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Chemo Can't Be Forced On Patient

August 4, 2010 7:42 am | News | Comments

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AP A state juvenile court judge has rejected the request of a Christian convert's Muslim parents to order their daughter to continue chemotherapy for uterine cancer. The request from the parents of Rifqa Bary does not meet the legal requirement of a medical emergency needing immediate treatment, Franklin County Juvenile Court Magistrate Mary Goodrich said during a hearing.

FDA Moves Toward Tighter Device Oversight

August 4, 2010 7:29 am | News | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Makers of medical devices would have to submit more safety information to win federal approval under a proposal designed to tighten regulation of thousands of products reviewed each year. The Food and Drug Administration has released recommendations designed to improve oversight of the U.


Quality Years Lost To Obesity More Than Doubles

August 4, 2010 7:17 am | News | Comments

Although the prevalence of obesity and obesity-attributable deaths has steadily increased, the resultant burden of disease associated with obesity has not been well understood. A new study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicates that Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) lost to U.


Physician Social Networks And Liability Risk

August 4, 2010 6:51 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Articles | Comments

Study Confirms Quality, Safety Of Nurse Anesthetist Care

August 4, 2010 6:51 am | News | Comments

There are no differences in patient outcomes when anesthesia services are provided by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), physician anesthesiologists, or CRNAs supervised by physicians, according to the results of a new national study conducted by RTI International. The study, titled "No Harm Found When Nurse Anesthetists Work Without Supervision by Physicians," appears in the August issue of Health Affairs.

HD Medical Grade LCD Displays

August 4, 2010 6:50 am | Panasonic | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic has expanded its line of HD camera and recording systems designed specifically for medical applications with the introduction of the 32-inch EJ-MLA32U-W and 37-inch EJ-MLA37UJ-W HD LCD Displays. The new units offer advanced technology and a host of features to meet the most demanding medical imaging requirements.

Brain May Age Faster In People Whose Hearts Pump Less Blood

August 3, 2010 7:03 am | News | Comments

Keep your heart healthy and you may slow down the aging of your brain, according to a new study reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. In the study, people whose hearts pumped less blood had brains that appeared older than the brains of those whose hearts pumped more blood.

Gulf Seafood Declared Safe; Fishermen Not So Sure

August 3, 2010 7:02 am | News | Comments

Greg Bluestein, Associated Press Writer Jason Dearen, Associated Press Writer August 3, 2010 Seafood from some parts of the oil-fouled Gulf of Mexico has been declared safe to eat by the government, based in part on human smell tests. But even some Gulf fishermen are questioning whether the fish and shrimp are OK to feed to their own families.


Trying Little-Known Option To Seal A Leaky Lung

August 3, 2010 7:02 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP The final straw came when Guy Vance's chest, neck and face ballooned, little air bubbles in his skin crackling to the touch — all because of a leak somewhere in his lung. Air was seeping into his chest cavity and under his skin, seeking another escape route. Two earlier surgeries had failed to seal the leak.

Keeping Patients “In Good Hands”

August 3, 2010 7:01 am | News | Comments

Hand therapy is one of the most vital treatment steps in recovery from hand injury surgery, according to a literature review published in the August 2010 issue of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). In fact, many patients spend more time with the hand therapist than the orthopaedic surgeon in the effort to ensure the best results and long-term recovery.

Aspen Surgical Products, Inc., Acquires Surgical Blade And Scalpels Business

August 3, 2010 7:01 am | News | Comments

Aspen Surgical Products, Inc. (“Aspen”) announces that it has acquired the Bard-Parker™ surgical blades and scalpels business from BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company).  Aspen is a leading manufacturer of disposable medical products with an emphasis on the operating room environment and safety.

New Regulations Require Public Reporting Of Certain HAIs

August 3, 2010 7:00 am | News | Comments

Beginning next year, consumers across the country will be able to find out how their hospital stacks up when it comes to preventing certain infections under new hospital acquired infection reporting regulations adopted by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).  The new reporting requirements apply to hospitals that participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) "pay-for-reporting" program.


August 3, 2010 6:21 am | Articles | Comments

We say we exchange words when we meet. What we exchange is souls. -Minot J. Savage It was Monday evening. The shelves in the electronics department overflowed with different styles, prices, and brands of headphones, all displayed in sealed plastic cases. I was in the mood to buy but was baffled by the array of options in front of me.

Suture Solutions

August 3, 2010 6:18 am | Ethicon, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ethicon, Inc. offers multiple suture solutions for wound closure. According to the company, the MONOCRYL* Plus Antibacterial (Poliglecaprone 25) Suture offers: Protection for subcuticular closure and soft tissue approximation wound support for approximately 14 days Consistent absorption rate with a predictable decrease in tensile strength Smoothness of MONOCRYL Plus Suture results in less tissue drag than chromic gut sutures and braided synthetic absorbable sutures6 Knot security Coated VICRYL* Plus Antibacterial (Polyglactin 910) Sutures provide: Protection and strength for tissue approximation Wound support for approximately 4 weeks Knot snug-down, first-throw hold security and no tissue tearing A critical wound-healing period of 3 to 4 weeks PDS* Plus Antibacterial (Polydioxanone) Suture features: Protection and strength for slow-healing tissue Provides wound support for approximately 6 weeks A stronger suture with greater pliability Smooth passage through tissue For more information, visit www.

Deep Draw Cartridge Heater

August 3, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chromalox Precision Heat Introduces the new, innovative Deep Draw Cartridge Heater specifically designed to ensure safety and electrical integrity for critical Medical & Analytical Instrument applications where patient safety and process stability are essential. The Deep Draw Cartridge sheath has no welded disc ends, which are subject to faulty welds that enable moisture to enter heater, causing seal failure leading to excessive and dangerous leakage current levels.


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