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Sunshine Often The Best Cure

December 18, 2009 4:05 am | News | Comments

Randolph E. Schmid, AP People in sunny, outdoorsy states say they're the happiest Americans, and researchers think they know why. A new study comparing self-described pleasant feelings with objective measures of good living found these folks generally have reason to feel fine. The places where people are most likely to report happiness also tend to rate high on studies comparing things like climate, crime rates, air quality and schools.

Johnson & Johnson Makes Acquisition

December 18, 2009 3:56 am | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson recently announced that its Ethicon unit will buy privately held medical technology company Acclarent, Inc. for $785 million in cash. Both companies' boards of directors have approved the deal. Acclarent makes minimally invasive devices used in sinus surgery. The deal is expected to close during the first quarter of next year.

Living Longer Than Ever Before

December 18, 2009 3:48 am | News | Comments

Average life expectancy in the United States has reached almost 78 years, a record high, federal health officials said recently. Women can expect to live to 80.4 years on average and men to 75.3 years, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But even though Americans can expect to live longer than their parents, life expectancy in the United States is still lower than in many other industrialized countries, including Canada and Japan.

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Temperature Control For Critically Ill Patients

December 17, 2009 5:47 am | Medivance | Videos | Comments

The Arctic Sun from Medivance controls the temperature of the water circulating through the ArcticGel Pads via a patient/temperature feedback loop. The patient can be cooled or kept normothermic as the pads transfer heat from patient—without posing the risk of DVT, insertion site bleeding or infection associated with catheters.

Medical Center Works To Reduce Retained Sponges

December 17, 2009 5:45 am | Videos | Comments

Loyola University Medical Center uses Surgicount Medical Safety Sponge system to track sponges before and after surgery, helping to reduce instances of retained surgical sponges in patients.

Anterior Hip Resurfacing

December 17, 2009 5:44 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Stefan Kreuzer performs a direct anterior approach for total hip resurfacing, one of the minimally invasive techniques used in hip resurfacing surgery.

Transvaginal Sleeve Gastrectomy Via NOTES

December 17, 2009 5:42 am | Videos | Comments

INTRODUCTION: Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) has been widely discussed during the last years. Beside experimental work, clinical experience are still limited and most of the working groups only performed cholecystectomies.

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The OR Goes Green

December 16, 2009 5:08 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

While patient safety and care will always remain the top priority in the OR, eco-friendly practices are becoming more important in the surgical suite. What is your facility doing to “go green?” “Go Green.” From hybrid cars to non-disposable grocery bags to the push to “buy local,” the idea to become more environmentally-friendly seems to be everywhere these days in the consumer world.

CNN's Top Five Medial Innovations For 2009

December 16, 2009 4:05 am | News | Comments

At www.cnn.com you can see their top picks for the most innovative medical developments of 2009. Here are the top 5: 5. NeuroStar’s Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy system. Used for treatment of depression, the unit pulses magnetic fields into a patient’s prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain that regulates mood, to stimulate those neurons and increase the number of mood-enhancing chemicals that can be produced.

Medical Call Spooks Home Intruder

December 16, 2009 3:47 am | News | Comments

A man who broke into an 89-year-old woman's Knoxville home was scared off when a monitoring company answered her medical alert call. The woman activated a medical alert device on her neck and the voice of an operator responded over the intercom. She told police the intruder ripped the device off her, causing a slight abrasion and a cut finger, but he fled taking nothing.

Many Still Fearful Of Electronic Records Systems

December 16, 2009 3:39 am | News | Comments

Although physicians support the use of electronic health records, concerns about potential privacy breaches remain an issue, according to two research articles published in the January 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Informatics Association (JAMIA). One published study is based on views of more than 1,000 family practice and specialist physicians in Massachusetts who were asked whether they thought electronic health information exchange (HIE) would drive down costs, improve patient care, free up their time and preserve patient confidentiality.

Stroke Surgery Safe for Kidney Patients

December 16, 2009 3:06 am | News | Comments

Doctors may now have more reason to refer their chronic kidney disease patients to surgery for a blocked carotid artery. A University of Western Ontario study suggests that a carotid endarterectomy can reduce the risk of stroke in kidney disease patients by 82 percent. Additionally, researchers concluded that the risk of death was not increased for patients who underwent the surgery.

3 Toxin Exposures, 2 Minor Electrocutions, 1 Gastrointestinal Tract A-Bleeding And A Few Less Ornaments For The Tree

December 16, 2009 2:43 am | News | Comments

A new study from Children's Hospital Boston's Division of Emergency Medicine has found that holiday decorations, particularly glass ornaments, are one more safety hazard parents must consider during the season. A review of records from Children's Emergency Department revealed an average of five ornament-related injuries per year, of which, more than half involve a child eating fragments of these ornaments, including batteries and pieces of glass.

Mars Rescue

December 15, 2009 11:55 am | by James H. Dawdy | Articles | Comments

I sat in the cargo bay of a Marsplane, somewhere over the depths of Valles Marineris. We had received a distress call from a field geologist gathering samples- or rather, from his suit. He wasn't talking, and that by itself was a bad thing. The only option was to send a medic, and the only way to get to him in time was in the rocket-powered aircraft MARSEC (the Mars Expoloration Corporation) used to drop supplies to outposts across the vast planet.

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