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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.

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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.

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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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Randomized Controlled Study Of Surgical Mesh Presented

March 30, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Novus Scientific, manufacturer of TIGR@ MatrixSurgical Mesh, the world's first long-term resorbable (100% absorbable) synthetic mesh, proudly announces the presentation of 12 month TRAM flap data gathered by the Division of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery at NUH Singapore.

Additional Patent For Ophthalmology Reported

March 30, 2012 7:06 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Omeros Corporation today reported the allowance by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) of an additional patent claiming intraocular surgical methods of using OMS302, the Company's ophthalmological PharmacoSurgeryT product. The issued patent will have a term extending through July 2023.

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FDA To Re-examine Safety Of Metal Hips

March 30, 2012 6:59 am | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration will hold a two-day meeting in June to discuss growing safety concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, which recent studies suggest are more likely to fail than traditional plastic hips. Metal hip joints have been under scrutiny due to reports of pain and swelling that have sometimes required removal.

Robotic Surgery Shouldn’t Be Universally Dismissed

March 30, 2012 6:47 am | by Linda A. Kiley, M.D. | Comments

Yes, it’s cool.  The surgical robot is every gamer-cum-surgeon’s dream. However, I, too, was a skeptic regarding incorporating robotic surgery into my practice.  I have been practicing minimally-invasive surgery for over 20 years, including residency.  I became convinced of the value of minimally invasive surgery after observing patients postoperatively.

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Stryker's System 7 Improves Joint Procedures

March 28, 2012 9:07 am | Stryker | Comments

Stryker's System 7 Improves Joint Procedures Stryker has announced the release of System 7 – the next generation of heavy duty surgical power tools for use in total joint procedures, such as hip and knee replacements. System 7 offers the latest in cutting technology with the goal of producing their most dependable and highest performing power tool system.

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MEGADYNE Unveils Next-Generation At AORN

March 28, 2012 8:56 am | Comments

Megadyne's Mega Power ® Electrosurgical Generator now offers a new faceplate interface with push-button functionality for improved access to all modes. Designed with nurses in mind, the Mega Power offers access to nine mode settings in this single unit. Modes include two proven Coag options as well as a Spray Coag.

AORN: New RPs Provide Guidance On Medication, Documentation

March 28, 2012 8:16 am | Comments

The development of AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) recommended practices (RPs) is like a journey—creating these documents is “a long and bumpy ride, but we’re having fun with it,” said Antonia Hughes, MA, BSN, RN, CNOR, chair of the AORN Recommended Practices Advisory Board.

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Man Injured In Gun Accident Gets A New Face

March 28, 2012 8:09 am | Comments

Sarah Brumfield, AP After 15 years of wearing a mask and living as a recluse, a 37-year-old Virginia man disfigured in a gun accident got a new face, nose, teeth and jaw in what University of Maryland physicians say is the most extensive face transplant ever performed. Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville is recovering well after last week's surgery, beginning to feel his face and already brushing his teeth and shaving, University of Maryland Medical Center officials announced Tuesday.

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Surgery Putting Type 2 Diabetes Into Remission

March 28, 2012 8:00 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP New research gives clear proof that weight-loss surgery can reverse and possibly cure diabetes, and doctors say the operation should be offered sooner to more people with the disease — not just as a last resort. The two studies, released on Monday, are the first to compare stomach-reducing operations to medicines alone for "diabesity" — Type 2 diabetes brought on by obesity.

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Lower Death Risk With Bypass Vs. Angioplasty

March 28, 2012 7:43 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Older patients with clogged heart arteries may have a little lower death risk over time if they get bypass operations instead of angioplasty and stents to fix the problem, new research suggests. It's not the kind of study that gives conclusive evidence, but doctors say it gives a "real world" look at how people fare in ordinary practice.

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Hospital Spending Cuts Lead To More Remote Patient Monitoring

March 28, 2012 7:32 am | Comments

Technology offers to bridge the geographical gap between patients and doctors – and the healthcare deficit − if new treatment options using remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices are adopted, states a new report by GBI Research. It states that RPM is being used to cut the financial burdens of national healthcare systems and presents the patient with more freedom, as they can remain at home while receiving constant medical monitoring.

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