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Fitbit In Healthcare: Is More Data Better?

July 23, 2014 | by Kevin R. Campbell, MD | Blogs | Comments

For scientists and researchers who are developing new treatments for disease, data is power. For patients, data can mean empowerment. Devices that track health indicators are readily available and in use to track heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar and even respiratory rate and body temperature ...           

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Varying Insurance Premium Subsidies Worry Patients, Employers

July 25, 2014 11:14 am | by Kelli Kennedy, AP | News | Comments

The Obama administration says policyholders will keep getting financial aid as it sorts out legal implications. The government said consumers who received multiple subsidy estimates, or disagree with their subsidy amount, can appeal. They hope to resolve most of the appeals this summer, but unclear how many people received or appealed varying subsidy amounts.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: OPERON Surgical Table

July 24, 2014 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

OPERON offers their D860 surgical table with exceptional lift capacity and height adjustment to accommodate almost any working level, allowing for gentle patient positioning and safety, regardless of the surgical discipline or body type.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: DIEGO ELITE ENT System

July 24, 2014 12:53 pm | by Jeff Reinke | Product Releases | Comments

According to Olympus, their DIEGO ELITE Multidebrider is the world’s only ENT system to offer both monopolar and bipolar energy blades for hemostasis – as well as traditional standard shaver blades.

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Selig Waiting On Tommy John Surgery Report

July 24, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Major League Baseball's commissioner has called the trend "puzzling" and said there was a time earlier in the season when he was afraid to pick up a newspaper out of fear of more bad news. Over two dozen major league pitchers have been sidelined with elbow injuries this season.

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Pleads For VA Reform As Bill Talks Stall

July 24, 2014 12:34 pm | Articles | Comments

Negotiations over a bill to bolster the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs in response to a furor over long patient wait times and falsified records to cover up the delays have bogged down over costs and how much the VA should turn to outside doctors to address the backlog.

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After 13-Hour Surgery, Optimism For Rock Attack Victim

July 24, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass had shattered Sharon Budd's skull — keep her alive. Screws, bolts and plates now hold together the face of the seventh-grade teacher from Uniontown, Ohio.

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ERAS Program Validated For Colorectal Surgery Patients

July 24, 2014 12:08 pm | by Cristina B. Geltzeiler, M.D., of Oregon Health and Science University, and Colleagues | News | Comments

The fundamental aspects of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs are guidelines that focus on education, fluid management, minimal incision length, decreased use of tubes and drains, opioid-sparing analgesia, early mobilization and eating after surgery.

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Prevention Programs Lead To Drop in Post-Op Pneumonia

July 24, 2014 11:54 am | by Hadiza S. Kazaure, M.D., of the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Colleagues | News | Comments

A postoperative pneumonia prevention program for patients in the surgical ward at a California Veterans Affairs hospital lowered the case rate for the condition. Pneumonia is a common infection that accounts for about 15 percent of all hospital-acquired infections and as much as 3.4 percent of complications among surgical patients.

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Deer Jet Medical Launches China's First Global Air Ambulance

July 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Deer Jet Medical Co., Ltd. | News | Comments

Whenever a medical emergency occurs, a Chinese traveling abroad only has to make one call to receive a medical evacuation and repatriation from a safe, fast and dedicated air ambulance jet ...                  

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Activity Level May Predict Orthopedic Outcomes

July 23, 2014 10:22 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

According to a literature review, patients' activity level is a strong predictor for how well they will do with certain treatments and how well they recover from injuries after treatment...                 

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Vascular Grafts Merge Material Benefits

July 22, 2014 12:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Maquet offers their FUSION Bioline heparin-coated vascular grafts, which the company feels merges the benefits of ePTFE and PET with a unique heparin coating to enhance graft performance and address surgeon needs. The dual-layer construction offers enhanced handling, thrombo-resistance and minimal suture hole bleeding.

Miracle Flights For Kids Partners With KARL STORZ

July 22, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

Through the agreement, KARL STORZ will make donations to Miracle Flights based on utilization of a feature in their latest operating room workflow solution called Essential NEO OR1. For each clinical use, the company will donate $1 to Miracle Flights. ORs generally can handle 4-6 procedures per day.

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Study Confirms Value In RF GERD Treatment

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

A newly published peer-reviewed paper states that Stretta therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The paper states that Stretta addresses a significant unmet need where patients receive inadequate control from PPI therapy, or find surgery an undesirable option.

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Robotic, Computer-Assisted Devices Struggling To Win Over Orthopedic Surgeons

July 22, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

The cost-effectiveness of robotic devices for high-volume surgeries, such as large joint reconstruction and spinal fusion, hasn't been justified yet. Furthermore, GlobalData says that the current economic climate and reimbursement hindrance for computer-assisted joint replacements have resulted in many hospitals feeling reluctant to embrace these modern technologies.

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Amid Bloodshed, Frenetic Gaza ORs Improvise

July 22, 2014 11:33 am | by Karin Laub, AP | Articles | Comments

Working at Shifa requires ingenuity. The power goes off repeatedly as aging hospital generators buckle under daily rolling blackouts Gaza residents have lived with for years. Many items are in short supply, from gauze to adrenaline. They also lack spare parts for worn equipment, with bedside trolleys clattering down hallways on rusted wheels.

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