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Exclusive: Oil Drums Offer Insight To Hospital Purchasing

October 20, 2009 6:57 am | Articles | Comments

by Jeff Reinke, editorial director Oil prices briefly rose above $80 a barrel early today, the first time it has hit this mark in 2009. Crude demand has remained sluggish this year as the global economy recovers from recession, but driving the spike is the economic fact that commodities like oil and gold are bought and sold in dollars, making them cheaper and more attractive to investors when U.

Tech Spending, Including Medical Device Development, Will Rebound

October 20, 2009 6:05 am | News | Comments

The research group Gartner, Inc. says the information technology industry is closing its worst year on record, with worldwide tech spending on track to decline 5.2 percent in 2009. But the tech industry is expected to return to a growth pattern next year. Gartner is forecasting a 3.3 percent year-over-year increase in 2010, to $3.

Medical Miracle: Toddler Survives 30' Fall

October 20, 2009 5:55 am | News | Comments

Talk about a tough kid – a California toddler is alive after falling 30’ from an apartment window and landing on concrete and rocks. Contra Costa County Fire Captain Charles Thomas said the 22-month-old boy was alert and crying after a three-story plunge that left him with just a cut on his abdomen, a bruised lung and a bump on his head.


Nurse Investigated For Cheerleading Suicide

October 20, 2009 5:47 am | News | Comments

Chris Williams, AP Investigators said William Melchert-Dinkel, 47, feigned compassion for those he chatted with, while offering step-by-step instructions on how to take their lives. “Most important is the placement of the noose on the neck ... knot behind the left ear and rope across the carotid is very important for instant unconciousness and death,” he allegedly wrote in one web chat.

Celebrity Targets Conventional Cancer Treatments

October 20, 2009 5:17 am | News | Comments

Although nearly $2.5 billion in research over the past 10 years has found no proof of cures from alternative medicine, these mostly unproven treatments are now used by as many as one-third of all Americans. And a new ally brings some quasi-celebrity status to the topic. Less than a year after former sitcom actress Suzanne Somers began touting bioidentical hormones on The Oprah Winfrey Show , she's back with a new book.

Access System For LESS 

October 19, 2009 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus America Inc. introduces its platform to perform minimally invasive single-site surgery through the umbilicus. The platform combines Olympus and Gyrus ACMI endoscopic and laparoscopic technology with the new TriPort access system. Features of the TriPort access system include: Technology and devices necessary to perform procedures such as gallbladder removal, hernia repair, appendectomy, and urological or gynecological surgery through just one incision in the belly button.

Targeting Pot Shops

October 19, 2009 6:58 am | News | Comments

Greg Risling, AP Still, he wasn't expecting the phone call one August day when a voice said the police were outside and he needed to open up or they would bust down the door. Heavily armed officers in helmets, bulletproof vests and, oddly enough, Bermuda shorts stormed his store, handcuffed him, disabled security cameras and seized his drugs before taking him to jail.

Telemedicine May Be The Answer For Rural Trauma Surgeons

October 19, 2009 6:51 am | Articles | Comments

A Maine study outlines how two-way video and audio may address shortage of trauma care providers. and help surgeons avoid medical errors and unnecessary patient transfers According to trauma surgeons in a telemedicine program in Maine, telemedicine can help health care providers in rural areas stabilize and treat trauma victims when long distances or inclement weather prevents immediate transfer to an accredited trauma center.


How Mindfulness Can Make For Better Doctors

October 19, 2009 6:50 am | Articles | Comments

by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. Published: One night during my training, long after all the other doctors had fled the hospital, I found a senior surgeon still on the wards working on a patient note. He was a surgeon with extraordinary skill, a doctor of few words whose folksy quips had become the stuff of department legend.

Obama Waits Finished Health Care Bill

October 19, 2009 6:42 am | News | Comments

Steven R. Hurst, AP The White House is waiting for Congress to settle on a final health care bill, even though President Barack Obama has a clear preference in favor of at least one specific — the much-debated public option. President Obama, however, will not demand that legislation include a government-run insurance plan intended to drive down costs through competition with private insurers, they said.

Swine Flu Claims 11 More U.S. Kids

October 19, 2009 6:30 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer As the swine flu outbreak strikes the U.S. early and hard, health officials note a worrisome number of child deaths, and warn that supplies of vaccine will remain scarce for at least the next couple of weeks. Delays in producing the vaccine mean 28 million to 30 million doses, at most, will be divided around the country by the end of the month, not the 40 million-plus that states had been expecting.

New Index Combines Nutrition With Affordability

October 19, 2009 6:18 am | News | Comments

Contact: Emily Jane Watt; A new food rating system could make it easier to find budget-friendly, nutritious foods in today’s tough economy. The Affordable Nutrition Index (ANI), unveiled recently at the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, assesses food’s nutritional profile and cost value to create a nutrition-value-per-dollar score.

Surgeons Discover Common Anti-Clotting Drug May Cause Problems for Some Trauma Patients

October 16, 2009 6:04 am | News | Comments

National Trauma Databank researchers find elderly patients more vulnerable to problems CHICAGO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A common drug used for preventing heart attacks and blood clots may also cause problems for individuals who suffer some form of trauma, particularly elderly patients, according to a study presented at the 2009 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

The True Cost Of Surgical Mistakes

October 16, 2009 6:04 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Product Releases | Comments

For an article appearing in the October issue of Surgical Products, I spoke, via e-mail, with Soham Roy, MD, FACS, FAAP. One of the areas our dialogue covered was how to deal with the aftermath of these incidents, as well as the right strategies for operating room personnel in helping to prevent them.

Hospital Executive Awarded For Infection Control Efforts

October 16, 2009 6:03 am | News | Comments

Executive is honored at APIC ceremony commemorating International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which takes place October 18-24 this year WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deborah Friberg, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Raleigh, North Carolina, has been named the recipient of the first annual Healthcare Administrator Award, presented by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).


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