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Surgeons Create Functional Artificial Pancreatic Tissue

October 12, 2010 5:59 am | Comments

Surgeons from Massachusetts General Hospital are reporting on a whole new strategy for controlling insulin-dependent diabetes without daily injections of insulin. The surgeons have bio-engineered a novel matrix that serves as a scaffold for seeding supportive stem cells as well as pancreatic islets (the cells that produce insulin in the pancreas).

Carotid Stents Associated With Greater Risks Than Surgery

October 12, 2010 5:44 am | Comments

For patients with blockages in the carotid artery that supplies blood to the brain, stenting (a non-surgical treatment) appears to be associated with an increased risk of both short- and long-term adverse outcomes when compared with surgical treatment (carotid endarterectomy), according to a meta-analysis of previously published studies that was posted online and will appear in the February 2011 print issue of Archives of Neurology , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Personalized Orthopedic Surgeries

October 11, 2010 9:01 am | Comments

A number of new technologies and surgical techniques focused on personalized orthopedic operations will be presented at an educational program at Hospital for Special Surgery on October 15 and 16. During Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery: Review of Emerging Technologies , prominent orthopedic researchers will discuss how innovative technologies can improve surgical outcomes.

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Woman Mistakenly Uses Glue After Cataract Surgery

October 11, 2010 8:54 am | Comments

An Arizona woman accidentally glued an eye shut when she mistook super glue for her eye drops. KSAZ-TV said Irmgard Holm of Glendale, Arizona had cataract surgery a year ago. She was reaching for what she thought was one of her half-dozen eye drop medications. The burning sensation told her immediately something was seriously wrong.

Obese Workers Impact Employer Costs

October 11, 2010 8:48 am | Comments

The cost of obesity among U.S. full-time employees is estimated to be $73.1 billion, according to a new study by a Duke University obesity researcher published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine . This is the first study to quantify the total value of lost job productivity as a result of health problems, which it finds is more costly than medical expenditures.

Technique Relieves Spine Fracture Pain In Patients With Metastatic Cancer

October 11, 2010 8:32 am | Comments

A surgical technique appears to offer quick and effective relief for the debilitating spinal fractures often suffered by patients with metastatic cancer, researchers reported at the 35th Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) in Milan. Many patients with multiple myeloma, or those whose cancer has spread beyond the initial tumor site, suffer compression fractures in their spine.

Cutting-Edge Medical Device Industry Event Comes To Canada

October 11, 2010 7:23 am | Comments

Manufacturing Innovations – Medical Canada, the country’s first industry event, to focus entirely on medical device manufacturers, suppliers Business is booming in Canada’s $7.1-billion dollar medical device industry, a sector that produces everything from implants, prosthetics and orthotics to highly specialized surgical simulation tools and systems that deliver pharmaceuticals.

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Trauma Surgeon Develops Protocol To Eliminate VAP

October 11, 2010 6:37 am | Comments

Team members use a multi-step ‘bundle’ approach to reduce infection rates in hospital trauma unit. October 11, 2010 Critically ill patients on a breathing tube are at risk not only from their injuries or diseases, but also from infections they can contract in the hospital. One of the most common infections is pneumonia from breathing tubes.

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Children's Post-Op Agitation May Be Preventable

October 8, 2010 6:55 am | Comments

Temporary combativeness after surgery — a complication affecting up to half of anesthetized children — may be preventable with drugs that decrease epinephrine production, according to a Medical College of Georgia pediatric anesthesiologist. "Some children wake up after surgery and begin crying and become combative," said Dr.

Man Delays Heart Surgery To Watch Football Game

October 8, 2010 6:48 am | Comments

A devout Michigan State football fan called timeout before doctors could install a pacemaker in his chest Thursday, deferring the procedure until after the school's football game this weekend against rival Michigan. Major Hester said he's willing to risk death so that he can watch Saturday's game in Ann Arbor on television.

Radio Frequency Tags May Help Prevent Surgical Sponges From Being Left In Patients

October 8, 2010 6:44 am | Comments

Using the same technology found in clothing tags used in retail store tracking systems, a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that surgical sponges with implanted radio frequency (RF) tags may be an effective adjunct to manual counting and X-ray detection in preventing sponges from being left behind in patients following a surgical procedure.

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Fewer Blood Transfusions Improve Safety, Cut Costs

October 8, 2010 6:36 am | Comments

A Loyola University Hospital study has demonstrated how the hospital has improved patient safety and cut costs by reducing the number of blood transfusions. In 2009, the average amount of blood products transfused per patient at Loyola was 10 percent lower than it was in 2008, saving $453,355.

Surgeon Shortage Impacting Access To High-Quality, Affordable Care

October 8, 2010 6:23 am | Comments

A new interactive, web-based map from the American College of Surgeons Health Policy Research Institute shows, county-by-county throughout the U.S., where shortages of surgeons and other physicians threaten patient access to timely, safe, high-quality and affordable care.  The Surgery Workforce Atlas was released during ACS’s 96th Annual Clinical Congress in Washington, DC.

The Saving Brother

October 6, 2010 8:41 am | Comments

I heard the patient's agonizing scream emanate from Room 31 just seconds before Nurse Carla ran up to me. "Dr. Jim," she said, grabbing me by my arm, "I need you in 31 right away." Her face was flushed, her voice edged with concern. Carla, usually calm and collected, had me worried with her nervousness.

Titan Medical Adds Urology Expert To Board

October 6, 2010 6:32 am | Comments

Ocotber 6, 2010 Titan Medical, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Hiep Thieu Nguyen, M.D. to the company's Medical Advisory Board. Currently, Dr. Nguyen is an Associate Professor in Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Center at Children's Hospital, Boston (CHB).

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