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A Little Dirt Never Hurt Anyone – Especially Kids

December 11, 2009 5:31 am | News | Comments

A Northwestern University study suggests that American parents should ease up on antibacterial soap and perhaps allow their little ones a romp or two in the mud in getting more exposure to everyday germs. The exposure to infectious microbes early in life could actually protect individuals from cardiovascular diseases that can lead to death as an adult.

Good Stress Aids Recovery Times

December 11, 2009 5:14 am | News | Comments

A new study suggests that simple, inexpensive blood tests performed while patients are on the operating table could predict how well they will recover months after they leave the hospital. The study, conducted at Stanford and Yale Universities, found that patients whose immune systems responded to the stress of surgery by mobilizing large numbers of pathogen-fighting cells and redistributing them to skin and other tissues recovered more quickly and completely than those whose immune system showed little or no reaction.

Gastric sleeve With Hiatal Hernia Repair

December 10, 2009 5:44 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Alvarez performs and narrates this surgery of a gastric sleeve (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) with a hiatal hernia repair.


Single Incision Robotic Surgery For Radical Nephrectomy

December 10, 2009 5:43 am | Videos | Comments

In this video, Dr. Craig Rogers of the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital performs a Robotic Radical Nephrectomy entirely through a single incision less than 3 inches in length. This is the first surgery of its kind performed in Michigan and one of the first in the world.

Wrong Site Surgery: The Disconnect In Prep

December 8, 2009 11:26 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

As surgical professionals, I am sure you are well-informed about Rhode Island Hospital, the facility in which surgeons recently performed the fifth wrong site surgery since 2007. For anyone following this story, one can’t help but ask: How? How can this happen at all, but especially five times? Ironically, just prior to the hospital’s fifth offense in October, Diane Skorupski, RN, MS, CNOR, NE-BC and Director of PeriOperative Services at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, along with Jean Marie Rocha, MPH, RN and Vice President of Clinical Affairs for the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, gave a presentation at the Managing Today’s OR Suite Conference in Las Vegas, NV, on “Life After Wrong Site Surgery.

Nurses Form Super Union

December 8, 2009 10:21 am | News | Comments

Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle Nurses from three unions, including the California Nurses Association, have founded a new national union to influence national health care policies and to try and extend California's patient ratio law into other states. Organizers said the 150,000-member National Nurses United, the largest professional union for registered nurses in the country, will also flex its power to push for a stronger voice in the health care overhaul process.

Senator Seeks Health Group Funding Sources

December 8, 2009 10:03 am | News | Comments

The senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee has asked the American Medical Association and 32 other medical groups to disclose the financial backing they receive from drug and medical device manufacturers, as well as insurance companies. Senator Charles Grassley, whose panel is central to legislation overhauling U.


New Endoscopic Guidelines Okay Aspirin/NSAID Use

December 8, 2009 9:55 am | News | Comments

According to a new guideline from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) regarding the management of antithrombotic agents for endoscopy, the organization says aspirin and/or NSAIDs may be continued for all elective endoscopic procedures. When high-risk procedures are planned, clinicians may elect to discontinue aspirin and/or NSAIDs for five to seven days before the procedure, depending on the underlying indication for antiplatelet therapy.


Focusable Loupe With Wide Field Of View

December 8, 2009 9:55 am | Vision USA | Product Releases | Comments

VISION USA offers a focusable loupe with a wide field of view. According to the company, 3-inch TASK-VISION 2.5x loupe offers: Optical, high-quality coated lenses with 2.5X magnification. The ability to be work like spectacles. Easy to adjustability.

Auxiliary Label For “PCA by Proxy” Errors 

December 8, 2009 9:47 am | Medi-Dose, Inc./EPS, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Joint Commission has issued a warning regarding the administration of PCA (Patient Controlled Analgesia) medication by those other than the patient or authorized healthcare professionals. As stated in a recent Sentinel Event Alert, serious adverse events can result when family members, caregivers or clinicians who are not authorized become involved in administering the analgesia for the patient "by proxy.


December 8, 2009 9:43 am | by Evan Perriello | Articles | Comments

We do ten before lunch. We cut them. We tag them. We place them in a small pyramid so they don’t roll off the tray. “Whoo,” says Charles, as he pulls off his mask. The top one is still beating, and I look at it a while before pulling off my own. The patient gets up, and he looks too, and we’re all just staring as the heart slows and then stops.

Quicker Cardiac Testing Equipment Developed

December 8, 2009 9:32 am | News | Comments

Scientists at Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) have developed a rapid and sensitive integrated system to test simultaneously for specific cardiac biomarkers in a finger prick amount of blood. The silicon-based system's features could help physicians arrive at the right diagnosis more quickly in patients suspected of having heart attacks – particularly those who do not show obvious signs of chest pains or shortness of breath, according to researchers at IME, one of the research institutes sponsored by Singapore's A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research).

Colon, Cancer Deaths In General Decrease

December 8, 2009 9:15 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP The estimate was made in an annual report that shows that, overall, the U.S. cancer death rate is continuing to decline, as it has since the 1990s. The report released Monday focuses largely on cancers of the colon and rectum, which together are the third leading cancer killer in the United States.

My Grandmother's China

December 8, 2009 6:15 am | by By: Liz O'Brien | Articles | Comments

December 8, 2009 I feel like an anthropologist. I may have discovered an artifact that holds the clue to the cause of the obesity epidemic. It's my grandmother's china. It's nothing special -- just your inexpensive white dishware dating back to the 1940s -- but it's different in many ways from china today.


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