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Turner Tabbed For ACS Position

October 7, 2011 4:42 am | Comments

Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, will become the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Director of the Division of Member Services on December 1. She is succeeding Paul E. Collicott, MD, FACS, who retired in May 2011. A general surgeon from Baltimore, Dr. Turner is an associate professor of surgery in the division of general surgery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Plastic Surgery for Men Continues To Increase

October 7, 2011 4:35 am | Comments

PRNewswire - Women get the lion's share (87 percent) of all the surgical and non-invasive cosmetic procedures in the United States. That's why most plastic surgery advertising is still directed toward them. Plastic surgery for men, however, is on the rise. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, male cosmetic procedures were up two percent last year.


Jobs Said Little About Pancreatic Cancer Struggle

October 7, 2011 4:31 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Steve Jobs managed to live more than seven years with a rare form of pancreatic cancer that grows more slowly than the common kind. His need for a liver transplant two years ago was a bad sign that his troubles with the disease probably were not over. The Apple founder long kept information on his illness behind a firewall, and no new details emerged immediately after his death.


Worst Hospitals Treat Larger Share Of Poor

October 7, 2011 4:24 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP The nation's worst hospitals treat twice the proportion of elderly black patients and poor patients than the best hospitals, and their patients are more likely to die of heart attacks and pneumonia, new research shows. Now, these hospitals, mostly in the South, may be at higher risk of financial failure, too.

Study Examines Ethical Issues Surrounding Conjoined Twin Seperation

October 7, 2011 4:06 am | Comments

GLOBE NEWSWIRE - The case of a pair of "craniopagus" twins (conjoined at the head) illustrates the complex bioethical issues involved in deciding whether to attempt separation surgery, according to an article in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).


Surgeons Implant Two-Part Heart Valve System

October 5, 2011 10:23 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ValveXchange, Inc. has performed successful first-in-man surgeries demonstrating the practicality and advantages of its novel Vitality(TM) two-part heart valve system. The surgeries were performed by two highly renowned U.S. cardiac surgeons, Lars Svensson, MD, PhD of The Cleveland Clinic and W.


Detecting Surgical Skin Flap Compromise Early

October 5, 2011 9:51 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- In an independent study published in the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery , researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio have found that the Spectros T-Stat@ oximeter responds earliest to compromised blood flow during reconstructive microsurgery when compared clinically to other available monitors.

New Weapon To Fight MRSA

October 5, 2011 9:39 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)--In the United States, Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) account for countless lives lost and billions of dollars expended each year. In response, BioMedProtect, LLC co-founders Ronald Pass, Chairman/CEO, and Dr. Howard Rosing, President/CMO, have announced the introduction of effective, affordable and EPA-approved Sanogiene(TM) Antimicrobial Process for textiles to the international healthcare community.


Next Generation Surgical Robotic Platform To Be Tested

October 5, 2011 9:17 am | Comments

Titan Medical Inc. announced today that it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Children's Hospital Boston. Under the terms of the agreement, Children's Hospital Boston will test and evaluate the company's Amadeus Composer. Children's Hospital Boston will provide the Company with detailed feedback as appropriate.

AccuraScopeT Research Shows Significant Benefits

October 4, 2011 9:38 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- North American Spine, the owner of the AccuraScopeT procedure, is breaking new medical ground in the study of pain mapping techniques that will change the way consumers choose minimally invasive procedures or treatments for pain. The AccuraScopeT procedure diagnoses and treats back pain with real time visualization.


Long Term AGH Clinical Trial Endorses Less Invasive Therapy When Breast Cancer Recurs

October 4, 2011 9:33 am | Comments

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Treating a breast cancer recurrence with a combination of radioactive seed implantation and tumor excision rather than with mastectomy, or whole breast removal, is an effective approach for many women, according to a long-term study presented today at the annual meeting the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) by cancer specialists at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh.

TEDMED 2011 Conference

October 4, 2011 9:20 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- TEDMED,, the annual conference where cutting-edge science and technology leaders "connect, understand and inspire" to advance the art of health and medicine with new ideas, the latest science and innovative technology, today announced its headline speakers. The conference's roster includes more than 50 preeminent leaders in health, medicine, science, technology, business, government, academia, media and the arts.

World MRSA Awareness Month, October

October 4, 2011 9:12 am | Comments

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ongoing MRSA epidemic continues to be a major global threat and MRSA emerged into the world over fifty years ago. Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterium spread and mutated for decades throughout Europe and other continents, which has had a devastating and fatal effect on patients in healthcare facilities worldwide and now in the community.

Study Targets Effects Of Multiple Surgeries And Anesthesia

October 3, 2011 7:48 am | Comments

Every year millions of babies and toddlers receive general anesthesia for procedures ranging from hernia repair to ear surgery. Now, researchers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester have found a link among children undergoing multiple surgeries requiring general anesthesia before age two and learning disabilities later in childhood.


Researchers Identifiy More Accurate Delivery For Robotic Radiosurgery System

October 3, 2011 7:31 am | Comments

Radiosurgery is a non-invasive medical procedure in which focused beams of high-energy x-rays target tumors and other abnormalities in the body. A single large dose of radiation is capable of ablating a lesion that might not be amenable to surgical removal. However, some radiosurgery systems, such as the CyberKnife (CK), can be relatively time-consuming because the treatment planning requires the delivery of up to several hundred cone-shaped beams to adequately cover an irregularly shaped tumor.


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