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Senator Pushes CDC To Disclose Experts' Conflicts

April 26, 2010 6:18 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP A top congressional watchdog is pushing the Centers for Disease Control to do more to catch financial conflicts that could sway the opinions of scientists who make public health recommendations. Republican Senator Charles Grassley sent a letter to the agency last week asking what CDC is doing to better monitor and disclose financial ties of experts who serve on its 17 medical advisory committees.

Tracheostomy Tubes Recalled After 3 Die

April 26, 2010 6:03 am | Comments

Christine Simmons, AP A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that three people died while using them. The company told the Food and Drug Administration that there were also about 1,200 complaints of leaks involving the recalled devices, said FDA spokesman Tom Gasparoli, adding the agency is investigating the deaths and complaints.

Stem Cell Surgery Leftovers Could Repair Heart Muscle

April 26, 2010 5:49 am | Comments

Scientists have succeeded in extracting vital stem cells from sections of vein removed for heart bypass surgery. Researchers funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that these stem cells can stimulate new blood vessels to grow, which could potentially help repair damaged heart muscle after a heart attack.

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Siemens & Skytron Form Hybrid OR Partnership

April 26, 2010 5:41 am | Comments

Skytron has announced a collaborative agreement with Siemens to deliver hybrid operating rooms for minimally invasive surgical procedures, targeting the specific areas of vascular and cardiovascular surgeries. The hybrid room solutions combine imaging systems from the Siemens Artis zee® family, including the robotic-assisted Artis zeego®, with Skytron’s surgery room equipment and fiber optic, digital OR integration system.

Spanish Hospital Claims First Full Face Transplant

April 23, 2010 8:15 am | Comments

Daniel Woolls, Associated Press Writer MADRID (AP) — A hospital in Spain said it has carried out the world's first full-face transplant, giving a young man who lost his in an accident a new nose, skin, jaws, cheekbones, teeth and other features. The operation was carried out by a 30-member medical team in late March and took 24 hours to perform, according to Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona.

Stroke Risk Increases With Bypass Technique Aimed At Preserving Organs

April 23, 2010 8:14 am | Comments

The standard practice of cooling and then re-warming a patient to prevent organ damage during cardiac bypass surgery may impair the body's mechanism that controls blood flow to the brain, potentially increasing the patient's risk of stroke, new research from Johns Hopkins suggests. “For reasons we don't yet understand, it appears that during re-warming, an auto-regulation mechanism that protects the brain from fluctuations in the body's blood pressure can malfunction,” says Brijen Joshi, M.

Implant Ban Could Have Global Impact

April 23, 2010 6:46 am | Comments

On March 31, French authorities banned the manufacture, use and export of PIP breast implants after complaints of high rupture rates. Now, plastic surgeons worldwide have been advised to prepare all women implanted with silicone breast implants made by Poly Implant Prothse (PIP) on the need to remove them.

Steris Offers New System 1 Assistance

April 23, 2010 6:33 am | Comments

Steris has just announced the availability of additional information to aid customers in their transition to the new sterilization equipment and process. This includes: A new website with a number of downloadable tools, including the Certificate of Medical Necessity (or CN) that customers must submit to continue receiving sterilant, accessories and parts throughout the 18-month transition period.

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Mayor Donates Kidney To Facebook Friend

April 23, 2010 6:22 am | Comments

Stephanie Reitz, AP Politicians long ago discovered the uses of Facebook. East Haven, CT Mayor April Capone Almon found something else there – a constituent who needed her kidney. Capone Almon, 35, had more than 1,600 friends on Facebook last year when she saw one of them, Carlos Sanchez, post a status update saying his friends and relatives had all been tested and couldn't donate a kidney.

Trifecta Approach Important In Prostate Cancer Treatment

April 21, 2010 6:29 am | Comments

Three is a very important number to Dr. David Samadi, Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Considered a mystical number, Samadi has incorporated this number in his robotic prostatectomy practice . Having performed 3,000 successful prostate cancer treatments in his work, Samadi's experience is unparalleled.

Suit: Accused Tenn Hospital Shooter Violent Before

April 21, 2010 6:28 am | Comments

Beth Rucker, Associated Press Writer KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Almost a year before he was accused in a deadly shooting outside a hospital, Abdo Ibssa violently attacked a stranger he suspected was saying something bad about him in a store, according to a lawyer who filed a lawsuit in the case.

Scars Repaired, 13-Year-Old To Head Back To Iraq

April 21, 2010 6:28 am | Comments

Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The badly scarred 12-year-old who arrived from Iraq last spring with Army National Guard Maj. David Howell has had quite a year in Michigan—dressing up as Batman for Halloween, playing video games, getting pitching tips from the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander and being the ball boy for a high school soccer team.

More Die After Colon Surgery At Teaching Hospitals

April 21, 2010 6:27 am | Comments

Consider procedure and diagnosis when choosing facility, researchers advise. Colon surgery patients are more likely to die if their procedure is performed at a teaching hospital, says a new study. April 21, 2010 U.S. researchers analyzed data from 115,250 patients who underwent colon resection (removal of a part of the colon) for both cancerous and non-cancerous diseases at 1,045 hospitals in 38 states from 2001 through 2005.

Recordings Of Pre-Surgery Meetings Ease Anxieties

April 21, 2010 6:27 am | Comments

For heart patients, practice refreshes memory and increases knowledge, study finds April 21, 2010 Giving people slated for heart surgery recordings of their pre-surgery consultations not only increased their knowledge about the procedure and their health but reduced their anxiety and depression as well, a new study has found.

3DHD Showcased At Congress Of Endoscopic Surgery

April 20, 2010 6:25 am | Comments

Viking Systems (OTCBB:VKNG) announces that preclinical surgical video created using a Viking Systems' "Next Generation" 3DHD prototype visualization system displayed on a Sony prototype medical grade 3DHD monitor was enthusiastically received during The 12th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery held at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, MD held from April 14 - 17, 2010.

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