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Approval Received For Implantable Components To Treat Obesity

December 13, 2011 8:01 am | Comments

EnteroMedics Inc. (NASDAQ: ETRM), the developer of medical devices using neuroblocking technology to treat obesity, metabolic disease and other gastrointestinal disorders, today announced approval by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of the critical active implantable medical device (AIMD) components of the Maestro System, a first-in-class, safe, effective and sustainable weight loss treatment which is designed to control both hunger and fullness by blocking the primary nerve which regulates the digestive system.

Study To Examine Safety Of Minimally Invasive Interspinous Spacer

December 13, 2011 7:53 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)--VertiFlex(R), Inc., a leading innovator of minimally invasive and motion preserving spinal surgery technologies, today announced the completion of enrollment in its pivotal IDE clinical trial of the Superion(R)Interspinous Spacer (ISS). The results of the Superion trial will form the basis for a PMA approval application to the U.

FDA Warns Centers For Misleading Lap-Band Ads

December 13, 2011 7:41 am | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have issued warning letters to eight surgical centers and a marketing firm in California for misleading advertisements promoting the Lap-Band, a stomach-restricting device used to treat obesity. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that advertisements by the centers and a marketing firm, 1-800-GET-THIN, do not provide mandatory information about the risks and side effects of Lap-Band implantation.


Scientists Develop Vaccine That Attacks Breast Cancer In Mice

December 13, 2011 7:04 am | Comments

1 Athens, Ga. - Researchers from the University of Georgia and the Mayo Clinic in Arizona have developed a vaccine that dramatically reduces tumors in a mouse model that mimics 90 percent of human breast and pancreatic cancer cases—including those resistant to common treatments.  The vaccine, described this week in the early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , reveals a promising new strategy for treating cancers that share the same distinct carbohydrate signature, including ovarian and colorectal cancers.

Woman Accused Of Faking Cancer, Accepting Charity

December 12, 2011 7:04 am | Comments

Authorities have charged a woman who claimed to have cancer and allegedly took money from people to "help pay her medical bills". She claimed to have survived ovarian cancer and leukemia - twice each. The lies reportedly ran so deep that her own children grew up believing that their mom had fought cancer their entire lives.

Health Costs Still Being Measured 10 Years After 9/11 Attacks

December 12, 2011 6:52 am | Comments

Health Costs Still Being Measured 10 Years After 9/11 Attacks The World Trade Center disaster exposed nearly half a million people to hazardous chemicals, environmental toxins and traumatic events. According to research published in the December 2011 issue of Preventive Medicine , this has resulted in increased risk of developing physical and mental health conditions.

Free Healthcare Faces Financial Pressures

December 12, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP When David Evans needed a hernia operation, the 69-year-old farmer became so alarmed by the long wait that he used an ultrasound machine for pregnant sheep on himself, to make sure he wasn't getting worse. It was only after repeated calls from himself, his doctor and his local member of parliament that the hospital performed the surgery, nearly a year after it was first requested.


STERIS And Toshiba Join Forces For Hybrid Suites

December 12, 2011 6:10 am | Comments

STERIS Corporation and Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. have formed an alliance to offer advanced vascular, cardiovascular, pediatric and neurosurgical hybrid surgical suites to healthcare systems seeking the latest patient-focused interventions. These advanced suites will work to blend the contributions of both medical device companies.


Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Gaining Traction

December 9, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Prem Rabindranauth, MD, a heart surgeon at Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is using a technique that continues to grow in popularity amongst surgeons. Referred to as minimally invasive coronary surgery (MICS), uses a very small three-inch cut between the ribs in performing a heart bypass, as opposed to the long cut through the breast bone that is needed with traditional open heart surgery.


Few Hospitals Aggressively Combating Catheter-Associated Infections

December 9, 2011 6:18 am | Comments

Hospitals are working harder than ever to prevent hospital-acquired infections, but a nationwide survey shows few are aggressively combating the most common one – catheter-associated urinary tract infections. In the survey by the University of Michigan Health System and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare Center, as many as 90 percent of U.

Mastectomy Offers Limited Gains

December 9, 2011 6:09 am | Comments

Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM), a procedure that removes the unaffected breast in patients with cancer in one breast, provides only a modest increase in life expectancy, according to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

New Disinfection Technique Could Revolutionize Hospital Cleaning

December 9, 2011 5:59 am | Comments

A Queen’s University (located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada) infectious disease expert has collaborated in the development of a disinfection system that may change the way hospital rooms are cleaned, as well as stop bed bug outbreaks in hotels and apartments. Dick Zoutman, who is also Quinte Health Care’s new Chief of Staff, says his disinfection technology is getting interest from a major hotel chain because of its potential to save millions of dollars in lost revenue and infected furniture.

Woman Charged After Buttocks Injections Go Bad

December 9, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

Emery P. Dalesio, AP A woman on probation for performing buttocks-enhancing injections that left three women with kidney failure in 2008 has been charged with allegedly injecting an exotic dancer's backside with a disfiguring potion. Lauretta Cheek, 42, of Greensboro, North Carolina, was arrested and charged with one misdemeanor count of practicing medicine without a license, Guilford County Sheriff's Detective Craig Cotten said.


Does Technology Help Or Make Us Lazy?

December 7, 2011 6:54 am | Comments

By Jon Minnick Let me set the scene for you. It’s the mid-90s before the dot-com burst, so everyone is embracing the Internet and its infinite possibilities. Angela Bennett (played by Sandra Bullock in this movie) goes to the hospital to check in on her friend Dr. Alan Champion (played by Dennis Miller).

Study Finds Nursing Shortage May Be Easing

December 7, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

The number of young people becoming registered nurses has grown sharply since 2002, a trend that should ease some of the concern about a looming nursing shortage in the United States, according to a new study. The number of people aged 23 to 26 -- primarily women -- who became registered nurses increased by 62 percent from 2002 to 2009, approaching numbers not seen since the mid-1980s.


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