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Operating Better, With Electricity

September 14, 2010 6:07 am | by Aggravated DocSurg | Comments

Sharp knives. Sutures. Hot lights and warm blood. That's what most folks picture when thinking about operating rooms. It's easy to overlook that we make use of plain old electrical energy in the OR - electrosurgery. Sounds like something from a '50s SciFi novel. Perhaps a gift from the Red Lectroids from the 8th dimension? Actually, the modern era of electrosurgery started in 1926, courtesy of Dr.

Funds Targeting Wider EHR Implementation

September 14, 2010 5:52 am | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that nearly $20 million has been allocated in new technical support assistance to help critical access and rural hospital facilities convert from paper-based medical records to certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.

Cosmetic Surgery Worth Over $3 Billion In The U.S. by 2017

September 14, 2010 5:47 am | Comments

According to a new report by iData Research, the market for cosmetic surgery, facial aesthetics and medical lasers is expected to almost double in size, exceeding $3 billion by 2017. The market for aesthetic Botulinum toxin-A drugs such as Botox will grow to an estimated $543 million. The aesthetic laser and light therapy markets for skin resurfacing, hair removal and laser lipolysis are seen as the fastest growing segments.

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Cosmetic Surgery Worth Over $3 Billion In The U.S. by 201

September 14, 2010 5:47 am | Comments

According to a new report by iData Research, the market for cosmetic surgery, facial aesthetics and medical lasers is expected to almost double in size, exceeding $3 billion by 2017. The market for aesthetic Botulinum toxin-A drugs such as Botox will grow to an estimated $543 million. The aesthetic laser and light therapy markets for skin resurfacing, hair removal and laser lipolysis are seen as the fastest growing segments.

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U.S. Health Workers In Zimbabwe Freed On Bail

September 14, 2010 5:39 am | Comments

Chengetai Zvauya, AP A Zimbabwean court freed four Americans on bail after they were arrested and accused of treating AIDS patients without proper medical licenses. A magistrate ordered the six health workers, who included a New Zealand national and a Zimbabwean, to pay a $200 bail and reappear in court on September 27.

Restroom Spy Reports On Hand Washing Status

September 14, 2010 5:31 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Swine flu may have scared us straight, or maybe we're finally listening to our mothers. Whatever the reason, Americans are washing their hands more often, suggests the latest check by researchers who spy on people using public restrooms. Checks in four big cities last month found 85 percent of public restroom users washing their hands, up from 77 percent in 2007.

Faster Surgical Decisions Help Prevent Hip Fracture Deaths

September 14, 2010 5:22 am | Comments

Hip fractures are associated with a mortality rate of 14 to 36 percent in the year following the fracture and can negatively affect a patient's independence and quality of life. Current guidelines recommend surgery within 24 hours of the break, although some physicians who favor delays believe it provides more time to prepare the patient and can decrease the risk of complications.

Preliminary Data On New Valve Platform Shows Benefit

September 13, 2010 9:36 am | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, a leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, recently announced the U.S. and European launches of its Carpentier-Edwards PERIMOUNT Magna Mitral Ease valve, designed to enhance implantation in the mitral position. The Magna Mitral Ease valve incorporates new features to facilitate access, placement and suturing during both conventional and minimally invasive heart valve surgeries, especially those using a thoracotomy.

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Questions Raised Over New Pain Medication Rules

September 13, 2010 9:21 am | Comments

(AP) Physicians say that while good intentions may have been behind a new state law mandating tougher controls on prescribing opiates to chronic-pain patients, the rules may harm the people the law was meant to protect. The Legislature passed the law earlier this year after statistics indicated that more middle-aged Washington residents died while taking prescription painkillers than from traffic accidents.

Students Bond With Family Of Donor

September 13, 2010 7:46 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Dot Purcell always knew she would donate her body to science. Even when young, the mother of 11, a doctor's daughter, would say, "there's something good in here" that might help others. That death talk made her doting husband squeamish, and Jim Purcell tried to talk her out of it, saying, as they aged, that her body would be too old to be useful.

Bone-Anchored Prosthetics Greatly Improve Quality Of Life

September 13, 2010 6:53 am | Comments

Today sees the presentation of a study that, for the first time, shows the results of treatment using prostheses attached to titanium implants in the bones of patients with above-the-knee amputations. It reveals that the treatment improves function and quality of life in nine out of ten patients, and is the result of research carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital that is being presented this week at the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT) annual international conference in Gothenburg.

Fusion Surgery Offers Positive Long-Term Results

September 13, 2010 6:38 am | Comments

A group of children who underwent fusion surgery for spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine 30 years ago showed a clear reduction in back pain after follow-up seven years later. A new study of these patients, now as adults, has found that the benefits have lasted. The research from the Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital was presented at the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT) annual international conference in Gothenburg.

J&J Donates $200 Million To Help Women, Children

September 10, 2010 6:39 am | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP Johnson & Johnson is donating about $200 million in cash and medicine to a sweeping United Nations program created to improve the health and lives of people in poor countries. J&J is launching a five-year program called "Every Mother, Every Child," meant to help almost 400 million women and children in developing countries.

Stents Can Double Risk In Stroke Patients

September 10, 2010 6:22 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Stroke patients over 70 who get stents to keep their arteries open may be doubling their risk of having another stroke or dying compared to patients who get surgery instead, a new study says. European researchers examined past studies from more than 3,400 stroke patients, including 1,725 who got stents and 1,708 who had surgery, and found that a patient's age makes a big difference in how effective stents are.

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Bariatric Procedures Can Prevent Diabetes, C-Section

September 10, 2010 6:14 am | Comments

Obese women who have bariatric surgical procedures before pregnancy were three times less likely to develop gestational diabetes (GDM) than women who have bariatric operations after delivery, according to new research findings published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons .

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