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New Protocol Is Shown To Move Laparoscopic Surgeons To 'Expert Status' On da Vinci

February 12, 2014 10:11 am | Comments

Surgeons who follow a rigorous training protocol on a simulator have been found to have a significant advantage in performance on the da Vinci robot compared with those who do not use a simulator, says a new study at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey...

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California’s Physician Directories Removed Because Of Errors

February 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Ian Lovett | Comments

The California healthcare exchange has taken down its physician directories, amid continuing complaints from doctors and patients alike that the lists of doctors and hospitals included in each insurance plan were error-riddled and unreliable...

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Smoke Alarm

February 10, 2014 11:31 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The healthcare industry’s stance on surgical smoke in the operating room has evolved considerably over the course of the past several years. As more information came out about the potential dangers of surgical smoke in the operating room, the healthcare industry responded by actively seeking out and implementing products and solutions to address those possible threats... 

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Uterine Surgical Technique Is Linked To Abnormal Growths And Cancer Spread

February 7, 2014 10:46 am | by Denise Grady | Comments

Concerns are increasing among doctors about the safety of a procedure performed on tens of thousands of women a year in the United States who undergo surgery to remove fibroid tumors from the uterus, or to remove the entire uterus...   

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The Future Is Now -- The Ideal Integrated OR

February 5, 2014 9:53 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

An “integrated” operating room can take many forms, but a properly configured and designed one ends up being more than the sum of its components. In a perfect world, it accommodates a wide range of procedures both quickly and easily, and its users are free to maximize and leverage the tools they need to secure the best surgical outcomes...

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A Vision For The Future -- 3D Visualization In The OR

February 4, 2014 10:24 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Technology has transformed the way sight is defined in the OR, and the innovative visualization tools being developed inside and outside the healthcare industry have surgeons and other hospital personnel excited for what the future may bring...

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TAVI Increases Use Of Valve Surgery, Too

February 4, 2014 10:02 am | by Todd Neale | Comments

Despite concerns to the contrary, the introduction of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) into everyday practice has not decreased the number of patients undergoing surgical valve replacement, researchers found...    

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Risk Of Death When Waiting For A Heart Varies Widely

February 3, 2014 10:24 am | by Salynn Boyles | Comments

The risk of dying within 90 days of being placed on a heart transplant wait-list was 10 times greater for patients with the most risk factors compared with those with the fewest, suggesting a need for revising the current heart allocation system, researchers found...

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More Than One-Fourth Of American Families Faced Financial Burden Due To Medical Costs

January 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Michelle Castillo | Comments

More than one out of four American families -- 26.8 percent -- felt a financial squeeze because of medical bills during 2012, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed. The findings showed that nearly 9 percent of families currently couldn't make their payments, and a total of 16.5 percent had faced financial issues stemming from medical costs in the previous year...

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Survey: To Schedule A Doc Visit, Get In Line

January 29, 2014 10:48 am | by Jenny Gold | Comments

Need to see a doctor? You may have to wait. A survey of physician practices in 15 metropolitan areas across the country, which was taken before the health law expanded coverage, found that the average wait time for a new patient to see a physician in five medical specialties was 18.5 days...

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Man Found Dead In NYC Hospital Waiting Room More Than 8 Hours After Entering

January 28, 2014 9:48 am | by Michelle Castillo | Comments

Reports have emerged that a man died in a hospital waiting room in New York City more than eight hours after he sought emergency care. According to multiple reports, 30-year-old John Verrier entered the emergency room of St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx at around 10 p.m. on Jan. 12 complaining about a rash. He was found dead in the waiting room about 6:40 a.m. the next day when a guard failed to wake him up...

Doctors Abusing Medicare Face Fines And Expulsion

January 27, 2014 9:19 am | by Robert Pear | Comments

The Obama administration is cracking down on doctors who repeatedly overcharge Medicare patients, and for the first time in more than 30 years the government may disclose how much is paid to individual doctors treating Medicare patients...

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Toddler Overcomes Spine-Crushing Dwarfism To Become Internet Singing Sensation

January 23, 2014 11:13 am | by Susan Donaldson James | Comments

When she was born, doctors said Grace Anna Rodgers, a cherubic 3-year-old with blond curls and a “pistol” personality, would likely be deaf, and that her crushing scoliosis could impair her lung function. Despite their dire predictions about her ability to hear, Grace has been singing since she was 16 months old. Not only is she a minor celebrity in in her hometown of Liberty, Ky., but in 2013, she became a YouTube sensation...

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Study: Tonsillectomy Procedures Vary Depending On Hospital

January 21, 2014 9:43 am | by Michelle Castillo | Comments

Getting a tonsillectomy can vary depending on where you get the procedure done, a new study reveals. The research looked at 36 children’s hospitals that performed the procedure on almost 140,000 kids. They found that the facilities provided different levels of antibiotics and the steroid dexamethasone...

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Halted After Deaths, Kids' Heart Surgeries Resume At Kentucky Hospital

January 20, 2014 3:40 am | by Elizabeth Cohen | Comments

Shortly after the fifth death in 2012, Kentucky Children's decided to stop its heart surgeries and placed its only pediatric heart surgeon But now, pediatric heart surgeries are resuming there -- without any reported investigation by the state health department and without oversight by anyone...

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