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Face Transplant Recipient Making Sounds, Swallowing

May 28, 2013 9:33 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

A Polish man who received a life-saving face transplant just three weeks after a work accident is already making sounds and practicing swallowing, his doctors said. The 33-year-old man, identified only as Grzegorz, underwent a 27-hour operation May 15 to reconstruct his jaw, nose, cheeks, and eye sockets, which were then swathed with skin from a deceased donor.

Doctors Save Ohio Boy By 'Printing' An Airway Tube

May 24, 2013 9:45 am | by Stephanie Smith | Comments

Kaiba Gionfriddo had a rare obstruction in his lungs called bronchial malacia. With hopes dimming that he would survive, doctors tried the medical equivalent of a "Hail Mary" pass. Using an experimental technique never before tried on a human, they created a splint made out of biological material that effectively carved a path through Kaiba's blocked airway.

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Emergency Face Transplant Successfully Performed

May 22, 2013 12:17 pm | by CBS News | Comments

Doctors in Poland say they have successfully completed a total face transplant only a few weeks following the victim's accident. Typically, the procedure only occurs months or even years after the incident. The urgent procedure was done on a 33-year-old man whose face was torn off in an accident which also crushed his jaws.

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ER’s Account For Half Of Hospital Admissions, Study Says

May 21, 2013 9:32 am | by Reed Abelson | Comments

Emergency rooms account for about half of the nation’s hospital admissions and accounted for virtually all of the rise in admissions between 2003 and 2009, according to a study released on Monday. Although emergency rooms are widely considered expensive places for diagnostic care, physicians are increasingly relying on them to determine whether a patient needs to be hospitalized.

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After Ravages Of Flesh-Eating Bacteria, Woman Uses New Bionic Hands

May 20, 2013 9:43 am | by Michael Martinez | Comments

Flesh-eating bacteria amputee Aimee Copeland now uses the latest technology in prosthetic hands to chop vegetables, pick up tiny items like Skittles, and comb and iron press her hair. The "i-limb ultra revolution" hands can cost up to $120,000 each, said a spokesman for manufacturer Touch Bionics.

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Surgical Residents Bemoan Work Hour Limits

May 17, 2013 9:22 am | by Kathleen Struck | Comments

Efforts to reduce residents' sleep deprivation and stress with mandatory reductions in work hours have not been popular with hospital attending staff, and now a new survey suggests that the rules are equally unpopular among the residents themselves.

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Why Sterility Matters

May 15, 2013 10:21 am | by by Kim LaFreniere, PhD., Clinical Affairs, Associate Research Fellow | Comments

One might assume that all unit-of-use alcohol and povodine-iodine products are sterile. However, it has become abundantly clear that this is not always the case. Product sterility – the assurance that your product is not contaminated – is critical to delivering better patient outcomes and ensuring the safety of a medical team. Clinical infections associated with a variety of approved products have been reported.

How Saratoga Hospital Developed Operating Rooms For The Future

May 14, 2013 9:31 am | Comments

Saratoga Hospital, located in Saratoga Springs, New York, set its sights on becoming a leading destination for minimally-invasive surgery and cutting-edge technology. To achieve that goal, the hospital launched an ambitious plan to build 10 new operating rooms. As the project’s planning began, a need arose for the hospital to upgrade one of its existing operating rooms- known as OR2.

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MIT Student Inventor Awarded For Innovative Medical Devices

May 13, 2013 9:22 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | Comments

Each year, MIT’s Lemelson program awards an outstanding student inventor for his or her contribution to innovative technology. This year, Nikolai Begg was awarded the $30,000 prize for his portfolio of cutting-edge medical devices. The main inspiration behind his work was a quest to create less invasive surgical tools, and by all means, he is succeeding.

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Augmented Reality May Change The Way Surgeons Learn Robot-Assisted Surgery

May 10, 2013 9:37 am | Comments

A new study validating a first of its kind prototype using augmented reality in surgical training was recently presented. Augmented reality combines three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated objects and text superimposed onto real images and 3D surgical video footage, all in real time.

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Hospital Billing Varies Wildly, Government Data Shows

May 8, 2013 9:31 am | by Barry Meier, Jo Craven McGinty, and Julie Creswell | Comments

Data being released for the first time by the government on Wednesday shows that hospitals charge Medicare wildly differing amounts — sometimes 10 to 20 times what Medicare typically reimburses — for the same procedure, raising questions about how hospitals determine prices and why they differ so widely.

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Lung Transplant: Jump To Top Of List May Carry Risk

May 7, 2013 9:02 am | by Salynn Boyles | Comments

An acute increase in lung allocation score (LAS) of more than five units in the month before lung transplant is a strong and independent predictor of post-transplant death according to a new study. The lung allocation score has been used in the U.S. since 2005 to determine which patients in need of lung transplants will get them.

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Pacemaker Pioneer Now Lives With Device

May 6, 2013 9:23 am | by Elizabeth Landau and Evelio Contreras | Comments

Dr. Vincent L. Gott was part of an innovative group of doctors who trained with Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, considered to be the father of open-heart surgery. These days, Gott, 86, is retired and writing a children's book about the history of cardiac surgery. He discusses his career in this interview.

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Face Transplant Patients: Where Are They Now?

May 3, 2013 9:41 am | by Elizabeth Landau | Comments

Since 2008, the United States has seen several landmark surgeries in face transplantation, giving people with severely deformed faces new lives through partially or totally different faces from donors. Receiving a new face is anything but easy. The surgery requires long hours with many medical specialists collaborating to make it happen. The patient then has to adjust to the new face, biologically and psychologically.

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Diamond Blade Knife Care: Safe Reprocessing Without Breaking

May 2, 2013 2:12 pm | Comments

While diamond blade surgical knives are still preferred by top ophthalmologists over steel knives for precise cuts that dissect tissue instead of tearing it, particularly for cataract surgery, the downside is that they are very fragile and expensive.  Breakage can occur during cleaning before sterilization even without human error. Improper cleaning of the blades can also lead to a clear material build-up.

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