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A Vision Lives On

October 23, 2009 7:42 am | Articles | Comments

The surgical industry lost a great innovator this month, Rich Shafer, founder and inventor of the Cool Shirt system. Now his company, Shafer Enterprises, works to continue his vision of helping surgeons stay cool in the OR … October 23, 2009 The surgical industry lost a great innovator this month.

Microsoft Hopes For Fresh Start With Windows 7

October 23, 2009 6:32 am | News | Comments

Jessica Mintz, AP Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer celebrated the arrival of Windows 7 in New York yesterday with a few hundred people who had helped test early versions of the software. One of them, technology consultant, Jonathan Kay, flew from Toronto to attend. “Windows 7 will redeem Windows,” said Kay.

Unmasking The Surgical Mask: Does It Really Work?

October 23, 2009 6:22 am | by Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today | Articles | Comments

Surgical Instruments Designed For LESS

October 23, 2009 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company introduces new disposable multi-Instrument access port, curved hand instruments and laparo-thoraco videoscope for single-incision surgical procedures October 23, 2009 Olympus introduces three new surgical instruments specifically designed for Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site (LESS) surgery.

Obesity - It Must Be Mom's Fault

October 23, 2009 6:13 am | News | Comments

Malcolm Ritter, AP When Kathy Perusse had weight-loss surgery and shed 120 pounds, she may have done more than make her own life easier. She went on to have two daughters, and she may have boosted their chances of avoiding becoming obese, like her two older children are. That's the implication of research suggesting that something in an obese woman's womb can program her fetus toward becoming a fat child and adult.

Swine Flu Scams Picking Up Speed

October 23, 2009 5:40 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer Air sterilizers. A photon machine. Supplement pills to boost the immune system. Protective shampoos and face masks. Even fake Tamiflu. These and other products making bogus claims to prevent or treat swine flu are flooding the Internet as scam artists prey on the public's fears during vaccine delays and real Tamiflu — made by Switzerland's Roche Group — is rationed.

ICU Stays More Prevalent Amongst U.S. Patients

October 23, 2009 5:20 am | News | Comments

Keely Savoie, American Thoracic Society Patients who die in the hospital in the United States are almost five times as likely to have spent part of their last hospital stay in the ICU, when compared to patients in England. What's more, over the age of 85, ICU usage among terminal patients is eight times higher in the U.

ClearCount Medical Solutions Closes Series B Financing Round

October 22, 2009 1:52 pm | News | Comments

ClearCount Medical Solutions, an innovator of patient safety solutions for the operating room, announced today the close of its $3.4M Series B financing round. The company plans to use the funds to drive sales and product development of its RFID-based solutions designed to prevent retained surgical sponges.


Surgeon Uses Stem Cells In Orthopedic Surgery

October 22, 2009 5:54 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. John Brookvar, an orthopedic surgeon at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, is researching how to turn a few stem cells in patients' bone marrow into hundreds of thousands of stem cells. This will eliminate the need for cadaver bone and help bones grow together faster and stronger in orthopedic surgery patients.

Single Port Access (SPA) Proximal Gastric GIST Resection

October 22, 2009 5:53 am | Videos | Comments

Background: Recent advances in minimally invasive surgery have included methods for reducing the number of incisions for trocar placement. Single Port Access is a novel method allowing the performance of standard laparoscopic procedures through one incision.

Gallbladder Removal Via Needlescopic Technique

October 22, 2009 5:52 am | Videos | Comments

Cholecystectomy before, during or after weight loss surgery occurs in up to 20 percent of patients. In this video, Gregg H. Jossart, MD, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA, demonstrates a gallbladder removal using the Needlescopic technique which, he says, is superior to single port, SILS or NOTES approaches.

Telemedicine Care A Malpractice Risk? Au Contraire …

October 21, 2009 7:32 am | by Alan Dappen, M.D. | Articles | Comments

In early 2006, four years into running my current medical practice, doctokr Family Medicine, I got a call from my medical malpractice carrier. Just weeks before I’d received a notice that my malpractice rates could go up by more than 25%. The added news of a pending investigatory audit was chilling.

Single Port Surgery Advancing, But There Is Still More To Learn

October 21, 2009 7:27 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Articles | Comments

From recent procedural and technological advances in surgery, there is a strong indication that Single Port Surgery is increasingly being practiced in the OR. Manufacturers are increasingly working to provide technology to make single port surgeries easier and more efficient in the OR, and surgeons are consistently advancing the technique on the surgical patients.


GE Unveils Flip-Phone Ultrasound

October 21, 2009 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rachel Metz, AP Called the Vscan, the future of ultrasound technology, as interpreted by General Electric, looks like a flip phone crossed with an iPod. GE CEO Jeff Immelt unveiled a handheld ultrasound machine at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco yesterday, saying it could become the “stethoscope of the 21st century.

Med School Enrollment Up For 11th Straight Year

October 21, 2009 5:56 am | News | Comments

U.S. medical school enrollment is up for the 11th consecutive year as colleges seek to meet a growing demand for physicians. According to an American Medical Colleges report: First-year enrollment climbed 2 percent over 2008, and now totals nearly 18,400 students. The number of applicants remained mostly stable at around 42,000.


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