occurred during what was supposed to be a day trip from London.  Unfortunately, my dinner of les moules marinière (mussels) extended our stay for an extra day.

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It’s A Small World After All

February 22, 2010 5:37 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Articles | Comments

In Part 1 of 2, Dr. Deol discusses the cultural differences she has experienced during her international exposure to the world of medicine. February 22, 2010 I have written several columns recently on the state of health care in the US.  I say “column” because I can’t stand the sound of the word “blog”.

Endoscopic Treatment Could Enhance Esophagus Surgical Approach

February 22, 2010 4:02 am | News | Comments

Early tumor formation in Barrett's esophagus (BE) can be effectively and safely treated with radiofrequency ablation (RFA), in combination with prior endoscopic removal of visible lesions, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology , the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute.

J&J Settles Tumor Detection Systems Dispute

February 22, 2010 3:51 am | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Endo-Surgery unit will get $12.5 million from medical imaging equipment maker Hologic, Inc. to end disputes over tumor detection systems used to test for breast cancer. Each will pay the other royalties on future sales of their respective breast biopsy devices, the companies said in statements.

CDC: MRIs, Other Medical Scans In ER quadruple

February 19, 2010 6:58 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The use of high-tech diagnostic imaging in emergency rooms has quadrupled since the mid-1990s, according to a new government report released Wednesday. MRI, CT or PET scans were done or ordered in 14 percent of ER visits in 2007, the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

Purchasing Surgical Carts

February 19, 2010 6:57 am | Capsa Solutions | Articles | Comments

Kevin Mortenson of Capsa Solutionso offers insight into purchasing considerations for surgical mobility, specifically carts. 1. Each facility and staff has a different set of needs when considering mobility products. What’s most important is that you work with suppliers who are in tune with the pairing of product with purpose.

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Surgical Gowns And Drapes

February 19, 2010 6:56 am | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Health Care’s expanded lines of surgical gowns, drapes and packs offer the right protection for the right procedure at the right price. KC100 standard gowns provide affordable and reliable protection for low- to moderate-fluid, shorter duration and minimally-invasive surgical procedure.

Surgical Prep Razor

February 19, 2010 6:55 am | Personna American Safety Razor Co. | Product Releases | Comments

The DermaGard™ is a heavy-weight surgical prep razor featuring combs that lift and separate hair. The razor is manufactured with high quality Comfort-Coated® stainless steel blades that provide a smooth, clean shave. The blade is uniquely wrapped with foil to guarantee that it never touches the skin.

The Lonesome Kicker/Surgeon

February 19, 2010 6:54 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Product Releases | Comments

“One might think it comes with glory. You might think different after you listen to my story,” – The Lonesome Kicker by Adam Sandler. Adam Sandler wrote the above-mentioned song in showing some sympathy to a group of football players who seem to either be the source of a team’s praises or the brunt of all frustration.

Effective Skin Antiseptic

February 19, 2010 6:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Carefusion offers ChloraPrep® 2% chlorhexidine gluconate/70% isopropyl alcohol skin antisepticis. The product features: A more rapid and persistent action against microorganisms. It cannot be neutralized by blood and other organic matter that would reduce its effectiveness and persistence.

New Drugs Offer Hope Against Superbugs, HAIs

February 19, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) Swiss scientists have found a new class of antibiotics, offering drug developers a fresh weapon in the fight against multi-drug resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”. Researchers from Swiss biotech company Polyphor and the University of Zurich said the potential medicines are effective against a type of bacteria known as “gram-negative,” and offer hope for new treatments for serious and often life-threatening infections, including hospital-acquired infections that can emanate from intensive care units.

Mind Over Matter - Matters

February 19, 2010 4:33 am | by by Maria Cheng, AP | News | Comments

When it comes to the placebo effect, it really may be mind over matter, a new analysis suggests. In a review of recent research, international experts say there is increasing evidence that fake treatments, or placebos, have an actual biological effect in the body. The doctor-patient relationship, plus the expectation of recovery, may sometimes be enough to change a patient's brain, body and behavior, experts write.

Stimulation May Not Help After Spinal Surgery

February 19, 2010 4:23 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) A commonly used treatment for patients who still suffer chronic back and leg pain after having back surgery is essentially no better than specialized pain treatment or standard medical treatment, a study shows. But the findings do not mean that the procedure – spinal cord stimulation – will not help some people, Dr.

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