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Company Expands Simulation Offerings

September 23, 2009 7:11 am | News | Comments

CLEVELAND, Ohio, September 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Simbionix USA Corporation, the a developer of medical simulation systems, just released two new products: a new Laparoscopic Essential Tasks Module for its LAP Mentor™ and a breakthrough technology for patient-specific simulation based on actual patient data - the PROcedure Rehearsal Studio™.

Study Finds Solution To Eradicate Tumors In Early Breast Cancer

September 23, 2009 7:10 am | News | Comments

Capecitabine added to standard treatment given before surgery helps to eradicate tumors in patients with early breast cancer BERLIN, September 23 /PRNewswire/ --- The Austrian Breast and Colorectal Cancer Study Group Present Data Which Highlight Benefits of Adding capecitabine to epirubicin and docetaxel in the Neoadjuvant Setting Data from the ABCSG-24 study presented at the joint 15th ECCO and 34th ESMO congress in Berlin, Germany, show that adding capecitabine (Xeloda®) to anthracycline- and taxane-containing regimens prior to surgery (neoadjuvant therapy) completely eradicated the tumor in 24 percent of women with HER2-positive or HER2-negative early breast cancer.

New Technique Makes Speaking, Eating Possible After Tonsil Cancer Surgery

September 23, 2009 7:08 am | News | Comments

Study shows a new method for surgically reconstructing the palate after surgery for tonsil cancer maintains patients' ability to speak clearly and eat most foods ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new technique for reconstructing the palate after surgery for tonsil cancer maintained patients' ability to speak clearly and eat most foods, a new study shows.


Blog: Maybe I'm Not Cut Out For This... Maybe I Should Think About Quitting...

September 22, 2009 6:29 am | Articles | Comments

I'll admit it. For a while there, in the middle of third year, I wasn't sure if this medicine thing was right for me ... I'll admit it. For a while there, in the middle of third year, I wasn't sure if this medicine thing was right for me. Just look at this line from a post I wrote back in January: “… as hard as I am being worked right now, I'm doing what I love, and worked hard to be able to do.

Surgeon Convicted Of Negligence In The Death Of Patient

September 22, 2009 6:18 am | News | Comments

Spanish doctor sentenced for death of Nigeria's former first lady Ciaran Giles, Associated Press Writer MADRID (AP) — A plastic surgeon in Spain was convicted of negligence in the death of Nigeria's former first lady and was given a suspended sentence of a year in jail, a court said Tuesday.

FDA Awards $2M In Grants For Kids' Medical Devices

September 22, 2009 6:17 am | News | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is awarding $2 million to spur the development of medical devices for children, who face increased risks during surgery because so few implants are designed for their use. The FDA said Monday it will distribute the grants among three researchers in Michigan, Massachusetts and California.

U.S. Army To Test New Device On Trauma Patients

September 22, 2009 6:17 am | News | Comments

Heart rate complexity metric will be tested on trauma patients in the U.S. Army's new Critical Combat Care Engineering (C3E) program area David H. Fater, CEO of Vicor Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: VCRT), announces that Colonel Leopoldo Cancio of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) identified its PD2i as a heart rate complexity metric that will be tested on trauma patients under the new Critical Combat Care Engineering (C3E) program.

Case Study: Hospital Benefits From Standardizing Surgical Instrumentation

September 22, 2009 6:15 am | Articles | Comments

Mercy Hospital Cadillac in Cadillac, Michigan is a non-profit, acute care hospital providing health care to more than 80,000 residents across seven counties. In 2009, Thompson Reuters named the facility one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for its achievements in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance and operational efficiency.


Surgeon Creates Relief Device For Back Pain

September 22, 2009 5:46 am | by Jon Walker | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Jackie McNamara has a bullet in her back. A surgeon put it there. Dr. Wilson Asfora calls the little device a bullet cage. It wasn't his idea, but he's refined the science and now has the federal government's blessing to use it in his corner of neurosurgical medicine at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls.

Blog: The Save 

September 21, 2009 6:34 am | Articles | Comments

She sweeps into the office with a flourish, filling the place with her commanding personality. Because she can be curt, some of the staff members avoid her. She usually refuses to step on the scale to have her weight checked and reveals her septagenarian status only with reluctance.   Her office visits have never been complicated.


Research Teams Operate Multiple Biomedical Robots From Numerous Locations

September 21, 2009 6:34 am | Articles | Comments

Universities and research groups demonstrate interoperability among telesurgical systems around the world Using the Interoperable Telesurgical Protocol, a new software protocol, nine research teams from universities and research institutes around the world collaborated to perform the first successful demonstration of multiple biomedical robots operated from different locations in the U.

Surgeon Battling Own Cancer Develops New Treatment

September 21, 2009 6:33 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The bump on his left ear looked innocent enough. At 33 and just two years out of surgical specialty training, craniofacial and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Stephen Cantrell was consumed with teaching and practicing in a busy university hospital. Then came the biopsy results: the little nuisance was in fact malignant melanoma.


Company Continues Fight Against Type 2 Diabetes And Obesity

September 21, 2009 6:32 am | Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien will be the presenting sponsor at the American Diabetes Association EXPOs in New York and Minneapolis NORTH HAVEN, Conn.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — Sep. 21, 2009-- Covidien (NYSE: COV), a global provider of health care products, announces it will be the presenting sponsor of the American Diabetes Association's Diabetes EXPOs in New York City and Minneapolis.

New Surgical Platform Recognized As 'Innovation of the Year'

September 21, 2009 6:30 am | News | Comments

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Awards company’s SPIDER™ System, a single-port platform Research Triangle Park , NC – TransEnterix’s revolutionary laparoscopic surgical platform that allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive abdominal procedures entirely through the umbilicus, leaving no visible scar, has been recognized as an “Innovation of the Year” by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.


Inflation Rates For Healthcare Supplies Projected To Remain Stable

September 21, 2009 6:29 am | News | Comments

Projected inflation estimates for Premier purchasing contracts less than 1 percent, well below industry averages Premier’s Economic Outlook and Inflation Estimates analysis through 2010 suggests annual market inflation rates will increase on average between 1.6 percent and 4 percent across categories such as cardiovascular services, facilities, imaging and nursing.


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