As I write this, my clock reads 5:19 a.m. I can usually bank on at least another hour of sleep each morning, but today, my dog heard a noise and decided it was time for me to get up to take him outside. While I was initially annoyed at his persistent attempts to wake me earlier than usual, at least it gives me a chance to write this column before I head into the office.
According to a recent report, participation in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® quality improvement program can significantly improve a hospitals’ adherence to evidence-based therapies and reduce gender and age-related disparities in the care of coronary artery disease patients.
When Mark Blinder was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, doctors at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital gave his parents three agonizing options: amputate the affected arm at the shoulder, irradiate the tumor and risk a second malignancy, or try a limb-preserving surgery that had never been attempted in a toddler.
Clinical trial results published in this week’s Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) describe six-month outcomes for patients using the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve from Medtronic, Inc. The valve is implanted through a catheter procedure instead of open-heart surgery in patients with congenital heart disease affecting the function of their pulmonary valve.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday the swine flu vaccine “is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line.” But at the same time, she acknowledged delays in getting a sufficient supply for all those demanding it. “We were relying on the manufacturers to give us their numbers and as soon as we got numbers we put them out to the public.
Precision Medical Devices Inc. (PMD) introduces a new safety scalpel blade and handle system, the ThumBlade™ safety scalpel system. Features include: Thumb activation independent mechanisms, enabling one-handed activation smoothly and safely by right or left handed practitioners with no contact with the exposed blade.
NiTi™ Surgical Solutions introduced a new, investigational bowel anastomosis device at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 95th Annual Clinical Congress in Chicago, IL. The device, the BowelRing™, is the next advancement in the company’s BioDynamix™ Anastomosis Technology platform.
Gauthier Biomedical introduces a new line of specialized surgical instruments with their innovative Twist-N-Load Connection System. The company says that with the Twist-N-Load, users don’t have to pull back on any collar, or push a button to begin the connection process.
New technologies aim to give physicians a clearer picture with high-definition (HD) October 27, 2009 Several studies presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastrenterology this week reveal recent advances in colonoscopic technology, with some technologies faring better than others at improving detection of potentially pre-cancerous growths in the colon known as adenomas.
I was sitting in the office of Jim Paul, DO, a Buffalo, N.Y. internist a few months back. I was there working on a story, and after I had finished interviewing him, he said he had to make a few calls. I sat back and listened as he proceeded to call a number of his patients and check on their health status.
Michael Liedtke, AP Google wants to answer your mobile phone calls when you can't or just don't want to talk. In its latest bid to become a bigger player in telecommunications, the internet search leader is giving people a chance to send calls to their cell phones into a free voice mail service unveiled earlier this year.
For today's athletes, size and strength can mean the difference between championships, scholarships and million-dollar paydays. But new research comparing the signs of metabolic syndrome in professional baseball and football players, presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's 74th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, reveals that the larger professional athletes – specifically football linemen - may encounter future health problems despite their rigorous exercise routines.
Most of today's gastroenterologists practice in relatively calm environments with patients of the same species. But for Dr. Leon Kundrotas and his colleagues working in Joint Base Balad, Iraq, the need to diagnose and treat military personnel sometimes required putting their human skills to the test to care for canine heroes.
Ethicon Endo-Surgery recently announced the results from two newly published studies that demonstrate a minimally invasive approach in three common procedures resulted in a reduced rate of complications and lower overall cost of care, including a difference of more than $15,000 on average for colectomies, when compared to open surgery.
Health officials are investigating how a surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital mistakenly operated on the wrong part of a patient's hand, the hospital's fifth wrong-site surgery since 2007. Hospital President Timothy Babineau said in a letter that the mistake Thursday happened on a patient scheduled for surgery on two fingers.