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Agent Orange Now Part Of A Different Battle

August 31, 2010 7:34 am | Comments

Mike Baker, AP By his own reckoning, a Navy electrician spent just eight hours in Vietnam, during a layover on his flight back to the U.S. in 1966. He bought some cigarettes and snapped a few photos. The jaunt didn't make for much of a war story, and there is no record it ever happened. But the man successfully argued that he may have been exposed to Agent Orange during his stopover and that it might have caused his diabetes — even though decades of research into the defoliant have failed to find more than a possibility that it causes the disease.

C-Section Rate Will Continue To Rise

August 31, 2010 7:16 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP More women will be giving birth by C-section for the foreseeable future, government scientists said Monday, releasing a study into the causes of a trend that troubles maternal health experts. Overall, cesarean deliveries account for about one-third of births in the U.

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Hospitals Face Legal Dilemma In Testing Incapacitated Patients

August 31, 2010 7:05 am | Comments

Anaesthetists are calling for greater clarity on the legal implications of testing incapacitated patients for blood-borne viruses, after a survey found that this is often done following staff needlestick injuries, in possible breach of UK legislation. The paper, in the September issue of Anaesthesia , reports on the results of an anonymous survey of intensive care units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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13 Nails And 5 Needles Later, Maid Recovering From Surger

August 30, 2010 7:27 am | Comments

(AP) Doctors removed 13 nails and five needles from a Sri Lankan maid who says the couple she worked for in Saudi Arabia hammered them into her body. L.G. Ariyawathi, who was hospitalized with severe pain after returning from Saudi Arabia, has said the family she worked for punished her by heating the nails and needles before sticking them into her.

Specialty Surgical Instrumentation Launches New Site

August 30, 2010 7:17 am | Comments

Specialty Surgical Instrumentation, Inc. (SSI) a division of Symmetry Medical, Inc., has launch of a new e-commerce website at www.specsurg.com. It provides customers with easy-to-find product information and features a streamlined log-in portal where customers will be able to quickly cross reference products and place orders.

Stryker Inks Deal For Ulcer Device Maker

August 30, 2010 7:11 am | Comments

Stryker Corporation will pay $150 million for Gaymar Industries, which manufactures temperature management devices and pressure ulcer treatment technology. The deal is expected to close by October 1. Gaymar is owned by private equity firms Nautic Partners and Norwest Equity Partners. The buyout is the culmination of a 10-year relationship between the two companies.

Concussions On The Rise Among Kids Playing Sports

August 30, 2010 7:06 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Emergency room visits for school-age athletes with concussions has skyrocketed in recent years, suggesting the intensity of kids' sports has increased along with awareness of head injuries. The findings, in a study of national data, doesn’t necessarily mean that concussions are on the rise.

OR Fist Fight Leads To Birth Complications

August 30, 2010 6:44 am | Comments

(AP) Italy's health minister traveled to Sicily to apologize to a new mother for an operating room fist fight between two doctors that led to her botched delivery. Laura Salpietro, 30, had to have her uterus removed and her son Antonio suffered heart problems and possible brain damage following his birth in Messina's public hospital, Italian news reports said.

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J&J Recalls Hip Replacement Systems

August 27, 2010 7:47 am | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP Johnson & Johnson's artificial joint business is recalling two hip replacement products, just two days after getting hit with a government warning that it is illegally marketing two other products. It is the 11th J&J recall since September. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

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Surgeons Remove 56-Pound Tumor

August 27, 2010 7:37 am | Comments

Vicente L. Panetta, AP Doctors were shocked when they looked into a woman's uterus searching for an orange-size tumor but found something that resembled a giant rock instead. Surgeons ended up removing a 56-pound tumor from the 54-year-old woman. It was 19” across. “At first sight, one could see it was going to be a big tumor, but not that big,” said Dr.

Clinical Trials Challenge Balloon Pumping

August 27, 2010 7:30 am | Comments

Patients with coronary artery disease undergoing angioplasty do not benefit from having their circulation artificially supported with a balloon pump as a preventative measure during angioplasty, according to the first randomized trial studying the practice and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) .

Obesity Surgery In England Increases 10-Fold Since 2000

August 27, 2010 7:18 am | Comments

The use of bariatric or weight loss surgery has increased ten-fold in NHS hospitals in England since 2000, finds a study. One reason for this rapid rise is increased demand from obese patients as they become more aware of surgery as a viable treatment option, suggest the researchers. Bariatric surgery is performed on people who are dangerously obese, for the purpose of losing weight.

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U.S. Hospitals Slow In Adopting EHR Platform

August 27, 2010 7:08 am | Comments

Transforming the U.S. health care system from paper-based to electronic-based may improve health care quality and reduce costs, but a new study by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that goal is far off. The adoption of basic or comprehensive electronic health records by U.

Patients Not Finding Post-Op Relief

August 25, 2010 6:12 am | Comments

One in seven patients experience more pain, physical and emotional problems a year after surgery than before their operation, and one-quarter have less vitality. Those are the key findings of a research study of more than 400 patients published online by the British Journal of Surgery Researchers from The Netherlands spoke to 216 women and 185 men with an average age of 54, who had undergone planned procedures, ranging from plastic surgery to orthopaedic surgery.

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Next Generation Surgical Robots Could Steer Themselves

August 25, 2010 5:58 am | by Richard Merritt | Comments

As physician-guided robots routinely operate on patients at most major hospitals, the next generation robot could eliminate a surprising element from that scenario – the doctor. Feasibility studies conducted by Duke University bioengineers have demonstrated that a robot can locate a man-made, or phantom, lesion in simulated human organs, guide a device to the lesion and take multiple samples during a single session.

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