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Paralyzed Man Walks Again After Pioneering Surgery

October 21, 2014 | by Ben Quinn, The Guardian | News | Comments

A man who was completely paralyzed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries. Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of Darek Fidyka, a Bulgarian man who was injured four years ago, to provide pathways along which the broken tissue was able to grow ...

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PENTAX Medical Launches New Line of Endoscopes

October 21, 2014 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

PENTAX Medical Company, a healthcare industry leader in endoscopic imaging, announced the U.S. and Canadian launch of PENTAX Medical i10 Series HD+ (plus) Endoscopes, devices that provide the highest resolution HD (high definition) images ever available for colonoscopy and gastroscopy procedures that screen for and treat GI disorders ... 

Olympus Expands VisiGlide Guidewire Lineup for Endoscopies

October 21, 2014 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced today the commercial availability of its 510(k) cleared, single-use VisiGlide 2 guidewires ... 

NICO Corporation and Synaptive Medical Announce First-Ever Intervention-Visualization Partnership

October 20, 2014 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Indianapolis interventional medical device maker NICO Corporation and Toronto-based 3D visualization leader Synaptive Medical announced today at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting that they have joined forces to integrate their innovative technologies for brain surgery ... 

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Tear Duct Implant Effective at Reducing Pain in Cataract Surgery Patients

October 20, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

The first tear duct implant developed to treat inflammation and pain following cataract surgery has been shown to be a reliable alternative to medicated eye drops, which are the current standard of care, according to a study presented today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology ...

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Zimmer's Samudio: 'Crucial For All Healthcare Workers to Work Together' in Ebola fight

October 20, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

In our continuing coverage of how the Ebola virus is affecting medical facilities, Candace L. Samudio, longtime healthcare professional and clinical excellence team leader in the surgical division at Zimmer, provides insight on the importance of surgical helmet systems and stresses the need for ORs and ERs to work together ... 

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Siemens Announces FDA Clearance of ACUSON SC2000 Prime Ultrasound System

October 20, 2014 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens Healthcare has announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the new Prime edition of its ACUSON SC2000 premium cardiovascular imaging system – a pioneering system that offers live full-volume color Doppler imaging of heart valve anatomy and blood flow using a new true volume transesophageal echo (TEE) probe ... 

NBC's Snyderman Faces Credibility Issues

October 20, 2014 10:34 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren't over for NBC News' chief medical editor. An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response. NBC must now decide whether Snyderman's credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long ...

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Lab-Developed Intestinal Organoids Form Mature Human Tissue In Mice

October 20, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have successfully transplanted "organoids" of functioning human intestinal tissue grown from pluripotent stem cells in a lab dish into mice – creating an unprecedented model for studying diseases of the intestine ...

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Study: Biological Clock Disruptions Increase Breast Cancer Risk

October 17, 2014 12:22 pm | by Molly Berg, University of Georgia | News | Comments

The disruption of a person's circadian rhythm—their 24-hour biological clock—has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, according to new University of Georgia research. The culprit, in this study in particular, is artificial light ...

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Simple Test May Predict Surgical Wound Healing Complications

October 17, 2014 12:07 pm | News | Comments

As many as 35 percent of patients who undergo surgery to remove soft tissue sarcomas experience wound-healing complications, due to radiation they receive before surgery. Now a study has suggested that a simple test called transcutaneous oximetry may be able to predict which of these patients are most likely to experience wound-healing complications, potentially enabling surgeons to take extra precautions ...

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Joan Rivers Died From Low Blood Oxygen During Surgery

October 17, 2014 11:40 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Joan Rivers died of brain damage from low blood oxygen during a medical procedure to check out voice changes and reflux, the medical examiner's office ruled Thursday. The comedian, who was 81, died Sept. 4 after she'd been hospitalized for about a week when she went into cardiac arrest during the procedure at a doctor's office ...

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3M Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Certification and Label

October 17, 2014 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the product’s amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by USDA. Biobased products are finished or intermediate materials composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry, or marine ingredients ... 

HHS Accelerates Development of Ebola Vaccine

October 17, 2014 10:53 am | News | Comments

The development of a vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease will be accelerated with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Under a one-year contract with Profectus BioSciences Inc., ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority will provide approximately $5.8 million in funding ...

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Are U.S. Hospitals Really Ready for Ebola?

October 17, 2014 10:21 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | News | Comments

With the recent news of a Dallas nurse being infected with the Ebola virus, hospitals across the U.S. are scrambling to prepare for a potential outbreak of the deadly disease. In this interview with Surgical Products, Martie Moore, RN, MAOM, CPHQ and chief nursing officer of Medline Industries, Inc., provides insight into how hospitals and medical supply manufacturers are preparing for a possible Ebola outbreak ...

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Zimmer Introduces Transposal UltrafleX Fluid Waste Management System

October 16, 2014 12:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Designed by nurses, Zimmer’s Transposal®UltrafleX Fluid Waste Management System provides a safe, convenient, and environmentally friendly solution to bio-burden removal during surgery.

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