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Laparoscopy Reduces The Risk Of Small-Bowel Obstruction

April 25, 2012 6:20 am | Comments

In many cases, the surgical technique is the most important factor when it comes to adhesive small-bowel obstruction, even when taking factors such as age, previous operations and other health conditions into account. This is shown by a study carried out at the University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy, which reviewed 108,141 operations carried out in Sweden between 2002 and 2004.

Brain Surgery For Epilepsy Underutilized

April 25, 2012 6:16 am | Comments

Ten years ago, a landmark clinical trial in Canada demonstrated the unequivocal effectiveness of brain surgeries for treating uncontrolled epilepsy, but since then the procedure has not been widely adopted—in fact, it is dramatically underutilized according to a new study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Blood Transfusions Overused And May Do More Harm Than Good

April 25, 2012 6:10 am | Comments

Citing the lack of clear guidelines for ordering blood transfusions during surgery, Johns Hopkins researchers say a new study confirms there is still wide variation in the use of transfusions and frequent use of transfused blood in patients who don't need it. The resulting overuse of blood is problematic, the researchers say, because blood is a scarce and expensive resource and because recent studies have shown that surgical patients do no better, and may do worse, if given transfusions prematurely or unnecessarily.


Surgery-Seeking Travelers Flock To Emerging Countries For Cosmetic Procedures

April 25, 2012 6:05 am | Comments

LONDON, UK (GlobalData) - The blooming medical tourism market in BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) offering affordable cosmetic surgeries for patients across the world, is leading to increased profits for wound care device companies, according to a new report by medical intelligence company GlobalData.

Extreme Hospital Bills Lead To Sticker Shock

April 24, 2012 8:00 am | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — What do hospitals charge to remove an appendix? The startling answer is that it could be the same as the price of a refrigerator — or a house. It's a common, straightforward operation, so you might expect charges to be similar no matter where the surgery takes place. Yet a California study found huge disparities in patients' bills — $1,500 to $180,000, with an average of $33,000.


Hematology Research Identifies Promising Areas for Scientific Discovery

April 24, 2012 7:55 am | Comments

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society of Hematology (ASH), the world's largest professional society committed to the study and treatment of blood disorders, today issued a report urging federal agencies to coordinate hematology research funding around seven specific high-need areas that would produce the greatest impact and translate into improvements in patient care in the United States.

Teen Receives Life-Saving Rare Heart-Liver Transplant

April 24, 2012 7:46 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin recently performed a rare double organ transplant to save the life of Thomas Castillo, a 15-year-old Illinois boy with complex congenital heart disease and liver failure. A multidisciplinary team at Children's Hospital replaced Castillo's two organs during a 17-hour surgery.

Less Invasive Liver Surgery Technique Easier On Patient

April 24, 2012 7:37 am | Comments

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows that less invasive laparoscopic-assisted liver surgery performed at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is easier on the patient and is just as safe and effective as traditional liver surgery (also called open hepatic resection or OHR).


ACS Joins Wa. Aviation, Health Leaders To Advance Safety And Quality

April 23, 2012 7:03 am | Comments

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted nearly 80 health care and aviation industry leaders at its fifth Surgical Health Care Quality Forum on Wednesday, April 11, at The Rainier Club in Seattle, WA. The event brought together a diverse combination of leaders from Washington State's aviation and health care industries to champion effective quality improvement programs and best practices in checklists, standardization, culture shifts and transparency to make surgery safer and reduce health care costs.


New Brain-Machine Interface Moves A Paralyzed Hand

April 23, 2012 6:39 am | Comments

New technology bypasses spinal cord and delivers electrical signals from brain directly to muscles CHICAGO — A new Northwestern Medicine brain-machine technology delivers messages from the brain directly to the muscles -- bypassing the spinal cord -- to enable voluntary and complex movement of a paralyzed hand.

New Technique May Help Severely Damaged Nerves Regrow

April 23, 2012 6:29 am | Comments

In a collaborative study with Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany) published today (23 April 2012) in the journal  Biofabrication , the team describes a new method for making medical devices called nerve guidance conduits or NGCs. The method is based on laser direct writing, which enables the fabrication of complex structures from computer files via the use of CAD/CAM (computer aided design/manufacturing), and has allowed the research team to manufacture NGCs with designs that are far more advanced than previously possible.

MM-22C LCD Display

April 23, 2012 6:24 am | Comments

April 23, 2012 TRU-Vu Monitors, Inc. has just released a new 22-inch Medical-Grade LCD display that is optimized for a wide range of medical applications from near-patient monitoring and endoscopic systems to surgical operating rooms. The new MM-22C is a widescreen (16:10 aspect ratio) high-definition (720p HD) color LCD monitor with an ultra-wide 178º x 178º viewing angle, quick response time and brilliant color reproduction.



April 23, 2012 6:20 am | Comments

April 23, 2012 Ruhof Corp. offers the ScopeValet, a 3-in-1 device for system flushing, leak testing and enzymatic dosing. The single unit uses data logging for each scope and technician, eliminates manual syringe cleaning, utilizes precise dosing and has easy hookups for scopes. The ScopeValet alerts to low supplies and reduces time to pre-clean scopes while enforcing consistent processing procedures.


3DHD Vision System

April 23, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

April 23, 2012 Viking Systems Inc. has developed a stand-alone 3DHD Vision System for laproscopic surgery that restores the surgeon's natural 3-D vision with depth. This system results in optimized hand-eye coordination, helping to increase surgical speed and accuracy, offering clinical and economic benefits to hospitals and patients.

Quake Test Could Prompt Ways To Shore Up Hospitals

April 23, 2012 6:07 am | Comments

SAN DIEGO (AP) — What happens when a series of massive earthquakes hits a five-story medical facility with an intensive care unit, operating room and elevator? Structural engineers at the University of California, San Diego, began tests Tuesday to find out. Over the next two weeks, they will repeatedly rock an 80-foot-high building erected on a giant shake table as part of a $5 million experiment funded by government agencies, foundations and others.


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