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Food Illnesses Costing U.S. $152 Billion Annually

March 3, 2010 6:10 am | News | Comments

(Reuters)  Food-based illnesses cost the United States $152 billion in health-related expenses each year, according to a study released by consumer and public health groups. Food safety advocates are hoping that the study will boost efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's food safety system.

Less Salt Could Cut Healthcare Costs By Billions

March 3, 2010 5:45 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) Working with the food industry to cut salt intake by nearly 10 percent could prevent hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes over several decades and save the U.S. government $32 billion in healthcare costs, U.S. researchers said. Eating too much salt is a major cause of high blood pressure, which the Institute of Medicine last week declared a neglected disease that costs the U.

Outlook For Surgical Product Innovation: Stable

March 3, 2010 5:34 am | News | Comments

(AP) Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday the medical products and device sector is set for stable growth, though it may not fully recover to pre-recession levels. “We foresee generally stable business fundamentals for the medical products and device sector over the next 12 to 18 months,&rdquo said Diana Lee, a Moody's senior credit officer.

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Dirty Air The Source Of Millions In Annual Medical Care

March 3, 2010 5:25 am | News | Comments

California's dirty air caused more than $193 million in hospital-based medical care from 2005 to 2007. People sought help for problems such as asthma and pneumonia that are triggered by elevated pollution levels, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Researchers estimate that exposure to excessive levels of ozone and particulate pollution caused nearly 30,000 emergency room visits and hospital admissions over the study period.

Turning Medical Discards Into Life-Saving Treasures

March 2, 2010 12:43 pm | Articles | Comments

By Holly Frew, MedShare Hospital staff discard supplies and used medical supplies in MedShare collection bins at their facility. Eva Trepanier empties a large black garbage bag full of medical items on a table. After four years of volunteering at MedShare, she’s still amazed at the amount of medical supplies collected each week from Atlanta-area hospitals.

How Wireless Is Transforming Healthcare

March 2, 2010 6:16 am | News | Comments

The healthcare industry is going through a major transformation and wireless technology will serve as a key enabler of this shift, noted Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) CEO Dan Hesse in his keynote at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference. “In the remote healthcare setting with the continuing decline of home telephone lines and the less than universal availability of broadband, mobile technologies are shaping up to be a cornerstone for information transmission in the future of remote medicine.

"I'd Like To Go Home Today"

March 2, 2010 6:13 am | Articles | Comments

He was a big, burly man with a gruff voice and a temperament to match. His abdomen was a sprawling landscape of scars. And he was sick—seriously so— and needed to spend a little time with me in a cold room with hot lights. As is often the case, his surgery and recovery were complicated by chronic anticoagulation, a history of thromboembolism, a little heart disease, and a few other things that in the end caused me more worry than actual problems.

EndoVue™ HD Display

March 2, 2010 6:10 am | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

As part of NDSsi’s value segment, the EndoVue is a high-definition display that features digital and analog HD video inputs and many other key benefits. Its compact and lightweight design allow for easy installation on a cart or boom. The new  EndoVue™ is an affordable alternative to a full-featured surgical display but can still accommodate high-definition signals from a variety of medical imaging sources, including endoscopes, ultrasound, PACS, and vital signs.

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Cornea Transplant Shows Short & Long-Term Promise

March 2, 2010 4:52 am | News | Comments

One year post-surgery, patients who underwent Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) experienced greater cell loss overall compared to those who underwent penetrating keratoplasty (PKP), according to a new analysis of data collected from the Cornea Donor Study (CDS) Investigator Group's 2008 Specular Microscopy Ancillary Study (SMAS) .

Embedding Images Helps Speed Decisions, Improve Care

March 2, 2010 4:42 am | News | Comments

Embedding clinical images to accompany findings described in a radiology text report enhances radiologists' communication with referring physicians and can improve patient care, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology ( www.jacr.org ). “The imaging exam report provides an important means of communication between the radiologist and the other physicians rendering care and is often the only form of communication between the radiologist and the referring physician,” said Veena R.

FDA's Top Reviewer Jumps To Microsoft

March 2, 2010 4:27 am | News | Comments

(AP) — The Food and Drug Administration's top medical device reviewer is stepping down to take a job in Microsoft's lobbying office. Donna Bea Tillman told staffers in a note she is resigning as director of the office of device evaluation after 15 years with the FDA. Tillman said she will serve as director of regulations and policy for Microsoft's health information unit.

FDA's Top Reviewer Jumps To Microsft

March 2, 2010 4:26 am | News | Comments

(AP) — The Food and Drug Administration's top medical device reviewer is stepping down to take a job in Microsoft's lobbying office. Donna Bea Tillman told staffers in a note she is resigning as director of the office of device evaluation after 15 years with the FDA. Tillman said she will serve as director of regulations and policy for Microsoft's health information unit.

President Hopes Undecided Democrats Can Push Plan Forward

March 2, 2010 4:17 am | News | Comments

Erica Werner, AP A small number of House Democrats who opposed health overhaul legislation on the first go-round may be President Obama's most important constituency when he unveils a revised proposal. At least nine of the 39 Democrats who voted nay when the House passed sweeping overhaul legislation 220-215 in November, are now undecided or withholding judgment until they see the final product.

Doctors Helping Children Die

March 2, 2010 4:02 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP It's a situation too agonizing to contemplate — a child dying and in pain. Now a small but provocative study suggests that doctors may be giving fatal morphine doses to a few children dying of cancer, to end their suffering at their parents' request. A handful of parents told researchers that they had asked doctors to hasten their children's deaths — and that doctors complied, using high doses of the powerful painkiller.

Used Equipment Offers Dual Green Benefit

March 1, 2010 12:29 pm | by Bill Whittemore | Articles | Comments

With a better understanding of used equipment options, hospitals can save up to 75 percent. With an understanding of the sources, classification of rebuilding and types of vendors involved, professionals can find used equipment that functions like new. Hospitals and surgical centers are not immune to the current economic condition, and as a result the purchasing of used equipment has become a more prominent option.

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