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Transfacet Pedicular Fixation System Launched

April 18, 2012 6:33 am | Comments

MIAMI, FL-- DePuy Spine, Inc. today announced the launch of the VIPER® F2 Transfacet Pedicular System (VIPER F2), a transfacet pedicular screw and polyaxial ring system designed to provide stabilization and fixation during degenerative lumbar spinal fusion procedures. The announcement was made here at the 80th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) where DePuy Spine is showcasing its portfolio of minimally invasive and traditional surgical instruments and implants for the treatment of a wide range of spinal pathologies and conditions.


Less Invasive Prostate Removal Shown To Be Safer For Patients

April 18, 2012 6:27 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- For the first time ever, surgeons who operate on men with prostate cancer have results from a large study to backup what many suspected all along: minimally-invasive methods to remove the prostate pose fewer post-surgical complications, present less need for blood transfusion and allow men to leave the hospital sooner.


Bariatic Surgery Associated With Improvements In Patients With Diatbetes

April 17, 2012 8:01 am | Comments

CHICAGO – A study comparing a bariatric surgical procedure with conventional medical treatment in morbidly obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus suggests that surgery was associated with remission or improvement in diabetes-related outcomes, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Surgery, a JAMA Network publication.


Study Reveals High Death Rates For Emergency Laparotomy

April 17, 2012 7:55 am | Comments

Anaesthetists have identified a major shortfall in funding for emergency laparotomies in England and have called for a national database to establish a more accurate picture of outcomes and costs. Figures published in the May issue of Anaesthesia suggest a shortfall of £300 million per year for emergency midline general surgical laparotomies, 32 percent of the total cost of care.


Research Suggests PIP Implant Failures Significantly Higher

April 17, 2012 7:46 am | Comments

Patients who received PIP implants either for primary or secondary breast augmentation, between January 2000 and August 2005, were studied to determine implant failure rate and other complications. Results found that 7 to 12 years after implantation the failure rate for PIP implants is in the region of 15.

ACS Announces Surgical Patient Safety Collaboration With CDC

April 17, 2012 7:22 am | Comments

A joint, strategic partnership to improve surgical patient safety at the national level was announced yesterday by leaders of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  At the core of the alliance is a desire to sustain and strengthen quality health care by combining expertise and organizational resources in tracking, reporting, and preventing surgical site infections (SSIs) and other adverse outcomes among surgical patients.

Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Study Finds New Type of Mutation

April 16, 2012 7:49 am | Comments

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a new class of molecular mutation in various forms of breast cancer, a finding that may shed new light on development and growth of different types of breast tumors. Called fusion transcripts, the mutated forms of RNA may also provide a way to identify tumor subtypes and offer new strategies to treat them, investigators say.

Despite Obstacles, Fine Needle Aspiration Might Be Best Diagnostic Tool

April 16, 2012 7:43 am | Comments

Screening for lung cancer with low dose CT scans has been shown to save lives. However, research shows that when CT scans reveal nodules in the lungs, it is not cancerous 96 percent of the time. As a result, scientists are looking for ways to more accurately make a diagnosis. One way is by using a CT guided transthoracic fine needle aspiration.


Chin Surgery Skyrockets Among Women, Men, All Age Groups

April 16, 2012 7:38 am | Comments

New statistics released today by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that chin augmentation is the fastest growing plastic surgery trend among all major demographics -- a phenomenon which appears, in part, to be sparked by increased usage of video chat technology, an aging baby boomer population and a desire for success in the workplace.


Online Doctor Reviews: Do They Track Quality of Care?

April 16, 2012 7:22 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Jeffrey Segal, CEO and Founder of Medical Justice, today announced research findings which will be published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Internet Research. This research, the first known of its kind, examines whether doctors with positive online reputations on doctor review sites actually deliver better clinical outcomes with better safety records.


Implantable Medical Device Warns Of Heart Attack

April 13, 2012 10:32 am | Comments

More than 30 percent of the one million heart attack victims in the United States each year die before seeking medical attention. Although widespread education campaigns describe the warning signs of a heart attack, the average time from the onset of symptoms to arrival at the hospital has remained at three hours for more than 10 years.

The Top 10 Breast Augmentation Myths

April 13, 2012 10:27 am | Comments

According to Dr. John Anastasatos, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon (PRNewswire) Fifty years have passed since the first breast augmentation was performed in 1962 and yet the public still has wrongful information and many misconceptions about this most popular cosmetic operation. In my Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery practice specializing in breast augmentation I hear the following 10 myths daily.

Children's Hospital Celebrates 1,000 Deliveries In Special Delivery Unit

April 13, 2012 10:19 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Less than four years after opening the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit, the world's first birth facility exclusively for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has celebrated 1,000 deliveries. All babies delivered in the Special Delivery Unit are prenatally diagnosed with birth defects, such as spina bifida or congenital heart disease, and will either undergo fetal surgery or need immediate specialized care or surgery after birth.

Supreme Court May Not Understand Aspects Of Overhaul

April 13, 2012 10:02 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP A possible misunderstanding about President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul could cloud Supreme Court deliberations on its fate, leaving the impression that the law's insurance requirement is more onerous than it actually is. During the recent oral arguments some of the justices and the lawyers appearing before them seemed to be under the impression that the law does not allow most consumers to buy low-cost, stripped-down insurance to satisfy its controversial coverage requirement.

Thinking About PPACA

April 13, 2012 5:28 am | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Comments

Although the healthcare industry is holding its breath as it waits for the Supreme Court to decide on challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the effects of the legislation are already being felt. Hospitals are gearing up for policy changes effecting medical device companies, healthcare reporting and billing.


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