Titan Medical, Inc. announced some testing results for its Beta console early user study. Key opinion leaders in urology and cardiac surgery participated in the initial study and provided their feedback. The Beta Console prototype was tested through task-based simulations and bench models that cover common robotic surgical maneuvers, such as clutch and camera movement for the surgeon to explore the functionality of the console.
Mazor Robotics, Ltd. recently announced that it has received the CE Mark, allowing it to market SpineAssist, its robotic spinal surgical system, in Europe for brain surgeries and treatments to minimize the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. To date, SpineAssist has been used in more than 2,000 surgeries worldwide, and has placed tens of thousands of implants in patients.
A recent survey found that eight in 10 people between the ages of 25-44 believe they're living healthy lifestyles, and are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors than 18-24 year-olds participating in the survey. "This survey shows the dangerous disconnect that many young Americans have about how their behaviors affect their risks for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases," said Ralph Sacco, M.
The high cost of health care is deterring parents from taking their children to the doctor or buying prescription medication, regardless of how much money they make or whether they have health insurance, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver.
Jeff Ayers, AP The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth , is a new book written by Matthew Algeo. The book examines a little-known part of presidential history.
Published in the April issue of Journal of Nuclear Medicine , Gamma Medica, Inc. and Mayo Clinic of Rochester, MN demonstrate the effectiveness of Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) in the pre-operative evaluation of women with biopsy-proven breast cancer. The goals of this study were to determine whether MBI is more sensitive than mammography in detecting: Additional foci of breast cancer in the ipsilateral breast.
WebOps , a leading orthopaedic, spine, and trauma medical device logistics innovator, announces the release of the iPhone application for its WebOps Logistics software platform. The iPhone's simple interface further enables surgeons and hospitals, device and instrument manufacturers, and distributors to precisely track surgery schedules, physician preferences, inventory movement and implant usage.
Wilson Ring, Associated Press In this photo released by the University of Vermont, a mummy is seen before a CT scan at Fletcher Allen Health Care, the teaching hospital at the University of Vermont, in Burlington, Vt. A childhood fascination with archaeology and a chance encounter with a 2,700-year-old Egyptian mummy are helping Vermont doctors and law enforcement officials find truth in some of the most challenging of modern-day crimes, the unexplained deaths of young children.
3D models, produced by combining a patient's CT scans and 3D printing technology, are proving useful in neurosurgical planning. 3D printing technology can be a fast and affordable way to build 3D models for neurosurgical planning, as radiologists are able to transform ultra high-resolution CT patient images into 3D solid models using a specialized color printer.
Tom Coyne, AP A federal judge has rejected a plea agreement calling for a former Indiana surgeon captured in Italy after five years on the run to spend four years in prison, saying he wasn't confident the deal took into account the magnitude of the man's crimes. Mark Weinberger once operated a Merrillville nose and sinus clinic, where prosecutors say he billed insurers and patients for procedures he didn't perform.
(PRNewswire-USNewswire) In the United States each year more than 3,000 infants are born with a form of single ventricle heart defect. A single ventricle defect occurs when one of the heart's ventricles is too small or under-developed to pump blood effectively to the body or lungs. Less than forty years ago, single ventricle heart defects were fatal.
(AP) — New information has led authorities to re-open an investigation into the death of a Utah woman. A search warrant shows authorities suspect her husband, a once-prominent doctor, gave her a lethal combination of drugs days after she underwent surgery. The search warrant filed in 4th District Court earlier this month indicates authorities believe Martin MacNeill had the motive and opportunity to kill his wife, Michele, in 2007, the Deseret News reported on its website.
Declining rates of hospitalization have discouraged primary care doctors from seeing their patients in the hospital and encouraged the growing use of "hospitalists," a new physician specialty focused on the care of hospitalized patients. Further developments in the field mean that frequently hospitalized patients also may need a specialist focused on their care, according to an expert on hospital care at the University of Chicago.
A recent study published in the March issue of Foot & Ankle International (FAI), the official scientific journal of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) describes a possible amputation alternative for patients with neuropathic ulceration of the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) or big toe joint.
In this week's PLoS Medicine, Kathryn Chu, from Médecins Sans Frontières in Cape Town, South Africa, and colleagues describe the experiences of MSF after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and discuss how to improve delivery of surgery in humanitarian disasters. To avoid the supply delays, lack of appropriately experienced surgeons, and duplication and fragmentation of services that characterized the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, they propose the formation of the Emergency Surgery Coalition (ESC), a group consisting of organizations with extensive experience in delivering surgical care in man-made or natural disasters.