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Creation Of Synthetic Cell Opens Numerous Doors

May 21, 2010 7:36 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Scientists announced a bold step in the enduring quest to create artificial life. They've produced a living cell powered by manmade DNA. While such work can evoke images of Frankenstein-like scientific tinkering, it also is exciting hopes that it could eventually lead to new fuels, better ways to clean polluted water, faster vaccine production and more.

Reused Pacemakers Save Costs, Lives In Third World Countries

May 21, 2010 7:19 am | Comments

Pacemaker reuse may be a safe, effective and ethical alternative to address the medical needs for people in Third World countries who couldn't otherwise afford therapy, according to a new study unveiled by the American Heart Association. Researchers examined pacemaker reuse compared with a control population of new device implantation in studies from 1975 to 2009.

Single Port Surgery Requires Unique Skills

May 19, 2010 8:08 am | Comments

A poster presented at the 12th World Congress Of Endoscopic Surgery in April of this year concluded that single port surgery laparoscopic surgery requires unique skills that can—and need to—be learned by surgeons in order to perform the technique effectively. In the research, titled “Performance Ramifications of Single Port Laparoscopic Surgery: Measuring Differences in Task Performance Using Simulation,” Nathan E Conway, MD and colleagues suggest that single port laparoscopic surgery is a promising technique, but one that may be associated with specific psychomotor challenges such as use of articulated and/or deliberately crossed instruments.

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Hospitals Repay Over $3 Million To Settle Surgical Claims

May 19, 2010 7:53 am | Comments

Two Indiana hospitals have repaid millions of dollars to the federal government to settle claims that they overcharged for a type of spinal surgery. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie paid just under $2 million. President and chief executive Mike Haley said the hospital had fully cooperated with the investigation and voluntarily agreed to repay the money.

FDA Warns St. Jude Over Device Marketing Approach

May 19, 2010 7:40 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to medical device maker St. Jude Medical, Inc. due to the company promoting its device for an unapproved use. In a letter dated April 23, the FDA takes issue with claims on a St. Jude website promoting its Epicor ablation system.

Canadian Doc Accused Of Illegally Treating Top Athletes

May 19, 2010 7:27 am | Comments

Carolyn Thompson, AP A Canadian sports medicine doctor whose superstar clients include Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez, faces federal criminal charges in the United States for allegedly bringing unapproved drugs into the country and unlawfully treating professional athletes. Dr. Anthony Galea was charged in a criminal complaint in U.

MIS Sinus Surgery Becoming More Popular

May 19, 2010 7:12 am | Comments

Sinus surgery performed using an endoscope appears to be increasingly common for the management of chronic sinus disease among Medicare beneficiaries, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery . Chronic rhinosinusitis is characterized by infection and inflammation of the sinus cavities and nose that lasts longer than three months, according to background information in the article.

Status, Gender Impacts Surgical Resident Career Plans

May 19, 2010 7:01 am | Comments

Surgical residents who are single or do not have children are more likely to plan for specialty fellowships, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Surgery . Graduate surgical education has changed significantly in recent decades, according to background information in the article.

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Surgical Simulation Drives New Training And Certification

May 18, 2010 7:21 am | Comments

Simbionix USA Corporation, a leading provider of medical education and simulation training products, reports that their ANGIO Mentor virtual reality simulator was used during the 4th International Congress of the Polish Vascular Societies in April 2010 for the training and certification of vascular physicians from medical centers across Poland.

Playing Doctor

May 18, 2010 7:13 am | Comments

Atlus U.S.A., Inc. today announced that Trauma Team™ for the Wii™ gaming platform is now available. The game offers players six different fields of medicine to master, including surgery, diagnosis, orthopedics, endoscopy, forensics and first response. “Trauma Team combines the best aspects of medical dramas and crime investigation TV shows with satisfying game play that anyone can pick up,” stated Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales at Atlus.

Better Care At Lower Costs Drive FHA, ACS To Partner

May 18, 2010 6:58 am | Comments

Florida hospitals and surgeons today launched a significant new initiative to improve patient safety and the quality of surgical care while reducing costs throughout the state. The Florida Surgical Care Initiative (FSCI), a joint project of the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a statewide collaboration that will focus on reducing surgical complications and improving the quality of care in participating hospitals.

Pay For Performance: Infection Rates Inaccurate In Determining Report Card Grades

May 18, 2010 6:36 am | Comments

ICU-acquired infection rates are not an indication of patients' mortality risk, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, undermining a central tenet of many pay-for-performance initiatives. Public reporting of quality data is increasingly common in health care. These report cards are designed to improve the quality of care by helping patients choose the best hospitals.

Cancer Center Offers New Radiation Technology

May 18, 2010 6:26 am | Comments

John Theurer Cancer Center has begun implanting a wireless radiation sensor, so that radiation oncologist can receive immediate data on the amount of radiation being delivered to rumors and surrounding tissue. May 18, 2010 John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center announces that it is one of two cancer centers in the tri-state area currently implanting a wireless radiation sensor, known as DVS® (Dose Verification System).

Insurance Status Linked To ICU Mortality

May 18, 2010 6:12 am | Comments

Adult patients without health insurance admitted to intensive care units in Pennsylvania hospitals are at a 21 percent increased risk of death compared to similar patients with private insurance, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania. The difference in mortality risk was not explained by patient characteristics or differences in care at the hospital level, suggesting that uninsured patients might receive poorer quality care.

Donations Propel Toddler's Miracle Surgery

May 17, 2010 7:47 am | Comments

The parents of an Edmonton, Alberta toddler are now confident their son will be able to undergo surgery for a rare birth defect, thanks to the generosity of people across Canada. The two-year-old, Maddox, was born with lymphatic cystic hydroma, a severe and rare malformation on the left side of his face that has so far been untreatable by doctors.

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