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Few Differences In Outcomes Between Open And Laparoscopic Prostate Surgery

February 22, 2010 5:48 am | News | Comments

Of the 200,000 men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the United States, about one-third will undergo surgical treatment. Although open radical prostatectomy (ORP) is regarded as the standard treatment, laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) with or without robotic assistance is becoming more common.

ICU Room Assignment Can Affect Survival

February 22, 2010 5:47 am | by Will Boggs, MD and Nancy Lapid | News | Comments

For the very sickest patients in an intensive care unit (ICU), being assigned to a room that can't easily be seen from the central nursing station might lower the chances of survival. "Very sick patients require close monitoring by healthcare professionals," Dr. Phillip H. Factor from Beth Israel Hospital, New York, told Reuters Health by email.

Robot-Assisted Option Offers Advantages For Kidney Surgery

February 22, 2010 5:47 am | News | Comments

A comparison of two types of minimally invasive surgery to repair kidney blockages that prevent urine from draining normally to the bladder found that robot-assisted surgery was faster and resulted in less blood loss and shorter hospital stays. Reporting in the Canadian Journal of Urology, Ashok Hemal, M.


Tumor Tracking Technology

February 22, 2010 5:47 am | Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

A recent study shows real-time tumor tracking allows for high doses of radiation with tightly contoured treatment while reducing side effects and toxicity to surrounding healthy tissue. February 22, 2010 Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc., a developer of targeting technology used for accurate, precise real-time tracking of tumor targets, today announced the online publication of a clinical study in Urology (The GOLD JOURNAL).

Next-Generation Anal Fistula Repair

February 22, 2010 5:46 am | W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Gore launches GORE BIO-A Fistula Plug, the next generation of anal fistula repair. According to the company, the plug features: Engineering to conform to the anal fistula tract, reducing the potential for failure due to fall-out. An expandable 3D structure of bundled hollow tubes that attach to a circular head, a single plug configuration can be customized to fit most fistula shapes and sizes.

Blunt Point Needles

February 22, 2010 5:44 am | Ethicon, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ethicon, Inc. offers ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needles. According to the company, the ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needle is a solution that helps protect healthcare practitioners and patients from needlestick injuries without compromising performance. Features include: Compliance with the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act standards.

It’s A Small World After All

February 22, 2010 5:37 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Product Releases | Comments

In Part 2 of 2, Dr. Deol discusses the cultural differences she has experienced during her international exposure to the world of medicine. February 23, 2010 Finally, my experience in Paris occurred during what was supposed to be a day trip from London.  Unfortunately, my dinner of les moules marinière (mussels) extended our stay for an extra day.

It’s A Small World After All

February 22, 2010 5:37 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Articles | Comments

In Part 1 of 2, Dr. Deol discusses the cultural differences she has experienced during her international exposure to the world of medicine. February 22, 2010 I have written several columns recently on the state of health care in the US.  I say “column” because I can’t stand the sound of the word “blog”.


Endoscopic Treatment Could Enhance Esophagus Surgical Approach

February 22, 2010 4:02 am | News | Comments

Early tumor formation in Barrett's esophagus (BE) can be effectively and safely treated with radiofrequency ablation (RFA), in combination with prior endoscopic removal of visible lesions, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology , the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute.

J&J Settles Tumor Detection Systems Dispute

February 22, 2010 3:51 am | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Endo-Surgery unit will get $12.5 million from medical imaging equipment maker Hologic, Inc. to end disputes over tumor detection systems used to test for breast cancer. Each will pay the other royalties on future sales of their respective breast biopsy devices, the companies said in statements.

CDC: MRIs, Other Medical Scans In ER quadruple

February 19, 2010 6:58 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The use of high-tech diagnostic imaging in emergency rooms has quadrupled since the mid-1990s, according to a new government report released Wednesday. MRI, CT or PET scans were done or ordered in 14 percent of ER visits in 2007, the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

Purchasing Surgical Carts

February 19, 2010 6:57 am | Capsa Solutions | Articles | Comments

Kevin Mortenson of Capsa Solutionso offers insight into purchasing considerations for surgical mobility, specifically carts. 1. Each facility and staff has a different set of needs when considering mobility products. What’s most important is that you work with suppliers who are in tune with the pairing of product with purpose.

Surgical Gowns And Drapes

February 19, 2010 6:56 am | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Health Care’s expanded lines of surgical gowns, drapes and packs offer the right protection for the right procedure at the right price. KC100 standard gowns provide affordable and reliable protection for low- to moderate-fluid, shorter duration and minimally-invasive surgical procedure.

Surgical Prep Razor

February 19, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DermaGard™ is a heavy-weight surgical prep razor featuring combs that lift and separate hair. The razor is manufactured with high quality Comfort-Coated® stainless steel blades that provide a smooth, clean shave. The blade is uniquely wrapped with foil to guarantee that it never touches the skin.

The Lonesome Kicker/Surgeon

February 19, 2010 6:54 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Product Releases | Comments

“One might think it comes with glory. You might think different after you listen to my story,” – The Lonesome Kicker by Adam Sandler. Adam Sandler wrote the above-mentioned song in showing some sympathy to a group of football players who seem to either be the source of a team’s praises or the brunt of all frustration.


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