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Titan Medical Issued U.S. Patent

July 18, 2012 5:38 am | Comments

Titan Medical, Inc.has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 8,224,485 titled Snaking Robotic Arm with Movable Shapers . The patented technology includes the use of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) in flexible snake-like robotic arms that may be utilized in surgical robotic applications.


Man Sues Over Surgical Scars

July 18, 2012 5:33 am | Comments

Kristi Eaton, AP A lawyer for a Native American man who claims the letters KKK were carved into his stomach during surgery has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the South Dakota hospital where the operation took place, the hospital's board of directors and others. YouTube videos featuring 69-year-old Vern Traversie, a Lakota man who lives on the Cheyenne River Reservation, went viral in Native American communities earlier this year.

Environmental Program To Assist Hospitals With Sustainability Efforts Launched

July 18, 2012 5:29 am | Comments

Medline Industries, Inc., the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical and surgical products, today announced the launch of its new greensmart™ program, a unique hospital-supplier partnership designed to help health care facilities around the country reduce costs, improve patient care and build healthier communities.


Voluntary Recall Issued For Limited Number Of Trilogy Ventilators

July 18, 2012 5:23 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Respironics, Inc. announced today that it is voluntarily recalling 80 Trilogy Model 100 and five Trilogy Model 202 ventilators in the United States. The recall was initiated on April 27, 2012 and is being conducted to replace a potentially defective electronic component. Respironics has received no reports from users of ventilator malfunction, injury or death related to this issue.

Multiple ACL Surgeries Allow For Regaining Function, Not Full Activity

July 17, 2012 7:43 am | Comments

Patients who undergo repeated anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions, or repeat revision surgery, are unlikely to return to prior activity levels despite showing basic functional improvement, according to research being presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Annual Meeting.

Healthcare Costs Did Not Decrease Following Bariatric Surgery

July 17, 2012 7:35 am | Comments

A study suggests bariatric surgery to treat obesity was not associated with reduced healthcare expenditures three years after the procedure in a group of predominantly older men, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Surgery , a JAMA Network publication. Bariatric surgery is widely seen as the most effective way to induce weight loss in the severely obese.


Surgeon Arrested For Doctor's Death

July 17, 2012 6:55 am | Comments

(AP) A West Texas plastic surgeon paid someone $9,000 — in the form of three silver bars — to kill another doctor who was dating his ex-girlfriend, police alleged Monday. Dr. Thomas Michael Dixon and David Neal Shepard were arrested by police in Amarillo shortly after midnight. They are suspected of being involved in the death of Lubbock doctor Joseph Sonnier III.

Disposables Could Help Defeat HAIs

July 17, 2012 6:45 am | Comments

Growing concerns about hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are driving the demand for disposable needles and syringes, according to a new report by healthcare experts GBI Research. It states that demand for disposable hospital supplies is growing across the world, as they reduce risks of cross-contamination.


STERIS Acquires U.S. Endoscopy

July 17, 2012 6:35 am | Comments

STERIS Corporation has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire all the outstanding shares of privately-owned United States Endoscopy Group, Inc. Founded in 1991 and based in Mentor, Ohio, U.S. Endoscopy is a leader in the design, manufacture and sale of therapeutic and diagnostic medical devices and support accessories used in the gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy markets.

Californian Pain Doctor Duped By Dog X-Ray

July 16, 2012 7:49 am | Comments

Investigators say a Southern California doctor saw enough from an X-ray to prescribe pain killers to an undercover cop but missed the tail showing it was an image of a dog. Police and Los Angeles County deputies on Thursday raided the Glendora urgent care clinic of 69-year-old Dr. Rolando Lodevico Atiga after a two-month investigation that included three undercover deputies posing as patients.

Laser Treatment Improves Appearance In Burn Scars, Study Shows

July 16, 2012 7:34 am | Comments

In a collaboration among researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC), Shriners Hospitals for Children–Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, burn and skin specialists have shown that use of a pulsed-dye laser tool improves the appearance, texture and elasticity of burn scars.

Study Suggests Changes In Rotator Cuff Surgery Rehabilitation Needed

July 16, 2012 7:30 am | Comments

A new Hospital for Special Surgery study suggests that the current rehabilitation used for patients undergoing tendon-bone repairs such as rotator cuff repair may be partially to blame for the high rates of failed healing after surgery. Experiments in a rat model of this injury suggest that immobilizing the limb for four to six weeks after surgery, rather than quickly starting physical therapy, improves healing.

Does Risk Stratification Increase Or Decrease Patient Safety?

July 16, 2012 7:26 am | Comments

According to Michael Wong of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, the topic of who is a suitable candidate for outpatient surgery is front and center with productivity pressures being intense at ambulatory surgery centers. However, with surgery often comes the necessity of the use of opioids for pain control.

1 In 5 Re-operate After Breast Conserving Surgery

July 13, 2012 6:54 am | Comments

One in five women with breast cancer who opt for breast conserving surgery, rather than a mastectomy, have a re-operation, according to a national study published on This information on the risk of re-operation should help women in making the decision about whether to undergo breast conserving surgery or mastectomy.

ACL Reconstruction Technique Improves Pediatric Outcomes

July 13, 2012 6:45 am | Comments

A new study demonstrates the superiority of a specific technique to perform anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in children. In recent years, the number of ACL surgeries in pediatric athletes has skyrocketed. The study, conducted by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City, shows that a technique called the All-Inside, All-Epiphyseal ACL Reconstruction (AE) provides great knee stability and effectively controls joint stress.



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