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Swine Flu Claims 11 More U.S. Kids

October 19, 2009 6:30 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer As the swine flu outbreak strikes the U.S. early and hard, health officials note a worrisome number of child deaths, and warn that supplies of vaccine will remain scarce for at least the next couple of weeks. Delays in producing the vaccine mean 28 million to 30 million doses, at most, will be divided around the country by the end of the month, not the 40 million-plus that states had been expecting.

New Index Combines Nutrition With Affordability

October 19, 2009 6:18 am | News | Comments

Contact: Emily Jane Watt; ejwatt@webershandwick.com A new food rating system could make it easier to find budget-friendly, nutritious foods in today’s tough economy. The Affordable Nutrition Index (ANI), unveiled recently at the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, assesses food’s nutritional profile and cost value to create a nutrition-value-per-dollar score.

Surgeons Discover Common Anti-Clotting Drug May Cause Problems for Some Trauma Patients

October 16, 2009 6:04 am | News | Comments

National Trauma Databank researchers find elderly patients more vulnerable to problems CHICAGO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A common drug used for preventing heart attacks and blood clots may also cause problems for individuals who suffer some form of trauma, particularly elderly patients, according to a study presented at the 2009 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

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The True Cost Of Surgical Mistakes

October 16, 2009 6:04 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Product Releases | Comments

For an article appearing in the October issue of Surgical Products, I spoke, via e-mail, with Soham Roy, MD, FACS, FAAP. One of the areas our dialogue covered was how to deal with the aftermath of these incidents, as well as the right strategies for operating room personnel in helping to prevent them.

Hospital Executive Awarded For Infection Control Efforts

October 16, 2009 6:03 am | News | Comments

Executive is honored at APIC ceremony commemorating International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which takes place October 18-24 this year WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deborah Friberg, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Raleigh, North Carolina, has been named the recipient of the first annual Healthcare Administrator Award, presented by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Endoluminal Approach For The Treatment Of Morbid Obesity Presented At ACS

October 16, 2009 6:03 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- ValenTx, Inc. announces the presentation of the first clinical study of their endoluminal approach for the treatment of morbid obesity at the 2009 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress. The ValenTx procedure is enabled by an implantable and removable sleeve that mimics the mechanisms of gastric bypass surgery without the risks associated with that procedure.

Getting Patients To OR More Quickly Could Cut Preoperative Treatment Costs

October 16, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

A study of gallbladder operations reveals delayed referrals contribute to unnecessary ER visits and additional imaging services Getting patients to the operating room more quickly could cut the amount paid for hospital treatment of painful gallstones in half, researchers reported at the 2009 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

AmeriCares Honors Company With Power Of Partnership Award

October 16, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

AmeriCares has awarded its annual Power of Partnership Award to Cardinal Health. AmeriCares President & CEO Curt Welling presented the award today at the Healthcare Distribution Management Association’s (HDMA) Annual Leadership Forum in Orlando, Fla. The Power of Partnership Award was created by AmeriCares and HDMA to recognize medical manufacturing and distribution organizations that have shown exceptional dedication to expanding access to medicines and health care for disadvantaged populations.

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Surgeon Pioneers Minimally Invasive "Natural Opening" Spine Surgery

October 15, 2009 7:09 am | Videos | Comments

If you're suffering from back pain, and the pain medications, physical therapy, and injections aren't working, then you should consider surgery. That may be a frightening thought, however with this new and innovative approach to treating back pain, you should never fear the thought of spine surgery again! Using the worlds most advanced minimally invasive technique, Dr.

A New Tool To Fight Against Surgical Site Infections

October 15, 2009 7:08 am | Videos | Comments

INTEGUSEAL* Microbial Sealant: A Tool in the Fight Against Surgical Site Infections Prepping and draping are important parts of your pre-op routine, but no prep protocol can completely sterilize a patients skin. Its the pathogens left behind that are the leading cause of surgical site infections.

Virtual Surgery

October 15, 2009 7:08 am | Videos | Comments

Informatics Virtual-Reality Engineering informatics deals with customer requirements data and product lifecycle data; manufacturing informatics focuses on process data concerning factory design and layout, machining and assembly processes; whereas healthcare informatics is concerned with data for demographics, patient records, Picture Archiving and Communications Systems, remote healthcare monitoring, diagnosis, treatment planning and surgery planning.

H1N1 Patients At Greater Risk For Acute Pulmonary Emboli

October 14, 2009 6:38 am | News | Comments

Researchers utilizing CT scans have found that patients with severe cases of the H1N1 virus are at risk for developing pulmonary emboli(PE), according to a study to be published online Oct. 14, 2009, in the American Journal of Roentgenology . The study will be also be published in the December issue of the AJR .

Robotic Prostate Surgery May Have Trade-Offs

October 14, 2009 6:27 am | News | Comments

by Carla K. Johnson, AP A new study suggests that a less-invasive keyhole surgery for prostate cancer may mean a higher risk for lasting incontinence and impotence when compared with traditional surgery. For the study, appearing in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association , researchers analyzed Medicare data for nearly 9,000 prostate cancer patients who had surgical treatment from 2003-07.

J&J: Planned Tax On Device Makers Too High

October 14, 2009 6:04 am | News | Comments

by Linda A. Johnson, AP Johnson & Johnson executives said Tuesday that a proposed tax on medical device makers, part of the health care reform package moving in the Senate, is too high and could cost jobs in the industry. “We think that the $4 billion tax that they're referring to is unreasonable,” J&J Chief Financial Officer Dominic Caruso told The Associated Press in an interview.

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