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Obama Presses On For Health Care Overhaul

July 23, 2009 7:44 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama pressed his fight for a health care overhaul, using a nationally televised news conference to seek support from the American public on an issue that has become pivotal for his young presidency. With his popularity dipping and Republicans on the attack, Obama called an evening news conference Wednesday to argue that changes were needed to guarantee health care for the tens of millions of Americans without insurance and for the financial stability of the United States.

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Manufacturers Brewing New Swine Flu Vaccine

July 23, 2009 7:42 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Attention is shifting to the world's five leading flu vaccine makers: How fast are they really producing swine flu vaccine, and just how do they plan to test that it works? A meeting Thursday of the Food and Drug Administration's scientific advisers offers the first in-depth public progress report since U.

Avoiding Amputation With Proper Wound Closure And Healing

July 22, 2009 1:37 pm | by Scott Henderson, Director of Marketing, Wound Care Techologies | Wound Care Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Evidence shows a strong correlation between Type II Diabetes and diseases of the vascular system. In the surgical realm the effects of these diseases are alarming, as 10 to 25 percent of U.S. adults over 55 years of age currently suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

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Distance Makes The Heart Grow ... Distant

July 22, 2009 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Regardless of your opinions on President Obama, at the very least he is holding true to his promises of trying to institute change, with medical care receiving most of the headlines recently. The problem is that, as recent coverage showcased, while the effort is there, the methodology and approach of our government as a whole is still seemingly way out of tune with those who require, invest in and depend upon the current healthcare system.

CareFusion Expands Perioperative Offering

July 22, 2009 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company unveils new products and services to improve supply management and streamline workflow SAN DIEGO, July 20, 2009 – CareFusion Corporation, the company that will become publicly traded following the planned spinoff of the clinical and medical products businesses of Cardinal Health, announces it has expanded its Pyxis® perioperative offerings that integrate with leading operating room information systems (ORIS), incorporate radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology1 and include new services.

Airman Loses Legs After Gallbladder Surgery

July 22, 2009 6:20 am | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An airman lost parts of both legs and was in critical condition after routine gallbladder surgery at Travis Air Force Base went terribly wrong, his family said. Airman 1st Class Colton Read was supposed to get his gallbladder removed laparoscopically — via a small incision — at Travis' David Grant Medical Center on July 9.

Wound Care Technology Web Site Launched

July 22, 2009 6:16 am | News | Comments

SKILLMAN, N.J., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- ConvaTec, announces the launch of a new web site, www.Hydrofiber.com , demonstrating how the company's proprietary Hydrofiber Technology is transforming wound care. Designed for clinicians managing chronic and acute wounds, the web site illustrates the unique features and benefits of Hydrofiber Technology with extensive video, data and commentary from research scientists within ConvaTec Wound Therapeutics.

Another Hepatitis Case Linked To Colorado Hospital

July 22, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) — Another hepatitis C case has been linked to a Denver hospital where an infected surgery technician was accused of swapping her dirty syringes for ones filled with a powerful painkiller meant for patients. Colorado health officials said Friday that 11 former Rose Medical Center patients have tested positive for hepatitis C.

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Saying 'Sorry' Pays Off for U. Of Michigan doctors

July 22, 2009 5:58 am | News | Comments

David N. Goodman, Associated Press Writer DETROIT (AP) — When a treatment goes wrong at a U.S. hospital, fear of a lawsuit usually means "never daring to say you're sorry." That's not the way it works at the University of Michigan Health System, where lawyers and doctors say admitting mistakes up front and offering compensation before being sued have brought about remarkable savings in money, time and feelings.

Video: Medical Device Solutions

July 20, 2009 7:53 am | Videos | Comments

Due to the often sensitive nature of medical engineering applications, there is a central focus on technical requirements and solutions employed. Our extensively equipped Material Laboratories offer material recommendations specifically matched to their intended use confirmed by testing, as well as, custom-made to individual customer requirements.

Wound Closure Device

July 20, 2009 7:08 am | Wound Care Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DermaClose can now be used on any size linear wound 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.

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British Girl's Heart Heals Itself After Transplant

July 17, 2009 11:52 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — British doctors designed a radical solution to save a girl with major heart problems in 1995: they implanted a donor heart directly onto her own failing heart. After 10 years with two blood pumping organs, Hannah Clark's faulty one did what many experts had thought impossible: it healed itself enough so that doctors could remove the donated heart.

3 States Investigating Hep C-Infected Scrub Tech

July 17, 2009 11:48 am | News | Comments

P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) — Hundreds more patients have been advised to get tested for hepatitis C as health officials in two more states launched investigations into an infected Colorado surgery tech who allegedly swapped clean needles for dirty ones to feed her painkiller addiction.

Health Care Overhaul Bill Has Ups And Downs

July 17, 2009 11:44 am | News | Comments

David Espo, AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Up one day. Down the next. Sometimes legislation to remake the nation's health care system moves in both directions at once. President Barack Obama's top domestic priority is on an unpredictable, midsummer trajectory as the White House and Democrats struggle to bring the complex, controversial issue to a vote in both houses before lawmakers leave town for their August break.

Fight For Swine Flu Vaccine Could Get Ugly

July 17, 2009 11:29 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — An ugly scramble is brewing over the swine flu vaccine — and when it becomes available, Britain, the United States and other nations could find that the contracts they signed with pharmaceutical companies are easily broken. Experts warn that during a global epidemic, which the world is in now, governments may be under tremendous pressure to protect their own citizens first before allowing companies to ship doses of vaccine out of the country.

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