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Cornea Transplant Shows Short & Long-Term Promise

March 2, 2010 4:52 am | News | Comments

One year post-surgery, patients who underwent Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) experienced greater cell loss overall compared to those who underwent penetrating keratoplasty (PKP), according to a new analysis of data collected from the Cornea Donor Study (CDS) Investigator Group's 2008 Specular Microscopy Ancillary Study (SMAS) .

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Embedding Images Helps Speed Decisions, Improve Care

March 2, 2010 4:42 am | News | Comments

Embedding clinical images to accompany findings described in a radiology text report enhances radiologists' communication with referring physicians and can improve patient care, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology ( www.jacr.org ). “The imaging exam report provides an important means of communication between the radiologist and the other physicians rendering care and is often the only form of communication between the radiologist and the referring physician,” said Veena R.

FDA's Top Reviewer Jumps To Microsoft

March 2, 2010 4:27 am | News | Comments

(AP) — The Food and Drug Administration's top medical device reviewer is stepping down to take a job in Microsoft's lobbying office. Donna Bea Tillman told staffers in a note she is resigning as director of the office of device evaluation after 15 years with the FDA. Tillman said she will serve as director of regulations and policy for Microsoft's health information unit.

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FDA's Top Reviewer Jumps To Microsft

March 2, 2010 4:26 am | News | Comments

(AP) — The Food and Drug Administration's top medical device reviewer is stepping down to take a job in Microsoft's lobbying office. Donna Bea Tillman told staffers in a note she is resigning as director of the office of device evaluation after 15 years with the FDA. Tillman said she will serve as director of regulations and policy for Microsoft's health information unit.

President Hopes Undecided Democrats Can Push Plan Forward

March 2, 2010 4:17 am | News | Comments

Erica Werner, AP A small number of House Democrats who opposed health overhaul legislation on the first go-round may be President Obama's most important constituency when he unveils a revised proposal. At least nine of the 39 Democrats who voted nay when the House passed sweeping overhaul legislation 220-215 in November, are now undecided or withholding judgment until they see the final product.

Doctors Helping Children Die

March 2, 2010 4:02 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP It's a situation too agonizing to contemplate — a child dying and in pain. Now a small but provocative study suggests that doctors may be giving fatal morphine doses to a few children dying of cancer, to end their suffering at their parents' request. A handful of parents told researchers that they had asked doctors to hasten their children's deaths — and that doctors complied, using high doses of the powerful painkiller.

Used Equipment Offers Dual Green Benefit

March 1, 2010 12:29 pm | by Bill Whittemore | Articles | Comments

With a better understanding of used equipment options, hospitals can save up to 75 percent. With an understanding of the sources, classification of rebuilding and types of vendors involved, professionals can find used equipment that functions like new. Hospitals and surgical centers are not immune to the current economic condition, and as a result the purchasing of used equipment has become a more prominent option.

Touch

March 1, 2010 5:54 am | Articles | Comments

We have to believe that even the briefest of human connections can heal. Otherwise, life is unbearable. -Agate Nesaule     The patient arrived at the rural clinic near Guazapa, El Salvador, in his mother’s arms with a mouth gag tied in place and his hands wrapped in bandages.

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Purchasing Considerations For Surgical Mobility

March 1, 2010 5:53 am | by Betsy Mikalacki Marketing, TransMotion Medical, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing surgical mobility equipment are: safe patient handling, optimal patient throughput and maximizing surgical space. 1. Safe Patient  Handling To retain a healthy nursing staff and meet Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal #9 (reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls), implement equipment that achieves safe patient handling.

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Radiance® Full MMI™

March 1, 2010 5:52 am | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

The Radiance with full multi-modality imaging (MMI) from NDS Surgical Imaging is built with capabilities that allow any two input sources to be viewed simultaneously on the same display in a variety of split-screen or picture-in-picture configurations. It is the first of its kind to support two DVI inputs as well as two HD-SDI inputs, ensuring unprecedented flexibility for HD digital video connectivity, plus protection against technology obsolescence for many years to come.

High Definition LCD Monitor

March 1, 2010 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OEV-261H from Olympus is a 26” full high definition LCD monitor that is specifically designed for use with the company’s equipment, including: HD flexible endoscopes, surgical camera heads and EndoEYE video laparoscopes. According to the company, this new high definition monitor offers: Optimal image reproduction to meet the demands of the medical and surgical environment.

Robotics Could Raise The Bar For PCI

March 1, 2010 5:26 am | News | Comments

Last week’s Cardiovascular Research Technology conference heard George W. Vetrovec, M.D., of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center suggest that the robotic CorPath system from Corindus could potentially raise the standard of care for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Corindus Vascular Robotics focuses on providing precision vascular robotic systems.

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Buffett: U.S. Health Care Like An Economic Tape Worm

March 1, 2010 5:03 am | News | Comments

Josh Funk, AP Billionaire Warren Buffett says health care costs are a major drain on U.S. businesses and act like an “economic tape worm.” The head of the holding company Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. said Monday on CNBC that America's health care system needs fundamental reform to attack costs because it's not practical to continue devoting roughly 17 percent of the nation's gross domestic product to health care.

Buffett: U.S. Health Care Like An Economic Tape Worm

March 1, 2010 5:01 am | News | Comments

Josh Funk, AP Billionaire Warren Buffett says health care costs are a major drain on U.S. businesses and act like an “economic tape worm.” The head of the holding company Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. said Monday on CNBC that America's health care system needs fundamental reform to attack costs because it's not practical to continue devoting roughly 17 percent of the nation's gross domestic product to health care.

NOTES Technique Produces Scarless Myotom

March 1, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

University of California-San Diego Medical Center surgeons have performed America's first incision-free myotomy through the mouth. The laparoscopic technique to treat Achalasia is called the Heller Myotomy, a two-hour procedure requiring up to six small incisions in the abdomen to divide the esophageal muscle.

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