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Peripheral Venous Catheters Pose Infection Risk

May 3, 2011 7:20 am | Comments

A new study from Rhode Island Hospital has found that more than one in 10 catheter-related bloodstream infections due to Staph aureus in hospitalized adults are caused by infected peripheral venous catheters (PVC). The study points out the substantial medical burden that arises from complications from these infections due to the large number of such catheters used in hospitalized patients.

More Family Physicians, Fewer Hospital Re-admissions

May 3, 2011 7:13 am | Comments

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center have found that adding one family physician per 1,000, or 100 per 100,000, could reduce hospital readmission costs by $579 million per year, or 83 percent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) target.

U.S. Army Anesthesia Nursing Program Ranked #1

May 3, 2011 7:05 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) The U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School's Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing was ranked best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools in Nursing Anesthesia . The program, located at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, rose to the top spot after ranking second in the past two consecutive reports (2004 and 2008).


Titan Announces Testing Results From Robotic Console

May 3, 2011 6:56 am | Comments

Titan Medical, Inc. announced some testing results for its Beta console early user study. Key opinion leaders in urology and cardiac surgery participated in the initial study and provided their feedback. The Beta Console prototype was tested through task-based simulations and bench models that cover common robotic surgical maneuvers, such as clutch and camera movement for the surgeon to explore the functionality of the console.

Robotic Platform For Brain Surgery Receives CE Mark

May 3, 2011 6:43 am | Comments

Mazor Robotics, Ltd. recently announced that it has received the CE Mark, allowing it to market SpineAssist, its robotic spinal surgical system, in Europe for brain surgeries and treatments to minimize the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. To date, SpineAssist has been used in more than 2,000 surgeries worldwide, and has placed tens of thousands of implants in patients.


Young Adults' Health Beliefs Clash With Behaviors

May 2, 2011 7:49 am | Comments

A recent survey found that eight in 10 people between the ages of 25-44 believe they're living healthy lifestyles, and are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors than 18-24 year-olds participating in the survey. "This survey shows the dangerous disconnect that many young Americans have about how their behaviors affect their risks for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases," said Ralph Sacco, M.

"It Costs Too Much To Be Healthy"

May 2, 2011 7:37 am | Comments

The high cost of health care is deterring parents from taking their children to the doctor or buying prescription medication, regardless of how much money they make or whether they have health insurance, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver.

Story Of A President's Secret Surgery

May 2, 2011 7:24 am | Comments

Jeff Ayers, AP The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth , is a new book written by Matthew Algeo. The book examines a little-known part of presidential history.


The Effectiveness Of Breast Imaging In Surgical Planning

May 2, 2011 6:27 am | Comments

Published in the April issue of Journal of Nuclear Medicine , Gamma Medica, Inc. and Mayo Clinic of Rochester, MN demonstrate the effectiveness of Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) in the pre-operative evaluation of women with biopsy-proven breast cancer. The goals of this study were to determine whether MBI is more sensitive than mammography in detecting: Additional foci of breast cancer in the ipsilateral breast.

New iPhone App Tracks Surgery Schedules, Implants & More

April 29, 2011 12:19 pm | Comments

WebOps , a leading orthopaedic, spine, and trauma medical device logistics innovator, announces the release of the iPhone application for its WebOps Logistics software platform. The iPhone's simple interface further enables surgeons and hospitals, device and instrument manufacturers, and distributors to precisely track surgery schedules, physician preferences, inventory movement and implant usage.

CT Scans Of Mummy Help Solve Crimes

April 29, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

Wilson Ring, Associated Press In this photo released by the University of Vermont, a mummy is seen before a CT scan at Fletcher Allen Health Care, the teaching hospital at the University of Vermont, in Burlington, Vt. A childhood fascination with archaeology and a chance encounter with a 2,700-year-old Egyptian mummy are helping Vermont doctors and law enforcement officials find truth in some of the most challenging of modern-day crimes, the unexplained deaths of young children.

3-D Printing From CT Images Useful For Neurosurgical Planning

April 29, 2011 6:12 am | Comments

3D models, produced by combining a patient's CT scans and 3D printing technology, are proving useful in neurosurgical planning. 3D printing technology can be a fast and affordable way to build 3D models for neurosurgical planning, as radiologists are able to transform ultra high-resolution CT patient images into 3D solid models using a specialized color printer.


Judge Rejects Sinus Surgeon's Plea

April 29, 2011 5:59 am | Comments

Tom Coyne, AP A federal judge has rejected a plea agreement calling for a former Indiana surgeon captured in Italy after five years on the run to spend four years in prison, saying he wasn't confident the deal took into account the magnitude of the man's crimes. Mark Weinberger once operated a Merrillville nose and sinus clinic, where prosecutors say he billed insurers and patients for procedures he didn't perform.


Children's Hospital Launches Single Ventricle Program

April 29, 2011 5:45 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) In the United States each year more than 3,000 infants are born with a form of single ventricle heart defect. A single ventricle defect occurs when one of the heart's ventricles is too small or under-developed to pump blood effectively to the body or lungs. Less than forty years ago, single ventricle heart defects were fatal.


Utah Doctor Suspected Of Killing Wife

April 29, 2011 5:33 am | Comments

(AP) — New information has led authorities to re-open an investigation into the death of a Utah woman. A search warrant shows authorities suspect her husband, a once-prominent doctor, gave her a lethal combination of drugs days after she underwent surgery. The search warrant filed in 4th District Court earlier this month indicates authorities believe Martin MacNeill had the motive and opportunity to kill his wife, Michele, in 2007, the Deseret News reported on its website.


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