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Instrument Design Is A Touchy Subject

March 10, 2010 7:10 am | Articles | Comments

Tactile experiences have played a role in how we evaluate products since the early phases of man’s evolution. It’s especially important in surgery, where an instrument’s tactile properties are essential the surgeon’s ability to use it comfortably and safely … March 10, 2010 By Jeff Kapec, Principal & Executive Vice President, Tanaka Kapec Design Group Designing for touch goes hand in hand with overall industrial design process Every product creates a sensory experience for the user.

Posterior Spinal Distraction Implant Receives CE Mark

March 10, 2010 6:45 am | News | Comments

Replication Medical, Inc., a developer of proprietary, hydrogel-based products for the spine and other surgical applications, recently announced that it has received a CE mark for its GelFix Posterior Spinal Distraction implant. The GelFix device is a one-piece posterior spinal implant made from HPAN, a biocompatible hydrogel which exhibits desirable mechanical properties, including compressive resistance with a dynamic response.

Intuitive Surgical's Stock Up, CEO Compensation Down

March 10, 2010 6:36 am | News | Comments

According to a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Smith received just under $4.2 million in total compensation, down 56 percent from 2008. His salary rose 2.4 percent to $508,700 while his performance bonus fell 2.1 percent to $382,000. Meanwhile, he received stock options worth just under $3.


Tax Soda, Pizza To Cut Obesity

March 10, 2010 6:27 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) Researchers estimate that an 18 percent tax on pizza and soda can push down U.S. adults' calorie intake enough to lower their average weight by five pounds per year. The researchers, writing in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine , suggested taxing could be used as a weapon in the fight against obesity, which costs the United States an estimated $147 billion a year in health costs.

Despite Recession, Plastic Surgery Down Only 2 Percent

March 10, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

Almost 10 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2009, according to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The most popular surgical procedure was breast augmentation. Trends identified by ASAPS included: 311,957 breast augmentations were performed.


Full Hospitals Raise Risks

March 10, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

Admission to a hospital when most of the beds are already full can be deadly for patients, according to a new University of Michigan Health System study showing high occupancy increases the risk of dying in the hospital by 5.6 percent. For the study, published in the March issue of Medical Care , researchers evaluated a set of critical factors that can affect hospital deaths: hospital occupancy, nurse staffing levels, weekend admission and seasonal influenza.

Doctors Need More Individualized Learning Plans

March 9, 2010 5:51 am | News | Comments

Physicians would be better prepared for the accelerating rate of scientific discovery and more in step with the latest in patient-care if they added an important tool to their medical arsenal – a plan for how to keep pace with emerging health-care advances. That is the finding of a national study published online in the journal Academic Pediatrics .

But Steroids Fix Everything!

March 9, 2010 5:40 am | by By: SHADOWFAX, MedpageToday Blogger | Articles | Comments

RCentor has an interesting article on  Sore Throats and Pharyngitis over at MedRants .  He writes: “There is a new trend in pharyngitis that has taken hold amongst emergency physicians – the use of steroids to provide symptom relief.” I too have noticed this, and I completely agree with Dr.


Stryker Makes Key Announcements At AAOS

March 9, 2010 5:30 am | News | Comments

Stryker Corporation's Orthopaedics division unveiled two of its latest hip systems at this year's annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference. The Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System and the ADM Mobile Bearing Acetabular System with X3 aim to increase implant durability and stability, enhance patient mobility and give surgeons greater choice and efficiency in the operating room.

Fixed-Cost Surgical Packages

March 9, 2010 5:21 am | News | Comments

(PRNewswire) Two core premises underlie Mobile Surgery International's (MSI) mission to broaden access to surgical choice and quality. The first is that patients (and payers) should be able to make decisions about surgical options based upon access to complete information up front about all of the necessary services associated with their surgical procedure, the skill and expertise of the surgeon carrying out the procedure, and the total costs involved.

A Genuine Pain In The ...

March 9, 2010 5:04 am | News | Comments

Six women in New Jersey are recovering after they received buttocks-enhancement injections containing the same type of silicone used to caulk bathtubs. State health officials say the women, from Essex County, apparently underwent cosmetic procedures from unlicensed providers in an area hotel. New Jersey health officials said the dangerous mixture had seriously damaging effects, including deep tissue and skin infections, as well as abscesses.


New Pain Relief Techniques For Post-Op Patients

March 9, 2010 4:50 am | News | Comments

Non-traditional therapies are used to relieve pain in as many as 50 percent of hospitalized patients, offers a study in the Journal of Patient Safety . The study shows that an integrative program can have a significant impact on pain in an environment where pain management continues to be a major challenge, and traditional medications can have negative consequences.

Medical Polymer For Chronic Implants

March 8, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

March 12, 2010 DSM PTG, part of DSM Biomedical, introduces Bionate® II PCU, a versatile medical polymer with built-in surface technology designed for chronic implants.  Bionate® II PCU is a line extension of the Bionate® Polycarbonate Urethane family, a medical polymer for long-term implants and is backed by an established FDA Master File.

Clipboards Safe For Now - iPad Launch Delayed

March 8, 2010 4:26 am | News | Comments

Barbara Ortutay, AP The much-anticipated iPad tablet computer from Apple, Inc., which was targeted for potential hospital use, will start hitting U.S. store shelves on April 3, slightly later than originally planned. When Apple unveiled the touch-screen device Jan. 27, the company said the first iPads would reach the market in late March worldwide, not just in the U.

Self-Expanding Stent Receives CE Marking

March 8, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

Medical device maker Stentys announced today that it has received CE Marking for its self-expanding and disconnectable stent to treat acute coronary syndrome (ACS).  According to the company, the self-expanding feature of the Stentys platform is designed to ensure optimal apposition of a stent in the initial hours and days after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) procedure, by being continuously applied to the vessel’s internal surface even during thrombus and vessel spasm relief, thereby avoiding malapposition.



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