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RF Surgical Secures Additional Funding

September 13, 2011 6:20 am | Comments

BUSINESS WIRE - RF Surgical Systems, Inc., a leader in the prevention and detection of retained surgical items (RSI), today announced the closing of a $12 million round of fundraising led by new investor Split Rock Partners, a venture capital firm focused on emerging healthcare, software and internet services companies.

Costs, Mortality Increase Following Cardiac Device Infections

September 13, 2011 6:14 am | Comments

A new study finds that infections following cardiac device implantations or replacement result in extremely high costs, both financially and in terms of patient mortality, even months after affected patients return home. Infections associated with pacemakers and defibrillators led to 4.8 to 7.

Older Pills Often Safer

September 13, 2011 5:59 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Many consumers mistakenly believe new prescription drugs are always safer than those with long track records, and that only extremely effective drugs without major side effects win government approval, according to a new study. A national survey of nearly 3,000 adults finds that about four in 10 wrongly believe the U.

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Part-Time Surgeons Could Help Address Shortage

September 13, 2011 5:50 am | Comments

More part-time employment for surgeons, particularly retiring older male or young female surgeons taking time off for their families, may considerably reduce the surgeon shortage in the United States by 2030, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons .

Gastric Bypass Reduces Blood Pressure

September 12, 2011 6:10 am | Comments

The kidneys play an important role in the regulation of blood pressure by adjusting the production of urine after eating or drinking. This process begins already in the upper digestive tract, which could explain why gastric bypass surgery for obesity also markedly reduces blood pressure, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg.

New Lung Cancer Treatment Company Receives Funding

September 12, 2011 6:00 am | Comments

GLOBE NEWSWIRE - superDimension, Ltd., a privately-owned company that develops minimally invasive interventional pulmonology devices, today announced it has closed on an aggregate $11 million in equity financing. The round was funded by existing investors with the addition of Covidien Ventures. "We are pleased that our investors have shown such strong commitment to superDimension and our minimally invasive interventional pulmonology technology," said Daniel J.

Hospital Privacy Breach Puts Data Online

September 12, 2011 5:53 am | Comments

(AP) — Stanford Hospital in California is blaming a subcontractor used by an outside vendor for a privacy breach that led to the online posting of medical information for thousands of emergency room patients. The breach was first reported Friday by the New York Times. The data of 20,000 patients, including names and diagnosis codes, remained on a commercial website for nearly a year until it was discovered last month and taken down, according to the newspaper.

IBM Putting Watson To Work In Health Insurance

September 12, 2011 5:41 am | Comments

Jim Fitzgerald, AP Enough with the fun and games. Watson is going to work. IBM's supercomputer system, best known for trouncing the world's best Jeopardy! players on TV, is being tapped by one of the nation's largest health insurers to help diagnose medical problems and authorize treatments.

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Combination Therapy Helps Combat Implanted Device Infections

September 9, 2011 6:07 am | Comments

Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a therapy for a potentially deadly type of infection common in catheters, artificial joints and other in-dwelling medical devices. Their findings appear in the Open Access Journal PLoS Pathogens . The therapy targets fungal infections, which are hard to treat in such devices because they are composed of biofilms—complex groupings of cells that attach to surfaces.

U.S. Investment In Health Research Remains Stagnant

September 9, 2011 5:57 am | Comments

The U.S. public and private sectors invested $140.5 billion in 2010 on research to find new ways to treat, cure and prevent disease and disability, according to Research! America's latest annual estimate. Health research spending accounted for 5.5 percent of the $2.6 trillion the U.S. spent on healthcare in 2010.

Surgical Mission Brings Relief To Nigerians

September 9, 2011 5:45 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- The GEANCO Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare delivery for the people of Nigeria, is organizing a medical mission for two surgeons and fifteen support team members to travel to the West African country to provide orthopaedic treatment to patients suffering from disabling joint diseases.

Pelvic Mesh Set For Closer Scrutiny

September 9, 2011 5:37 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Trouble-prone medical products widely used to surgically repair women's pelvic problems need more stringent tests for safety and effectiveness, government advisers recommended Thursday. A panel of outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration urged the FDA to reclassify plastic surgical mesh used to repair pelvic collapse.

Weight-Loss Surgery Offers Complications, Cost Savings

September 7, 2011 6:07 am | Comments

The majority of people who undergo bariatric weight-loss surgery benefit from the procedure, but long-term complications and further surgery are not uncommon, according to a UK paper on late post-operative complications in the October issue of BJS , the British Journal of Surgery . However, a Finnish paper, published in the same issue, says that bariatric surgery is a more cost-effective way of tackling rising morbid obesity rates than non-operative care.

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Neurosurgeons Use Adult Stem Cells To Grow Neck Vertebrae

September 7, 2011 5:50 am | Comments

Neurosurgery researchers at UC Davis Health System have used a new, leading-edge stem cell therapy to promote the growth of bone tissue following the removal of cervical discs to relieve chronic, debilitating pain. The procedure was performed by associate professors of neurosurgery Kee Kim and Rudolph Schrot.

EHR Credited With Saving A Patient's Life

September 7, 2011 5:27 am | Comments

Improved outcomes for patients is believed to be an important benefit of using electronic health records, yet few physicians can cite specific instances where such software has made a life-saving difference. Dr. Shankar Santhanam of Lawrenceville, NJ, might be an exception. He credits the use of the Amazing Charts electronic health record system for saving a patient's life by following the evidence-based, decision-support recommendations offered by the software.

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