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First Time at ACS an Eye-Opener

October 28, 2014 10:33 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, I saw many of the products we feature in the magazine and online, up close and personal. It was great to finally see what we've been covering in action and talk to many of the surgeons, product managers and PR representatives who are extremely passionate about their products. I even had the opportunity to test out a couple ...

Quadruplet Mom-to-Be Has Emergency Surgery to Save Babies

October 24, 2014 11:28 am | by Gillian Mohney, ABC News | News | Comments

An expectant mom getting ready to welcome two sets of identical twins -- a one in 70 million...

ACS NSQIP Participating Hospitals Recognized for Achieving Meritorious Outcomes for Patient Care

October 23, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP...

High School Students Develop Screening Tools to Detect Lung and Heart Disease

October 21, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

Two Michigan high school students, sisters Ilina and Medha Krishen, have developed screening...

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Joan Rivers Died From Low Blood Oxygen During Surgery

October 17, 2014 11:40 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Joan Rivers died of brain damage from low blood oxygen during a medical procedure to check out voice changes and reflux, the medical examiner's office ruled Thursday. The comedian, who was 81, died Sept. 4 after she'd been hospitalized for about a week when she went into cardiac arrest during the procedure at a doctor's office ...

Dr. Gail Lebovic to Receive Distinguished 'Pathfinder' Award

October 15, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

The American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD) announced that the 2014 recipient of its Pathfinder Award will be Gail Lebovic, MA, MD, FACS. Dr. Lebovic is best known for her pioneering work in breast cancer surgery and her entrepreneurial endeavors that have introduced several groundbreaking technologies in women's health care ... 

Researchers Find New Target For Personalized Brain Cancer Treatment

October 15, 2014 10:20 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a new fusion protein found in approximately 15 percent of secondary glioblastomas or brain tumors. The finding offers new insights into the cause of this cancer and provides a therapeutic target for personalized oncologic care ... 

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Biologists Find Gene That Could Stop Tumors in Their Tracks

October 14, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

The dirt in your backyard may hold the key to isolating cancerous tumors and to potential new treatments for a host of cancers.University of Iowa researchers have found a gene in a soil-dwelling amoeba that functions similarly to the main tumor-fighting gene found in humans, called PTEN ...

Conjoined Twin Babies to Take First Step in Separation Surgery

October 13, 2014 10:55 am | by Amanda Orr, Reuters | News | Comments

Conjoined 6-month-old twin girls will begin to undergo tissue expansion this month to stretch skin that will be used to cover patches of their bodies when they are separated in a surgery planned for December. The tissue expansion for Knatalye Hope Mata and Adeline Faith Mata is expected to take six to eight weeks ... 

Tumors Might Grow Faster at Night

October 6, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

In a surprise finding that was recently published in Nature Communications, Weizmann Institute of Science researchers showed that nighttime is the right time for cancer to grow and spread in the body. Their findings suggest that administering certain treatments in time with the body’s day-night cycle could boost their efficiency ...

Teen With Down Syndrome Crowned Homecoming King Months After Brain Surgery

October 1, 2014 11:14 am | by Brad Galli, WXYZ-TV Detroit | News | Comments

To know Evan Parker, you would never guess what he's been through. "From the lowest of lows, to the highest of highs. That's what it feels like right now," his father Rick said Tuesday. Over the weekend, the 18-year old was crowned homecoming king at Salem High School in Plymouth, Mich. It was a celebration of a young man who's transformed his senior class ...

Quintero Talks About Hybrid OR Integration

September 23, 2014 11:28 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving hybrid OR integration. This week, SP will run standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Raoul Quintero, Regional President and CEO, North America, Maquet Medical Systems USA .

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Columnist Takes Us Through What It's Like To Watch Surgery

September 18, 2014 11:18 am | by Kyrie O'Connor, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

First of all, just don't touch anything. Don't even think about touching anything. If you are observing a surgery, this is the first thing you have to know. Most people never see a surgery except on television, where it is performed by pretty actors with a heavy sexual subtext. The experience of attending one in person resembles TV not at all.

New Affordable Care Act Tools And Payment Models Deliver $372M In Savings

September 17, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued quality and financial performance results showing that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have improved patient care and produced hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the program.

Is There a Provider In The House?

September 16, 2014 11:03 am | by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. | Blogs | Comments

Physicians have a proud heritage. We can boast Dr. Benjamin Rush, a founding father, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Surgeon General of the Continental Army, and opponent of slavery. And Dr. James Derham, born a slave in 1762, who grew a successful practice that included freeman and slaves.

July/August 2014

September 15, 2014 4:23 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

This is the digital version of the July/August 2014 issue of Surgical Products magazine.

Hurdles For Obama Health Law In Second Sign-Up Season

September 15, 2014 10:34 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away, Nov. 15- Feb. 15. Don't expect a repeat of last year's website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system.

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Joint Venture To Help US Doctors Connect With Chinese Patients

September 11, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

HelloMD (hellomd.com) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Crosswave Management (crosswavemanagement.com) to provide Chinese patients with access to top US doctors. The two companies will form a joint venture, based in China, to provide Chinese patients with access to doctors from the HelloMD network of leading US physicians.

Baby Boy With Eight Limbs Recovering Well After Surgery

September 10, 2014 11:36 am | by Amanda Williams, The Daily Mail | News | Comments

A baby boy born with eight limbs is said to be recovering well after doctors removed his 'parasitic twin', reported The Daily Mail on Wednesday. Three-month old baby Pail Mukisa was born with four legs and four arms in Nabigingo, a small village in eastern Uganda.

Joan Rivers' Surgery Went Wrong After Own Doctor Performed Irregular Biopsy

September 10, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

The routine medical procedure that Joan Rivers underwent last month that led to her tragic death a week later went catastrophically wrong when her own personal doctor performed a surprise biopsy on her vocal cords, according to a source with knowledge of the legendary comic's death. According to the source, she had not signed off on the biopsy before undergoing surgery at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan on Aug. 28.

Surgery On Ailing Great Dane Yields 43 ½ Socks

September 4, 2014 10:56 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. X-rays showed a stomach full of "a large quantity of foreign material." Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr. Ashley Magee had the answer — the dog had consumed 43 ½ socks.

Females Ignored in Basic Medical Research

August 28, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

A new study from Northwestern Medicine® has found that surgical researchers rarely use female animals or female cells in their published studies -- despite a huge body of evidence showing that sex differences can play a crucial role in medical research. Editors of the five major surgical journals reviewed in this study have responded to this finding and will now require authors to state the sex of animals and cells used in their studies.

Surgical Products Welcomes a New Editor

August 27, 2014 11:00 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | News | Comments

In late July, I became editor of Surgical Products. I went from covering village board meetings, school functions and high school football games to writing about the latest news from the OR. Yes, definitely a career change, and while all of it still seems a little scary to me, I’m still fulfilling my passion – writing and editing.

With Coverage Through Obamacare, Transgender Woman Opts For Surgery

August 26, 2014 12:03 pm | by Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News | News | Comments

Devin Payne had gone years without health insurance – having little need and not much money to pay for it. Then Payne, who had a wife and four children, realized she could no longer live as a man. The next step was gender reassignment surgery. For that, Payne, who is now 44, said she needed health coverage. “It is not a simple, easy, magical surgery,” said Payne. “Trying to do this without insurance is a big risk."

Heart Surgery Can Increase Depression Risk

August 25, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

No one knows what led Robin Williams to kill himself. It wasn’t just one thing, but likely a fatal stew of lingering alcohol and drug addiction, depression, being middle-aged and male, and the prospect of facing Parkinson’s disease. Rarely mentioned, though, is the open-heart surgery he’d undergone five years ago.

Woman Has Surgery to Turn Nipples Into Hearts

August 22, 2014 3:50 pm | News | Comments

A woman from England has spent 15 years and £130,000 on surgery to make her look like a holiday caricature – even having her nipples tattooed as hearts. Krystina Butel, 30, began her extreme transformation after having a caricature of herself drawn while on holiday in Ibiza when she was 15.

Extracorporeal Support Can Signifcantly Increase Organs Available for Transplant

August 22, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

Using heart-lung support technology, the University of Michigan’s Transplant Center increased the number of kidneys, livers and pancreases available for transplant by about 20 percent.  The results were published in the journal Transplantation and detail the impact of more than 10 years of using Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, or ECMO, to improve the quality and viability of organs donated after circulatory determination of death.

GameStop CEO Had Surgery to Remove Cancerous Brain Tumor

August 20, 2014 11:17 am | News | Comments

GameStop Corp., the largest specialty retailer of video games, said Chief Executive Officer Paul Raines underwent surgery to identify and remove a small cancerous tumor from his brain. The tumor, located in “an easily accessible” part of the brain, was found early and doctors said his prospects to make a full recovery are good, the company said in a filing today. Raines, 50, will now undergo preventative chemotherapy.

Palmer Has Successful Pacemaker Implant Surgery

August 19, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

The GOLF Channel reported that golf legend Arnold Palmer had a pacemaker implanted Monday in Pittsburgh and is resting comfortably, according to a Facebook post on the Arnold Palmer Invitational page and on his own website. Palmer, one of golf's all-time greats, will turn 85 on Sept. 10.

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