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Consumer Group Urges Congress To Strengthen Medical Device Oversight

February 7, 2012 6:59 am | Comments

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the debate in Congress over reauthorizing the statute governing medical devices intensifies, Consumers Union is stepping up its campaign to strengthen the law to better protect patients from potential safety risks. This week, Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project is bringing eight patient safety activists from around the country to Washington, D.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Designed to Help Minimize Leaks

February 7, 2012 6:55 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (EES) today launched the first comprehensive solution for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy designed to help minimize leaks, the company announced. The EES Sleeve Solution provides surgeons with cutting-edge EES surgical devices, professional education and resources aligned with the expert consensus on Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy recently published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD).

AAOS 2012 Annual Meeting Hot Topics

February 7, 2012 6:51 am | Comments

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) takes place this week at the Moscone Convention Center. Each day, the public relations department will send the most newsworthy components of the meeting. To schedule an interview about any of the topics below, contact AAOS public relations.


Anti-Clot Compound Again Shows Bleeding Risk

February 7, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) — An experimental anti-clotting drug that Merck & Co. is developing increased risk of bleeding internally in a study, the second time it's shown that dangerous side effect. Merck says the top-line results from a study called TRA-2P show vorapaxar, when added to standard anticlotting therapy, reduces risk of heart attack, stroke, death from heart disease or emergency heart surgery.

InspireMD Announces Positive Clinical Data From Trial of MGuardT

February 6, 2012 8:18 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- InspireMD, Inc., a medical device company focusing on the development and commercialization of its proprietary stent platform technology for use in patients with Acute Myocardial Infarctions, announced positive clinical results from an investigator-sponsored controlled randomized trial conducted in Chile.

Diagnostics Technology In Brain Cancer Advanced Through Collaboration

February 6, 2012 8:12 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) and Exosome Diagnostics are collaborating with leading academic medical centers to accelerate clinical validation of Exosome's blood and cerebrospinal fluid-based molecular diagnostics technology in brain cancer. The collaboration will explore the capabilities of Exosome RNA biofluid-based diagnostic technology for early identification, progression monitoring and disease risk stratification in glioma, the most common form of brain cancer.

New Minimally Invasive Hip Retractor Revolutionizes Anterior Hip Replacement Procedures

February 6, 2012 8:04 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- TeDan Surgical Innovations, industry leader in surgical access instrumentation, announces the launch of the Phantom Series MIS Anterior Hip Retractor System. TeDan Surgical's revolutionary hip retractor utilizes a system of adjustable surgical arms with attachable retractors, enabling surgeons to perform the entire procedure without a fracture table or a surgical assistant.

Evergreen Neurologist Co-Authors New Study Linking Coffee, Genetics and Parkinson's Disease Prevention

February 6, 2012 7:59 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- A recent study co-authored byEvergreen Healthcare neurologist Dr. Pinky Agarwal finds good news for coffee drinkers: consuming caffeinated coffee may significantly reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease in some men and women depending on their genetics, according to research recently published by the Public Library of Science.


Dr. Oz Cites The Benefits Of Gastric Bypass, Even For Non-Obese

February 3, 2012 7:03 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Dr.Mehmet Oz recently dedicated an entire episode of his TV show to the benefits of gastric bypass surgery. As Dr. Oz pointed out, only about one percent of people who qualify for gastric bypass surgery opt for the procedure - a small percentage given the strides made in improving the safety of this surgery.

"They Use You Up", States Hall Of Famer Tony Dorset

February 3, 2012 6:51 am | Comments

Howard Fendrich, Martha Irvine & Nancy Armour, AP The helmet-to-helmet shot knocked Tony Dorsett out cold in the second quarter of a 1984 Cowboys-Eagles game, the hardest hit he ever took during his Hall of Fame NFL career. "It was like a freight train hitting a Volkswagen," Dorsett says now.

Wrong Number Helps Stroke Victim

February 3, 2012 6:23 am | Comments

(AP) — An Ohio woman called the wrong number when she was experiencing a medical attack but still found help a couple of time zones away. Seventy-year-old Loretta Smith felt her right side go numb and fell to the floor at her home in Cuyahoga Falls last weekend. She says she was able to grab the phone with her left hand and thought she was calling her son.

Nine-Year-Old Bouncing Back After Six Organ Transplants

February 3, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

Clarke Canfield, AP A nine-year-old Maine girl is home from a Boston hospital healthy, active and with high hopes, along with a new stomach, liver, spleen, small intestine, pancreas, and part of an esophagus to replace the ones that were being choked by a huge tumor. It's believed to be the first-ever transplant of an esophagus and the largest number of organs transplanted at one time in New England.

Hospital Bloodstream Infection Data Made Public

February 1, 2012 5:43 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) The Department of Health & Human Services is now disclosing, for the first time, how hospitals across the country compare when it comes to central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units. CLABSI information for each hospital is posted on the federal Hospital Compare website and will be updated quarterly.

Rate of Follow-up Surgeries After Partial Mastectomy Varies Greatly

February 1, 2012 5:36 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) A new study reveals substantial differences - by both surgeon and institution - in the rates of follow-up surgeries for women who underwent a partial mastectomy for treatment of breast cancer. Those differences, which cannot be explained by a patient's medical or treatment history, could affect both cancer recurrence and overall survival rates, according to the study led by Laurence McCahill, M.

Study Questions Proton Therapy For Prostate Cancer

February 1, 2012 5:29 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Research suggests proton therapy might have more side effects than traditional radiation. A study of Medicare records found that men treated with proton beams later had one-third more bowel problems, such as bleeding and blockages, than similar men given conventional radiation.


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