Rachel Metz, AP Called the Vscan, the future of ultrasound technology, as interpreted by General Electric, looks like a flip phone crossed with an iPod. GE CEO Jeff Immelt unveiled a handheld ultrasound machine at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco yesterday, saying it could become the “stethoscope of the 21st century.
U.S. medical school enrollment is up for the 11th consecutive year as colleges seek to meet a growing demand for physicians. According to an American Medical Colleges report: First-year enrollment climbed 2 percent over 2008, and now totals nearly 18,400 students. The number of applicants remained mostly stable at around 42,000.
Japanese researchers have developed a computer program which may be able tell from an emergency call if you are about to die. Research published in the open access journal BMC Emergency Medicine shows that a computer algorithm is able to predict the patient's risk of dying at the time of the emergency call.
W. L. Gore & Associates recently announced the first human implants of their next generation Conformable GORE TAG® Thoracic Endoprosthesis for the treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms(TAAs). The devices were used to treat patients with a TAA, which is an enlargement that develops in weakened areas of the thoracic aorta.
Seguro Surgical, Inc., a medical device development company specializing in the commercialization of surgical instrumentation, today announced that it has acquired, from The Johns Hopkins University, the global marketing rights to a new abdominal surgery product. Over two million abdominal surgeries are performed annually in the United States, with the current practice of using cotton towels or sponges to reposition the bowel in order to access the surgical area.
The growing trend toward single port surgery is transforming several sectors of surgical technology and, most importantly, enhancing patient care. Last week, I attended the American College Of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Chicago. In my time at Surgical Products , what I’ve learned is that while these meetings can often turn into long days—with a lot of talking and walking—they are extremely helpful in lending insight into what is up-and-coming for surgery.
A new rail clamp features a handle with a special rubber coating and ergonomic shape to make tightening accessory clamps easy Innovative Medical Products introduces the EZ GRIP™--an operating room table accessory clamp that is easier to tighten, and stay tightened.
by Jeff Reinke, editorial director Oil prices briefly rose above $80 a barrel early today, the first time it has hit this mark in 2009. Crude demand has remained sluggish this year as the global economy recovers from recession, but driving the spike is the economic fact that commodities like oil and gold are bought and sold in dollars, making them cheaper and more attractive to investors when U.
The research group Gartner, Inc. says the information technology industry is closing its worst year on record, with worldwide tech spending on track to decline 5.2 percent in 2009. But the tech industry is expected to return to a growth pattern next year. Gartner is forecasting a 3.3 percent year-over-year increase in 2010, to $3.
Talk about a tough kid – a California toddler is alive after falling 30’ from an apartment window and landing on concrete and rocks. Contra Costa County Fire Captain Charles Thomas said the 22-month-old boy was alert and crying after a three-story plunge that left him with just a cut on his abdomen, a bruised lung and a bump on his head.
Chris Williams, AP Investigators said William Melchert-Dinkel, 47, feigned compassion for those he chatted with, while offering step-by-step instructions on how to take their lives. “Most important is the placement of the noose on the neck ... knot behind the left ear and rope across the carotid is very important for instant unconciousness and death,” he allegedly wrote in one web chat.
Although nearly $2.5 billion in research over the past 10 years has found no proof of cures from alternative medicine, these mostly unproven treatments are now used by as many as one-third of all Americans. And a new ally brings some quasi-celebrity status to the topic. Less than a year after former sitcom actress Suzanne Somers began touting bioidentical hormones on The Oprah Winfrey Show , she's back with a new book.
Olympus America Inc. introduces its platform to perform minimally invasive single-site surgery through the umbilicus. The platform combines Olympus and Gyrus ACMI endoscopic and laparoscopic technology with the new TriPort access system. Features of the TriPort access system include: Technology and devices necessary to perform procedures such as gallbladder removal, hernia repair, appendectomy, and urological or gynecological surgery through just one incision in the belly button.
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.
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.