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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.

Hospital Finds Its Way Back After Tornado

October 3, 2011 6:57 am | Comments

Sharon Cohen, AP The hospital had always been there for the victims of calamity. It had saved lives, healed the desperately sick, patched up the bruised and bloodied and made them whole again. It was always a haven — never a victim, itself. Until one spring afternoon when that all changed.

Alliance Offers Interesting Post-Op Monitoring Data

October 3, 2011 6:31 am | Comments

PRNewswire - In a recently conducted survey, almost all healthcare providers say that "continuous electronic monitoring of oxygenation and ventilation should be available and considered for all patients". This monitoring "would reduce the likelihood of unrecognized clinically significant opioid-induced depression of ventilation in the post-operative period.

New York Considers Expanding Surgical Medicaid Coverage

September 30, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

Michael Virtanen, AP A panel advising Governor Andrew Cuomo on ways to revamp Medicaid has proposed that the program that pays for low-income residents' healthcare cover surgery and therapy for transgender New Yorkers. Cuomo earlier this year appointed a task force to overhaul the Medicaid system, which paid $53 billion for medical care in New York last year, and cut costs.


Aesculap, Sony Make Acquisitions

September 30, 2011 6:18 am | Comments

Aesculap has announced the acquisition Aragon Surgical, Inc., a specialist in advanced radio frequency electrosurgical instruments for tissue fusion and cutting. The Caiman instruments are the only RF devices on the market with an articulating jaw-technology, which provides improved maneuverability at the surgical site.

New Guidelines Target Fewer Blood Clots After Hip and Knee Replacement

September 30, 2011 6:09 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An updated clinical practice guideline released last week by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors recommends how to reduce the likelihood of blood clots after hip or knee replacement surgery, procedures that more than 800,000 Americans undergo each year.


Trump Casino Offers $25K Plastic Surgery Prize

September 30, 2011 5:55 am | Comments

Wayne Parry, AP The latest casino promotion in Atlantic City gives new meaning to "going bust." The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort plans to give $25,000 worth of plastic surgery to a winner from a player's card contest. The lucky one can mix and match surgeries including breast enhancements, tummy tucks, liposuction and face lifts until the total hits $25,000.


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September 29, 2011 7:52 am | Comments

Wound Protection/Retraction Applied Medical's Alexis® wound protector/retractor is designed for soft tissue protection and retraction, effectively holding the incision site open and maximizing surgical efficiency. Available in multiple sizes to accommodate a wide range of procedures, the wound protector/retractor provides: Protection by helping to decrease risk of infection† and maintaining moisture at the incision site.


UCSD Surgeon Performs First Single-Incision Hernia Repair With SPIDER System

September 28, 2011 6:34 am | Comments

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – Dr. Bryan Sandler, an expert in minimally invasive surgery at the University of California San Diego Health System, has performed the world’s first single-incision totally extraperitoneal (TEP) hernia repair using the SPIDER Surgical System. Using the SPIDER System, Sandler made just one incision located inside the patient’s belly button.

Multi-Session Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Gaining Traction in North America

September 28, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- By the end of 2011, as many as nine U.S. medical centers will be offering multi-session Gamma Knife@ surgery with ExtendT to treat patients with larger tumors or lesions close to critical structures located in the brain and skull base. Extend technology allows clinicians to non-invasively immobilize the patient's head, making repeatable or multi-fraction Gamma Knife surgery feasible for these cases.

Phase 3 Trial Of VitalaT Device Shown To Be Safe and Effective

September 28, 2011 6:08 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Findings from an international Phase 3 clinical trial of the VitalaT Continence Control Device (CCD) showed the device was safe and effective at restoring continence when worn up to 12 hours per day by people with a colostomy.  In addition, 87% of users rated the ability of the device to restore continence as "good" or "very good," according to the study results published in the British Journal of Nursing.


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