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End-Of-Life Decisions Often A Mystery

November 13, 2009 5:53 am | News | Comments

  Matt Sedensky, AP Lillian Landry always said she wasn't afraid to die. So when death came, the 99-year-old was lying peacefully in a hospice with no needles or tubes. Her final days saw her closest friend at her side and included occasional shots of her favorite whiskey. Landry is an exception.

Michigan Steering Defunct Auto Suppliers Towards Medical

November 13, 2009 5:52 am | News | Comments

The struggles of automotive OEMs in Michigan have been well precedented. Now, to help weather the economic storm, business organizations in the region have begun to champion their transition to the more stable medical device industry. Crain’s Detroit Business featured coverage of the 5th-annual MichBio Expo last week, specifically highlighting a panel discussion on how to diversify and better serve the medical device industry.

Kidney Angioplasty Brings Risk Without Benefit

November 13, 2009 5:47 am | News | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP A recent report states that hundreds of thousands of Americans with clogged kidney arteries might want to consider trying medicines before rushing into angioplasty to open them up. The pricey procedure is no more effective and carries surprisingly big risks, a study found.

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Cardiology Innovator Passes

November 13, 2009 5:46 am | News | Comments

William Ganz, MD, and co-inventor of the Swan-Ganz catheter for measuring blood flow, died Tuesday of natural causes at the age 90 in Los Angeles. “Dr. Ganz was a giant in medicine and in life,” said Prediman Shah, MD, director of the Cardiology Division at the Cedar-Sinai Heart Institute.

If You Had To Code Your Life 

November 13, 2009 5:12 am | Articles | Comments

By: Dr. Rob Published:   PLACE OF OCCURRENCE, HOME ICD-E849.0 6:00 AM Alarm goes off. Hit snooze button. CIRCADIAN RHYTHM SLEEP D/O IRREG SLEEPWAKE TYPE ICD-327.33 6:30 Alarm goes off for third time. Ready to hit snooze button, but knee in ribs from wife prevents more snooze button procrastination.

Biodesign Surgisis® Fistula Plug

November 13, 2009 5:12 am | Cook Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Now available from Cook Medical, the Biodesign Fistula Plug set includes the accessory products necessary for best-practices anal fistula repair. The success of the sphincter-sparing procedure can be enhanced by the standardization of technique, adequate tract preparation and proper patient selection.

3-D Software Gives Doctors, Students A View Inside The Body

November 13, 2009 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Iowa State engineers develop software that converts flat medical scans into 3-D images surgeons can fly through using an Xbox game controller. James Oliver picked up an Xbox game controller, looked up to a video screen and used the device’s buttons and joystick to fly through a patient’s chest cavity for an up-close look at the bottom of the heart.

Wound Dressing With Antimicrobial/Barrier Technology

November 13, 2009 5:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Derma Sciences, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: DSCI), a company specializing in advanced wound care, announces that the Food and Drug Administration has issued its Guidance Document to support the classification of the Company's BIOGUARD™ barrier gauze wound dressings as Class II medical devices.

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Wrong Surgery Lands Hospital With Big Fine

November 12, 2009 5:12 am | Videos | Comments

A Rhode Island hospital has been fined $150,000 after allegedly performing its fifth wrong site surgery since 2007.

Pediatric Robotic Pyeloplasty

November 12, 2009 5:11 am | Videos | Comments

A surgeon at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles uses robotic procedure to perform a Pediatric Robotic Pyeloplasty.

Use Of Bidirectional Barbed Suture In Gynecologic Laparoscopy

November 12, 2009 5:07 am | Videos | Comments

Background: Laparoscopic suturing and knot tying can be a challenging and time-consuming task. We began using a bidirectional barbed suture for laparoscopic suturing in March of 2008, mainly for closure of the vaginal cuff during a total laparoscopic hysterectomy and for closure of the hysterotomy site during a laparoscopic myomectomy.

Trying To Leave It Behind

November 11, 2009 8:04 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

I read a blog post today by a surgeon whose pieces we often pick up for this e-newsletter, Dr. Bruce Campbell, a Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist. I enjoy reading Dr. Campbell’s blog posts because he often brings his personal feelings and anecdotes into the story, making it more compelling.

Chest Pain Patients Wait Their Turn

November 11, 2009 6:55 am | News | Comments

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health researchers recently presented a study that examined compliance with recommendations that a physician screen chest pain patients within 10 minutes of their arrival in the Emergency Department. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recommend an electrocardiogram be performed and shown to a physician within 10 minutes of a chest pain patient's arrival to the emergency department.

New Course For Med Schools

November 11, 2009 6:45 am | News | Comments

When Aaron Laviana started medical school at Georgetown University in 2007, he dissected a cadaver in his first week, in anatomy class. Today, classes such as “Physician-Patient Communication” and “Social and Cultural Issues in Health Care” come first. Dissection doesn't begin until month four at Georgetown -- as part of a unit on limbs -- and anatomy class no longer exists.

Digital Capture System

November 11, 2009 6:33 am | Sony Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Sony presents the ImageCore HD digital capture system. According to the company, this all-in-one, medical grade unit features: The ability to capture still and moving images from a full-range of endoscopic camera systems. The ability to store images on a built-in CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc™ drive, on any attached USB device, as well as over a hospital’s network.

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