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Hip Surgery Option Loses Key Backer

October 28, 2011 6:50 am | by Barry Meier | Comments

In another controversy involving all-metal hips, an influential group has found that there is insufficient evidence to show that an alternative technique known as hip resurfacing is as safe and effective as a traditional replacement. The group, the California Technology Assessment Forum, reversed a position it took just last year, citing recent findings by orthopedic registries overseas that some resurfacing devices are failing prematurely and health concerns about metallic debris released as the devices wear.

Lengthen Your Own Limbs

October 26, 2011 9:40 am | by Chris Fox , Product Design & Development | Comments

People who suffer from congenital abnormalities, major fractures, or even cancer have experienced the pain and difficulty of shortened limbs. Living with a shortened limb can cause discomfort, pain, and even cause trauma to other joints and limbs in compensation. In August, Ellipse Technologies announced that it had received FDA marketing clearance for their PRECICE Limb Lengthening device in the United States, bringing a new light to the limb lengthening process.

Why Doesn't the U.S. Have the World's Best Healthcare System?

October 26, 2011 9:27 am | by Gary Schwitzer | Comments

That's the question The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System asks in its report, Why Not the Best? Results from the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance. A couple indicators from the report include infant mortality, safe care and patient-centered, timely, coordinated care.

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Surgery Within Six Months Of Disc Herniation Improves Outcomes

October 26, 2011 9:07 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire - A new study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) shows that patients with herniated lumbar disc symptoms were significantly worse if the patients had symptoms for more than six months prior to treatment, compared to those who had symptoms for six months or less.

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Researchers Suggest Methods To Keep Patients From Hospital Returns

October 25, 2011 9:39 am | Comments

October 25, 2011 Closer follow-up and recognizing at-risk patients may improve cardiac and colorectal procedure results SAN FRANCISCO—Studies have shown that patients returning to the hospital soon after they’ve been discharged may cost Medicare up to billions of dollars each year, but two new studies presented at the 2011 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons could give surgical teams and their patients tools to prevent rehospitalizations.

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Surgeons Develop Faster Bacterial Infection Identification

October 25, 2011 9:35 am | Comments

October 25, 2011 Raman spectroscopy technique may lead to more effective treatment for patients with Staph infections SAN FRANCISCO—Surgeons at Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University in Detroit are developing a faster, less expensive method of identifying bacterial infections and determining their antibiotic resistance.

Patricia J. Numann, MD, Installed As 92nd President Of American College Of Surgeons

October 25, 2011 9:30 am | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO—Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Syracuse, NY, was installed as the 92nd President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) last night during Convocation ceremonies that preceded the official opening of the College’s 2011 Annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA.

Teleflex Introduces the ArrowADVANTAGE5

October 24, 2011 7:31 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX) today announced the launch of the ArrowADVANTAGE5 pressure-injectable peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC). ArrowADVANTAGE5 provides features clinicians have come to expect in a PICC, plus five unique advantages. The design was developed for clinician ease-of-use, smooth insertion and patient comfort.

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Robotic Surgery Equipment Manufacturing Market Research Report Now Available

October 24, 2011 7:03 am | Comments

(PRWEB)--The outlook for the Robotic Surgery Equipment Manufacturing industry is mostly bright, with revenue projected to increase at an average annual rate of 14.9% to $4.2 billion in the five years to 2016. While the industry's growth will start to slow down slightly as robotic systems increasingly saturate the market, innovation and new product introduction will likely drive rapid growth.

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CryoLife Initiates Enrollment in U.S. Clinical Trial for BioFoam

October 24, 2011 6:34 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- CryoLife, Inc., (NYSE: CRY), a leading tissue processing and medical device Company focused on cardiac and vascular surgery, today announced that it has enrolled the first patient in its U.S. Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical trial for its BioFoam Surgical Matrix protein hydrogel technology.

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Lung Cancer Vaccine Gives Longer Time To Progression

October 24, 2011 6:28 am | by Kristina Fiore | Comments

A therapeutic vaccine for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) added to combination chemotherapy improved progression-free survival compared with combination chemotherapy alone in early trials, researchers said. More patients given the immunotherapy TG4010 plus cisplatin and gemcitabine achieved six-month progression-free survival than those given the chemotherapy combination alone (43.

Afib Risk After Heart Surgery Varies By Race

October 24, 2011 5:53 am | by Charles Bankhea | Comments

Whites are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation (Afib) after heart surgery than non-white patients, reported investigators who remained baffled by the finding. More than a third of white patients had Afib after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or valve surgery, compared with 22% of blacks and 29% of other non-Caucasians.

CAE Healthcare Acquires Haptica

October 24, 2011 5:43 am | Comments

(Marketwire) - CAE Healthcare, a division of CAE, today announced at the American College of Surgeons 97th Annual Clinical Congress, that it has acquired Haptica's surgical simulation products and augmented reality technology. Haptica's ProMIS(TM) minimally invasive surgery and spine simulator is now part of CAE Healthcare's surgical simulation line of products.

Copper Covering May Cut Hospital Infection Rates

October 24, 2011 5:37 am | by Michael Smith | Comments

Equipping hospital rooms with copper surfaces decreased the risk of acquiring an infection by 45%, researchers reported here. The finding comes after a previous study that showed that copper surfaces -- such things as bed rails and table tops -- harbor significantly lower numbers of microbes than standard materials, according to Cassandra Salgado, MD, of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

States Are Limiting Medicaid Hospital Coverage In Search For Savings

October 24, 2011 5:33 am | by Phil Galewitz | Comments

In the latest sign of how desperate they are to control rising Medicaid costs, a small but growing number of states are sharply limiting hospital coverage — to as few as 10 days a year. Advocates for the poor and hospital executives say the moves will restrict patients’ access to care, force hospitals to absorb more costs and lead to higher charges for privately insured patients.

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