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Luna Selling Shape-Sensing Technology To Intuitive Surgical

January 23, 2014 8:13 am | Comments

Luna Innovations said Wednesday that it is selling shape-sensing technology used in medical applications to Intuitive Surgical, which makes a robotic surgical system. Luna said Intuitive Surgical will make two upfront payments worth a total of $12 million. It could get another $18 million based on technical and commercial milestones.


Two Sisters Get Lung Transplants From Same Donor

January 22, 2014 10:54 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | Comments

For months, 71-year-old Irma Myers-Santana and her younger sister, Anna Williamson, 69, had been debating who more urgently needed a lung transplant, each wanting the other to go first. Earlier this month, though, the sisters ended up in the same operating room, each getting one lung from the same donor in what doctors at Houston Methodist Hospital say is a first for their facility...


Many Hospitalized Older Patients Need Help With Medical Decisions: Study

January 22, 2014 10:17 am | Comments

When the time comes for making critical medical decisions while in the hospital, a new study says older people often rely on family members or other surrogates to make those calls. Researchers found that about half of the older patients they tracked needed help making decisions within two days of being admitted to the hospital...


Study: 'Icy' Technique Improves Robotic Kidney Transplants

January 22, 2014 10:04 am | Comments

A collaboration of surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital and Medanta Hospital in India successfully transplanted kidneys into 50 recipients using an innovative robot-assisted procedure in which the organ is cooled with sterile ice during the operation. The research project advances minimally invasive robotic surgery as a safe alternative to traditional open surgery...


Many CV Devices Approved By Process That Often Does Not Require New Clinical Data

January 22, 2014 10:00 am | Comments

Many cardiac implantable electronic device models currently in use were approved via a Food and Drug Administration review process in which the models were assumed safe and effective based on approval of prior versions of the device, according to a study...


Colon Surgery At Busier Hospitals May Lead To Better Recovery

January 22, 2014 9:44 am | Comments

People who have colon surgery at high-volume hospitals are more likely than patients at smaller ones to go straight home for recovery without needing special care, according to a large new study. There are many ways to gauge the success of a surgery. Being able to perform daily activities and get around independently after the procedure is as important as surviving and avoiding complications...


New Energy Harvesting Technology Set To Reduce Number Of Open-Heart Surgeries

January 21, 2014 11:34 am | Comments

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a new technology that could dramatically reduce the number of open-heart surgeries for people with pacemakers. Professor Armaghan Salehian’s research group has developed wideband hybrid energy harvesters that use different types of smart materials to convert ambient vibrations into electricity...


Researchers: Hospital Water Taps Contaminated With Bacteria

January 21, 2014 11:28 am | Comments

New research finds significantly higher levels of infectious pathogens in water from faucet taps with aerators compared to water from deeper in the plumbing system. Contaminated water poses an increased risk for infection in immunocompromised patients...


ICU: No Harm Seen With Shortage-Fueled Switch

January 21, 2014 10:19 am | by Ed Susman | Comments

When fentanyl was in short supply, switching to hydromorphone did not adversely affect critically ill patients on mechanical ventilation, researchers reported here. The median time on ventilation -- a co-primary endpoint -- was 8 days among the patients treated with hydromorphone versus 7 days for those treated with fentanyl... 


Few Complications With Bedside Tracheotomy

January 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Ed Susman | Comments

Bedside percutaneous tracheotomy can be done in critically ill patients with a low risk of morbidity in the community hospital setting, researchers said here. Among 41 intensive care unit (ICU) patients who underwent the procedure, there was a 2 percent complication rate and no procedure-related death...


Two Million People Eligible For Weight Loss Surgery

January 20, 2014 11:21 am | Comments

Two million people in England could be eligible for weight loss surgery according to new research published today. The figure far exceeds previous estimates of eligibility. Researchers concluded that people fulfilling the national criteria were more likely to be women, retired, have lower educational qualifications, and have lower socioeconomic status...


Researchers Identify Possible Explanation for Link Between Exercise And Improved Prostate Cancer Outcomes

January 20, 2014 11:16 am | Comments

Men who walked at a fast pace prior to a prostate cancer diagnosis had more regularly shaped blood vessels in their prostate tumors compared with men who walked slowly, providing a potential explanation for why exercise is linked to improved outcomes for men with prostate cancer, according to results...


Medicaid Expansion Improves Healthcare Services For Prison Population

January 17, 2014 11:01 am | Comments

As Medicaid eligibility expands under the Affordable Care Act, prison systems are increasingly supporting prisoners' enrollment in Medicaid as a way to help lower prison system costs and improve prisoners' access to healthcare upon release. These are the findings of a nationwide survey of state prison administrators...


New Insights Into Facial Transplantation

January 17, 2014 10:58 am | Comments

Researchers have made a discovery that provides new insight into the body's rejection process. Researchers have demonstrated that immune cells, or T cells, involved in the rejection process are significantly of donor origin...     


Chronic Care Overhaul Proposed For Medicare

January 17, 2014 9:49 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

With chronic illnesses like heart problems, diabetes, and cancer taking a toll on seniors as well as Medicare's budget, a bipartisan group of lawmakers Wednesday proposed a new approach aimed at keeping patients healthier and avoiding hospitalizations. They're calling it the Better Care Program...



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