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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...

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...

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.

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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.

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.

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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."

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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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Violinist Plays Through Brain Surgery

August 18, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

When Roger Frisch noticed hand tremors back in 2009, it was no small deal - as a professional violinist, steady hands are absolutely imperative to his work. The solution? Deep brain stimulation, to be administered by brain surgeons at the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Lab.

Couple Married Nearly 74 Years Has Life-Saving Surgery on Same Day

August 14, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

For nearly 74 years, Raymond and Maizie Huggins have done everything together. And that wasn’t about to change just because they needed heart surgery. The Huggins, both in their 90s, suffered from coronary artery disease. Like everything else in their life, the couple had their surgeries together this week, reported KTLA 5 News in Cleveland.

Open-Heart Surgery Could Have Triggered Robin Williams' Depression

August 13, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

Robin Williams' 2009 open-heart surgery could have contributed to the late star's demise, possibly serving as a trigger to the comedian's downward spiral to severe depression. "Open-heart surgery has historically been known to affect a person's cognitive functioning following recovery," Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chief of psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia, told the New York Daily News.

Hopkins To Pay $190M After Doc Taped Pelvic Exams

July 23, 2014 9:56 am | by Juliet Linderman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A "rogue" gynecologist's secret use of tiny cameras to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients' sex organs has led to a $190 million settlement with some 8,000 women and girls, lawyers said Monday...            

Why The VA Scandal Is A Red Flag For Single-Payer Advocates

July 21, 2014 10:33 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Blogs | Comments

Some are eager to link the VA scandal to Obamacare, and more broadly, government-run health care. Others extol the virtues of the VA, holding it as an ideal of what our health care system should look like...           

New Technique Uses 'Simulated' Human Heart To Screen Drugs

July 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Coventry University | News | Comments

A Coventry University scientist has developed a pioneering new way – using samples of beating heart tissue – to test the effect of drugs on the heart without using human or animal trials...                 

Orbis Launches Seventh Flying Eye Hospital Program In Mongolia

July 21, 2014 9:23 am | by Orbis | News | Comments

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is visiting Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for the seventh time to conduct an intensive and comprehensive training and skills exchange program aimed at strengthening ophthalmic services in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia...          

New Research Leads to New Tests and Targeted Treatments for Crohn's Disease

July 16, 2014 1:16 pm | by Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America | News | Comments

Specific types of bacteria and accompanying gene expression patterns in the small intestine affect the development and progression of inflammatory bowel (IBD) diseases in children...                    

It’s Very Difficult To Assess A Doctor’s True Skill Or Performance

July 16, 2014 11:41 am | by Robert Pearl, Md | Blogs | Comments

I often start by asking participants to raise their hands if they receive excellent healthcare. Each time I ask, about 90% of the hands in the room shoot up. But all the hands come down when I ask, “How do you know?”...         

New Hope For Treatment Of Alzheimer's Disease

July 16, 2014 11:00 am | by Douglas Mental Health University Institute | News | Comments

A new discovery by Judes Poirier and his team at Douglas Mental Health Institute and McGill University in Montreal (Canada) opens new avenues for treatment against this devastating disease...               

Four Lessons For Effective, Efficient Research In Healthcare Settings

July 16, 2014 9:58 am | by University of Colorado Denver | News | Comments

Thousands of studies take place every year in healthcare settings. A report published recently in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine describes how to do many of these studies more rapidly...              

Live Kidney Donors Face 'Pointless' Insurance Troubles

July 16, 2014 9:20 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Healthy living kidney donors often face pointless post-donation hurdles when seeking or changing health or life insurance, according to results of a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers...                   

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