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Major Nanosurgery Cancer Breakthrough

February 17, 2012 7:41 am | Comments

Researchers at Polytechnique Montreal have succeeded in changing the genetic material of cancer cells using a brand-new transfection method. This major breakthrough in nanosurgery opens the door to new medical applications, among others for the treatment of cancers. The method developed by Professor Michel Meunier and his team uses a femtosecond laser (a laser with ultra-short pulses) along with gold nanoparticles.

Surgeons Place Pacemaker In 15-Minute-Old Newborn

February 17, 2012 5:51 am | Comments

Marcus Wohlsen, AP The name Jaya in Hindi means victorious. And little Jaya Maharaj was just that, when she became one of the smallest recipients of a pacemaker when she was just 15 minutes old. A team of doctors at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital determined the girl born nine weeks premature had only hours to live if they did not perform the surgery.

Medicare's Bill For Artificial Feet Doesn't Smell Right

February 17, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Medicare paid $94 million for artificial feet in 2010, according to research conducted for The Associated Press. That was nearly $35 million more than in 2005, even though in 2010, Medicare covered about 1,900 fewer such prostheses. It works out to a 58 percent cost increase over five years.

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Couple Gets Eight Years After Denying Their Son Medical Treatment

February 17, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

Thomas J. Sheeran, AP The parents of an eight-year-old boy who died from Hodgkin lymphoma after suffering for months from undiagnosed swollen glands were sentenced to eight years in prison following their guilty pleas to denying him medical treatment. Attorneys for Monica Hussing, 37, and William Robinson, Sr.

Surgically Implanted Devices Advancing Remote Drug Management

February 17, 2012 5:30 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medication via remote-control instead of a shot? Scientists implanted microchips in seven women that did just that, oozing out the right dose of a bone-strengthening drug once a day without them even noticing. Implanted medicine is a hot field, aiming to help patients better stick to their meds and to deliver those drugs straight to the body part that needs them.

Additional Patents For Spinal Implant Technologies Acquired

February 15, 2012 6:04 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on the development of innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, announced today that it has acquired two patents related to its current and future surface modification techniques. The first patent protects the company's existing manufacturing process that has been shown to produce superior bone-forming activity when compared to standard PEEK and titanium implant materials during in-vitro cellular studies and has been commercially available in the United States since 2006.

Global Markets Established For Small Joint Implants

February 15, 2012 5:59 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Markets for Small Joint Implants & Hardware for the Extremities" report to their offering. Despite continued economic challenges, the global market for small joint implants and extremities' hardware will experience healthy growth through 2017.

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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.

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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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