Michael Tarnoff MD, FACS is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery at Tufts Medical Center. He also works as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Global Chief Medical Officer of Surgical Devices at Covidien. Here, he discusses his role in developing a new knotless wound closure device, V-Loc, and what knotless wound closure could mean for surgeons in the future.
Eric Tucker, AP A hospital did not do enough to care for the brother of James Woods when he went to the emergency room complaining of a sore throat and vomiting in 2006, a lawyer told jurors at the wrongful death lawsuit. Michael Woods died from heart disease at Kent Hospital in Warwick, RI on July 26, 2006, after going into cardiac arrest on a gurney.
In an advance that could one day enable surgeons to reconstruct and restore function to damaged or diseased penile tissue in humans, researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine have used tissue engineering techniques to completely replace penile erectile tissue in animals.
The practice of sterilizing medical tools and devices, and the resulting reduction in surgery-related infections, helped revolutionize health care in the 19th century. Through the years, numerous sterilization techniques have been developed, but the old mainstay remains the 130-year-old autoclave.
DermaClose can be used on any size linear wound device using one or more of the DermaClose™RC devices in a “shoelace” configuration. The “shoelace” technique provides considerable flexibility by utilizing constant force tension on opposing wound margins using any number of configurations.
Dr. Frederic Jacquot, an orthopedic surgeon from France, has developed an innovative iPhone application that can measure spine curvature angles “on the fly”. Just like other spine clinicians, Dr. Jacquot was trained to measure the Cobb angle, kyphosis angle and the sacral slope on spine radiographs.
Reuters Senior health officials in Alberta, Canada said they had fired an unidentified worker for giving National Hockey League players preferential access to the flu vaccine. The controversy boiled over when it was revealed that players for the Calgary Flames and their families received shots on an exclusive basis one day before the province closed public flu clinics due to a shortage of the vaccine.
National obesity and public health leaders are pressing Congress to address health needs of the morbidly obese November 9, 2009 As the House of Representatives and the Senate debate companion bills to make health care more affordable and accessible, a coalition of obesity and public health experts is urging Congress not to overlook the needs of the more than 15 million Americans who suffer from severe obesity and are at the greatest risk for chronic disease and death.
By Pauline W. Chen, M.D. Published: Gina (not her real name) had been born with a defect in her liver, with ducts so damaged and narrow that the bile could not drain. In the first year of her life, she underwent two urgent operations. The first was an unsuccessful effort to convert a loop of intestine into a drainage system for her bile; the second was a lifesaving liver transplant.
Erica Werner, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Here’s a look at bills currently before Congress. The Democratic-controlled House passed its legislation on a 220-215 vote Saturday night, with nearly unanimous Republican opposition. In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid is finalizing legislation merging the work of two committees and making other changes.
The chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee wants an investigation into the risk of E. coli getting into school lunches. Rep. George Miller, (D-CA) is worried about a recent outbreak that killed at least two people and sickened about two dozen others in 11 states. The E. coli outbreak was linked to ground beef produced by Fairbank Farms of Ashville, NY.
There are a number of reasons to be excited about the development of new technologies relative to surgical robotics. Whether your enthusiasm stems from how their minimally invasive nature allows for shorter procedures, or the way in which quicker recovery times translate to lower long-term costs for both the hospital and patient, the impact of this technology is significant and wide-reaching.
Stephanie Nano, AP It seemed like a great idea — doing bypass surgery while the heart is still beating, sparing patients the complications that can come from going on a heart-lung machine. Now the first big test of this method has produced a surprise: Bypass has fewer problems and is more successful done the old way.
Erica Werner, AP House Democrats are scrambling to secure enough support to pass President Barack Obama's health overhaul initiative, working to soothe last-minute concerns from rank-and-file Democrats ahead of a make-or-break vote. Voting is set for Saturday on the 10-year, $1.2 trillion legislation that embraces Obama's goals of extending health coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans and putting tough new restrictions on insurance companies.
Dr. James Wang says he tries to tell his patients when extra medical procedures aren't necessary. If they insist, though, he will do it—not so much to protect their health as his own practice. After being sued for allegedly failing to diagnose a case of appendicitis, Wang says he turned to what's known as "defensive medicine," ordering extra tests, scans, consultations and even hospitalization to protect against malpractice suits, a recent Associated Press article reports.