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4-Port Multiple Instrument Access Port

January 27, 2010 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Expand Global Medical Resources announces the U.S. launch of the Sitracc (Single Trocar Access) Kit, a 4-Port Multiple Instrument Access Port for laparoscopic surgeries performed through a single incision. It was developed and it is currently manufactured by Edlo S.A. Produtos Medicos.

Dear John

January 27, 2010 5:56 am | Articles | Comments

When a reader responded to Dr. Zoe Kiren Deol’s column in Monday’s First Cuts e-newsletter it sparked her to write another column in response. I think you did a great job explaining your thoughts on medicine today.  I am a general surgeon in my 35th yr of practice and trying to decide when to retire.

Laparoscopic Electrodes Help Save OR Time

January 26, 2010 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

E-Z Clean® electrosurgical instruments from Megadyne provide dissection and coagulation for a variety of surgical applications, rendering procedures cleaner, safer and faster.  They have a non-stick surface, which resists eschar buildup and last an entire case—saving both time and money.

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Do You Have The ‘Right Stuff’ To Be A Doctor?

January 26, 2010 7:21 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

Not long ago, a friend confessed that her son, who spends much of his free time volunteering at a children’s hospital and who is applying to medical school, has been particularly anxious about his future. “His test scores are just O.K.,” my friend said, the despair in her voice nearly palpable.

WAFFLE Surgery Pad

January 26, 2010 7:19 am | Ehob, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The WAFFLE Surgery Pad from EHOB is ideal for prevention of pressure ulcers during surgery. It is recommended for any surgical procedure lasting more than two hours and features: A diagonal hole pattern that protects the patient's head and heels while the oval-shaped handwells provide for easier handling should transferring the patient be necessary.

RFID-Based Solution To Prevent Retained Sponges

January 26, 2010 7:15 am | Clearcount Medical Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Medline Industries, Inc. has been named the exclusive distributor for the SmartWand-DTX™ and SmartSponge® System, the only FDA-cleared systems using radio-frequency identification to both count and locate surgical sponges. The systems, created by ClearCount Medical Solutions, use a technology featuring chip-embedded sponges to count and locate sponges during surgery which, in turn, helps eliminate surgical errors and improve patient safety.

Surgeon Perspective: Single Port Surgery

January 26, 2010 7:03 am | Articles | Comments

Dr. Shawn M. Garber, MD, FACS, is the Director of the Long Island Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery and New York Bariatric Group in New Hyde Park, NY. He also works as Chief of Bariatric Surgery and Chief of Mid-Level Practitioners at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, NY.

Ansell Sends Medical, Occupational Gloves To Haiti

January 26, 2010 6:05 am | News | Comments

As aid pours into Haiti for victims injured and displaced by the recent earthquakes, the massive cleanup is just beginning. Based on specific needs expressed by workers in Haiti, Ansell is assisting with the relief effort by shipping gloves for medical workers and work crews involved in the search for victims and removal of debris.

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Benefits Of Bariatric Surgery Validated

January 26, 2010 5:53 am | News | Comments

Ivanhoe Newswire A computerized model suggests that most morbidly obese individuals would likely live longer if they had gastric bypass surgery. However, the best decision for individual patients varies based on age, increasing body mass index and the effectiveness of surgery. An estimated 5.

Mauling Victim Seeks New Hand, Face Transplant Site

January 26, 2010 5:45 am | News | Comments

The hospital known for doing the United States' first face transplant has told the family of a woman mauled by a chimpanzee that it can't perform a face and hand transplant for her. Charla Nash's family is looking into alternative facilities after the Cleveland Clinic said it could not do both transplants, and both procedures would need to be done simultaneously and come from the same donor.

Needle-Free Migraine Relief Hits Market

January 26, 2010 5:21 am | News | Comments

Having received FDA approval last July, Zogenix is bringing to market its SUMAVEL DosePro sumatriptan delivery system for the treatment of oncoming migraines and cluster headaches. The needle-free device delivers the drug subcutaneously, bringing both speed and efficacy when oral pills are a poor option.

Hysterectomy Consent Law Dismissed

January 26, 2010 5:06 am | News | Comments

Indiana lawmakers decided not to take action on a bill that would have warned women about the specific risks of having a hysterectomy, primarily because existing state law already mandates such action. House Bill 1366 would have required informed consent for a doctor to perform a hysterectomy. The bill would have required a doctor to specifically state that the procedure will result in infertility, as well as provide a description of the discomforts and risks that might result.

Court Rejects Medical Marijuana Limits

January 25, 2010 5:56 am | News | Comments

Reuters The California Supreme Court has rejected limits on medical marijuana imposed by state lawmakers, finding that people with prescriptions for pot can have and grow all they need for personal use. The high court ruled lawmakers improperly amended the voter-approved law that decriminalized possession of marijuana for seriously ill Californians with a doctor's prescription by limiting patients to eight ounces of dried marijuana and six mature or 12 immature plants.

Medtronic Announces $500 Million Expansion Plan

January 25, 2010 5:49 am | News | Comments

Medtronic says it will pay up to $500 million for Invatec, a company that makes medical devices to treat cardiovascular disease. The company will pay $350 million initially to Invatec, which makes stents, angioplasty balloons and related therapies. The purchase also includes Fogazzi, which supplies polymer technology to Invatec, and Krauth Cardiovascular, a distributor.

County Cuts vs. Private Therapy

January 25, 2010 5:40 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego has found that prostate cancer treatments varied significantly between county hospitals and private providers. Patients treated in county hospitals are more likely to undergo surgery, while patients treated in private facilities tend to receive radiation or hormone therapy.

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