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GOP: Scrap Obama Health Law, Use Tax Credits

February 5, 2015 8:52 am | by Alan Fram, AP | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers eager to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul are touting tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers. Enacted in 2010, the Affordable Care Act is a growing political liability for Republicans as an estimated 19 million Americans will receive coverage as a result of the law, including many in GOP-dominated states.

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Robotic Hands Could Improve Cancer Treatments

February 5, 2015 8:36 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The development of a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper could help doctors perform remotely-guided surgical procedures, perform biopsies or create biodegradable, miniaturized surgical tools that could safely dissolve in the body.         

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Education Key to Safer Electrosurgical Procedures

February 5, 2015 7:54 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

The effects of surgical smoke in the operating room can be hazardous to both medical personnel and patients. Recently, Surgical Products reached out to a number of experts in the field for their input on best practices for managing this element of electrosurgery, and for tips on how to avoid problems that are often overlooked.

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Cryoablation and Intra-tumoral Injection Offer Promise as Cancer Treatment

February 4, 2015 11:43 am | by Image Guided Cancer Specialists | News | Comments

Research shows that cryoablation can be an effective treatment alternative for multiple cancer types. By itself, the technique can destroy tumors from the inside out. When combined with a pair of recently approved drugs, cryoablation can help stimulate the body's own immune response to seek out and destroy remaining cancer cells and prevent tumor regrowth.

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Mayo Clinic: Surgical Metrics Do Not Provide Path to Improvement

February 4, 2015 11:28 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

The authors suggest that a surgical outcomes reporting system does not provide a clear mechanism for quality improvement. The inability of these outcomes monitoring systems to produce measurable improvements may be related to difficulties in identifying mechanisms that translate changes in how surgical care is provided.

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Obama: Health Law Repeal Makes No Sense

February 4, 2015 11:21 am | by AP | News | Comments

President Obama spoke from the White House Roosevelt Room, surrounded at a conference table by 10 Americans from across the country who wrote him letters about how they benefited from the Affordable Care Act.             

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Anxiety Brews Over Supreme Court's Latest Dive into Healthcare

February 4, 2015 11:16 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | News | Comments

This time it's not just the White House and Democrats who have reason to be anxious. Republican lawmakers and governors won't escape the political fallout if the court invalidates insurance subsidies worth billions of dollars to people in more than 30 states.

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A Closer Look at the Impact of Surgical Smoke

February 4, 2015 11:09 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

Recently, Surgical Products reached out to a number of experts in the field for their input on best practices for managing this element of electrosurgery and tips on how to avoid problems that are often overlooked.                              

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Next-Generation Mini LED Headlight

February 4, 2015 10:25 am | by SurgiTel | Product Releases | Comments

SurgiTel’s next-generation Mini LED headlight is a mobile and portable, battery-operated alternative to shadow and glare-producing overhead lights.

QED Medical Offers Brilliant Intensity

February 3, 2015 1:06 pm | by QED | Product Releases | Comments

The C3 features an even field of intensity, adjustable spot size, variable intensity control and 7.5 hours of continuous use on high intensity from a lightweight, Li-ion battery pack.

The Value of Single-Use Devices

February 3, 2015 12:55 pm | by Douglas H. McConnell, M.D., F.A.C.S. & Medical Director at OBP Medical | Articles | Comments

The ongoing rise of HAIs is costing hospitals more than $5 billion annually. For some hospitals, the solution to this situation lies in the migration from reusable to single-use/disposable medical devices.                                       

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FDA Clears 3D -Printed Titanium Bone Tether Plate for Bunion Surgery

February 3, 2015 12:34 pm | by MedShape | News | Comments

The Bone Tether Plate features a 3-D printed, medical grade titanium alloy for greater customization. The plate serves as the primary component in the FastForward Bunion Correction System, a new approach to surgically correct hallux valgus deformities.

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10 Guidelines for Googling Patients

February 3, 2015 12:23 pm | by Penn State College of Medicine | News | Comments

With the internet and social media becoming woven into the modern medical practice, Penn State College of Medicine researchers contend that professional medical societies must update or amend their Internet guidelines to address when it is ethical to "Google" a patient.

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Study Links Surgical Quality Improvement Program To Outcomes And Costs

February 3, 2015 12:14 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

The study showed slight overall improvements in all hospitals over a three-year period, but there were no significant differences in mortality rates, serious complications, re-operations or readmissions between hospitals that were involved in quality programs and those that were not.

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Post-Op Complications Producing More Readmissions

February 3, 2015 11:55 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

When examining early (within seven days of discharge) and late (more than seven days after discharge) unplanned readmissions, the top three reasons for readmission were SSI, ileus or obstruction, and bleeding.                  

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