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Does More Money Equal More Cures?

February 19, 2015 | by Mike Auerbach, Editor-In-Chief, Pharmaceutical Processing | Comments

Everyone has been touched in some way by cancer. Fundraising for a cause makes us all feel good. It’s somewhat hard to believe that with all of the money thrown at this problem, we aren’t closer to better treatments and subsequent cures.

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3D Printing for Surgery Practice

February 17, 2015 11:47 am | by Sam Brusco, Medical Design Technology Associate Editor | Comments

Models produced by 3D printers are proving to be valuable diagnostic and surgical tools. 3D imaging software is able to produce a physical representation of surgical sites, enabling surgeons to approach the surgery from several different perspectives.

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Drone Surgery and HoloLens: Hello 2015

February 13, 2015 11:35 am | by Zev Ginzburg, UX Research Copywriter, Codal Inc. | Comments

The medical community embracing cutting edge tech is nothing new, the tech however, is constantly new. The connection between telerobotic and remote surgery just got a lot more accommodating, which means the one thing those in the medical world will need is an army of qualified developers.

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Healthcare as a Right in the Age of Obamacare

February 12, 2015 10:56 am | by Miles J. Zaremski | Comments

President Lyndon Johnson apparently also considered healthcare a right. Johnson once told then-senator Hubert Humphrey, "I'll go a hundred million or a billion on health or education ... You got to have health. I may cut back some tanks. But not on health."

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Primum Non Nocere

February 9, 2015 1:29 pm | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

“I want the surgery today!” She started to cry. “I’m ninety-four years old. I’ll accept any risk. Just take this thing out!” She looked back and forth between the anesthesiologist and me. Her golf-ball sized tongue cancer had been growing over the past six months.

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How Top Healthcare Priorities Will Impact The OR

January 23, 2015 11:09 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Comments

A recent report from Accenture identified the top five priorities for states with federally-supported Health Innovation Plans. So let's take a look at how these priorities will not only impact the system as a whole, but more specifically, the surgical community.

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Can ObamaCare Survive in 2015?

January 6, 2015 12:24 pm | by Dr. Jane M. Orient | Comments

Now that Republicans have control of Congress, they could possibly keep their promise to repeal ObamaCare—except for two immediate obstacles. One of course is the threat of the Presidential veto. Another is the already apparent willingness of craven politicians to surrender pre-emptively. 

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Obama's Care vs. ObamaCare

December 16, 2014 12:25 pm | by Dr. Jane M. Orient | Comments

The whole country has heard the saga of the President’s sore throat. Many people who have a similar problem—or a true emergency—might compare his treatment with theirs. ...                     

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Pathfinder’s Vision Gives Man New Life After Cancer

December 11, 2014 10:18 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Comments

I always enjoy hearing the latest in 3-D innovation in the operating room, and last week brought another terrific story. ...                           

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Surgery in Space? Surgeon Sees Many Problems

December 9, 2014 10:42 am | by the Skeptical Scalpel, Physician's Weekly | Comments

The astronauts are halfway to Mars when suddenly one of them develops abdominal pain and requires surgery. What will they do?                            

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New Camera Technology Provides 'Fantastic Voyage' Into Future

December 4, 2014 10:59 am | by Ralph Basile, Vice President of Marketing, Healthmark Industries | Comments

Years ago, surgical instruments were relatively simple tools, designed for cutting, spreading, chiseling and closing. Thankfully for most "consumers" of surgical services, those days are long past. ...                     

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New App Gives Family Peace of Mind During Surgery

November 26, 2014 10:14 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Comments

There's no doubt surgery can be a stressful experience for not only the patient but family members as well. However, thanks to a new app, loved ones can get messages or reassurance directly from the operating room ...      

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Another Amazing Feat From the Cleveland Clinic

November 21, 2014 10:53 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Comments

It's been nearly six years since the Cleveland Clinic performed an amazing near-total face transplant. About two months ago, the Clinic did it again.                  

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It's a Matter of Life and Breath

November 17, 2014 9:56 am | by Vangie Dennis, Administrative Director, Spivey Station Surgery Center | Comments

There is a quote that immediately comes to mind when the topic of surgical smoke comes up in discussion that I heard years ago in a physician based training session, “There is no such thing as safe smoke.”  Smoke is smoke.  So why does the medical industry seem to differentiate smoke produced from a laser from smoke created from electrosurgery?

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3D Printing Provides Arm For 6-Year-Old Boy

November 14, 2014 10:15 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Comments

For most of us, the ability to use two arms and two legs every day is a function we take for granted ...                           

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Republicans Can No Longer Blame Harry Reid for Failing to Repeal ObamaCare

November 11, 2014 10:57 am | by Dr. Jane M. Orient | Comments

The time for Republican self congratulation is over, and the work needs to begin. It appears that the majority of the voting population recognizes that our country is in dire condition. Time is running out to fix it. Are Republicans going to work for our country, or just shift money around to different special interests? 

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