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U.S. Among Leaders In Healthcare IT Use

February 15, 2012 5:54 am | Comments

RESTON, VA  – The United States is a leader in healthcare information technology (IT) use and adoption by physicians, according to a new eight-country study from Accenture  (NYSE: ACN).  The study, which includes Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States, also shows that the United States is one of the few countries in which healthcare IT penetration is nearly equal among primary physicians and specialists.

Fraud Prevention Efforts Recover Nearly $4.1 Billion

February 15, 2012 5:41 am | Comments

WASHINGTON –Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report showing that the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered nearly $4.1 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.

Industry Gets Implantable Device Supply Chain Solution

February 14, 2012 8:54 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- GHX today announced that the company has completed the acquisition of the Beep N Track solution from Implanet. The acquisition is the latest move by GHX to expand its extensive healthcare footprint to include the industry's first comprehensive supply chain solution for physician preference items (PPI) and implantable medical devices.

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First Patient Enrolled In Phase II Study For Liver Treatment

February 14, 2012 8:47 am | Comments

Celsion Corporation (NASDAQ: CLSN), a leading oncology drug development company, announced today that the first patient has been enrolled in a randomized Phase II study of the Company's lead product candidate, ThermoDox@, a heat-activated liposomal encapsulation of doxorubicin, in combination with diofrequency ablation (RFA) for the treatment of colorectal liver metastases (CRLM).

Growth And Expansion Accelerate Orthopedic Industry Innovation

February 14, 2012 8:38 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- KFx Medical Corporation, an emerging leader in soft tissue disease repair and bone implant products, today announced a third new patent grant. The new patent (U.S. Patent No. 8,109,969 designated for knotless double row soft tissue to bone repair method) was secured in only 4 months via participation in the USPTO Patent Accelerated Examination Program.

Doctors Urge More Production Of Scarce Cancer Drug

February 14, 2012 8:33 am | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Four pharmaceutical companies that make a crucial cancer drug for children that's suddenly in short supply are being urged to try to quickly step up production to prevent unnecessary deaths. A senator and three doctor groups late Monday sent the pleas to the companies, saying that hospitals will run out of the drug in days to weeks, increasing chances that young patients who might otherwise survive will die.

Truly Informed

February 14, 2012 8:17 am | by Jon Minnick | Comments

The majority of my family members are part of the aging population, and as such, see doctors frequently to improve their quality of life or discuss their latest ailment. Any time they learn of a procedure they’d be required to go through to extend their life, they intently listen to what the process entails and religiously read the take-home literature.

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Nerve Sparing Allows For Reaching Same Orgasms As Before Surgery

February 13, 2012 6:56 am | Comments

The vast majority of men who have a prostate cancer operation can retain their ability to orgasm if the surgery is carried out without removing the nerves that surround the prostate gland like a hammock, according to a study in the February issue of the urology journal BJUI . American researchers from Cornell University studied 408 patients who received robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) from a single surgeon between January 2005 and June 2007.

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Delaying ACL Reconstruction In Kids May Lead To More Injuries

February 13, 2012 6:46 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Kids treated more than 150 days after an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury have higher rates of other knee injuries, including medial meniscal tears, say researchers presenting at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. "In our research, children who had delayed treatment of an ACL injury more than 150 days, tended to have an increased chance of also having a medial meniscus or chondral injury in their knee.

Induced Labor Lets Dying Man See His Daughter

February 13, 2012 6:39 am | Comments

Jamie Stengle, AP Diane Aulger was about two weeks from her delivery date when she and her husband decided there was no time to wait. Mark Aulger had only days to live and he wanted to see his child. Diane Aulger had her labor induced and gave birth to their daughter. When tiny Savannah was placed in his arms, Mark Aulger "cried, and he just looked very sad," his wife said.

Nearly One In Twenty Over Age 50 Have Fake Knees

February 13, 2012 6:32 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Nearly one in 20 Americans older than 50 have artificial knees, or more than four million people, according to the first national estimate showing how common these replacement joints have become in an aging population. Doctors know the number of knee replacement operations has surged in the past decade, especially in baby boomers.

Annual Cost Of Defensive Orthopaedic Medicine Estimated At $2 Billion

February 10, 2012 8:42 am | Comments

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a first-ever national survey of orthopaedic surgeons, 96 percent said they have practiced defensive medicine - the ordering of tests, referrals to specialists and hospital admissions primarily to avoid liability and without significant benefit to patients - according to a new study presented today at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

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Clinical Results Distance Resurfacing System From Failed Hip Implants

February 10, 2012 8:36 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN; LSE:SN), the global medical technology business, today announced the results of a new study for its BIRMINGHAM HIPT Resurfacing (BHR) System. The study, carried out at the request of the FDA, followed the progress of the first 400 BHR patients in the United Kingdom and found that after 10 years, 99% were either satisfied or extremely satisfied with their BHR procedure.

Results From Clinical Trial To Prevent Acute Radiation Enteritis

February 10, 2012 8:30 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Soligenix, Inc. (OTCBB: SNGXD) (Soligenix or the Company), a development stage biopharmaceutical company, announced preliminary results today from a Phase 1/2 clinical trial evaluating SGX201, a time-release formulation of oral beclomethasone 17,21-dipropionate (oral BDP), for the prevention of acute radiation enteritis.

TKR Surgeries More Than Doubled Over Past Decade

February 10, 2012 8:24 am | Comments

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that more than 4.5 million Americans are living with a total knee replacement (TKR), as the number of TKR surgeries has more than doubled over the past decade, with the sharpest rise among younger patients.

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