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Revenue-Driven Surgery Drives Patients Home Too Early

May 14, 2012 7:20 am | Comments

Revenue-driven surgery and poor planning drive some surgical patients home too early, concludes a pair of logistical studies conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. The studies show a correlation between re-admission rates and how full the hospital was at the time of discharge, suggesting that patients went home before they were healthy enough.

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Hot Sauce Ingredient Could Offer Alternative To Weight-Loss Surgery

May 11, 2012 7:20 am | Comments

May 2012 According to research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), the ingredient that gives hot sauce its heat could play a role in the future of weight loss. Ali Tavakkoli, MD, BWH Department of Surgery , and his team have published a study investigating whether two surgeries called vagal de-afferentation -which uses capsaicin, the component responsible for the chili pepper's burning sensation, and vagatomy can achieve weight loss and reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases with fewer side effects when compared to today's bariatric surgical options.

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Economic Factors Help Drive Surgeries, Manage Costs

May 11, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

A study of 7,424 privately insured colon cancer patients found that a managed care presence in the market, as well as hospital competition, increased the likelihood that laparoscopic surgery would be used to treat colon cancer and at lower costs. The national team of researchers was led by a professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and reported in the journal Cancer .

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Argentina Makes Sex-Change Surgery A Legal Right

May 11, 2012 7:02 am | Comments

Michael Warren, AP Adults who want sex-change surgery or hormone therapy in Argentina will be able to get it as part of their public or private healthcare plans under a recently approved gender rights law. The measure also gives people the right to specify how their gender is listed at the civil registry when their physical characteristics don't match how they see themselves.

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Rising Costs, Cosmetic Surgery Driving Sutures Market

May 11, 2012 6:49 am | Comments

Increasing healthcare expenditure in emerging economies, including on aesthetic procedures, is having a positive effect on the expansion of the surgical sutures market, according to a new report by medical intelligence company GlobalData. The new report states that a rising interest in cosmetic procedures, combined with technological advancements, the growing demand for outpatient surgeries and increasing healthcare expenditure due to older, more wealthy populations in emerging countries such as China, India and Brazil will support market growth for medical equipment such as surgical sutures.

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MIS, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Lobectomies For Lung Cancer Better Than Open Surgery

May 9, 2012 8:01 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- In a retrospective analysis using the Premier hospital database, the minimally-invasive approach of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomies for lung cancer indications show both clinical and economic advantages compared to open thoracotomy for lobectomy. Patients undergoing VATS lobectomy had significantly shorter lengths of stay and lower hospital costs than those undergoing the same procedure using an open approach for lung cancer indications.

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3D Imaging In The OR Set To Revolutionize Radio-Guided Surgeries

May 9, 2012 7:39 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- For decades, non-imaging gamma probes have been used to guide surgeons to critical lymph nodes in cancer patients. More recently, a procedure has been developed to guide tumor surgery using the same probe, however the non-imaging probes used in these procedures cannot provide accurate depth information.

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CCF Refutes IOM Strategy to Reduce Consumer Choices

May 9, 2012 7:24 am | Comments

Washington, DC – Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is refuting the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) new report, “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation,” which misguidedly calls for the government and industry decision-makers to actively reduce the number of choices Americans have when they sit down to eat.

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HHS Announces First 26 Health Care Innovation Awards

May 9, 2012 7:20 am | Comments

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the first batch of organizations for Health Care Innovation awards. Made possible by the health care law – the Affordable Care Act – the awards will support 26 innovative projects nationwide that will save money, deliver high quality medical care and enhance the health care workforce.

Biomedical Structures Introduces Breakthrough Medical Textile Weaving Capabilities

May 8, 2012 5:57 am | Comments

Biomedical Structures LLC, a developer of biomedical textiles for medical devices and other advanced clinical applications, today announced its advanced new tapered medical textile solution for tendons, ligaments and other orthopedic applications. BMS' advanced weaving capabilities provide a high-precision medical textile solution able to match human anatomical construction of tendons and replicate performance.

Spiracur Announces Final Results From Clinical Trial

May 8, 2012 5:48 am | Comments

Spiracur Inc., developer of an ultraportable and disposable negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) device, today announced the final results of a 17-center prospective randomized-controlled clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of its SNaP@ Wound Care System for the treatment of chronic lower extremity wounds, and non-inferiority compared to the electrically powered KCI V.

Luna Innovations Signs Development Agreement with Philips Medical

May 8, 2012 5:41 am | Comments

ROANOKE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Luna Innovations Incorporated (NASDAQ: LUNA), a leading developer of fiber-optic sensing technology, today announced a development agreement with Philips Healthcare, to conduct work in advancing Luna's technology towards the commercialization of fiber-optic shape sensing in the non-robotic medical field.

Phase I of the FIH Use of the FastSeal Concludes

May 8, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vascular Closure Systems, Inc. has announced the conclusion of Phase I of the First in Human (FIH) use of the FastSeal (R) Bioabsorbable Vascular Access Closure System which concluded with a 100 percent success rate, including patients with challenging anatomy and sessel condition.

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Patients' Own Fat Can Be Used To Increase Breast Size

May 7, 2012 8:02 am | Comments

Pre-operative expansion of the breast followed by injection of the patient's own fat provides a safe and effective alternative to implant surgery for breast augmentation, reports a study in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Expensive Re-admissions Linked To HAIs

May 7, 2012 7:48 am | Comments

New research finds a strong link between healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and patient re-admission after an initial hospital stay. The findings, published in the June 2012 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology , the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), suggest that reducing such infections could help reduce re-admissions, considered to be a major driver of unnecessary healthcare spending and increased patient morbidity and mortality.

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