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Wii Ability Points To Laparoscopic Skill

February 2, 2010 5:54 am | News | Comments

According to research appearing in Surgical Endoscopy , studies have suggested a possible link between video-gaming and laparoscopic skill. The authors feel that the Nintendo Wii, with its motion-sensing interface, could provide a better model for laparoscopic tasks. This study investigated the relationship between Nintendo Wii skill, prior gaming experience and potential laparoscopic surgical abilities.

New Budget Plan Could Hit Generic Drugs

February 2, 2010 5:34 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Generic drugmakers would pay the U.S. government $38 million to help speed reviews of their medicines under President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget plan. The Obama administration will ask Congress to pass legislation allowing the Food and Drug Administration to collect the fees. The money would be used to “improve review times and reduce the current backlog of applications,” budget documents said.

New Bariatric Social Network

February 2, 2010 5:24 am | News | Comments

The Lap-BandLink™ Patient Care Network ( http://www.lapbandhcp.com ) is a new, web-based referral platform for connecting primary care physicians and bariatric surgeons. The password-protected, invite-only site, which is being launched by Allergan includes only those bariatric surgeons that are certified to perform the LAP-BAND® System procedure.

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Surgery Solves One Problem, Leads To Another

February 1, 2010 6:18 am | News | Comments

You'd think folks who’ve had knee replacement surgery and are now able to walk and exercise without pain would lose weight instead of put on pounds, but surprisingly that's not the case, according to a University of Delaware study. Researchers Joseph Zeni and Lynn Snyder-Mackler in the Department of Physical Therapy in UD’s College of Health Sciences found that patients typically drop weight in the first few weeks after total knee arthroplasty (TKA), but then see an average weight gain of 14 pounds in two years.

Surgery Solves One Problem, Leads To Anothe

February 1, 2010 6:11 am | News | Comments

You'd think folks who’ve had knee replacement surgery and are now able to walk and exercise without pain would lose weight instead of put on pounds, but surprisingly that's not the case, according to a University of Delaware study. Researchers Joseph Zeni and Lynn Snyder-Mackler in the Department of Physical Therapy in UD’s College of Health Sciencesfound that patients typically drop weight in the first few weeks after total knee arthroplasty (TKA), but then see an average weight gain of 14 pounds in two years.

Cost-Sharing Could Hurt The Elderly

February 1, 2010 6:00 am | News | Comments

Alicia Chang, AP Higher Medicare co-pays, sometimes just a few dollars more, led to fewer doctors visits and to more and longer hospital stays, a large new study reveals. With health care costs skyrocketing, many public and private insurers have required patients to pay more out-of-pocket when they seek care.

Self-Expanding Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

February 1, 2010 5:58 am | Minnesota Medical Development Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Minnesota Medical Development's Rebound HRD and HRD V are self-expanding Nitinol framed/surgical mesh medical devices designed for the laparoscopic repair of inguinal, ventral and incisional hernias. The super-elastic Nitinol frame allows the device to be folded and inserted laparoscopically through an access port or small incision.

System For Open Ventral Hernia Repair

February 1, 2010 5:50 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien offers the AbsorbaTack™ 20 Short Fixation Device, part of a comprehensive system for open ventral hernia repair. The new absorbable fixation device, with Parietex™ Composite Open Skirt (PCO OS) Mesh, provides a solution that adds no sharps in the OR for a safer surgical environment.

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Gates Pledges $10 Billion For Vaccines

February 1, 2010 5:47 am | News | Comments

Alexander G. Higgins, AP The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $10 billion over the next decade to research new vaccines and bring them to the world's poorest countries, the Microsoft co-founder and his wife said Friday. Calling upon governments and business to also contribute, they said the money will produce higher immunization rates and aims to make sure that 90 percent of children are immunized against dangerous diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia in poorer nations.

Inside The Head Of An NFL Player

February 1, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes and current Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer are among more than a dozen NFL players who have pledged to donate their brain and spinal cord tissue for concussion research. Retired players Zach Thomas, Kyle Turley and Conrad Dobler also have said they'll help the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine.

Iowa Sees Decline In Malpractice Suits

February 1, 2010 5:27 am | by by Tony Leys | News | Comments

Iowa patients are suing their doctors for malpractice half as often as they used to, which has helped drive down malpractice-insurance premiums for many physicians. Doctors speculate that malpractice lawsuits are becoming rarer because they have cut down on medical mistakes. But plaintiffs' lawyers say they're filing fewer cases because it's become more expensive to press lawsuits.

Where East Meets West In Modern Medicine

February 1, 2010 5:20 am | Articles | Comments

By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS When my good friend, Amy, called to tell me that her new house in the Chicago suburbs had been broken into, I didn’t realize that was only half of the problem.  The other half was that she had also injured her neck and was losing sensation and strength in her right hand.

Titan Looks To Take The Next Step In Robotic Surgery

February 1, 2010 5:19 am | by Interview by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

Reiza Rayman, MD is the president of Tital Medical and holds a destinctive PhD in robotic surgery.. Reiza Rayman MD, is the president of Titan Medical and also holds a distinctive PhD in robotic surgery. This rare combination of knowledge and perspective has helped spearhead what may be the first significant competitor to Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci® surgical system.

Inspiring

January 29, 2010 8:00 am | by Dr. Rob, MedPage Today | Articles | Comments

One of my favorite patients died last week. My reaction to this was not quite what you would think: I smiled.  No, I didn't smile because of his death; I smiled because of his life.  I smiled because I got to be a part of that life.  His death wasn't his tragic end, it was the exclamation point to his life.

Electronic Health Records And Liability: What Happens When The System Fails?

January 29, 2010 6:06 am | by By: Satish Misra and Iltifat Husain, MedPage Today | Articles | Comments

The march is on across the American healthcare landscape to implement electronic health records that also function as decision-support systems. These “advanced” electronic health records will both provide centralized records and assist providers in making care decisions such as implementing therapy and utilizing evidence-based practice on the individual patient level.

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