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Feeding Tubes May Be Overused In Demented Patients

February 12, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

Dr. Joan M. Teno of Brown University and her colleagues found that hundreds of patients who had specified, in writing, that they did not want a feeding tube received one anyhow. Reuters Health February 12, 2010 Whether or not a person with advanced dementia winds up with a feeding tube inserted down their throat may have more to do with economic concerns than his or her wishes, suggests a new study out in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).

Purchasing Tips: Mobile Surgical Carts

February 12, 2010 6:25 am | by Karen Almdale, Product Coordinator for Armstrong Medical Industries | Armstrong Medical Industries | Articles | Comments

Storage space, locking options and lightweight /easy maneuverability are three very important topics to consider when purchasing mobile surgical carts. 1. The storage options should be versatile.  Available space must accommodate the needs of each specialty.


Outside The Comfort Zone

February 12, 2010 6:22 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. -GB Shaw After over twenty years working as a head and neck cancer surgeon, much of what I do has become routine. Even the operations that once kept me awake at night or the procedures that required a trip to the library are just part of a day’s work.


Telemedicine Technology Now Includes Smart Pills

February 12, 2010 5:07 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) Drugmakers are starting to get into bed with information technology companies as they struggle to prove the value of their medicines to governments and insurers. By using smart gadgets to monitor patients in real time, pharmaceutical companies believe they can improve clinical outcomes and establish the cost-effectiveness of treatments.

Common Sense Prevails As Nurse Acquitted

February 12, 2010 4:53 am | News | Comments

Anne Mitchell, a nurse at Winkler County Memorial Hospital in the small West Texas town of Kermit, was acquitted after authorities had charged her with “misuse of official information” following her filling a complaint with the Texas Medical Board regarding what she felt were unsafe practices by Dr.


HD Technology Enables MIS

February 11, 2010 6:30 am | Videos | Comments

As Medical Director for the Women's Health Clinic at the Regina General Hospital, Dr. John Thiel is proud to offer patients from across southern Saskatchewan care that is second to none in the country, thanks to two new Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) suites funded by Hospitals of Regina Foundation donors.

Radical Excision Of Endometriosis

February 11, 2010 6:29 am | Videos | Comments

The video features a young patient with severe (stage 4) rectovaginal endometriosis with extensive adhesions on the reproductive organs. The patient suffers from chronic pelvic and bowel pain. In addition, this patient is infertile and seeks fertility. This video demonstrates the technique of excision (peeling) of endometriois form the surface of the ureters (tubes carrying urine to the bladder), large bowel and other pelvic organs.

Surgeon Narrates Total Knee Replacement Surgery

February 11, 2010 6:29 am | Videos | Comments

This is Part 2 of a three part Patient Education Series on Total Knee Replacement (TKR). Part 1 discusses the preoperative issues that patients need to know prior to the decision to have TKR. Part 2 is the surgical video. Part 3 discusses the postoperative issues all TKR patients need to understand.


Achieving Surgical Exposure For da Vinci Thyroidectomy

February 11, 2010 6:28 am | Videos | Comments

Prior to docking the daVinci Surgical System, an operative space needs to be created, and maintained using the AK Retractor. This video demonstrates the dissection required to create this space. Once this space is created thyroid or parathyroid surgery can be performed. The incision used for this procedure is located in the axilla (armpit), so that it is easily hidden from view.

iPad For Doctors: Exciting Or Disappointing?

February 10, 2010 7:30 am | by Amanda Hankel, editor | Product Releases | Comments

The other day, as I pulled out my trusty paper-and-pencil planner to write in an appointment, my fiancé laughed at me. “Why don’t you just put everything into your Blackberry?,” he asked.  I admit it. I’m stuck in my ways. I’ve never warmed up to the idea of tracking my schedule in my Blackberry with this teeny-tiny screen and even teenier buttons.

Vaccine Needle Size Matters For Obese Patients

February 10, 2010 6:51 am | News | Comments

A new study finds that using a standard 1-inch needle to immunize obese adolescents against hepatitis B virus produced a much weaker effect than using a longer needle . Frederik Joelving, Reuters Health February 10, 2010 Our ever-expanding waistlines may have outgrown the doctor's needle, researchers say, in what could be another casualty of the obesity epidemic.

Study: Medicare Rewards MDs For Overuse

February 10, 2010 6:50 am | News | Comments

Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters Medicare's move in 2005 to pay doctors to do bladder cancer surgery in their offices rather than in hospitals dramatically raised the number of procedures and overall health costs, U.S. researchers say. The findings reflect the complexity of cutting health costs in the United States, showing how in some cases Medicare—the insurance program for the elderly and disabled—gives doctors incentives to provide too much care, the researchers say.


New Safeguards Planned For Medical Imaging Tests

February 10, 2010 6:49 am | News | Comments

Reuters U.S. health officials want manufacturers of CT machines and certain other medical imaging devices to incorporate new safeguards to help reduce patient exposure to radiation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it planned to issue requirements for manufacturers to use when designing their equipment and would hold a public meeting on the matter March 30-31.


Acupuncture Insufficient Treatment For Fibromyalgia

February 10, 2010 6:48 am | News | Comments

Laura Buchholz, Reuters Health Acupuncture may provide some temporary pain relief for people with fibromyalgia, but does not help with fatigue, sleep problems, or physical function, reveals a new research review. However, the results are too inconsistent to recommend acupuncture as a treatment fibromyalgia, the reviewers conclude.

Questions Remain On Bariatric Surgery For Adolescents

February 10, 2010 6:47 am | News | Comments

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery can effectively treat obesity in adolescents and seems to offer a better alternative than gastric bypass surgery, but further study is needed to determine whether it's better than nonsurgical options, a UT Southwestern Medical Center surgeon writes in an editorial in the Feb.


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