9/11/2009; (Source: PRNewswire) The Obesity Society and other steering committee members of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, along with David Satcher MD, PhD and Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, (the two most recent Surgeons General) are developing recommendations in urging policymakers to act on the inclusion of obesity and its associated chronic diseases as the largest and most urgent driving factor in healthcare reform.
9/11/2009 Charles Wilson, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana court has ruled that a pizza shop must pay for a 340-pound employee's weight-loss surgery to ensure the success of another operation for a back injury he suffered at work. The Indiana Court of Appeals decision, coupled with a recent Oregon court ruling, could make employers think twice before hiring workers with health conditions that might cost their companies thousands of dollars in one shot down the road.
9/11/2009 (Source: PR Newswire) Now generating more than $11 billion in annual revenues, the global orthopedics sector concentrated in Warsaw, IN represents more than half the U. S. market share and more than one-third of the world's market for developing orthopedic medical devices. How does an industry contained within a community continue to maintain its strong economic presence and position itself for future growth? BioCrossroads, Indiana's organization for investment, development and advancement of the state's signature life sciences strengths, explores and outlines a series of action-oriented responses to this question in a new published report; Warsaw, Indiana: The Orthopedics Capital of the World – An Overview, Analysis and Blueprint for Future Industry and Community Growth.
9/10/2009 Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s good news in the world's flu fight. One dose of the new swine flu vaccine looks strong enough to protect adults and can spark protection within 10 days of the shot, Australian and U.S. researchers said Thursday.
With an incidence of 3 to 20 percent, ventral hernia formation is one of the most common long-term complications of laparotomy among surgical patients. Further, it is estimated than an additional 5 percent of the Unites States population has an umbilical or epigastric hernia. As a result, nearly 90,000 ventral hernia repairs are performed annually, reports a scientific paper written by Andrew L.
Dr. Deepu Rajkamal Selvaraj shows his DRS technique in performing this Laparoscopic Umbilical Mesh Hernioplasty procedure in repairing an umbilical hernia. He engages a double re-enforcement approach that uses prolene as well as a mesh - Atriums C-QUR Edge™ Bioabsorbable Oil (O3FA) coated mesh.
Barry Hicks is a surgeon who has devoted much of his life to the care of the poor in rural Ethiopia.
Neurosurgeon Michael W. Meriwether performs this microscopic lumbar laminectomy, and discusses some of the impacts that different body types can have on the procedure. In this case, a muscular teenage male translates to additional time needed in properly addressing stronger ligaments and additional muscle in getting at and repairing the spine.
A closer look at Dr. Janos Taller’s approach to an advanced laparoscopic, segment III liver resection along with a partial gastrectomy as the treatment for metastatic colon cancer to the liver and stomach.
Bruce Campbell, MD Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist I have worked in hospitals long enough to remember when there were few smoking restrictions. The air in the emergency room where I had my first hospital job as an 18-year-old nursing assistant was thick with smoke from the nurses and physicians.
CINCINNATI, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the success and popularity of REALIZE mySUCCESS for REALIZE™ Band patients, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. announced today it will expand availability of the Web-based clinical support tool to gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy patients. Since its inception in January 2008, there are now roughly 15,000 patients enrolled on the site.
Covidien offers the AbsorbaTack™ 20 Short Fixation Device and Parietex™ Composite Open Skirt (PCO OS) Mesh, an open ventral hernia repair system featuring: A 20-tack, short shaft fixation device. Skirted hydrophilic polyester and collagen composite mesh. A design for ergonomic access to the defect site and patient comfort.
Cook Medical’s Biodesign Hernia Graft combines attributes of a biologic graft— resistance to infection and complete remodeling—with the added benefits of moderate price, ease of use and ample shelf life for on-site availability. Features of the graft include: Upon deployment, the ability for the graft to reinforce the abdominal wall.
Jennifer Loven, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is set to detail in a prime-time address precisely how he wants to expand health care, and his spokesman said Obama's offer of flexibility will be coupled with a fresh argument for the much-debated public option.
Ten years ago, endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) was FDA-approved to treat abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. Now, a one-year trial study published in the October issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, published by the Society for Vascular Surgery, reports EVAR, a minimally-invasive technique, results in better surgical outcomes than open surgical repair (OSR) while maintaining similar costs.