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Doc: I 'Got Rid Of' Patient After Katrina

September 1, 2009 5:47 am | News | Comments

Mary Foster, Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's top prosecutor said Friday he will not reopen a probe into allegations of euthanasia at a hospital crippled by Hurricane Katrina, despite new statements from a doctor that he drugged a terminal patient to "get rid of her faster.

Health Care Giant Consolidates

September 1, 2009 5:40 am | News | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer The company is eliminating its comprehensive care business, one of three business units created in a January 2008 restructuring meant to boost sales, a spokesman said Wednesday. However, comprehensive care sales dropped 8 percent in the first half compared to last year.

Combination Heart Device Reduced Heart Failure

September 1, 2009 5:37 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer While the device spared many patients from going to the hospital, it made no difference in saving lives, and some doctors say they won't rush to implant more patients with the pricey devices. The study compared patients who got a defibrillator to correct abnormal heart rhythms with patients who got a device that added a heart resynchronization device, which helps the lower chambers of the heart pump at the same time.

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Disposable Ratcheting Bone Access Needle

September 1, 2009 5:23 am | Ranfac Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

RANFAC introduces the RAD-8, a ratcheting mechanism that aids the user in penetrating the cortical bone along with the company's new drill tip point configuration. The new product exhibits: An 8-gauge design. The ability to be utilized for aspirating or to act as an entry device for 11-gauge Stem cell collecting devices.

Training Surgeons To Perform Robot-Assisted Laparoscopy

August 31, 2009 1:27 pm | Articles | Comments

Using the dVSS, the surgeon operates while seated at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses long instruments inserted through small incisions. Compared with traditional open procedures, laparoscopy has revolutionized the treatment of abdominal pathologies by shortening recovery time with less pain and fewer adhesions, resulting in better postoperative quality of life.

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Some Question Private Medicare Plans' Advantage

August 31, 2009 5:37 am | News | Comments

Matt Sedensky, AP Writer MIAMI (AP) — Cecile Sangiamo liked her health insurance — until she needed to use it. The 72-year-old Clearwater, Fla., resident had been on the federally subsidized, privately run Medicare Advantage policy through WellCare Inc. for about three years when she started having pain that made it hard to walk.

Exercise Beats Angioplasty For Some Patients

August 31, 2009 5:33 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Working up a sweat may be even better than angioplasty for some heart patients, experts say. Studies have shown heart patients benefit from exercise, and some have even shown it works better than surgical procedures. At a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology on Sunday, several experts said doctors should focus more on persuading their patients to exercise rather than simply doing angioplasties.

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Return Of Swine Flu: What's Ahead For Americans?

August 31, 2009 5:31 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The alarm sounded with two sneezy children in California in April. Just five months later, the never-before-seen swine flu has become the world's dominant strain of influenza, and it's putting a shockingly younger face on flu. So get ready.

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Flex Wound Care

August 28, 2009 1:01 pm | Smith & Nephew | Product Releases | Comments

Smith & Nephew Inc (NYSE: SNN) (LSE: SN) Advanced Wound Management division, announces the U.S. launch of ACTICOAT™ Flex 3 and ACTICOAT™ Flex 7. According to the company, ACTICOAT Flex products have been designed to support physicians dealing with wounds and injuries at high risk of infection.

Pressure Relief System

August 28, 2009 12:51 pm | Biologics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Prevalence data shows that pressure ulcers are acquired intra-operatively in an alarming 13 percent to 17 percent of the surgical population. Vascular and cardiac procedures are especially risky with prevalence rates well beyond 20 percent. The factors that contribute to the development of a pressure ulcer during surgery include: Very sick patients with multiple co-morbidities.

Surgical Instrument Demagnetizer

August 28, 2009 12:33 pm | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. introduces their tabletop surgical instrument demagnetizer. The device features: A large, powerful demagnetizing surface to quickly and effectively remove magnetism from instruments, reducing surgeon complaints. Cool-operation. A single manual on/off switch.

Obama Asks Docs To Promote Health Care Fix

August 28, 2009 11:55 am | News | Comments

Alan Fram, Associated Press Writer White House health advisers held an hourlong conference call Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, night with close to 3,000 physicians and officials of their professional groups in which they tried drumming up support by answering questions and describing the administration's goals, participants said.

Bariatric Surgery Centers Perform Outpatient Robotic Surgery

August 28, 2009 11:49 am | News | Comments

Surgeon uses da Vinci® to remove patient's pelvic cyst; Robotics seen as the wave of the future for outpatient surgery oBand Surgery Centers , a bariatric network of outpatient surgical facilities owned and operated by nationally recognized Lap Band surgeons, has set a new 'first' in the use of robotics for outpatient surgery.

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Swine Flu Vaccine Refusal

August 28, 2009 11:42 am | News | Comments

Half of health workers reject swine flu shot MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — About half of Hong Kong's health workers would refuse the swine flu vaccine, new research says, a trend that experts say would likely apply worldwide. In a study that polled 2,255 Hong Kong health workers this year, researchers found even during the height of global swine flu panic in May, less than half were willing to get vaccinated.

Click ... And You Shall Receive

August 28, 2009 11:14 am | by Amanda McGowan, Editor | Amanda Mcgowan | Product Releases | Comments

Last weekend, my fiancé and I hosted family from out-of-town, including my nearly 2-year-old future niece. Having not seen her for some time, my fiancé and I were surprised to experience first-hand a new little trick she’s developed as the result of her age—point and she shall receive.

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