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Scars Repaired, 13-Year-Old To Head Back To Iraq

April 21, 2010 6:28 am | News | Comments

Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The badly scarred 12-year-old who arrived from Iraq last spring with Army National Guard Maj. David Howell has had quite a year in Michigan—dressing up as Batman for Halloween, playing video games, getting pitching tips from the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander and being the ball boy for a high school soccer team.

More Die After Colon Surgery At Teaching Hospitals

April 21, 2010 6:27 am | News | Comments

Consider procedure and diagnosis when choosing facility, researchers advise. Colon surgery patients are more likely to die if their procedure is performed at a teaching hospital, says a new study. April 21, 2010 U.S. researchers analyzed data from 115,250 patients who underwent colon resection (removal of a part of the colon) for both cancerous and non-cancerous diseases at 1,045 hospitals in 38 states from 2001 through 2005.

Recordings Of Pre-Surgery Meetings Ease Anxieties

April 21, 2010 6:27 am | News | Comments

For heart patients, practice refreshes memory and increases knowledge, study finds April 21, 2010 Giving people slated for heart surgery recordings of their pre-surgery consultations not only increased their knowledge about the procedure and their health but reduced their anxiety and depression as well, a new study has found.


3DHD Showcased At Congress Of Endoscopic Surgery

April 20, 2010 6:25 am | News | Comments

Viking Systems (OTCBB:VKNG) announces that preclinical surgical video created using a Viking Systems' "Next Generation" 3DHD prototype visualization system displayed on a Sony prototype medical grade 3DHD monitor was enthusiastically received during The 12th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery held at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, MD held from April 14 - 17, 2010.

Trauma Team’s Gamble Saves Teen Shot In Chest

April 20, 2010 6:23 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — He felt like he was suffocating, struggling to breathe despite the bullet hole in his chest. Shot in the aorta — near where the body's biggest artery leaves the heart — somehow 16-year-old Dimitrios Philliou didn't bleed to death before the ambulance screeched up to the hospital.

Debate: Should We Consider Payment For Body Parts?

April 20, 2010 6:22 am | News | Comments

With nearly all countries struggling to meet a growing demand for organs, a British group asks how best to boost organ supply. LONDON (AP) — An influential British medical think tank is tackling the question of how far society should go to boost the number of organ and tissue donors, and is weighing a proposal to pay for body parts.

Titan Medical Integrates Industrial Robot Into Robotic Surgical System

April 20, 2010 6:22 am | News | Comments

Titan Medical Inc. (TSX VENTURE: TMD) has selected KUKA Robotics Corporation, a supplier of industrial robots, to supply its Lightweight Robot (LWR) to be integrated with Amadeus, a next-generation robotic surgical system currently under development by the company. The LWR is a 7-axis jointed-arm robot that performs demanding tasks requiring maximum precision and sensitivity while having a powerful touch that is very close to the motion sequences of the human arm.

Study Shows California RN-Patient Staffing Law Works

April 20, 2010 6:18 am | News | Comments

A major new study led by one of the nation's most eminent nurse researchers provides compelling new evidence that California's landmark RN-to-patient staffing law reduces patient mortality, assures nurses more time to spend with patients, and substantially promotes retention of experienced RNs. The study is the latest piece of scientific evidence to bolster the case for increasing RN staffing in hospitals and for limiting the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time and is being proposed now in pending legislation, the Patient Safety Act (HB3912/SB890), currently before the Massachusetts legislature.


STERIS, FDA Reach Agreement

April 20, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

STERIS Corporation announces it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the terms of a consent decree regarding its SYSTEM 1® liquid chemical sterilization system. Included in the agreement is a Transition Plan with a Rebate Program for current SYSTEM 1 Customers in the U.


Tamper-Evident Cap For Oral Dispensers

April 19, 2010 7:24 am | Medi-Dose, Inc./EPS, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Dispensing oral narcotics and medications of abusive potentiality requires stringent controls. Medications must be rigidly accounted for and protected throughout the hospital dispensing system. Complementing its line of TampAlerT tamper-evident syringe caps for luer lock syringes, the new EPS TampAlert Tamper-Evident Cap for Oral Dispensers helps pharmacists and nurses provide this protection for oral medication.

First Robotic Surgery For India

April 19, 2010 7:09 am | News | Comments

In a rare cancer surgery, doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) operated on a 50-year-old patient with assistance from a robot. P.N. Dogra, head of the department of urology, performed the robot-assisted anterior pelvic exenteration on a woman suffering from cancer of the urethra and urinary bladder.

Conservative Surgery Comparable To Nephrectomy

April 19, 2010 6:26 am | News | Comments

The latest results from a European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer study were presented in a plenary session at the Anniversary EAU Congress, and showed that conservative surgery is not inferior to radical renal surgery or nephrectomy in addressing kidney cancer. Amongst the study's pertinent findings were that overall survival rates did not differ enough between the two groups to find one approach more preferable.


Opinions Range On Volcanic Ash Health Risks

April 19, 2010 6:05 am | News | Comments

Eliane Engeler, AP Europeans should try to stay indoors if ash from Iceland's volcano starts settling, the World Health Organization warned Friday as small amounts fell in Iceland, Scotland and Norway. WHO spokesman Daniel Epstein said the microscopic ash is potentially dangerous for people when it starts to reach the Earth because inhaled particles can enter the lungs and cause respiratory problems.

Brain Implant Melts Into Place

April 19, 2010 5:51 am | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a brain implant that essentially melts into place, snugly fitting to the brain's surface. The technology could pave the way for better devices to monitor and control seizures, and to transmit signals from the brain past damaged parts of the spinal cord. “These implants have the potential to maximize the contact between electrodes and brain tissue, while minimizing damage to the brain.

California DOH Continues Crack Down On Preventable Mistakes

April 19, 2010 5:36 am | News | Comments

The CDPH reported the patient had to undergo two additional surgeries after her hysterectomy to remove the sponge. This is reportedly the second penalty issued against the hospital since 2007. It was about this time that the CDHP began stepping up their punishments for hospitals and medical centers that were guilty of preventable mistakes.


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