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Fraudulent Surgery Payment Nets Patient Jail Time

March 31, 2010 6:31 am | Comments

An Orange County, California woman’s new breasts will cost her six months in jail. Yvonne Jean Pampellonne was sentenced for using a fraudulent line of credit to obtain $12,000 in cosmetic surgery, including breast implants and liposuction. The 30-year-old woman pleaded guilty to burglary, grand theft and identity theft.

CAE Healthcare Acquires Immersion's Simulation Lines

March 31, 2010 6:13 am | Comments

CAE Healthcare and Immersion, a leading innovator of haptic (touch feedback) technology, have announced that CAE Healthcare has acquired part of Immersion's medical simulation business unit. Three product lines are part of the acquisition and will form the core offerings of CAE Healthcare's newly established surgical simulation division.

FDA Suppressed Imaging Safety Concerns

March 31, 2010 5:39 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP A former Food and Drug Administration scientist said his job was eliminated after he raised concerns about the risks of radiation exposure from high-grade medical scanning. Dr. Julian Nicholas said at a public hearing that he and other FDA staffers “were pressured to change their scientific opinion” after they opposed the approval of a CT scanner for routine colon cancer screening.

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Cancer Survivor Sues After Surgical Fire

March 31, 2010 5:17 am | Comments

An Oklahoma woman is suing her Tulsa surgeon after she was severely burned during breast reconstruction surgery last December. The woman had a double mastectomy two years earlier because of breast cancer, and felt this surgery would be her final step after being declared cancer free.  When she woke up from surgery her face was covered in bandages.

Surgeon To Offer 3D Surgical Previews

March 31, 2010 5:03 am | Comments

Using cutting-edge technology to maximize patient-doctor communication, Toronto-based plastic surgeon Dr. Cory S. Goldberg has begun using the Vectra 3D system to give patients a preview of the potential outcome of their desired surgeries. “100 percent of my patients ask, ‘What will I look like?,’” says Goldberg.

Medicare Nominee Faces Challenges

March 30, 2010 6:23 am | Comments

Donald Berwick, President Barack Obama's choice to lead the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid, will face major challenges in implementing the sweeping changes to both programs required under the recently enacted health care overhaul … if elected. According to two administration officials, President Obama will nominate Dr.

FDA Panel Backs Debated Knee Device

March 30, 2010 6:15 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Federal health experts said a device for repairing knees that was subject to a contentious, three-year review by the Food and Drug Administration is likely safe and effective, despite major shortcomings with company studies. The findings by the FDA's independent panel of orthopedic experts came despite the government's highly critical review of Regen Biologic's device published ahead of the meeting.

Device Companies Seek Repeal Of Tax Provision

March 30, 2010 6:00 am | Comments

The chairman of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council said it is trying to line up meetings with members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation to discuss the tax, which industry officials say will cut jobs and force firms to move operations overseas. The 2.3 percent tax contained in a reconciliation bill is expected to be passed by Congress and sent to President Obama next week, although it wouldn’t take effect until January 1, 2013.

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Mastectomy Not Always The Best Option

March 30, 2010 5:52 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP New research suggests that women with gene mutations that predispose them to breast cancer might not pay a huge price in survival if they choose to preserve their breast instead of having it removed. In a small study that observed women with BRCA gene mutations and different types of cancer and treatments, patients had two to four times greater risk of a cancer recurrence if they had only the cancerous lump removed instead of the whole breast.

Happy Doctor's Day

March 30, 2010 5:31 am | Comments

Vestagen Technical Textiles today announced that St. Mary's Mercy Medical Center North, and Mercy Medical Center West in Knoxville, TN purchased Vestex ™ nanotechnology-based lab coats, which were presented to physicians in honor of National Doctors’ Day. “From our advances in robotic surgery to our cutting-edge heart catheterization procedures, Mercy Medical Partners is well-known as a leader in advanced technologies.

Early Results: Gastrointestinal Liner May Help Treat Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

March 29, 2010 8:27 am | Comments

GI Dynamics announces initial, positive results from a clinical trial evaluating 12 months of treatment with the EndoBarrier™ Gastrointestinal Liner. The first group of patients from this trial have successfully completed 12 months, or 52 weeks, of treatment with the EndoBarrier Gastrointestinal Liner, an important milestone in the clinical development of this non-surgical therapeutic.

AT&T Takes A $1 Billion Hit On New Health Care

March 29, 2010 6:55 am | Comments

Barbara Ortutay, AP AT&T, Inc. will take a $1 billion non-cash accounting charge in the first quarter because of the health care overhaul, and may cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers. The charge is the largest disclosed so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel, Caterpillar, Deere & Co.

Overhaul To Strain Doctor Shortage

March 29, 2010 6:44 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Better beat the crowd and find a doctor. Primary care physicians already are in short supply and the landmark health overhaul that will bring millions more newly insured patients in the next few years promises extra strain. The new law goes beyond offering coverage to the uninsured, with steps to improve the quality of care for the average person and help keep us well instead of today's seek-care-after-you're-sick culture.

New Minimally Invasive Technique For Pigeon Chest

March 29, 2010 6:29 am | Comments

A new minimally invasive surgery to correct a chest wall deformity, often known as pigeon chest, was recently demonstrated. Technically known as pectus carinatum, the condition causes the chest wall to protrude outward, giving the patient's chest the appearance of the breast of a bird. In years past, the only surgery to correct severe cases was extremely invasive and involved cutting open the chest to remove excess cartilage.

Compulsive Eating Has Same Addictive Mechanism As Cocaine, Heroin

March 29, 2010 6:07 am | Comments

In a newly published study, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have shown for the first time that the same molecular mechanisms that drive people into drug addiction are behind the compulsion to overeat. The new study, conducted by Scripps Research Associate Professor Paul J. Kenny and graduate student Paul M.

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