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Innovative Laparoscopic, Gastric Products Get EU Approval

January 5, 2010 5:44 am | Comments

dalimSurgNET Corporation out of Seoul, South Korea has announced receipt of the European CE Mark of approval to sell its OCTO Port laparoscopy device. The product provides up to four ports for introducing instruments via one incision. Features include a soft silicon cover with different port heights, a detachable port cap for added convenience in exchanging a port cap per the surgeon’s preference, and a round self-retraction and protection system to help prevent incision infection.

Wall Street Optimistic On Medical Device Market

January 5, 2010 5:28 am | Comments

Analysts are predicting a strong year for shares of four medical device makers, saying that in 2010, investors may be more willing to take a risk on companies in high-growth fields. Analyst Lawrence Neibor of Robert W. Baird, upgraded shares of Cyberonics, Inc., Edwards Lifesciences Corp., Thoratec Inc.

Former NFL Chair Sacks Head Injury-Brain Disease Connection

January 5, 2010 5:12 am | Comments

Larry Lage, AP Former NFL player Kyle Turley told members of Congress on Monday that while he still had a severe headache, the St. Louis Rams cleared him for full-contact drills four days after a concussion seven years ago. “Frustrated with being injured and wanting to prove my toughness to my teammates and coaches, I used my head more aggressively than I normally would have in practice, not understanding the damage I was doing to my brain," Turley told the House Judiciary Committee.

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Telemedicine's Nominal ICU Impact Raises Questions

January 5, 2010 4:22 am | Comments

According to a recent study in the JAMA , remote monitoring of patients in intensive care units can not be associated with an overall improvement in the risk of death or length of stay in the ICU or hospital. Experts recommend that intensivists (intensive care physicians) care for ICU patients onsite because of an associated lower rate of illness and death.

Diary Of Weekend With Free Health Care

January 4, 2010 6:57 am | Comments

Adam Geller, AP The two-hour drive is done, but Hannah and Jack Hurst leave the Honda's engine running. Hannah's prayers have brought them here. Now there's little to do but turn up the car's heat, get some sleep and wait for morning. Still, Hannah doesn't complain. The 26-year-old mother of three has waited as long as she can remember to escape the pain throbbing through her jaws.

The Problem With FDA Approvals Is ...

January 4, 2010 6:15 am | Comments

Carla K Johnson, AP Two new studies have identified shortfalls in the Food and Drug Administration's approval process for heart devices like pacemakers and stents. These include safety targets that often weren't clearly spelled out in the research submitted by device makers and important patient information is often missing, according to one study conducted by researchers from the FDA and Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Patient Heal Thyself - The Best Source For Aortic Grafts

January 4, 2010 5:47 am | Comments

A vascular surgical technique pioneered at UT Southwestern Medical Center calls for replacing infected aortic grafts with the body’s own veins. Early results show a patient’s veins to be more durable and less prone to new infection than similar procedures using synthetic or cadaver grafts.

Teens Hooked On Caffeine

January 4, 2010 5:33 am | Comments

Does consuming caffeinated drinks during adolescence contribute to later use of legal or illicit drugs? Jennifer L. Temple, a neurobiologist and assistant professor of exercise and nutrition sciences at the University at Buffalo, is looking for answers to these three questions via a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Preventing SSI Through Simple Measures

January 4, 2010 5:22 am | Sage Products Inc | Comments

Surgical site infections (SSIs) impact nearly 750,000 individuals in the United States (1), lengthening a patient’s hospital stay for as many as ten days and increasing costs by $20,842 per admission (2). As 2009 comes to an end and a resolution on new healthcare legislation appears imminent in 2010, reform remains top of mind.

Proven Endoscopic Solution For Chronic Sinus Pain

January 4, 2010 5:17 am | Comments

Recent findings from the American Academy of Otolaryngology, which have been published in their journal, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery , shows that upwards of 76 percent of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) experienced significant quality of life improvements after undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS).

I Feel Your Pain ... No, Really

December 22, 2009 6:37 am | Comments

If you've ever thought that you literally feel other people's pain, you may be right. A brain-imaging study suggests that some people have true physical reactions to others' injuries. Using an imaging technique called functional MRI, UK researchers found evidence that people who say they feel vicarious pain do, in fact, have heightened activity in pain-sensing brain regions upon witnessing another person being hurt.

I Feel Your Pain ... No Really

December 22, 2009 6:36 am | Comments

If you've ever thought that you literally feel other people's pain, you may be right. A brain-imaging study suggests that some people have true physical reactions to others' injuries. Using an imaging technique called functional MRI, UK researchers found evidence that people who say they feel vicarious pain do, in fact, have heightened activity in pain-sensing brain regions upon witnessing another person being hurt.

Piloting OR Safety

December 22, 2009 6:26 am | Comments

Aviation and medicine both require professionals to hold peoples' lives in their hands. Now, study findings hint that hospitals may improve patient safety by drawing on aviation-type safety initiatives. When medicine “turns its eyes to the sky,” patient safety on the ground may improve, offered Dr.

Out-Of-Sight Medical Care

December 22, 2009 6:11 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Emergency health alerts for the Facebook generation? The nation's ambulance crews are pushing a virtual medical ID system that will allow them to rapidly learn a patient's health history during a crisis and contain the ability to immediately text-message loved ones that the person is headed for a hospital.

Heart Transplant Can Lead To Cancer

December 22, 2009 5:34 am | Comments

Many heart transplant patients are developing multiple skin cancers, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Dermatology . “Solid organ transplant recipients are at increased risk for skin cancers,” the study’s authors wrote. “Incidence, tumor burden and risk factors for skin cancer are well documented in renal transplant recipients.

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