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Integrating Force Feedback Into Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery

November 19, 2009 4:58 am | Videos | Comments

In this video, students at Drexel University describe an approach for integrating force feedback into existing minimally invasive robotic surgery systems, such as the da Vinci System. This work was performed as a senior design project at Drexel University during the 2008-2009 academic year.

New Device Pits Survival Vs. Cost

November 18, 2009 5:07 am | News | Comments

Untitled Document November 18, 2009   Marilynn Marchione, AP For the first time, a miniature heart pump shows the potential to become a widely used, permanent treatment for many older people with severe heart failure. But can we afford it? In a study of 200 patients, the new device increased by four times the number who survived at least two years compared with an older pump that had drawbacks limiting its use, doctors reported Tuesday.

Yeah, We’ve Got A Vaccine For That

November 18, 2009 5:07 am | News | Comments

Untitled Document November 18, 2009   Linda A. Johnson, AP Malaria. Tuberculosis. Alzheimer's disease. AIDS. Pandemic flu. Genital herpes. Urinary tract infections. Grass allergies. Traveler's diarrhea. You name it, the pharmaceutical industry is working on a vaccine to prevent it, and many could be on the market in five years or less.


Kiss Drummer On Breast Cancer Awareness Beat

November 18, 2009 5:05 am | News | Comments

Untitled Document November 18, 2009 Wayne Parry, AP Lying in bed one night in 2007, Peter Criss felt something strange: a small lump on his left breast. “I thought, ‘It's a nodule, I'm a guy, I don't think it's anything more than that,’” he said.

Formerly Conjoined Twins In Stable Condition

November 18, 2009 4:59 am | News | Comments

Untitled Document November 18, 2009   An aid worker who helped bring formerly conjoined Bangladeshi twins to Australia where doctors managed to separate them spoke of her relief after the successful surgery, as the girls remained in serious but stable condition.

Companies Cut Costs By Not Reporting Health Issues

November 16, 2009 4:17 pm | News | Comments

Sam Hananel, AP Some employers are pressuring workers not to report illnesses and injuries, just one problem that has led to widespread underreporting of workplace safety issues, according to congressional investigators. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors often didn't interview workers to verify what employers claim when keeping tabs on accident and illness rates, the Government Accountability Office report states.

Red Cross Memorabilia On The Block

November 16, 2009 4:01 pm | News | Comments

Brett Zongker, AP Rose Percy has a long history with the American Red Cross. Complete with an extensive wardrobe and her own Tiffany jewelry, this 23” wax doll was first sold for $1,200 back in 1864 to benefit the U.S. Sanitary Commission — the precursor to one of best-known U.S. charities.

Conjoined Twins Survive Marathon Surgery

November 16, 2009 3:47 pm | News | Comments

Twin Bangladeshi girls joined at the top of their heads were in good condition Tuesday but were not yet separated after 24 hours of complicated surgery. Ian McKenzie, a member of the Australian surgical team and director of anesthesia at the Royal Children's Hospital, said the girls were improving as their bodies began to work individually.


ER No Free Ride For The Uninsured

November 16, 2009 3:37 pm | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Uninsured patients with traumatic injuries, such as car crashes, falls and gunshot wounds, were almost twice as likely to die in the hospital as similarly injured patients with health insurance, according to a new study. The findings by Harvard University researchers surprised doctors and health experts who have believed emergency room care was equitable.

Feds Ignored Medicare Scam Warnings

November 16, 2009 4:53 am | News | Comments

Kelli Kennedy, AP The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services received roughly 30 warnings from inspectors over three years during the Bush and Obama administrations but didn't respond to half of them, even after repeated letters, according to records provided to The Associated Press by U.

Australian Doctors Operate On Conjoined Twins

November 16, 2009 4:35 am | News | Comments

A team of Australian surgeons are working today on a delicate and complicated surgery to separate twin sisters who are joined at the top of the head. The 2-year-old Bangladeshi orphans, Trishna and Krishna, share parts of their skull, brain tissue and blood flow. Doctors expected the operation, which began this morning, to take at least 16 hours, with a team of 16 surgeons and nurses.

Surgical Strategies For Heart Defect Unclear

November 16, 2009 4:19 am | News | Comments

According to the American Heart Association, infants born with a severely underdeveloped heart are more likely to survive to their first birthday when treated with a new shunt procedure — yet it may not be the safest surgery in the long term. Babies born with a critically underdeveloped left side of their hearts require three surgeries to correct the problem.

New Catheter Placement Could Ease Bleeding, Pain, Costs

November 16, 2009 3:47 am | News | Comments

Tim Schäufele, MD at the MediClin Heart Center Lahr/Baden in Germany offered a report at the recent American Heart Association meeting that suggested the routine use of the radial artery as an access point resulted in fewer bleeding complications and less pain without substantial increases in procedure time.


The Value In Team Training

November 14, 2009 11:10 am | Articles | Comments

Surgeons do not typically receive training in the areas of leadership, communication and teamwork. A recent study finds standardized training in these areas could be a valuable tool to improve teamwork among surgical teams. November 16, 2009 Senior surgical residents at Christiana Care, an ACS-verified Level 1 trauma center in Newark, DE, are responsible for leading the trauma activations at the facility.

Sleep-Deprived Surgeons

November 14, 2009 11:10 am | Articles | Comments

Sleep deprivation can negatively impact a surgeon’s performance. A recent study examined the effect available pharmacological stimulants have in countering the consequences of long work hours. November 18, 2009 Sleep deprivation of surgeons can lead to negative effects of the surgical performance and has the potential to hinder patient safety.


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