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Health Care Overhaul Bill Has Ups And Downs

July 17, 2009 11:44 am | News | Comments

David Espo, AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Up one day. Down the next. Sometimes legislation to remake the nation's health care system moves in both directions at once. President Barack Obama's top domestic priority is on an unpredictable, midsummer trajectory as the White House and Democrats struggle to bring the complex, controversial issue to a vote in both houses before lawmakers leave town for their August break.

Fight For Swine Flu Vaccine Could Get Ugly

July 17, 2009 11:29 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — An ugly scramble is brewing over the swine flu vaccine — and when it becomes available, Britain, the United States and other nations could find that the contracts they signed with pharmaceutical companies are easily broken. Experts warn that during a global epidemic, which the world is in now, governments may be under tremendous pressure to protect their own citizens first before allowing companies to ship doses of vaccine out of the country.

Endoscopic Stapler For Critical Wound-Healing Period

July 17, 2009 10:54 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien introduces the Duet TRS™ reload with tissue reinforcement. The new product offers: Preloaded tissue reinforcement on the Endo GIA™ Universal range of laparoscopic staplers. A synthetic absorbable polymer reinforcement material that is preloaded on each SULU.

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Video: Faces Of Government Healthcare: Katie Brickell

July 14, 2009 5:56 am | Videos | Comments

Diagnosed with cervical cancer after being refused a pap test three times in the U.

Obama Challenges On Health Care

July 13, 2009 11:40 am | News | Comments

Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A defiant President Barack Obama sought Monday to revive his faltering plan to overhaul health care, delivering a full-throated promise to get comprehensive legislation and summoning lawmakers crucial to his effort to the White House.

Video: Step-By-Step Gastric Bypass (Part II)

July 13, 2009 11:22 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Hadar Spivak presents his technique for the laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. The surgeon is showing the operation in details and in a step by step approach. The patient is a man with a BMI of 57, central obesity and medical problems. Following Dr.

Video: Step-By-Step Gastric Bypass (Part I)

July 13, 2009 11:20 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Hadar Spivak of Houston, TX, presents his technique for the laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. The surgeon is showing the operation in details and in a step-by-step approach. The patient is a man with a BMI of 57, central obesity and medical problems.

Company Provides Funding For NOTES Research

July 13, 2009 11:08 am | News | Comments

OAK BROOK, Ill., July 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research® (NOSCAR®) a joint effort of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), announce Olympus' continued funding of research in an emerging minimally invasive transdisciplinary therapy known as Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery(R), with a $250,000 grant to the existing Olympus Research Fund supporting NOTES® research.

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Scrub Tech Causes Major Hepatitis Scare In Colorado

July 13, 2009 10:57 am | News | Comments

P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) — Kimberly Spencer's 9-year-old son went to Audubon Ambulatory Surgery Center last month for what was supposed to be a routine surgery. The rambunctious child stuck a BB in his ear and doctors had to operate to remove it. What happened next shocked the family.

Improved Intra-Abdominal Access

July 13, 2009 10:54 am | SurgiQuest, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Airseal™ System from Surgiquest, Inc. employs an invisible air barrier within the access port's 2 to 12 mm cannula housing that automatically self adjusts for constant and proper intra-abdominal pressure, using the company's Dynamic Pressure System (DPS 1000) unit.

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Bariatric Surgical Instruments

July 13, 2009 10:52 am | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. introduces a full line of bariatric instruments. These longer-length instruments offer: Availability in many patterns with lengths of up to 18", which include Tungsten Carbide needle holders, scissors, suction tubes and more, for improved reach in bariatric patients.

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Streamlined Design For Larger Patients

July 13, 2009 10:49 am | Ethicon Endo-Surgery | Product Releases | Comments

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. introduces the REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band-C, a new gastric band with a streamlined design that eases placement and has an expanded adjustment range that can accommodate larger patients. The REALIZE Band-C has the same clinically proven high-volume, low-pressure system as the original REALIZE Band, but offers additional features, including: A 14 percent greater stoma adjustment range to accommodate larger patients.

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The Future Of Wireless Medical Devices

July 13, 2009 10:34 am | News | Comments

Globally there are more than a billion overweight adults, of whom at least 300 million are clinically obese. Both these conditions are major risks in the development of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. The global population is also getting older— the proportion 60-year-olds or above is projected to grow from 10 percent in 2005 to 21 percent by 2050.

Real Stories Behind The Healthcare Debate

July 8, 2009 7:18 am | by Amanda McGowan, Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Change—it has been a common word in the news over the past year or so, stemming from the election of President Barack Obama. So, it’s no surprise that amidst the current healthcare debate, the word “change”—and the extent to which it’s necessary for our current healthcare system—is once again being used.

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Video: Begging For Change

July 8, 2009 7:13 am | Videos | Comments

Posted on YouTube by Maine’s Service Employees union called “Begging For Change.” The video, advocating for government-run healthcare, shows fundraising efforts for people struggling with medical bills. Snapshots of signs and posters and photos fade in and out of the video while the “Begging For Change Healthcare Blues” plays in the background.

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