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Nerve Identification Technique Ensures Fewer Complications

August 17, 2011 5:33 am | Comments

During thyroidectomy (surgery to remove the thyroid gland), the technique surgeons use to identify an important nerve appears to make a difference in terms of complications such as impairment of the parathyroid glands (which make a hormone that controls calcium levels), according to a report published by Archives of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Titan Medical Announces Financial Results/Progress

August 17, 2011 5:19 am | Comments

Titan Medical, Inc. recently announced finanical information relating to the company's performance progress. Craig Leon, Chief Executive Officer, said, "The momentum created in the first quarter has carried over into the second quarter and we are very proud of our accomplishments to date. We established several industry leading relationships, including Crouse Hospital, Mayo Clinic and Sense Graphics, which enable us to proceed with development and testing of Amadeus Composer.

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Gadhafi's Troops Using Hospital As A Base

August 17, 2011 5:06 am | Comments

Karin Laub, AP The day Libyan rebels advanced into the strategic city of Zawiya, Moammar Gadhafi's forces clamped down on the local hospital. They forced doctors to perform hours of consecutive surgeries, put snipers on the roof and an anti-aircraft gun near the entrance, two doctors who managed to escape said Tuesday.

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Stryker Teams With OrthoSensor For New Surgical Platform

August 17, 2011 4:46 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- Stryker Corporation's Orthopaedics Division and OrthoSensor, Inc., a leader in intelligent orthopaedics, today announced an agreement in which OrthoSensor will provide the OrthoSensorT Knee Trial, designed for use with Stryker's Triathlon Knee System. The trial looks to provide quantitative, intra-operative feedback to surgeons in optimizing joint balance during total knee arthroplasty.

Laser Safe For Endoscopic Endonasal Transsphenoidal Surgery

August 16, 2011 7:11 am | Comments

A new study has shown that a Flexible-Fiber CO2 laser can safely cut and coagulate during endoscopic assisted transsphenoidal craniotomies (TSC) without the line of sight problems encountered with conventional CO2 lasers. The findings, reported by researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), appear in the July/August issue of World Neurosurgery .

World MRSA Day Fights For Global Action And Awareness

August 16, 2011 7:02 am | Comments

PRNewswire/USNewswire - The 3rd Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event and Global MRSA Summit will be held October 1, 2011 at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. The 2011 Global theme is: The MRSA Epidemic - A Call to Action. "The rapidly escalating human suffering and loss of life from MRSA in the United States and in other countries needs to be recognized and an immediate international response for prevention, awareness and education is imperative," states Jeanine Thomas founder of MRSA Survivors Network and World MRSA Day.

DIY Battlefield Medicine Saving Lives

August 16, 2011 6:52 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP When Army Ranger Leroy Petry's hand was blown off by a grenade as he was saving his comrades in battle, he knew just what to do. He used his remaining hand to twist a tourniquet around his arm to avoid bleeding to death. Sgt. 1st Class Petry, awarded the Medal of Honor last month, was with a regiment trained in do-it-yourself battlefield treatment.

One-Fourth Consider Plastic Surgery Between 10 - 15 Years-Old

August 16, 2011 6:42 am | Comments

PRNewswire - Liberate Cosmetic Surgery has discovered that 25 percent of women surveyed started to first consider cosmetic surgery between the ages of 10 and 15 years-old. The survey's respondents were 3,000 British women between 18 and 30 years-old. Paul Banwell, consultant plastic surgeon at Liberate commented, "There is no doubt that more and more younger people are considering cosmetic surgery and breast augmentation still remains the number one procedure.

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New Hope For Wrist Surgery Patients

August 15, 2011 7:18 am | Comments

PRNewswire/USNewswire - Dr. James Higgins, Chief of Union Memorial Hospital's Curtis National Hand Center, was honored by the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery with the prestigious Godina Traveling Fellowship last year.  After completing a clinical and research tour of hand centers worldwide, he applied his knowledge to a procedure never performed in the U.

In Support Of Robotic Surgery

August 15, 2011 6:56 am | Comments

PRNewswire - Robotics are helping surgeons make great strides in the medical arena, and the advanced technology used in robotic prostatectomy procedures delivers many benefits to both surgeon and patient. However, in recent news, there is some scrutiny on the frequency of its use. Further, some critics are cautioning patients against the mass marketing of robotic surgery and its benefits.

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ACS, Others Release 2011 Physicians As Assistants Study

August 15, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

In light of continuing Medicare and other third party-payer physician reimbursement issues and changes, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and 20 other surgical specialty organizations have jointly published the sixth edition of Physicians as Assistants at Surgery , a guide that indicates whether an operation may call for the use of a physician as an assistant.

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Gastric Banding Costs Offset By Less Obesity-Related Heathcare

August 15, 2011 6:34 am | Comments

PRNewswire - A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases suggests that the cost of a gastric banding weight loss procedure is offset by reduction in obesity-related medical costs within 2.25 years for surgery-eligible patients with diabetes, and within four years for all surgery-eligible patients.

Warning Signs Help Predict Post-Op Kidney Injury

August 12, 2011 5:58 am | Comments

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common - but preventable - complication after surgery that can lead to other complications or even death. The use and development of biomarkers will help physicians diagnose and treat acute kidney injury. Three protein measurements indicate who has a high risk of developing kidney injury after heart surgery, according to two studies appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology .

Common Themes Emerge In Anti-MRSA Efforts

August 12, 2011 5:50 am | Comments

Researchers from the Indiana University have identified common barriers and strategies for successfully implementing practice changes in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). The study, published in the August issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology , the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, reveals shared lessons learned from six ICUs as they implemented evidence-based practices to reduce Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.

New Therapy Wipes Out Leukemia In Study

August 12, 2011 5:43 am | Comments

Stephanie Nano, AP Scientists are reporting the first clear success with a new approach for treating leukemia — turning the patients' own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer cells. They've only done it in three patients so far, but the results were striking: Two appear cancer-free up to a year after treatment, and the third patient is improved but still has some cancer.

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