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Anonymous Peer Feedback Through Social Networking Helped Residents Improve Their Skills

June 18, 2014 9:33 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | Comments

Surgical residents who received anonymous feedback from their peers through a social networking site on their robotic surgery skills improved more than those who did not receive any peer feedback on their procedures, UCLA researchers found...    

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Medtronic To Buy Covidien

June 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Josh Boak, AP Business Writer | Comments

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock. The combined company would have its executive offices in Dublin, where it could benefit from Ireland's lower corporate tax rates. But the merged company would continue to operate in Minneapolis, where Medtronic employs more than 8,000, the companies said late Sunday in a statement...

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C. Difficile Epidemic Should Concern People At Home, Not Just Hospital Patients

June 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

Without proper infection prevention in hospitals, and now homes, the Clostridium difficile bacteria poses a major health threat, cautions a Case Western Reserve University infection control researcher...                     

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Surgical Patients More Likely To Follow Medication Instructions

June 17, 2014 9:27 am | by American Society of Anesthesiologists | Comments

A study in the July issue of Anesthesiology revealed that patients who receive a simple, multicolor, standardized medication instruction sheet before surgery are more likely to comply with their physician's instructions and experience a significantly shorter post-op stay in recovery...

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New Study Aims To Rapidly Test Lung Cancer Drugs

June 17, 2014 9:13 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

A bold new way to test cancer drugs started Monday in hundreds of hospitals around the U.S. In a medical version of speed dating, doctors will sort through multiple experimental drugs and match patients to the one most likely to succeed based on each person's unique tumor gene profile...

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Cancer Patient Sues For $1M After Surgeons Remove Wrong Kidney

June 16, 2014 11:13 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

According to a June 12 article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Glenn Hermes learned those tasked with overseeing his treatment for kidney cancer misread a CT scan prior to the surgery. Doctors were supposed to remove his right kidney before the cancer spread to other parts of his body. Instead, doctors took out his left one...

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Helping Patients Train For Surgery Earns MSHOP $6.4M Health Care Innovation Award

June 16, 2014 9:45 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

The Michigan Surgical and Health Optimization Program (MSHOP) has earned a $6.4 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for its work to lower surgery costs and help Michigan patients train for surgery...

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Groundbreaking Collaborative Clinical Trial Launched

June 16, 2014 9:38 am | by The Foundation for the NIH | Comments

A unique public-private collaboration among the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, SWOG Cancer Research, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends), the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), five pharmaceutical companies, and Foundation Medicine today announced the initiation of the Lung Cancer Master Protocol (Lung-MAP) trial...

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Formula One Great Michael Schumacher Out Of Coma After Six Months

June 16, 2014 9:28 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press | Comments

Formula One great Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left a French hospital where he had been receiving treatment since a skiing accident in December, his manager said Monday. Schumacher left the hospital in Grenoble "to continue his long phase of rehabilitation," manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement...

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Crazy For Clean Releases Newest Free CEU Game: “The PPE Police”

June 13, 2014 12:25 pm | by Healthmark Industries | Comments

Crazy4clean.com Releases Newest Free CEU Game: “The PPE Police”. This new game takes you on a learning adventure about the role of Personal Protective Equipment and Attire in safety...                 

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Innovative Medical Products, Inc. Celebrates 30 Years

June 13, 2014 12:16 pm | by Innovative Medical Products, Inc | Comments

How does a small manufacturing company in Connecticut that once turned out lighting fixtures, parachute ripcord assemblies, and rubber seals for the ball bearing industry, among other items, become a global leader in patient positioning products for orthopedic surgery?...

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Study: Utilizing Genetic Healthcare Professional Reduces Unnecessary Testing

June 13, 2014 10:53 am | by Moffitt Cancer Center | Comments

A new Moffitt Cancer Center study published Thursday in Genetics in Medicine shows that counseling from a genetic healthcare provider before genetic testing educates patients and may help reduce unnecessary procedures...      

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California-Based Sutter Health Invests $11.5 Million In Overhead Patient Lifts

June 13, 2014 10:38 am | by Sutter Health | Comments

Today, not-for-profit Sutter Health announces an $11.5 million commitment to install overhead patient lifts at 19 intensive care units and acute rehabilitation centers across its Northern California network. Three years ago, the network invested an initial $11.5 million to install overhead lifts at 21 affiliate sites...

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BRCA Test Results Affect Patients' Breast Cancer Surgery Plans

June 13, 2014 9:36 am | by Brown University | Comments

A new study reports that among women with breast cancer who undergo recommended testing before surgery, more than 7 in 10 who test positive will change their surgical plan, typically opting for a more extensive procedure such as a double mastectomy and sometimes ovary removal...

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Jury Rules In Favor Of Hospital, Surgeon After Patient Falls Off OR Table

June 12, 2014 11:06 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A Cheyenne, WY jury ruled in favor of a local medical center and a trauma surgeon in a malpractice case brought about by woman who fell off an operating table during a 2010 gall bladder surgical procedure. Jurors cleared Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and Dr. Richard Fermelia of any negligence, and they dismissed Samantha Garcia of Nebraska’s claim that the hospital did not protect her from falling during the surgery...

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