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EHR Initiative Launched to Empower Drug Safety and Medication Adherence

February 22, 2012 7:09 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- A coalition led by EHR vendors, PDR Network, professional liability carriers, and providers,in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration, today announced a new multi-faceted initiative to improve drug safety and medication adherence by integrating drug services for prescribers and their patients into electronic health record (EHR) platforms and other health information technology.

Feds Loan $638M For Health Co-ops In 8 States

February 22, 2012 7:03 am | by Matt Gouras, Associated Press | Comments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health care cooperatives that are being launched in eight states announced Tuesday they will receive a total of $638 million in loans from the Obama administration under the federal health insurance law. The administration said the new nonprofit health insurers will be run by their customers and will be designed to offer coverage to individuals and small businesses.

Wisconsin Hospital First To Use Leonardo 3D System

February 21, 2012 5:50 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) 3D Surgical Solutions, LLC and Wheaton Franciscan-The Wisconsin Heart Hospital Campus announced that the first case ever using the Leonardo 3D VisionT System was successfully conducted in a surgical robotic procedure. The system provides stereoscopic 3D visualization to personnel at the bedside, as well as the entire surgical robotic team during the surgery.

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Surgeon's Detach Twins Joined At The Hips

February 21, 2012 5:39 am | Comments

Brazil's conjoined twins Israel and Levi were separated successfully at Maternity Hospital of Goiania in a surgery that lasted nearly 10 hours. The 14-month-old boys were joined at the hip and abdomen, sharing intestines, a bladder and genitalia. The brothers both survived the survery and are reportedly doing well.

An MRI Not Enough When Treating Hips

February 21, 2012 5:22 am | Comments

When it comes to treating people with hip pain, physicians should not replace clinical observation with the use of magnetic resonance images (MRI), according to research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Specialty Day. "We performed MRI scans on a sample of volunteers without any hip pain, and discovered about 73 percent had abnormal findings," commented the study's lead author Bradley C.

New Guidelines Focus On Spinal Cord Monitoring To Prevent Paralysis

February 21, 2012 5:13 am | Comments

The American Academy of Neurology is issuing an updated guideline that recommends monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries to help prevent paralysis, or loss of muscle function, related to the surgeries. The guideline, which was developed with the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, is published in the print issue of Neurology ®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology and also in the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology .

Prominent Spine Surgeons Named To Advisory Board

February 17, 2012 8:13 am | Comments

Lanx, Inc., a privately held medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative devices for spinal surgery, announces it has named six prominent neurological and orthopedic surgeons to its Surgeon Advisory Board, which provides strategic guidance to Lanx on product commercialization, clinical studies and medical education.

Conventional Thought On ACL Injuries Challenged

February 17, 2012 7:59 am | Comments

Landing from a jump can cause a non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, but evidence presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society 2012 Annual Meeting demonstrates that the injury mechanism that causes that ACL injury involves a combination of factors rather than a single factor as some have claimed.

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Immunization For MRSA On The Horizon

February 17, 2012 7:49 am | Comments

Methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) infections are resistant to antibiotics and can cause a myriad of problems, including bone erosion, which shortens the effective life of an implant and greatly hinders replacement of that implant. MRSA can also result in prolonged disability, amputation and even death.

Major Nanosurgery Cancer Breakthrough

February 17, 2012 7:41 am | Comments

Researchers at Polytechnique Montreal have succeeded in changing the genetic material of cancer cells using a brand-new transfection method. This major breakthrough in nanosurgery opens the door to new medical applications, among others for the treatment of cancers. The method developed by Professor Michel Meunier and his team uses a femtosecond laser (a laser with ultra-short pulses) along with gold nanoparticles.

Surgeons Place Pacemaker In 15-Minute-Old Newborn

February 17, 2012 5:51 am | Comments

Marcus Wohlsen, AP The name Jaya in Hindi means victorious. And little Jaya Maharaj was just that, when she became one of the smallest recipients of a pacemaker when she was just 15 minutes old. A team of doctors at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital determined the girl born nine weeks premature had only hours to live if they did not perform the surgery.

Medicare's Bill For Artificial Feet Doesn't Smell Right

February 17, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Medicare paid $94 million for artificial feet in 2010, according to research conducted for The Associated Press. That was nearly $35 million more than in 2005, even though in 2010, Medicare covered about 1,900 fewer such prostheses. It works out to a 58 percent cost increase over five years.

Couple Gets Eight Years After Denying Their Son Medical Treatment

February 17, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

Thomas J. Sheeran, AP The parents of an eight-year-old boy who died from Hodgkin lymphoma after suffering for months from undiagnosed swollen glands were sentenced to eight years in prison following their guilty pleas to denying him medical treatment. Attorneys for Monica Hussing, 37, and William Robinson, Sr.

Surgically Implanted Devices Advancing Remote Drug Management

February 17, 2012 5:30 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medication via remote-control instead of a shot? Scientists implanted microchips in seven women that did just that, oozing out the right dose of a bone-strengthening drug once a day without them even noticing. Implanted medicine is a hot field, aiming to help patients better stick to their meds and to deliver those drugs straight to the body part that needs them.

Additional Patents For Spinal Implant Technologies Acquired

February 15, 2012 6:04 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on the development of innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, announced today that it has acquired two patents related to its current and future surface modification techniques. The first patent protects the company's existing manufacturing process that has been shown to produce superior bone-forming activity when compared to standard PEEK and titanium implant materials during in-vitro cellular studies and has been commercially available in the United States since 2006.

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