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Swine Flu Shots May Start In Early October

September 14, 2009 6:38 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's first round of swine flu shots could begin sooner than expected, with some vaccine available as early as the first week of October, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday. Sebelius said she is confident the vaccine will be available early enough to beat the peak of the expected flu season this fall and that early doses are intended for health care workers and other high-priority groups.

State Lawmakers Try To Halt Health Care Changes

September 14, 2009 6:37 am | News | Comments

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans in more than a dozen states opposed to President Barack Obama's push for health care overhaul have mounted state-driven efforts to block federal intervention in health care, with some early success. The push-back centers in some areas on fact — Obama's stated determination that all Americans should be required to get health care coverage, for example.

Safe Measuring, Weighing Solution

September 14, 2009 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

A customized base placement compatibile with the seca 727 and 728 baby scale to ensure safety and security. A high-quality wrap-around bumper to prevent injuries. 21” storage compartment with an adjustable shelf and pre-drilled threaded holes for side-mounted accessories.

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Blog: When Patients Think They Have Something To Hide

September 14, 2009 6:36 am | Articles | Comments

“Do you drink much alcohol, wine, or beer?” He was a patient with a newly diagnosed mouth cancer. I was working through my checklist while we became acquainted.     “I have a beer most nights before dinner. Maybe I’ll have a couple more on weekends.

Heart Device Batteries Losing Power

September 14, 2009 6:35 am | by Marley Seaman, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Medtronic Inc. warned doctors on Friday that about 6,300 of the company's implanted heart devices may not last as long as expected. Medtronic said the batteries in the Concerto and Virtuoso devices may have to be replaced a few months earlier than expected because of a current drain, although it said the implants are working properly.

Test Can Help Identify Potential Malignancies, Guide Surgical Decisions

September 14, 2009 6:34 am | News | Comments

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared a test that can help detect ovarian cancer in a pelvic mass that is already known to require surgery. The test, called OVA1, helps patients and health care professionals decide what type of surgery should be done and by whom.

Surgeons And Empathy

September 11, 2009 7:51 am | News | Comments

Insight, I believe, refers to the depth of understanding that comes by setting experiences, yours and mine, familiar and exotic, new and old, side by side, learning by letting them speak to one another. -Mary Catherine Bateson Last week, a group of third-year medical students completed their first rotations through Surgery.

C-QUR™ Mesh

September 11, 2009 7:03 am | Atrium Medical Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

C-QUR™ Mesh combines Atrium’s ProLite™ polypropylene mesh material with an all-natural Omega 3 bioabsorbable coating derived from highly-purified, contaminant-free, pharmaceutical-grade fish oil. This proprietary blend of natural Omega 3 fatty acids, alcohols and triglycerides aids mechanical handling and healing properties.

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Rebound HRD V Hernia Repair

September 11, 2009 6:50 am | Minnesota Medical Development Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Rebound HRD V from Minnesota Medical Development, Inc. is a self-expanding Nitinol framed/surgical mesh medical device designed for the laparoscopic repair of ventral and incisional hernias.The super-elastic Nitinol frame allows the device to be folded and inserted laparoscopically through an access port or small incision.

Surgical Reinforcement

September 11, 2009 6:42 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Permacol™ Biologic Implants from Covidien are sold only in the U.S. and address pressing clinical needs in the surgical reconstruction, reinforcement and repair of human soft tissue. It is comprised of porcine dermis from which cells, cell debris, DNA and RNA are removed, leaving a 3-D collagen matrix that is then crosslinked for enhanced strength and durability.

Apple CEO Discusses Liver Transplant

September 11, 2009 6:20 am | News | Comments

9/11/09 Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple, Inc. CEO Steve Jobs returned Wednesday to the showman role that has helped define his company leadership, taking the stage for the first time since his medical leave to announce such new products as an iPod Nano that records video.

Surgeons General Call For Obesity Policy

September 11, 2009 6:07 am | News | Comments

9/11/2009; (Source: PRNewswire) The Obesity Society and other steering committee members of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, along with David Satcher MD, PhD and Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, (the two most recent Surgeons General) are developing recommendations in urging policymakers to act on the inclusion of obesity and its associated chronic diseases as the largest and most urgent driving factor in healthcare reform.

Employer Ordered To Pay For Weight-Loss Surgery

September 11, 2009 5:45 am | News | Comments

9/11/2009 Charles Wilson, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana court has ruled that a pizza shop must pay for a 340-pound employee's weight-loss surgery to ensure the success of another operation for a back injury he suffered at work. The Indiana Court of Appeals decision, coupled with a recent Oregon court ruling, could make employers think twice before hiring workers with health conditions that might cost their companies thousands of dollars in one shot down the road.

Orthopedic Capital Of The World Strategizes For Growth

September 11, 2009 5:21 am | News | Comments

9/11/2009 (Source: PR Newswire) Now generating more than $11 billion in annual revenues, the global orthopedics sector concentrated in Warsaw, IN represents more than half the U. S. market share and more than one-third of the world's market for developing orthopedic medical devices. How does an industry contained within a community continue to maintain its strong economic presence and position itself for future growth? BioCrossroads, Indiana's organization for investment, development and advancement of the state's signature life sciences strengths, explores and outlines a series of action-oriented responses to this question in a new published report; Warsaw, Indiana: The Orthopedics Capital of the World – An Overview, Analysis and Blueprint for Future Industry and Community Growth.

Single Dose Enough For H1N1

September 11, 2009 4:53 am | News | Comments

9/10/2009 Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s good news in the world's flu fight. One dose of the new swine flu vaccine looks strong enough to protect adults and can spark protection within 10 days of the shot, Australian and U.S. researchers said Thursday.

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