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Robotically Assisted Bypass Surgery Reduces Complications

October 29, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

Robotically assisted coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery is a rapidly evolving technology that shortens hospital stays and reduces the need for blood products, while decreasing recovery times, making the procedure safer and less risky, says a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.

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Poor Access to General Surgeons Increases Children's Risk of Ruptured Appendix

October 29, 2014 2:05 am | News | Comments

Delayed treatment for appendicitis can often lead to a ruptured appendix. That's exactly what is more likely to happen to many children in North Carolina if they have to delay getting treatment because of poor access to general surgeons, according to new study findings presented this week at the American College of Surgeons 2014 Clinical Congress ...

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New Frailty Test Predicts Risk of Poor Outcomes in Elderly Patients

October 29, 2014 1:54 am | News | Comments

A simplified frailty index created by surgeons at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich., is a reliable tool for assessing risk of mortality and serious complications in older patients considering total hip and knee replacement procedures, according to new study findings presented today at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons ...

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First Time at ACS an Eye-Opener

October 28, 2014 10:33 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, I saw many of the products we feature in the magazine and online, up close and personal. It was great to finally see what we've been covering in action and talk to many of the surgeons, product managers and PR representatives who are extremely passionate about their products. I even had the opportunity to test out a couple ...

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Many Older Patients Would Benefit From Palliative Care

October 27, 2014 9:14 pm | News | Comments

Half of older adults who sustain injuries severe enough that they could die in the hospital or become unable to function independently are not asked in the intensive care unit (ICU) if they wish to speak with palliative care specialists about their preferences for end-of-life care, a new study finds ...

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Study: Millions of Unused Medical Supplies in U.S. Operating Rooms Each Year

October 27, 2014 8:49 pm | News | Comments

A Johns Hopkins research team reports that major hospitals across the U.S. collectively throw away at least $15 million a year in unused operating room surgical supplies that could be salvaged and used to ease critical shortages, improve surgical care and boost public health in developing countries ...

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New Drug Shows Promise in Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

October 27, 2014 8:31 pm | News | Comments

A foot ulcer is typically a painful inconvenience to most people, but to a person with diabetes it could mean an infection, or worse, an amputation. But a research team at Stanford University has developed a drug delivered through a skin patch that not only helps foot wounds heal better, but also prevents those wounds from recurring, according to study results they presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress ...

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Is Surgery Safer at a Teaching Hospital?

October 27, 2014 8:11 pm | by Hannah Webster, US News and World Report | News | Comments

Like anything, it takes time and practice to become a qualified surgeon. But what is the appropriate balance of allowing residents to gain experience and giving patients the best care possible? U.S. News explored the risks and benefits to surgery at teaching hospitals: Do the benefits of surgery at a major academic institution outweigh the costs of patients being used as a teaching tool?

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Ebola and Human Error: A Proactive Approach For Medical Professionals

October 27, 2014 7:53 pm | News | Comments

As the Ebola situation continues to evolve in North America, the Practicing Perfection Institute, Inc. (PPI) and the international not-for-profit Human Performance Association, Inc. (HPA) have combined forces to offer proactive solutions for the prevention of infection and contamination to medical professionals and to the general public ...

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The Ebola Epidemic: Is There a Way Out?

October 27, 2014 11:02 am | News | Comments

Not everyone who contracts the Ebola virus dies, the survival rate is around 30% suggesting that some kind of immunity to the disease is possible. Experimental treatments and vaccines against Ebola exist but have not yet been tested in large groups for safety and efficacy (phase 2 trials).

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Chest Radiation To Treat Childhood Cancer Increases Patients' Risk of Getting Breast Cancer

October 27, 2014 10:52 am | News | Comments

A new study has found that patients who received chest radiation for Wilms tumor, a rare childhood cancer, face an increased risk of developing breast cancer later in life due to their radiation exposure. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that cancer screening guidelines might be re-evaluated to facilitate the early diagnosis and prompt treatment of breast cancer.

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Genetics Could Play Role in Narrowing of Aortic Valve

October 27, 2014 12:59 am | News | Comments

In an analysis that included approximately 35,000 participants, genetic predisposition to elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) was associated with aortic valve calcium and narrowing of the aortic valve, findings that support a causal association between LDL-C and aortic valve disease, according to a study appearing in JAMA ... 

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Only Six Percent of U.S. Hospitals Ready For Ebola Patient

October 27, 2014 12:43 am | News | Comments

Only 6 percent of U.S. hospitals are well-prepared to receive a patient with the Ebola virus, according to a survey of infection prevention experts at U.S. hospitals conducted October 10-15 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

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Newly Donated Blood Reduces Complications From Heart Surgery

October 27, 2014 12:23 am | News | Comments

Heart surgery patients who received newly donated blood have significantly fewer post-operative complications than those who received blood that had been donated more than two weeks before their surgery, a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress has shown.

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Center Plans To Redefine Surgical Robotics

October 26, 2014 11:59 pm | by John Markoff, The New York Times | News | Comments

With funding from the National Science Foundation and two private donors, scientists at the University of California-Berkeley will establish a research center intended to help develop medical robots that can perform low-level and repetitive surgical tasks, freeing doctors to concentrate on the most challenging and complex aspects of the operations they perform.

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