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Surgical Alternative

September 2, 2009 6:11 am | News | Comments

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital performs noninvasive alternative to surgery for tumor treatment HOUSTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is the first hospital in Houston to feature the CyberKnife, a noninvasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.

Study: Swine Flu Easily Overtakes Other Strains

September 2, 2009 6:08 am | News | Comments

Lauren Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Put swine flu in a room with other strains of influenza and it doesn't mix into a new superbug — it takes over, researchers reported Tuesday. University of Maryland researchers deliberately co-infected ferrets to examine one of the worst fears about the new swine flu.

New Study Compares After-Hours And Daytime Surgery Success Rates

September 2, 2009 6:07 am | News | Comments

Rate of minor complications increases in surgeries performed after hours ROSEMONT, Ill., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patients who have after-hour orthopaedic surgeries risk a slightly higher rate of necessary follow-up surgeries, according to a study published in the September 2009 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS).

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Blog: Tort Reform

September 2, 2009 6:01 am | by Sid Schwab, general surgeon | Articles | Comments

Sooner or later, in any discussion of health care reform (to the extent that screaming and fear-mongering can be gotten past and actual thoughts exchanged), the issue of tort reform is raised. On that subject I'm of two or more minds. Neither a student of the various proposals nor particularly well-versed on the veracity of claims and counter claims about tortophobia adding to costs of medical care, I can only speak based on personal experience.

Tweets From The OR

September 2, 2009 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Twitter opens door to Iowa operating room; is a way to keep family informed of status of loved ones’ surgeries Monna Cleary, of Lost Nation, Iowa, talks with Dr. Jerry Rozeboom at St. Luke's Hospital, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Cleary agreed to let hospital staff post a play-by-play of her Monday surgery on Twitter, passing along real-time information from the operating room to her children in the waiting room and anyone else who wanted to read in.

Positive First-in-Man Results With New Laparoscopic Surgical Platform

September 1, 2009 5:49 am | News | Comments

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — Aug. 31, 2009--Officials with TransEnterix announce that surgeons from the United States and Paraguay have successfully performed first-in-man studies of its revolutionary single-incision, single-port, four-channel laparoscopic surgical platform called the SPIDER™ System.

Doc: I 'Got Rid Of' Patient After Katrina

September 1, 2009 5:47 am | News | Comments

Mary Foster, Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's top prosecutor said Friday he will not reopen a probe into allegations of euthanasia at a hospital crippled by Hurricane Katrina, despite new statements from a doctor that he drugged a terminal patient to "get rid of her faster.

Health Care Giant Consolidates

September 1, 2009 5:40 am | News | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer The company is eliminating its comprehensive care business, one of three business units created in a January 2008 restructuring meant to boost sales, a spokesman said Wednesday. However, comprehensive care sales dropped 8 percent in the first half compared to last year.

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Combination Heart Device Reduced Heart Failure

September 1, 2009 5:37 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer While the device spared many patients from going to the hospital, it made no difference in saving lives, and some doctors say they won't rush to implant more patients with the pricey devices. The study compared patients who got a defibrillator to correct abnormal heart rhythms with patients who got a device that added a heart resynchronization device, which helps the lower chambers of the heart pump at the same time.

Disposable Ratcheting Bone Access Needle

September 1, 2009 5:23 am | Ranfac Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

RANFAC introduces the RAD-8, a ratcheting mechanism that aids the user in penetrating the cortical bone along with the company's new drill tip point configuration. The new product exhibits: An 8-gauge design. The ability to be utilized for aspirating or to act as an entry device for 11-gauge Stem cell collecting devices.

Training Surgeons To Perform Robot-Assisted Laparoscopy

August 31, 2009 1:27 pm | Articles | Comments

Using the dVSS, the surgeon operates while seated at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses long instruments inserted through small incisions. Compared with traditional open procedures, laparoscopy has revolutionized the treatment of abdominal pathologies by shortening recovery time with less pain and fewer adhesions, resulting in better postoperative quality of life.

Some Question Private Medicare Plans' Advantage

August 31, 2009 5:37 am | News | Comments

Matt Sedensky, AP Writer MIAMI (AP) — Cecile Sangiamo liked her health insurance — until she needed to use it. The 72-year-old Clearwater, Fla., resident had been on the federally subsidized, privately run Medicare Advantage policy through WellCare Inc. for about three years when she started having pain that made it hard to walk.

Exercise Beats Angioplasty For Some Patients

August 31, 2009 5:33 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Working up a sweat may be even better than angioplasty for some heart patients, experts say. Studies have shown heart patients benefit from exercise, and some have even shown it works better than surgical procedures. At a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology on Sunday, several experts said doctors should focus more on persuading their patients to exercise rather than simply doing angioplasties.

Return Of Swine Flu: What's Ahead For Americans?

August 31, 2009 5:31 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The alarm sounded with two sneezy children in California in April. Just five months later, the never-before-seen swine flu has become the world's dominant strain of influenza, and it's putting a shockingly younger face on flu. So get ready.

Flex Wound Care

August 28, 2009 1:01 pm | Smith & Nephew | Product Releases | Comments

Smith & Nephew Inc (NYSE: SNN) (LSE: SN) Advanced Wound Management division, announces the U.S. launch of ACTICOAT™ Flex 3 and ACTICOAT™ Flex 7. According to the company, ACTICOAT Flex products have been designed to support physicians dealing with wounds and injuries at high risk of infection.

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