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Surgeon Says New System Possibly Even Less Invasive

March 31, 2015 11:41 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

As a laparoscopic surgeon, he said the device could offer him more flexibility, and, with the smaller incision, he said he might be less hesitant to add additional ports.

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Incentives Looked At For Organ Donors

March 31, 2015 11:38 am | by WILEY | Comments

Transplant professionals are trying to find ways to eliminate any financial disincentives without crossing the line to paying for organs.

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ABThera™ Demonstrates Reduced 90-Day Mortality Rate

March 30, 2015 10:01 am | by Acelity L.P., Inc. | Comments

Acelity L.P., Inc. announced today the publication of the results from a single center, prospective, randomized controlled trial comparing the ABThera™ Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy System (ABThera™ OA NPT) to the Barker’s vacuum packing technique (BVPT).

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Persistence Market Research Evaluates Surgical Lamp, Hospital Bed Demand

March 27, 2015 10:03 am | Comments

Persistence Market Research (PMR) evaluated the global market of both surgical lamps and hospital beds. North America and Asia are the fastest growing region for the surgical lamps market, while Europe dominates the market for hospital beds, specifically Russia. 

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Data Proves Cost Savings, Reduced Hospital Stay After Minimally-Invasive Surgery

March 27, 2015 9:37 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Adding to the clinical benefits and improved patient outcomes associated with minimally-invasive surgery (MIS), Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) today highlighted new data demonstrating that patients who underwent minimally invasive colon resection procedures were able to leave the hospital faster, visit their doctors less for follow up care and take less medicine than those who underwent open surgery. 

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Extensive Lymph Node Removal Could be Avoidable for Breast Cancer Patients

March 27, 2015 9:30 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

A new study of women with early-stage breast cancer finds that surgeons no longer universally remove most of the lymph nodes in the underarm area when a biopsy of the nearby lymph nodes shows cancer—a major change in breast cancer management.

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Tainted Scopes Get New Cleaning Instructions

March 27, 2015 9:14 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press | Comments

The maker of medical scopes that have been linked to two recent "superbug" outbreaks at California hospitals has issued new cleaning instructions for the devices amid scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers and medical professionals.

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Medicare Doctor Bill Moves to Senate

March 27, 2015 9:01 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | Comments

In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.

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Medicaid Increases Quality-Life Year by $62,000

March 26, 2015 12:15 pm | by COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY'S MAILMAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | Comments

In terms of quality-adjusted life years, the researchers showed that Medicaid is an excellent value--a $62,000 gain in quality-adjusted life years.

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Locked, Non-Locked Plating Considered Equals

March 26, 2015 12:13 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE | Comments

A team of orthopedic surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that modern technology for healing distal femur fractures is as safe and effective as its more established alternative, without a potential shortfall of the older approach. 

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Data Supports EXPAREL for Postsurgical Pain

March 26, 2015 12:09 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCRX) today announced data demonstrating the benefits associated with the use of its product, EXPAREL ®, (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) in a study of over 2,200 hip and knee replacement patients. 

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AAOS Unveils Study on Hip, Knee Replacements

March 26, 2015 12:04 pm | Comments

Hips and knees replacements were the focus of a study the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 26.

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Study Describes Impact of Thyroid Surgery for Pro Singers

March 25, 2015 1:15 pm | by MASSACHUSETTS EYE AND EAR INFIRMARY | Comments

A diagnosis of thyroid cancer can be devastating to professional singers, because surgical removal of the thyroid commonly causes voice changes. Massachusetts Eye and Ear surgeons developed a neural monitoring system to be used intraoperatively to improve outcomes.

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Obama: Base Health Care Payments on Quality, not Quantity

March 25, 2015 1:12 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama wants to cut health care costs by reducing inefficiencies like unnecessarily long hospital stays and excessive paperwork for doctors that rack up big bills.

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Obama Ready to Sign Medicare Doctor Payment Fix

March 25, 2015 1:08 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 President Barack Obama says he's ready to sign good bipartisan legislation to fix Medicare's doctor payment problem, without endorsing any specific legislation.

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