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J&J To Buy Medical Device Maker Synthes For $21.3B

April 27, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

Frank Jordans, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Health giant Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it will buy U.S.-Swiss medical device maker Synthes Inc. for $21.3 billion, greatly increasing its share of the market for surgical trauma equipment and orthopedic implants. J&J is offering 159 Swiss francs in cash and stock for each Synthes share.

German Baby Born At 21 Weeks Goes Home For Easter

April 26, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

Doctors at the Fulda Children's Clinic say Frieda was born on Nov. 7 weighing just 16 ounces (460 grams). She was released from the hospital on Wednesday weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces (3.5 kilograms). The clinic's chief doctor, Reinald Repp, said he saw "no indication that she will not be healthy.

Iowa Not Regulating All Outpatient Surgery Centers

April 26, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Most surgical centers in Iowa face little state oversight, raising concerns by federal officials about rising infection rates they say are attributable to unsafe medical practices and a failure to follow basic patient-safety guidelines according to a published report.

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Doctors Say Giffords Can Attend Launch

April 26, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is set to reach an important milestone this week when she ventures from her Houston rehabilitation hospital for the first time to watch her astronaut husband rocket into space history. Giffords and her doctors set the Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Nation’s Second Full-Face Transplant Performed

April 26, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

  BOSTON (AP) — Doctors at a Boston hospital have performed the nation's second full-face transplant, less than a month after the first. A team of more than 30 doctors, nurses and other staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital worked for more than 14 hours last week to replace the full facial area of 30-year-old Mitch Hunter, of Speedway, Ind.

FDA Issues Hand Sanitizer Warnings

April 25, 2011 6:41 am | Comments

(AP) — Federal health regulators have issued warnings to four manufacturers of hand sanitizing products for making unsupported claims about the bacteria-fighting benefits of their products. The Food and Drug Administration has questioned the company's claims about their lotions and gels preventing a variety of infections, including staphylococcus aureas, E.

Radar Shows Promise For Detecting Concussions

April 25, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

Walking and thinking at the same time can be especially difficult for persons who've suffered concussions, and scientists hope to use that multi-tasking challenge (measured by a simple radar system) to quickly screen individuals who may have suffered brain injuries. By asking an individual to walk a short distance while saying the months of the year in reverse order, researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) can determine if that person is impaired and possibly suffering from a concussion.

Military Faces Challenge To Malpractice Immunity

April 25, 2011 6:15 am | Comments

Mitch Stacy, AP Veterans, military families and others who oppose a decades-old law that shields military medical personnel from malpractice lawsuits are rallying around a case they consider the best chance in a generation to change the widely unpopular protection. The U.S. Supreme Court has asked for more information from attorneys and will decide next month whether to hear the case of a 25-year-old non-commissioned officer who died after a nurse put a tube down the wrong part of his throat.

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Patient Dies In Oral Arthritis Drug Study

April 25, 2011 5:56 am | Comments

(AP) — Pfizer, Inc. confirmed that one patient who was taking its drug candidate tofacitinib, a pill designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis, died during a recent clinical trial and said the death was connected to the drug. The world's largest drugmaker said the patient died of respiratory failure.

Yeah, There's Even An App For That

April 22, 2011 8:03 am | Comments

A closer look at two smart phone applications that are getting more popular in the surgical community The handyscope is an optical attachment and an accompanying app that converts an iPhone into a practical dermatoscope. The attachment provides up to 20x magnification for the phone's camera and illuminates the skin with polarized light, thanks to built-in LEDs and internal batteries.

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Surgeon Loses Manslaughter Appeal

April 22, 2011 7:51 am | Comments

American surgeon Jayant Patel will serve out a seven-year prison term in Australia, after a Brisbane court dismissed his appeals against his manslaughter convictions and sentence. In June 2010, the former director of surgery at the Bundaberg Base Hospital was convicted in connection with the deaths of three patients, and of causing grievous bodily harm to a fourth.

Administration Looks To Ease Medicare Cuts

April 22, 2011 7:42 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Millions of seniors in popular private insurance plans offered through Medicare will be getting a reprieve from some of the most controversial cuts in President Barack Obama's health care law. In a policy shift critics see as political, the Health and Human Services department has decided to award quality bonuses to hundreds of Medicare Advantage plans rated merely average.

Success Stories Hard To Find In Libyan Surgeons' Records

April 22, 2011 7:36 am | Comments

Ben Hubbard, AP Dr. Mohammed al-Fagieh, chief surgeon at Hilal Hospital in Misrata, carries around a gruesome catalog of recent cases that have come through his wards. When asked about common wounds, he pulled a cell phone from the pocket of his blue scrubs and flipped through a sampling of images.

Alcohol May Mislead Surgical Timing

April 22, 2011 5:54 am | Comments

A Loyola University Health System study has found another reason to not binge drink alcohol. Binge drinking, researchers found, could change the body's immune system response to bone injuries. "This tremendously complicates the trauma care of these patients," said bone biologist John Callaci, PhD, senior author of the study.

Doctor Operated On Wrong Eye Of 4-Year-Old Boy

April 20, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon surgeon operated on the wrong eye of a 4-year-old boy from Washington state, his parents say. "She said, 'Frankly, I lost sense of direction and didn't realize I had operated on the wrong eye until I was done operating on the eye,'" Tasha Gaul, the boy's mother, said of the doctor's reaction after last week's surgery.

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