Josh Funk, AP Billionaire Warren Buffett says health care costs are a major drain on U.S. businesses and act like an “economic tape worm.” The head of the holding company Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. said Monday on CNBC that America's health care system needs fundamental reform to attack costs because it's not practical to continue devoting roughly 17 percent of the nation's gross domestic product to health care.
University of California-San Diego Medical Center surgeons have performed America's first incision-free myotomy through the mouth. The laparoscopic technique to treat Achalasia is called the Heller Myotomy, a two-hour procedure requiring up to six small incisions in the abdomen to divide the esophageal muscle.
Marilynn Marchione, AP People at risk of a stroke because of narrowed neck arteries can be safely treated with a less drastic option than the surgery done now, the largest study ever done on these treatments concludes. If Medicare agrees to cover it, hundreds of thousands of Americans a year might be able to have an artery-opening procedure and a stent instead of surgery to remove built-up plaque, doctors say.
Teleflex, Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its SSI Surgical Services, Inc. business to an unnamed, privately-owned multi-service line healthcare company for approximately $25 million. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close before the end of the first quarter of 2010.
Mandatory bed rest. Dirt cheap deliveries. Ringworm beatdowns. Have illness will travel. February 26, 2010 Can we all agree, there's something wrong when a person who's reluctant to drink a frozen margarita in Mexico City can rationalize getting a root canal in Tijuana? Or, that it's weird for a 24-year-old to consider the idea of scheduling her IUD implant surgery during a summer trip to England? It's called medical tourism, traveling abroad to receive free or reduced healthcare.
Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. provides On-Location Case Cart Repair and Restoration services. Any make, any type, and any model case cart can be completely refurbished by Spectrum’s certified technicians in their dedicated on-location repair lab. Spectrum’s service capabilities include inspection, lubrication, minor or major adjustments, replacement of shelves, bumpers, latches, doorstops, nuts, bolts, hinges and caster repair or replacement.
AliMed releases its new version of the popular TR2 tamper-resistant alarm with the added benefit of a silent setting, so it doesn’t disturb other residents. Unlike other bedside fall alarms, the caregiver can simply switch the alarm to a silent mode and plug it into the nurse call system.
A new therapeutic method, which can be used for the treatment of pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers, post-surgical wounds and first and second degree burns, recently received FDA clearance. February 26, 2010 EnzySurge Ltd. (EnzySurge) received clearance from the U.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP With President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in limbo, Americans' fears about its effect on them eased in January, according to a poll released as the president tries to revive sweeping Democratic legislation. The monthly poll from the non-partisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also found that three-fourths of Americans still think it's important that the President include health care reform in addressing the nation's economic crisis — even if many have misgivings.
(Reuters) An industry group representing the top five manufacturers of CT equipment have committed to adding new safeguards in helping prevent excess exposure to radiation. The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance said manufacturers will add a color-coded warning system to give health care providers clear indications of when they are doing scans that give patients potentially dangerous doses of radiation.
A collaboration between the Center for Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has produced a simulator that closely approximates the touch and feel of Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci™ robotic surgical system.
Samuel Goldsmith, New York Daily News A Manhattan doctor thinks he may have found a surgical cure for Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Francesco Rubino will soon begin a surgical trial with overweight, but not obese, diabetes patients in which he'll perform gastric bypass surgery to reverse the disease. Rubino, the chief of gastrointestinal surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, feels that because a significant number of people with lower body mass indexes can develop diabetes, that the medical community needs to start asking whether BMI should be the only clinically appropriate way to decide who gets diabetes-targeted surgery.
A surgery technician who infected about three dozen people with hepatitis C after she injected herself with painkiller-filled syringes and replaced them with ones filled with saline, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Kristen Diane Parker received the sentence in federal court after pleading guilty to some of the charges in the case.
The Surgical Simulator LxH ( Lumbar L4-5) model by Dynamic Disc Designs Corp. is a lumbar model has been designed with a white fibrous nucleus pulposus that can be excised and used to simulate the surgical feel of a discectomy. Nuclear replacements available.