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Low-Cost Dominican Surgeries Spark Warnings By U.S.

April 2, 2014 9:50 am | by Ben Fox and Ezequiel Abiu Lopez, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued an alert March 7 after health authorities in the United States reported that at least 19 women in five states had developed serious mycobacterial wound infections over the previous 12 months following cosmetic procedures in the Dominican Republic such as liposuction, tummy tucks, and breast implants...

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Health Leaders On Drug Co. Boards; A Conflict?

April 2, 2014 9:43 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

Leaders of many U.S. academic medical centers sit on the boards of some of the world's biggest drug companies, which a study suggests raises the potential for worrisome conflicts of interest. Industry board members oversee company decision-making and have a financial responsibility to company shareholders, the study authors note...

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Obesity Surgery Gives Long-Term Help For Diabetics

April 1, 2014 10:09 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients' diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good.               

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Clearance Received For Implantable Collagen Scaffold Technology

April 1, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

Rotation Medical, Inc. has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its implantable collagen scaffold technology for treating rotator cuff disease.        

IMS To Be Acquired By STERIS Corporation

April 1, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

When the transaction closes, IMS will be integrated into STERIS’s Healthcare segment as part of its Specialty Services business, which provides services including surgical instrument and endoscope repair, comprehensive educational programs and a portfolio of products and solutions for the Operating Room and Sterile Processing Department.

Placing Hospital Patients In Suspended Animation Is (Almost) A Reality

March 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

The concept sounds like it was ripped directly from a Hollywood movie script. Doctors at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh will test out an innovative emergency technique, one which will call for knife-wound or gunshot victims with life-or-death injuries to be cooled down and… get this… placed in suspended animation to aid treatment efforts...

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Smart Fusion Ultrasound Technology

March 28, 2014 3:18 pm | by Toshiba America Medical Systems | Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ultrasound-guided biopsies are more accurate and safer with Toshiba’s Smart Fusion ultrasound technology, giving clinicians a worry-free experience to focus on what matters most. Smart Fusion syncs previously acquired CT and MR images with live ultrasound side by side on a single screen, helping to locate lesions and aiding in ultrasound-guided procedures.

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IBM’s Watson Takes On Brain Cancer

March 28, 2014 2:57 pm | by IBM | Articles | Comments

IBM's Watson cognitive computing system will be designed to analyze the genomic data from a small group of patients diagnosed with glioblastoma, one of the most aggressive and malignant brain cancers. Also the most common type of brain cancer in adults, glioblastoma kills more than 13,000 Americans each year...

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2-in-1 CHG Skin Cleansing Kit

March 28, 2014 2:38 pm | by Aplicare | Product Releases | Comments

The new Aplicare 2-in-1 CHG Skin Cleansing Kit is an easy-to-use kit for reducing bacteria on the skin prior to surgery. Two single use packs, attached via a perforated seal, contain the essentials for the two pre-procedural CHG showers recommended by AORN.

Study: Married Folks Have Fewer Heart Problems

March 28, 2014 2:04 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are less likely than singles, divorced, or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem. This was true at any age, for women as well as for men, and regardless of other heart disease risk factors they had such as high cholesterol or diabetes, researchers found...

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Eleven-Year-Old Boy Wants His Leg Amputated

March 28, 2014 1:47 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

An 11-year-old California boy with fragile bones wants to get part of his leg amputated so he can be more active. Amit Vigoda was born with a rare bone disorder, and doctors have suggested amputating the limb from the time he was born. The boy and his parents didn't want to go through with the procedure, but now it looks like it will happen...

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2014 Surgical Expansion Survey

March 28, 2014 1:37 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

There are more than 7,500 hospitals in the United States today, and based on exclusive findings from two recent surveys of the Surgical Products readership, about half of them have experienced a construction project at their facility during the last three years and a little more than a third are in the midst of an expansion effort right now...

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Practicing In A Post-ACA World

March 28, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

The debate is over... The Affordable Care Act is law and the effects of the controversial, landmark legislation are beginning to take shape. Now all that’s left for the hospitals to do is react accordingly...       

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Gut Metabolism Changes -- Not Stomach Size -- Linked To Success Of Certical Sleeve Gastrectomy

March 28, 2014 1:06 pm | News | Comments

It's not the size of the stomach that causes weight loss after a specific type of bariatric surgery, but rather a change in the gut metabolism, say researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC), the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center...

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Clemson Researcher Touts Surgical Safety Checklist To Save Lives

March 28, 2014 1:00 pm | by Clemson University | News | Comments

Clemson University research assistant professor Ashley Kay Childers has been selected to participate in a forum to discuss quality improvement programs in U.S. hospitals that reduce preventable readmissions, prevent medical errors, improve patient outcomes, and cut costs...

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