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New Device Could Change Melanoma Treatment

August 6, 2014 12:34 pm | News | Comments

A new hand-held device that uses lasers and sound waves may change the way doctors treat and diagnose melanoma, according to a team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer type in the United States, and incidence rates are rising faster than those of any other cancer. It's also the deadliest form of skin cancer, causing more than 75 percent of skin-cancer deaths.

Patients Look to Priceline Model for Affordable Surgery

August 6, 2014 12:23 pm | News | Comments

An online medical auction site called Medibid, which largely operates outside the confines of traditional health insurance, offers consumers a chance to bid on healthcare. The 4-year-old online service links patients seeking nonemergency care with doctors and facilities that offer it, much the way Priceline unites travelers and hotels.

Safety Net Sought in Tumor Growth After Stem Cell Transplantation

August 6, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

Recent studies have shown that transplanting induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural stem cells (iPS-NSCs) can promote functional recovery after spinal cord injury in rodents and non-human primates. However, a serious drawback to the transplantation of iPS-NSCs is the potential for tumor growth, or tumorogenesis, post-transplantation.

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New Standards Proposed for Reporting Spinal Cord Injury Experiments

August 6, 2014 11:44 am | News | Comments

The difficulty in replicating and directly comparing and confirming the scientific results reported by researchers worldwide who are studying new approaches to treating spinal cord injuries is slowing the translation of important new findings to patient care. A newly proposed reporting standard for spinal cord injury (SCI) experimentation defines the minimum information that is appropriate for modeling an SCI in the research setting.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Breck Surgical Products "Splat Mat"

August 6, 2014 11:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The “Splat Mat” from Breck Surgical Products is a 3’x 4’, super absorbent, low profile, skid resistant, fluid proof backed, and disposable surgical floor mat. According to Breck Surgical Products, the company issued the first disposable mat on the market in 1989.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Butterfly Steep Trend Positioner

August 6, 2014 10:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

According to the David Scott Company, this is the world's first and only GEL BeanBag Positioner for Robotics/Steep Trend cases. It secures patients to the OR table via six straps and designed to be reusable.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Blue Belt Technologies Navio Handpiece

August 5, 2014 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Navio is a surgical system indicated for unicondylar and patellofemoral joint replacement that utilizes robotic assistance and navigation for precise planning and accurate bone removal. 

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2014 ESP Award Submission: mfPHD Custom Modular Medical Room Construction System

August 5, 2014 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

mfPHD’s custom prefabricated stainless steel modular wall construction system and automatic sliding doors are specifically designed for ORs, trauma and central sterile processing.

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Childbirth Complications Vary Widely at U.S. Hospitals

August 5, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

 A study released on Monday reported that 13 percent of all women in the U.S. experience obstetrical complications. A University of Rochester-led study shows complication rates can vary as much as five-fold among hospitals, prompting researchers to call for the development of a national quality reporting system to improve maternal outcomes for more than 4 million women who give birth each year.

Bariatric Patients Exposed to Infections

August 5, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

Nearly 150 patients who underwent weight-loss surgery in Montreal were told they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis or other infections from an improperly cleaned medical instrument. According to CTV News, patients who underwent bariatric surgery between 2012 and 2014 at the Lachine Hospital in Montreal learned of the problem earlier this year.

Study: Hip Replacement Market Recovering

August 5, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

The hip replacement market is beginning to recover from the global recession and controversies surrounding metal-on-metal implants, with procedure volumes growing and patient confidence at an all-time high. According to GlobalData, approximately 1.7 million hip replacement procedures, including partial, primary, revision and resurfacing, were performed across the globe in 2013, and this figure is expected to increase to 2.5 million by 2020.

Stem Cell Scientist in Research Scandal Found Dead

August 5, 2014 10:48 am | News | Comments

Yoshiki Sasai, a senior Japanese scientist embroiled in a stem-cell research scandal died Tuesday in an apparent suicide, police said. Sasai, who supervised and co-authored stem-cell research papers that had to be retracted due to falsified contents, was found suffering from cardiac arrest at the government-affiliated science institute RIKEN in Kobe, in western Japan, according to Hyogo prefectural police.

2014 ESP Award Submission: J-Plasma Bovia Helium-Based Technology

August 4, 2014 12:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

J-Plasma is a transformational, helium-based, gas plasma technology that offers remarkably low thermal spread, a high level of precision with versatility across multiple surgical specialties.

2014 ESP Award Submission: Medline Unite Cannulated Screw System

August 4, 2014 12:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Medline Unite Cannulated Screw System provides a complete selection of implants and instrumentation with intuitive color-coding and the contents are organized in the order in which each item is used. It is the only color-coded, star-driven, cannulated screw system on the market that offers both headed and headless screws in one convenient tray.

FDA approves Baxter's FLEXBUMIN solution

August 4, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

Baxter International announced that the FDA has approved FLEXBUMIN [Albumin (Human)], USP, 5% Solution. FLEXBUMIN 5% is indicated for hypovolemia, hypoalbuminemia due to general causes, burns and in patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. The FLEXBUMIN 5% solution will be available to U.S. customers later this year. FLEXBUMIN is the first and only preparation of human albumin to be packaged in a flexible plastic container.

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