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FDA To Re-examine Safety Of Metal Hips

March 30, 2012 6:59 am | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration will hold a two-day meeting in June to discuss growing safety concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, which recent studies suggest are more likely to fail than traditional plastic hips. Metal hip joints have been under scrutiny due to reports of pain and swelling that have sometimes required removal.

Robotic Surgery Shouldn’t Be Universally Dismissed

March 30, 2012 6:47 am | by Linda A. Kiley, M.D. | Comments

Yes, it’s cool.  The surgical robot is every gamer-cum-surgeon’s dream. However, I, too, was a skeptic regarding incorporating robotic surgery into my practice.  I have been practicing minimally-invasive surgery for over 20 years, including residency.  I became convinced of the value of minimally invasive surgery after observing patients postoperatively.

Stryker's System 7 Improves Joint Procedures

March 28, 2012 9:07 am | Stryker | Comments

Stryker's System 7 Improves Joint Procedures Stryker has announced the release of System 7 – the next generation of heavy duty surgical power tools for use in total joint procedures, such as hip and knee replacements. System 7 offers the latest in cutting technology with the goal of producing their most dependable and highest performing power tool system.


MEGADYNE Unveils Next-Generation At AORN

March 28, 2012 8:56 am | Comments

Megadyne's Mega Power ® Electrosurgical Generator now offers a new faceplate interface with push-button functionality for improved access to all modes. Designed with nurses in mind, the Mega Power offers access to nine mode settings in this single unit. Modes include two proven Coag options as well as a Spray Coag.

AORN: New RPs Provide Guidance On Medication, Documentation

March 28, 2012 8:16 am | Comments

The development of AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) recommended practices (RPs) is like a journey—creating these documents is “a long and bumpy ride, but we’re having fun with it,” said Antonia Hughes, MA, BSN, RN, CNOR, chair of the AORN Recommended Practices Advisory Board.


Man Injured In Gun Accident Gets A New Face

March 28, 2012 8:09 am | Comments

Sarah Brumfield, AP After 15 years of wearing a mask and living as a recluse, a 37-year-old Virginia man disfigured in a gun accident got a new face, nose, teeth and jaw in what University of Maryland physicians say is the most extensive face transplant ever performed. Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville is recovering well after last week's surgery, beginning to feel his face and already brushing his teeth and shaving, University of Maryland Medical Center officials announced Tuesday.


Surgery Putting Type 2 Diabetes Into Remission

March 28, 2012 8:00 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP New research gives clear proof that weight-loss surgery can reverse and possibly cure diabetes, and doctors say the operation should be offered sooner to more people with the disease — not just as a last resort. The two studies, released on Monday, are the first to compare stomach-reducing operations to medicines alone for "diabesity" — Type 2 diabetes brought on by obesity.


Lower Death Risk With Bypass Vs. Angioplasty

March 28, 2012 7:43 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Older patients with clogged heart arteries may have a little lower death risk over time if they get bypass operations instead of angioplasty and stents to fix the problem, new research suggests. It's not the kind of study that gives conclusive evidence, but doctors say it gives a "real world" look at how people fare in ordinary practice.


Hospital Spending Cuts Lead To More Remote Patient Monitoring

March 28, 2012 7:32 am | Comments

Technology offers to bridge the geographical gap between patients and doctors – and the healthcare deficit − if new treatment options using remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices are adopted, states a new report by GBI Research. It states that RPM is being used to cut the financial burdens of national healthcare systems and presents the patient with more freedom, as they can remain at home while receiving constant medical monitoring.

Minimally Invasive Treatment For Ruptured Aneurysms Could Be Safer, More Effective

March 26, 2012 6:09 am | Comments

A burst aneurysm in the abdominal aorta is a deadly condition. In fact, about half of these patients don't make it to the hospital in time. Those who do more often than not face open surgery to repair the blood vessel. This study finds that a minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment for ruptured aneurysms called endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is safer than open surgical repair and is associated with lower mortality rates, say researchers at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 37th Annual Scientific.

Spot-Freezing Breast Cancer Tumors

March 26, 2012 5:57 am | Comments

Individuals fighting metastatic breast cancer, where the disease has progressed to other areas of the body, may finally have another weapon in their arsenal: percutaneous cryoablation. The cancer treatment could potentially be used as a last line of defense to halt individual spots of remaining metastatic disease by freezing and destroying tumors, say researchers presenting a study at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 37th Annual Scientific Meeting.


Cheney's Transplant Re-opens Debate About Age

March 26, 2012 5:47 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Doctors say it is unlikely that former Vice President Dick Cheney got special treatment when he was given a new heart at age 71, which thousands of younger people also were in line to receive. Still, his case re-opens debate about whether rules should be changed to favor youth over age in giving out scarce organs.


Wireless Technologies Bring Patient Monitoring Home

March 26, 2012 5:36 am | Comments

Patient care is improving at home and in remote areas, as rising rates of chronic disease, a growing elderly population and advancements in wireless and sensor technologies continue to drive the global patient monitoring market, according to a new report by GBI Research. The new report shows that efficient patient management through the use of wireless technology will help to reduce the rising healthcare burden which now affects many developed and developing countries, as large elderly populations who have increased life expectancy further add to the global patient pool.

How Music Prevents Organ Rejection

March 23, 2012 12:00 pm | Comments

Music has a fundamental affect on humans. It can reduce stress, enhance relaxation, provide a distraction from pain, and improve the results of clinical therapy. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery demonstrates that music can reduce rejection of heart transplants in mice by influencing the immune system.

Ultrasound-Guided Surgery Best Way To Remove Breast Tumors

March 23, 2012 11:56 am | Comments

The use of ultrasound-guided surgery to remove tumors from women who have palpable breast cancer is much more successful than standard surgery in excising all the cancerous tissue but sparing as much healthy tissue as possible, according to the results of a randomised controlled trial. As a consequence, researchers told the eighth European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-8) that they expect their findings will change surgical practice, as ultrasound-guided surgery should become the norm for excising palpable tumors.


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