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Manufacturer Sued For Death Arising From Surgical Robot

April 6, 2012 7:46 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- The father of his deceased 24 year old daughter has commenced a lawsuit in New York against Intuitive Surgery, Inc., the maker of the da Vinci surgical robot, alleging that the device caused her death. In his complaint, filed by the firm of Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, McCartney & Giuffra LLP of New York City, Gilmore McCalla asserts that when his daughter was having a hysterectomy in a Bronx hospital in August 2010, the robot caused burns to an artery and her intestines, which led to her death two weeks later.

Hope For Baby Born With Stunted Intestines

April 6, 2012 7:38 am | by Alison Mutler | Comments

BUCHAREST, Romania — Baby Andrei has confounded doctors just by being alive: The tiny boy with twig-thin limbs was given just days to live when he was born with almost no intestines — eight months ago. Now there's hope for another miracle. Harvard University and hospitals in Boston have offered to help Andrei get a complicated intestine transplant that isn't performed on babies in Europe, the Romanian pediatrician in charge of the baby's care said Thursday.

Positive Results For Instrument Sterilization Tests

April 4, 2012 9:03 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- BioNeutral Group announced the positive results of a series of tests performed by Dr. Philip Tierno with respect to the use of Ygiene 206 and the sterilization of surgical instruments. Surgical instruments and surgical material were contaminated with difficult to kill organisms at levels up to 10,000x.


Allograft Exhibits Ideal Properties For Bone Regeneration

April 4, 2012 7:53 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Bacterin International Holdings, Inc., a leader in the development of revolutionary bone graft material and antimicrobial coatings for medical applications, announces that a peer review article in Dove Press Journal has determined its OsteoSponge allograft exhibits ideal properties for bone regeneration, similar to those of autografts (graft of patient's own bone) with the distinct advantage over autografts, in that there is no risk of complications at the harvest site or donor pain postoperatively.


Covidien Prevails In Patent Action

April 4, 2012 7:36 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 4, 2012-- Covidien,a leading global provider of healthcare products, announced that it has prevailed against Applied Medical Resources Corp. in a patent action before the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. In granting Covidien's motion of summary judgment, the District Court ruled that Covidien's trocar products do not infringe Applied Medical's patent.

Researchers Present Data On RF Surgical Technology

April 4, 2012 7:29 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)--RF Surgical Systems, Inc. has announced the presentation of positive data from the largest-ever prospective, multi-institution study of the detection and prevention of retained surgical items (RSI) for improving patient safety and increasing staff confidence during surgical procedures.


Face Transplant Patient Can Feel Daughter's Kisses

April 3, 2012 5:58 am | Comments

(AP) The nation's first full face transplant recipient says he can feel his daughter's kisses now, a year after the procedure. Dallas Wiens of Fort Worth, Texas, was at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston on Monday to follow up with his transplant team. He says he can use his face more than he expected.

Plastic Surgeon On A Mission To Help Elephant Man-Like Deformity

April 3, 2012 5:51 am | Comments

(PR Newswire) Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, Director of The Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey, has begun a humanitarian effort to help a Kenyan man afflicted with massive, painful facial tumors known as keloid scars (see images here ). Due to his impoverished situation and the lack of qualified medical care for this condition in Kenya, this patient has been unable to find help.


Walking Can Alleviate Fatigue Following Cancer Operations

April 3, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

Researchers have affirmed that pancreatic cancer patients can literally take a step-by-step approach to combat fatigue. A study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons reports that patients who underwent an operation as part of their cancer treatment and then started a regular walking regimen experienced less fatigue than cancer survivors who did not do the walking program.

Surgery Can Improve Outcomes For Kids With Perforated Appendicitis

April 3, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

Pediatric surgeons can lower healthcare costs if they remove a young patient's perforated appendix sooner rather than later, according to new study results published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . Acute appendicitis, which can precede a perforated appendix, disproportionately affects young people ages 10 to 19.


Attack Of The Grill Brush

April 2, 2012 6:18 am | Comments

Rhode Island Hospital physicians have identified six cases of accidental ingestion of wire grill brush bristles that required endoscopic or surgical removal. A new paper calls attention to the need for the public and physicians to be aware of this potential danger. It is published in the American Journal of Roentgenology and is now available online in advance of print.

Mid-Night PCIs Will Not Adversely Affect Procedures The Next Day

April 2, 2012 6:06 am | Comments

A single-center study found that percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures performed during the middle of the night do not adversely affect the safety and effectiveness of procedures performed the next day by the same operator. Findings now available in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions , a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), shows late night work while on call does not worsen performance of the interventionist doing PCIs the next day.


Saving Babies Caught In Romanian Corruption

April 2, 2012 5:52 am | Comments

Alison Mutler & Vadim Ghirda, AP Dr. Catalin Cirstoveanu runs a cardio unit with state-of-the-art equipment at a Bucharest children's hospital. But not a single child has been treated in the year-and-a-half since it opened. The reason? The medical staff he needs to run the machinery would have expected bribes.

Helping Doctors Keep That Human Touch

April 2, 2012 5:36 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical student Gregory Shumer studied the electronic health record and scooted his laptop closer to the diabetic grandfather sitting on his exam table. "You can see," he pointed at the screen - weight, blood sugar and cholesterol are too high and rising. The man didn't reveal he was too nearsighted to see those numbers, but he'd quietly volunteered that he'd been ignoring his own health after his wife's death.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatment Data Presented

March 30, 2012 7:29 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI) (Nasdaq: CSII), today announced results from a study of patients treated for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) with CSI's Diamondback(TM) Orbital Atherectomy System in a non-hospital setting. Dr. Warren Swee, South Florida Vascular Associates, Coconut Creek, Fla.



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