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Targeting Pot Shops

October 19, 2009 6:58 am | News | Comments

Greg Risling, AP Still, he wasn't expecting the phone call one August day when a voice said the police were outside and he needed to open up or they would bust down the door. Heavily armed officers in helmets, bulletproof vests and, oddly enough, Bermuda shorts stormed his store, handcuffed him, disabled security cameras and seized his drugs before taking him to jail.

Telemedicine May Be The Answer For Rural Trauma Surgeons

October 19, 2009 6:51 am | Articles | Comments

A Maine study outlines how two-way video and audio may address shortage of trauma care providers. and help surgeons avoid medical errors and unnecessary patient transfers According to trauma surgeons in a telemedicine program in Maine, telemedicine can help health care providers in rural areas stabilize and treat trauma victims when long distances or inclement weather prevents immediate transfer to an accredited trauma center.

How Mindfulness Can Make For Better Doctors

October 19, 2009 6:50 am | Articles | Comments

by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. Published: One night during my training, long after all the other doctors had fled the hospital, I found a senior surgeon still on the wards working on a patient note. He was a surgeon with extraordinary skill, a doctor of few words whose folksy quips had become the stuff of department legend.

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Obama Waits Finished Health Care Bill

October 19, 2009 6:42 am | News | Comments

Steven R. Hurst, AP The White House is waiting for Congress to settle on a final health care bill, even though President Barack Obama has a clear preference in favor of at least one specific — the much-debated public option. President Obama, however, will not demand that legislation include a government-run insurance plan intended to drive down costs through competition with private insurers, they said.

Swine Flu Claims 11 More U.S. Kids

October 19, 2009 6:30 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer As the swine flu outbreak strikes the U.S. early and hard, health officials note a worrisome number of child deaths, and warn that supplies of vaccine will remain scarce for at least the next couple of weeks. Delays in producing the vaccine mean 28 million to 30 million doses, at most, will be divided around the country by the end of the month, not the 40 million-plus that states had been expecting.

New Index Combines Nutrition With Affordability

October 19, 2009 6:18 am | News | Comments

Contact: Emily Jane Watt; ejwatt@webershandwick.com A new food rating system could make it easier to find budget-friendly, nutritious foods in today’s tough economy. The Affordable Nutrition Index (ANI), unveiled recently at the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, assesses food’s nutritional profile and cost value to create a nutrition-value-per-dollar score.

Surgeons Discover Common Anti-Clotting Drug May Cause Problems for Some Trauma Patients

October 16, 2009 6:04 am | News | Comments

National Trauma Databank researchers find elderly patients more vulnerable to problems CHICAGO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A common drug used for preventing heart attacks and blood clots may also cause problems for individuals who suffer some form of trauma, particularly elderly patients, according to a study presented at the 2009 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

The True Cost Of Surgical Mistakes

October 16, 2009 6:04 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Product Releases | Comments

For an article appearing in the October issue of Surgical Products, I spoke, via e-mail, with Soham Roy, MD, FACS, FAAP. One of the areas our dialogue covered was how to deal with the aftermath of these incidents, as well as the right strategies for operating room personnel in helping to prevent them.

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Hospital Executive Awarded For Infection Control Efforts

October 16, 2009 6:03 am | News | Comments

Executive is honored at APIC ceremony commemorating International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which takes place October 18-24 this year WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deborah Friberg, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Raleigh, North Carolina, has been named the recipient of the first annual Healthcare Administrator Award, presented by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Endoluminal Approach For The Treatment Of Morbid Obesity Presented At ACS

October 16, 2009 6:03 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- ValenTx, Inc. announces the presentation of the first clinical study of their endoluminal approach for the treatment of morbid obesity at the 2009 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress. The ValenTx procedure is enabled by an implantable and removable sleeve that mimics the mechanisms of gastric bypass surgery without the risks associated with that procedure.

Getting Patients To OR More Quickly Could Cut Preoperative Treatment Costs

October 16, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

A study of gallbladder operations reveals delayed referrals contribute to unnecessary ER visits and additional imaging services Getting patients to the operating room more quickly could cut the amount paid for hospital treatment of painful gallstones in half, researchers reported at the 2009 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

AmeriCares Honors Company With Power Of Partnership Award

October 16, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

AmeriCares has awarded its annual Power of Partnership Award to Cardinal Health. AmeriCares President & CEO Curt Welling presented the award today at the Healthcare Distribution Management Association’s (HDMA) Annual Leadership Forum in Orlando, Fla. The Power of Partnership Award was created by AmeriCares and HDMA to recognize medical manufacturing and distribution organizations that have shown exceptional dedication to expanding access to medicines and health care for disadvantaged populations.

Surgeon Pioneers Minimally Invasive "Natural Opening" Spine Surgery

October 15, 2009 7:09 am | Videos | Comments

If you're suffering from back pain, and the pain medications, physical therapy, and injections aren't working, then you should consider surgery. That may be a frightening thought, however with this new and innovative approach to treating back pain, you should never fear the thought of spine surgery again! Using the worlds most advanced minimally invasive technique, Dr.

A New Tool To Fight Against Surgical Site Infections

October 15, 2009 7:08 am | Videos | Comments

INTEGUSEAL* Microbial Sealant: A Tool in the Fight Against Surgical Site Infections Prepping and draping are important parts of your pre-op routine, but no prep protocol can completely sterilize a patients skin. Its the pathogens left behind that are the leading cause of surgical site infections.

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