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Ampronix Celebrates 30 Years In The Medical Imaging Industry

May 4, 2012 5:46 am | Comments

Today Ampronix celebrates its 30th anniversary in the medical industry. Since 1982, Ampronix has established itself as one of the leading medical imaging companies, providing products and solutions that can compete with the ever-increasing technological demands of the healthcare industry. Ampronix’s success stems from its development of original medical equipment.

Handwashing Campaign Credited With Reducing Infection Rates

May 4, 2012 5:27 am | Comments

An evaluation of the national cleanyourhands campaign shows for the first time that an effective hand-hygiene campaign, undertaken in the context of a high-profile political drive, can successfully reduce some healthcare associated infections, according to a new study published in BMJ (British Medical Journal) .

Surgical Excision Unnecessary In Some Patients With Benign Papillomas

May 4, 2012 5:02 am | Comments

Imaging surveillance is an acceptable alternative to surgical excision in patients with benign papilloma, diagnosed at breast core biopsy without cell abnormalities, a new study shows. The study, conducted at the Breast Health Center of California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, included 119 papillomas diagnosed at core biopsy without abnormal cells.


Breast Density Does Not Factor Into Pre-Op MRIs Detecting Additional Malignancies

May 4, 2012 4:55 am | Comments

Newly diagnosed breast cancer patients should undergo a pre-operative MRI exam even if their breasts are not dense, a new study indicates. The study found no difference between the usefulness of 3T breast MRI in detecting additional malignancies and high risk lesions in dense versus non-dense breasts.

Long-Term Outcomes Similar With Thrombus Aspiration Stents

May 2, 2012 8:06 am | Comments

New research confirms thrombus aspiration (TA) during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) provides long-term outcomes similar to conventional intervention with bare-metal or drug-eluting stents. Findings published in a special STEMI-focused issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions , a journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), report that compared to conventional PCI, thrombectomy does not affect rates of major adverse cardiac events at two-year follow-up.

Research Investigates Stem Cells To Treat Artery Disease, Decrease Amputations

May 2, 2012 8:00 am | Comments

Research led by vascular surgeons at Dartmouth-Hitchcock may offer new hope to sufferers of peripheral artery disease, the cause of nearly 60,000 lower-limb amputations annually, through the use of a patient's own stem cells. Richard J. Powell MD , chief of vascular surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, is the principal investigator on a national study involving 550 patients at 80 sites around the country.

Sleepiness Impacts Surgeons' Ability To Handle The Unexpected

May 2, 2012 7:49 am | Comments

Sleep-deprived surgeons can perform a previously learned task or learn a new task as well as surgeons who are rested, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. However, in sleep-deprived surgeons, the brain must work harder, which could lead to problems during unexpected events.


Improved Survival Rates For Lung Cancer Patients Using Advanced Radiotherapy

May 2, 2012 7:31 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Widespread use of advanced radiotherapy techniques in the Netherlands has resulted in improved survival among elderly lung cancer patients, according to major new research conducted by one of the country's leading cancer centers. VU University Medical Center (VUMC) in Amsterdam, which has now treated more than a thousand patients for pulmonary tumors using stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) on treatment machines supplied by Varian Medical Systems, publishes its findings in the latest issue of the journal Annals of Oncology .


Formerly Conjoined Twins Thriving

May 1, 2012 8:19 am | Comments

(AP) Doctors have given a clean bill of health to two-year-old twins who were born attached at the chest and abdomen and who underwent separation surgery at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital six months ago. Angelina and Angelica Sabuco were the guests of honor at a coming out party Monday attended by some of the 40 doctors and nurses who cared for them during last fall's 10-hour surgery and two-week hospital stay.

Pre-Op Video Can Help Patients

May 1, 2012 8:13 am | Comments

A patient education process may provide an antidote to the emotional and physical difficulties that lung cancer patients face before and after an operation, according to a new study published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . Specifically, researchers report that lung procedure patients who watched a 30-minute preparation video reported less anxiety about the procedure, less physical pain after the operation, and higher rates of overall satisfaction with the operative experience.

U.S. Newborns With Drug Withdrawal Triples

May 1, 2012 8:00 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth. The infant is going through drug withdrawal and is being treated with the same narcotic prescribed for her mother to fight addiction to powerful prescription painkillers.

Case Represents Midwife Tension In Hospitals

May 1, 2012 7:53 am | Comments

John Miller, AP Midwives and doctors are longtime rivals in the politics governing where women should give birth - home or hospital. But that tension, typically played out privately between pregnant women and their healthcare providers, was laid bare this month in the case of two Idaho midwives suspended by the state after three babies died during a 14-month period between 2010 and 2011.

PolyTouch Medical Acquired by Covidien

April 30, 2012 7:03 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) PolyTouch Medical Ltd., a leading developer of hernia mesh placement technologies, has been acquired by Covidien. PolyTouch developed a device for the precise and rapid deployment and placement of mesh during laparoscopic soft tissue repair procedures. PatchAssist was further developed to become AccuMesh, an innovative endomechanical device facilitating insertion, deployment and placement of mesh during laparoscopic ventral hernia repair.


Cost Study Shows Timing Crucial In Appendectomies

April 30, 2012 6:56 am | Comments

Removing a child's ruptured appendix sooner rather than later significantly lowers hospital costs and charges, according to a recently published study. An estimated $10,000 in hospital charges was saved when pediatric general surgeons removed the ruptured appendix within the first 24 hours, compared to the alternative treatment, called an interval appendectomy, which involved removing the appendix six-eight weeks later.

Study Reports Gender And Racial/Ethnic Disparities In Board Certification

April 30, 2012 6:50 am | Comments

2 An analysis of a national cohort of recent medical school graduates may provide insight into why women and graduates of some minority groups are relatively underrepresented among general surgeons, particularly those certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS).  The researchers found that general surgery graduate trainees in selected population groups are more likely to go off the general surgery career path and into other medical specialties or, if they remain in surgery, are more likely not to complete the surgery board-certification process, according to a report published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons .


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