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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.

More Seniors May Have To Switch Drug Plans

August 25, 2010 5:45 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP A plan by Medicare to try to make it simpler for consumers to pick drug coverage could force three million seniors to switch plans next year whether they like it or not, says an independent analysis. That risks undercutting President Barack Obama's promise that people can keep their health plans if they like them.

Radiologists Seeking A Strategy For Imaging Overuse

August 25, 2010 5:22 am | Comments

Over-utilization of medical imaging services exposes patients to unnecessary radiation and adds to healthcare costs, according to a report appearing online and in the October issue of the journal Radiology that calls on radiologists to spearhead a collaborative effort to curb imaging usage. “In most cases, an imaging procedure enhances the accuracy of a diagnosis or guides a medical treatment and is fully justified, because it benefits the patient,” said the article's lead author, William R.

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Narcolepsy Fears Collide With H1N1 Vaccine Use

August 24, 2010 6:56 am | Comments

Finland's National Institute for Health and Wefare has recommended halting the use of the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine until a probe into a possible link to narcolepsy among children is concluded.  The National Institute for Health and Wefare (THL) has received six reports of children known to have received the vaccine who have developed the chronic sleep disorder since the beginning of the year, it said, stressing, however, that this is in line with the normal annual rate of narcolepsy cases.

Engineering Shorter ER Times

August 24, 2010 6:45 am | Comments

Emergency room waiting times could be cut by over one-third and patients' length of stay by almost two-thirds, thanks to a new approach to the triage process of sorting patients for further assessment and treatment, according to research published in the International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage .

Practice Opens For Football Team Plagued By Mystery Ailment

August 24, 2010 5:57 am | Comments

Anne M. Peterson, AP Doctors were trying to determine why 24 McMinnville High School players developed a condition that caused intense pain and dangerous swelling in their arms, hospitalizing two boys just as a football training camp was getting under way. The athletes were taking part in the immersion camp organized last week by new coach Jeff Kearin to get ready for the season.

Stem Cell Regulations Temporarily Blocked

August 24, 2010 5:18 am | Comments

Pete Yost, AP The Obama administration's expansion of stem cell research has suffered a significant setback with a judge's ruling that blocks work on treating life-threatening conditions, say private groups pushing for scientific breakthroughs in medicine. Monday's decision by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth will “drive the best scientific minds into work less likely to yield treatments,” says Sean Tipton of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Rural Hospital A Case Study In Medical/Financial Priorities

August 23, 2010 7:54 am | Comments

Cathy Bussewitz, AP Modoc County is wedged into California's far northeastern corner, a land apart from much of the rest of the nation's most populous state. Little visited, the sparsely populated region of cave-riddled lava beds, sagebrush-covered plains and rolling ranch land has much in common with the rural areas of Oregon and Nevada that it adjoins.

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da Vinci's Latest Enhancement

August 23, 2010 7:35 am | Comments

Novadaq Technologies, Inc. a developer of real-time imaging systems for use in the operating room, announced today that it has completed the final design review for the integration of the company's SPY imaging technology into the 3-D high definition imaging capabilities of the da Vinci Surgical Robotic System.

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Kenyan Patients Receive Prison Sentence For Not Following Doctor's Orders

August 23, 2010 7:20 am | Comments

Tom Odula, AP A court has sentenced two tuberculosis patients to eight months in prison after they skipped their medications. The jail time should help avoid spreading the deadly disease among the public, said a senior health official. The male patients were locked up in Kapsabet prison in western Kenya nearly 10 days ago to make sure they take their pills as prescribed and do not infect others, said Joseph Sitienei, the head of tuberculosis and lung diseases at the public health and sanitation ministry.

New Technology Could Prolong Implanted Device Lifespans

August 23, 2010 7:09 am | Comments

By creating a unique system of blood vessels that is engineered to interact with the tissue surrounding an implanted device, the longevity and function of these devices may be better preserved, according to a study led by researchers in the University of Louisville Jewish Hospital's Cardiovascular Innovation Institute (CII).

3 Year-Old’s Hernia Surgery Delay Hits 10 Months

August 23, 2010 6:56 am | Comments

Ruby Gittens, a three-year-old from Victoria, British Columbia in Canada has had to wait 10 months for hernia surgery, even though studies show wait times increase patient risk. According to her mom, she tries to keep up with her older brother and sister, but sometimes the discomfort of her hernia means she lags behind.

3 Year-Old's Hernia Surgery Delay Hits 10 Months

August 23, 2010 6:38 am | Comments

Ruby Gittens, a three-year-old from Victoria, British Columbia in Canada has had to wait 10 months for hernia surgery, even though studies show wait times increase patient risk. According to her mom, she tries to keep up with her older brother and sister, but sometimes the discomfort of her hernia means she lags behind.

World's Tallest Man To Have Surgery

August 20, 2010 7:35 am | Comments

Source: Fox News Sultan Kosen will have surgery to stop the abnormal growth spurts that have made him the tallest man in the world. The 27-year-old from Turkey is more than 8’ tall as a result of a rare hormonal condition called acromegaly, which causes the pituitary gland to produce too much growth hormone, usually as a result of a non-cancerous tumor on the pituitary gland.

Law Looks To Protect Insurance Coverage In New York

August 20, 2010 7:29 am | Comments

Governor David Paterson signed a law into effect that will add more consumer protections when health insurers discontinue a class of policies. The bill requires a written notice of discontinuations to all insured individuals covered by a group plan at least 90 days before the discontinuation date. Insurers will have to notify affected policyholders of their options and they cannot discontinue a group plan to drop a lone high-cost policyholder from the plan.

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