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Real Survivors

June 21, 2010 7:02 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

The stillness in the meeting room was electric.     First, one panelist addressed the audience members who have never experienced a malignancy. She described the unique and powerful bond that exists between cancer survivors. She described how the brush with mortality forces each survivor to renegotiate terms with Life itself.

Temperature Management In The OR

June 21, 2010 7:02 am | by Troy Bergstrom, Marketing Communications Manager, | Arizant Healthcare Inc. | Articles | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing temperature management equipment in order to achieve adequate temperature in the OR for both patients and surgeons? June 21, 2010 With the CMS normothermia measure (SCIP-Inf-10) now a reality, hospitals will likely be warming patients that, in previous years, may have gone unwarmed.


Cleaning System For Robotic Surgery Instruments

June 21, 2010 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Medisafe SI-PCF™ system has been tested and validated for cleaning da Vinci® EndoWrist® instruments. The SI-PCF system uses the same critical cleaning parameters as Intuitive Surgical's manual cleaning method, with the advantage of being able to reprocess up to 10 EndoWrist instruments simultaneously, within a time efficient and convenient process.


Nanotechnology-Based Apparel

June 21, 2010 6:59 am | Vestagen | Product Releases | Comments

Vestagen Technical Textiles offers the Vestex™ nanotechnology-based lab coats. Vestex garments repel blood and other bodily fluids, and rapidly kill microbes. Vestex is impregnated with nano-sized particles that change the surface area of the fabric, increasing surface tension and creating a barrier to fluids such as blood and body fluids.

Autoclavable Containers

June 21, 2010 6:57 am | Ruhof Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Ruhof’s new line of autoclavable instrument trays, kidney dishes and bowls are made of medical grade polypropylene that can withstand the high temperatures of autoclaving without cracking, discoloring, rusting, staining, and denting. According to the company, this new line features: Reusable.

Senate Fails To Spare Doctors From Medicare Cuts

June 21, 2010 6:42 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Stephen Ohlemacher, AP Last Friday the Senate passed legislation to spare doctors a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments that had been looming for months, but the last-ditch effort came too late. Moments after the Senate acted, Medicare announced it would begin processing claims it has already received for June at the lower rate.

Bariatric Surgery Improves Insulin Sensitivity Better Than Diet

June 21, 2010 6:29 am | News | Comments

“Our study shows that in the short term, weight loss by diet alone does not achieve the same improvements in diabetes as gastric bypass surgery,” said the author, Judith Korner, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Korner and her colleagues found that gastric bypass surgery better improved insulin sensitivity – the body's ability to successfully clear glucose sugar from...

Conscious Sedation Shortens Hospital Stays

June 21, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

A new study suggests that the recovery time and cost of brain-tumor surgery could be reduced if surgery is performed while patients are awake during part of the procedure. The study, conducted at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, examined the outcomes of 39 patients treated for glioma, a type of brain tumor that affects about 20,000 Americans annually.


Instrument Channel Cleaning Brush

June 18, 2010 7:11 am | Cygnus Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The effective, convenient and affordable Cattails™ Channel Brush features a new "Pull-Through" design that significantly increases the amount of brushing action without causing buckling. The flexible leader makes it easier to clean hard-to-reach narrow channels.

What I Learned From Bill Clinton

June 18, 2010 6:59 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Articles | Comments

DO? When I found out that I was going to have the rare opportunity to meet President Bill Clinton, many things ran through my mind: What would I say? What would I do? What would I wear?  The only thing I was sure of was that I wasn’t going to wear a blue dress.

Abuse Of Meds Sends As Many To ER As Illegal Drugs

June 18, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — For the first time, abuse of painkillers and other medication is sending as many people to the emergency room as the use of illegal drugs. In 2008, ERS saw an estimated 1 million visits from people abusing prescription or over-the-counter medicines — mostly painkillers and sedatives.

Kidneys Transplanted Between HIV-Infected Patients

June 18, 2010 6:54 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — South African surgeons have transplanted kidneys between donors and patients who were both infected with the AIDS virus — a medical first that has some U.S. doctors buzzing about whether it could be tried here. The first four of the transplants, which occurred in 2008, are described in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.

Elderly Patients In Need Of Heart Valve Replacements Have Alternative To Surgery

June 18, 2010 6:54 am | News | Comments

Doctors in Germany have shown a transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation provides an option for high-risk patients July 18, 2010 Doctors at the University Heart Center in Hamburg, Germany successfully used transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation in elderly patients with degenerated bioprostheses in aortic and mitral position.

Solid Growth Of Asia-Pacific Healthcare Market

June 18, 2010 6:53 am | News | Comments

The Asia-Pacific healthcare market has experienced solid growth over the past decade.  According to statistics, this healthcare market is projected to grow from US$ 246 billion in 2009 to US$ 348 billion in 2012, accounting for almost 27% of the global market. By 2015, Asia-Pacific’s healthcare revenues could represent 40% of the global market.

Interactive Game Technologies For Medical Education And Training

June 18, 2010 6:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Duke University School of Medicine and Virtual Heroes announced this month a framework agreement on a partnership encompassing a broad range of initiatives to leverage interactive game technologies for medical education and training. The multi-faceted partnership will include initiatives in the following areas: healthcare team communication training; medical device and pharma product education; patient education; medical recertification;...



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