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5th Wrong-Site Surgery Puts Hospital In The Crosshairs

October 26, 2009 7:36 am | News | Comments

Health officials are investigating how a surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital mistakenly operated on the wrong part of a patient's hand, the hospital's fifth wrong-site surgery since 2007. Hospital President Timothy Babineau said in a letter that the mistake Thursday happened on a patient scheduled for surgery on two fingers.

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Zargis Medical Cleared For iPhone Apps

October 26, 2009 6:38 am | News | Comments

PRNewswire Zargis Medical Corp., a subsidiary of Speedus Corp. recently announced that is has been cleared as an iPhone® developer and begun development of medical diagnostic support software and related peripherals for the iPhone and other leading smartphones. Zargis has identified the handheld environment as a logical delivery platform for its telemedicine and diagnostic software initiatives, and plans to leverage the platform as a mobile support hub.

Boston Medical Pioneering New Incisionless Surgery

October 26, 2009 6:38 am | News | Comments

Boston Medical Center (BMC) surgeons are now offering patients an incisionless alternative to laparoscopic and traditional surgery in the treatment of acid reflux, or GERD. Using a new procedure known as EsophyX TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundaplication), surgeons can repair or reconstruct the valve between the esophagus and stomach, effectively stopping GERD.

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"Phantom of the Opera" Composer Diagnosed With Cancer

October 26, 2009 6:37 am | News | Comments

Andrew Lloyd Webber is undergoing treatment for early-stage prostate cancer October 26, 2009 LONDON (AP) — Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, his spokeswoman said Sunday. The 61-year-old Lloyd Webber's condition is in its early stages, a statement from his publicists said.

Clock Ticking On Democrats' Health Care Reform

October 26, 2009 6:37 am | by by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time growing short, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate still face key decisions if they are to achieve President Barack Obama's goal of passing legislation to remake the nation's health care system by year's end. In the House, that means setting conditions under which the federal government would sell coverage in competition with private industry.

What if...

October 26, 2009 6:36 am | Articles | Comments

Several years ago, we attended Milwaukee Irish Fest , the annual musical and cultural experience of everything even remotely Irish. While wandering the grounds, we discovered the band, Schooner Fare , a trio of singer-songwriters from Maine that captivated us with their tight harmonies, their musicianship and their enthusiasm.

HD Camera System

October 26, 2009 6:35 am | Sony Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Sony presents the PMW-10MD full HD (1920 x 1080) medical-grade camera system. The camera system exhibits: Integration of high-quality HD video acquisition with digital recording.  Compact size and remote camera-head for easy and adjustable overhead mounting above the operating table as well as on surgical microscopes.

Full-HD Camera

October 26, 2009 6:32 am | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Product Releases | Comments

The Orchide HD Camera from MAQUET allows the surgical team to share images in full-HD quality. Features of the camera include: Picture quality of 2 Mio pixels. Realistic 3D images. High color accuracy to distinguish subtle differences in color and texture, as in direct non video-assisted vision.

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A Vision Lives On

October 23, 2009 7:42 am | Articles | Comments

The surgical industry lost a great innovator this month, Rich Shafer, founder and inventor of the Cool Shirt system. Now his company, Shafer Enterprises, works to continue his vision of helping surgeons stay cool in the OR … October 23, 2009 The surgical industry lost a great innovator this month.

Microsoft Hopes For Fresh Start With Windows 7

October 23, 2009 6:32 am | News | Comments

Jessica Mintz, AP Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer celebrated the arrival of Windows 7 in New York yesterday with a few hundred people who had helped test early versions of the software. One of them, technology consultant, Jonathan Kay, flew from Toronto to attend. “Windows 7 will redeem Windows,” said Kay.

Unmasking The Surgical Mask: Does It Really Work?

October 23, 2009 6:22 am | by Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today | Articles | Comments

Surgical Instruments Designed For LESS

October 23, 2009 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company introduces new disposable multi-Instrument access port, curved hand instruments and laparo-thoraco videoscope for single-incision surgical procedures October 23, 2009 Olympus introduces three new surgical instruments specifically designed for Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site (LESS) surgery.

Obesity - It Must Be Mom's Fault

October 23, 2009 6:13 am | News | Comments

Malcolm Ritter, AP When Kathy Perusse had weight-loss surgery and shed 120 pounds, she may have done more than make her own life easier. She went on to have two daughters, and she may have boosted their chances of avoiding becoming obese, like her two older children are. That's the implication of research suggesting that something in an obese woman's womb can program her fetus toward becoming a fat child and adult.

Swine Flu Scams Picking Up Speed

October 23, 2009 5:40 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer Air sterilizers. A photon machine. Supplement pills to boost the immune system. Protective shampoos and face masks. Even fake Tamiflu. These and other products making bogus claims to prevent or treat swine flu are flooding the Internet as scam artists prey on the public's fears during vaccine delays and real Tamiflu — made by Switzerland's Roche Group — is rationed.

ICU Stays More Prevalent Amongst U.S. Patients

October 23, 2009 5:20 am | News | Comments

Keely Savoie, American Thoracic Society ksavoie@thoracic.org Patients who die in the hospital in the United States are almost five times as likely to have spent part of their last hospital stay in the ICU, when compared to patients in England. What's more, over the age of 85, ICU usage among terminal patients is eight times higher in the U.

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