Matthew Perrone, AP A former Food and Drug Administration scientist said his job was eliminated after he raised concerns about the risks of radiation exposure from high-grade medical scanning. Dr. Julian Nicholas said at a public hearing that he and other FDA staffers “were pressured to change their scientific opinion” after they opposed the approval of a CT scanner for routine colon cancer screening.
An Oklahoma woman is suing her Tulsa surgeon after she was severely burned during breast reconstruction surgery last December. The woman had a double mastectomy two years earlier because of breast cancer, and felt this surgery would be her final step after being declared cancer free. When she woke up from surgery her face was covered in bandages.
Using cutting-edge technology to maximize patient-doctor communication, Toronto-based plastic surgeon Dr. Cory S. Goldberg has begun using the Vectra 3D system to give patients a preview of the potential outcome of their desired surgeries. “100 percent of my patients ask, ‘What will I look like?,’” says Goldberg.
“I just mastered laparoscopic surgery through four holes, now they want me to do it through one?” This comment, I heard on a shuttle ride to the airport following last year’s American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) meeting. The topic of discussion among the surgeon and her colleagues on the bus was single-port surgery, as the show we had all just attended had a large focus on new procedural techniques—single-port access (SPA), laparo-endoscopic single site surgery (LESS) and single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS).
Earlier this month, Dr. Steven Palter of Docinthemachine reported on his exclusive look at a new disposable HD endoscopic video camera made by Olive Medical out of Sandy, UT. According to the company, the camera has 1080p resolution and will cost around $300 once regulatory clearance has been obtained.
The TRUMPF TITAN is a modular, split-leg, fully-articulating universal surgical table with a 1,000-lb. patient weight capacity. Features of the table include: Motor driven mobility and easy movement with 6” dual castors. 40° Trendelenburg and reverse Trendelenburg positioning and 25° degree tilt, maintaining stability even at extreme angles at full weight capacity.
At a wedding recently, I met a woman, a freelance photographer in her early 40s. She was intrigued by my work as a doctor and began asking me questions related to her own health. When she showed me a picture of herself with her four children, I realized why. This gaunt woman had lost almost 20 pounds in the month since the photo had been taken and, despite efforts to stop the weight loss, was still losing more.
Skytron’s HERCULES 6701B Surgical Table provides powerful 1,200 lbs. lift and 1,000 lbs. articulation and revolutionary full body imaging capability for today’s most advanced general purpose and bariatric procedures, reducing the need for multiple support accessories and optimizing ease of patient set-ups.
caption AliMed, inc. introduces the Bariatric Shifter. According to the company, the shifter is a lateral shifting aid that features: The ability to hold up to 600 lbs. The ability to help medical staff reduce back strain from lifting and shifting patients.
The WAFFLE Bariatric Cushion from EHOB is designed with a diamond-shaped pattern to evenly distribute an individual's weight and minimize material stress and is capable of supporting patients up to 700 pounds. The Bariatric Cushion's low air profile reduces pressure and helps prevent and treat pressure ulcers in most seating applications.
Donald Berwick, President Barack Obama's choice to lead the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid, will face major challenges in implementing the sweeping changes to both programs required under the recently enacted health care overhaul … if elected. According to two administration officials, President Obama will nominate Dr.
What are some key considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing patient positioning equipment? March 30, 2010 1.Identify the high-risk areas. Evaluating the patients current medical condition is vital as there are many intinsic factors (e.
Matthew Perrone, AP Federal health experts said a device for repairing knees that was subject to a contentious, three-year review by the Food and Drug Administration is likely safe and effective, despite major shortcomings with company studies. The findings by the FDA's independent panel of orthopedic experts came despite the government's highly critical review of Regen Biologic's device published ahead of the meeting.
The chairman of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council said it is trying to line up meetings with members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation to discuss the tax, which industry officials say will cut jobs and force firms to move operations overseas. The 2.3 percent tax contained in a reconciliation bill is expected to be passed by Congress and sent to President Obama next week, although it wouldn’t take effect until January 1, 2013.
Maria Cheng, AP New research suggests that women with gene mutations that predispose them to breast cancer might not pay a huge price in survival if they choose to preserve their breast instead of having it removed. In a small study that observed women with BRCA gene mutations and different types of cancer and treatments, patients had two to four times greater risk of a cancer recurrence if they had only the cancerous lump removed instead of the whole breast.