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Swine Flu Vaccine Deaths?

November 10, 2009 6:12 am | Articles | Comments

By: Kristina Fiore Published: It seems that rumors among patients are flying faster than the 40-mph winds here in Miami that the swine flu vaccine can kill you. I've had at least two acquaintances in the last week send me warnings about death from the H1N1 vaccine. Another friend sent a frantic email after three different pediatricians refused to give it to her sister's newborn.

Clinical Inventory Management Systems

November 10, 2009 6:12 am | Stanley Innerspace | Product Releases | Comments

This web-based solution tracks clinical inventory utilizing manufacturer barcode labels and allows for adding on RFID-enabled carts to securely store and automatically account for implants and clinical inventory. November 10, 2009 Stanley InnerSpace announces that SpaceTRAX has been awarded the Novation contract to provide RFID and barcoding clinical inventory management solutions to its members.

Gloves Offer Protection, Minimal Latex Allergy Concerns

November 10, 2009 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Esteem® with Neu-Thera® surgical gloves are sterile polyisoprene powder-free surgical gloves with an emollient coating November 10, 2009 Cardinal Health’s Esteem® with Neu-Thera® surgical gloves provide a single solution to protect hands, minimize latex allergy concerns and promote skin wellness.

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“Flexie” Marrow Access System

November 10, 2009 6:09 am | Ranfac Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Ranfac introduces the new “Flexie” Marrow Access System*, a marrow aspiration system to meet the demanding requirements of physicians and hospitals that have made marrow sourced stem cells a key component of their practice.   The company says that for physicians, the “Flexie” allows for: Easier access to the marrow space from an anterior or posterior position with reduced risk of unintended surgical trauma because the flexible needle will not penetrate cortical bone.

Q&A: Knotless Wound Closure

November 10, 2009 6:07 am | Articles | Comments

Michael Tarnoff MD, FACS is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery at Tufts Medical Center. He also works as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Global Chief Medical Officer of Surgical Devices at Covidien. Here, he discusses his role in developing a new knotless wound closure device, V-Loc, and what knotless wound closure could mean for surgeons in the future.

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Actor James Woods Sues Over Brother's Wrongful Death

November 10, 2009 6:03 am | News | Comments

Eric Tucker, AP A hospital did not do enough to care for the brother of James Woods when he went to the emergency room complaining of a sore throat and vomiting in 2006, a lawyer told jurors at the wrongful death lawsuit. Michael Woods died from heart disease at Kent Hospital in Warwick, RI on July 26, 2006, after going into cardiac arrest on a gurney.

Animal Tissue Growth Arouses Hope For Human Surgical Procedures

November 10, 2009 5:44 am | News | Comments

In an advance that could one day enable surgeons to reconstruct and restore function to damaged or diseased penile tissue in humans, researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine have used tissue engineering techniques to completely replace penile erectile tissue in animals.

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Plasma-In-A-Bag Offers New Sterilization Approach

November 10, 2009 5:33 am | News | Comments

The practice of sterilizing medical tools and devices, and the resulting reduction in surgery-related infections, helped revolutionize health care in the 19th century. Through the years, numerous sterilization techniques have been developed, but the old mainstay remains the 130-year-old autoclave.

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Wound Closure Using “Shoelace” Configuration

November 9, 2009 6:33 am | Wound Care Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DermaClose can be used on any size linear wound device using one or more of the DermaClose™RC devices in a “shoelace” configuration. The “shoelace” technique provides considerable flexibility by utilizing constant force tension on opposing wound margins using any number of configurations.

iPhone App Aids Surgical Prep

November 9, 2009 6:07 am | News | Comments

Dr. Frederic Jacquot, an orthopedic surgeon from France, has developed an innovative iPhone application that can measure spine curvature angles “on the fly”. Just like other spine clinicians, Dr. Jacquot was trained to measure the Cobb angle, kyphosis angle and the sacral slope on spine radiographs.

He Shoots, He Scores, He's Fired

November 9, 2009 5:55 am | News | Comments

Reuters Senior health officials in Alberta, Canada said they had fired an unidentified worker for giving National Hockey League players preferential access to the flu vaccine. The controversy boiled over when it was revealed that players for the Calgary Flames and their families received shots on an exclusive basis one day before the province closed public flu clinics due to a shortage of the vaccine.

Shape Up America! Urges Medical Care For Obese

November 9, 2009 5:43 am | News | Comments

National obesity and public health leaders are pressing Congress to address health needs of the morbidly obese November 9, 2009 As the House of Representatives and the Senate debate companion bills to make health care more affordable and accessible, a coalition of obesity and public health experts is urging Congress not to overlook the needs of the more than 15 million Americans who suffer from severe obesity and are at the greatest risk for chronic disease and death.

Texting As A Health Tool For Teenagers

November 9, 2009 5:42 am | Articles | Comments

By Pauline W. Chen, M.D. Published: Gina (not her real name) had been born with a defect in her liver, with ducts so damaged and narrow that the bile could not drain. In the first year of her life, she underwent two urgent operations. The first was an unsuccessful effort to convert a loop of intestine into a drainage system for her bile; the second was a lifesaving liver transplant.

Healthcare Reform: Where Saturday Night's Vote Puts Us

November 9, 2009 5:33 am | News | Comments

Erica Werner, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Here’s a look at bills currently before Congress. The Democratic-controlled House passed its legislation on a 220-215 vote Saturday night, with nearly unanimous Republican opposition. In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid is finalizing legislation merging the work of two committees and making other changes.

Possibility Of E. Coli In School Lunches

November 9, 2009 4:49 am | by Libby Quaid, AP | News | Comments

The chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee wants an investigation into the risk of E. coli getting into school lunches. Rep. George Miller, (D-CA) is worried about a recent outbreak that killed at least two people and sickened about two dozen others in 11 states. The E. coli outbreak was linked to ground beef produced by Fairbank Farms of Ashville, NY.

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