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Open-Source Robotic Surgery Platform

January 13, 2012 5:48 am | Comments

Robotics experts at the University of California - Santa Cruz and the University of Washington (UW) have completed a set of seven advanced robotic surgery systems for use by major medical research laboratories throughout the United States. After a round of final tests, five of the systems will be shipped to medical robotics researchers at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Nebraska, UC-Berkeley, and UCLA, while the other two systems will remain at UC-Santa Cruz and UW.

Stenting For Stroke Prevention Becoming Safer

January 13, 2012 5:29 am | Comments

Placing a stent in a key artery in the neck is safer than ever in patients ineligible for the standard surgical treatment of carotid artery disease, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Vascular Surgery . A team of researchers led by Dr. Jon Matsumura, head of the vascular surgery division at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, found the clinical trial PROTECT (Carotid Artery Stenting with Distal Embolic Protection with Improved System) had the lowest rate of complications ever in patients considered high risk for carotid endarterectomy (CEA).


Infamous Surgeon Suing Malpractise Insurance Company

January 13, 2012 5:19 am | Comments

(AP) Mark Weinberger, a former surgeon who became notorious for fleeing the country when faced with legal and ethical questions surrounding his treatment of hundreds of people in and around northwestern Indiana, is suing his malpractice insurance company. If you haven't read his story, click here .


Conventional Nerve Repair Wisdom Defied By Clinical Study

January 13, 2012 5:06 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) In the first-ever multicenter clinical trial on processed nerve allograft, researchers from The Buncke Clinic in San Francisco found that treatment of severed peripheral nerve with processed nerve allograft showed meaningful recovery in 87 percent of patients, comparing favorably to traditional nerve repair (autograft nerve).

Top Causes Of Death No Longer Includes Murder

January 13, 2012 4:57 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP For the first time in almost half a century, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top 15 causes of death, bumped by a lung illness that often develops in elderly people who have choked on their food. The 2010 list reflects at least two major trends: murders are down, and deaths from certain diseases are on the rise as the population ages, health authorities said.

Hip Fracture Guidelines Address Variations In Hospital Care

January 11, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

All patients with hip fractures should be fast-tracked through hospital emergency departments and operated on within 48 hours of admission, according to new consensus guidelines developed by UK experts in anaesthesia, orthopaedics, geriatrics and emergency medicine and published in the January issue of Anaesthesia .

Patient-Matched Technology Works For Patients, Surgeons And System

January 11, 2012 6:05 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Smith & Nephew have announced the publication of a new study on the value of patient-matched technology for total knee replacement. Published in the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) , the official Journal of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, this study specifically looked at the VISIONAIRE patient-matched system from Smith & Nephew.

Parents Admit Denying Care To Ailing Son

January 11, 2012 5:58 am | Comments

(AP) — The parents of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who died from Hodgkin's lymphoma have pleaded guilty to denying him medical treatment. Thirty-seven-year-old Monica Hussing and 40-year-old William Robinson Sr., both of Cleveland, pleaded guilty to attempted involuntary manslaughter. Willie Robinson collapsed at his home on March 22, 2008.


New Procedure Claims To Eliminate Fat Without Surgery

January 11, 2012 5:54 am | Comments

According to Dr. Bill Johnson of Innovations Medical in Dallas and Fort Worth, Lipo-Sonix is like Liposuction without the surgery. He has one of the first machines in the world to perform this procedure, which has been done overseas and recently received its FDA approval. Reportedly, Lipo-Sonix uses High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) to "safely and effectively, with minimal side effects or down time" kill fat cells.

Getting Cancer Cells To Swallow Poison

January 10, 2012 5:59 am | Comments

Improving chemotherapy delivery to cancer cells is a challenge for many researchers. Getting the cancer cells to take the chemotherapy bait is a greater challenge. This is the challenge embraced by the nanotechnology research team of Omid Farokhzad, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Department of Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine and Research .

Pill Offers A Tour Of The Body

January 10, 2012 5:46 am | Comments

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have successfully tested a controllable endoscopic capsule, inspired by science fiction, that has the ability to swim through the body and could provide clinicians with unprecedented control when photographing the inside of the human body. The capsule is designed to be swallowed like a pill and can be equipped with a camera.

Source Of Infection: Decorative Fountains

January 10, 2012 5:40 am | Comments

A 2010 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Wisconsin has been linked to a decorative fountain in a hospital lobby, according to a study published in the February issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology , the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. When the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease was detected among eight people in southeast Wisconsin, state and local public health officials worked closely with hospital staff to launch an investigation to determine the source of the outbreak.


U.S. Slows Healthcare Spending

January 10, 2012 5:32 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Is health-care relief finally in sight? Health spending stabilized as a share of the nation's economy in 2010 after two back-to-back years of historically low growth, the government has reported. Experts debated whether it's a fleeting consequence of the sluggish economy, or a real sign that cost controls by private employers and government at all levels are starting to work.

Report Finds Continued Progress In Reducing Cancer Mortality

January 9, 2012 7:57 am | Comments

The American Cancer Society's annual cancer statistics report shows that between 2004 and 2008, overall cancer incidence rates declined by 0.6 percent annually in men and were stable in women, while cancer death rates decreased by 1.8 percent annually in men and by 1.6 percent in women. The report, Cancer Statistics 2012 , says over the past 10 years of available data (1999-2008), cancer death rates have declined in men and women of every racial/ethnic group with the exception of American Indians/Alaska Natives, among whom rates have remained stable.

Legislation Could Replace Malpractice System, Cut Costs

January 9, 2012 7:48 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- Patients for Fair Compensation today applauded Florida lawmakers for sponsoring proposed legislation that aims to replace the current malpractice litigation system and eliminate up to $40 billion per year in medical costs for Florida. Senate Bill 1588/House Bill 1233 would address malpractice compensation claims through an administrative - rather than litigious - process.



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