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Surgical Products Presents ACS Post Show & Industry Trends Sponsored by Halyard

November 20, 2014 9:55 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Videos | Comments

The annual ACS Clinical Congress and Expo is over and 2014 is ending. This provides the surgical community with an opportunity to look at the latest trends impacting OR device, equipment and instrumentation developments, as well as the resulting procedural advancements. Kevin Damask and Jeff Reinke take you through the leading factors driving both as Surgical Products and Halyard Health count down the most dynamic trends impacting your OR.

Half of STEMI Heart Attack Patients May Have Additional Clogged Arteries

November 17, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

A blocked artery causes a deadly kind of heart attack known as STEMI, and a rapid response to...

Bad Drugs Likely Killed Indian Women

November 17, 2014 10:17 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Tainted drugs apparently killed 13 women who underwent sterilization procedures in central India...

Study Offers New Clue Into How Anesthesia Works

November 14, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Anesthesia, long considered a blessing to patients and surgeons, has been a mystery for much of...

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Genes Identify Kidney Transplant Rejection

November 12, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

Acute rejection after kidney transplantation occurs in about 15%-20% of patients despite immunosuppressive therapy. Rejection is usually heralded by an increase in the patient's serum creatinine (a marker of kidney function), and a kidney biopsy is then performed to confirm whether rejection is taking place ... 

Sterilization Deaths Show India's Healthcare Ills

November 12, 2014 10:10 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The women were poor, from villages in central India where the promise of a few dollars is all but impossible to resist. Many had babies so young they were still nursing at their mothers' breasts ...              

2014 ESP Award Winner-gSource, 3rd Place in Instrumentation

November 11, 2014 1:25 pm | Videos | Comments

gSource’s Easy2Clean Kerrison Punch wins Third Place-Instrumentation.  Check out the video for more info!                        

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Migraine Linked to Defective 'Insulation' Around Nerve Fibers

November 11, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

A new study shows cellular-level changes in nerve structure and function that may contribute to the development of migraine headaches, reports the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) ... 

Eight Women Dead in India After Sterilization Surgery

November 11, 2014 11:28 am | by Rishi Iyengar, Time.com | News | Comments

Eight women died on Monday in the Indian state of Chattisgarh following government-sponsored sterilization surgery, according to a state medical official.                 

Molecular Breakthrough Could Halt Spread of Prostate Cancer

November 10, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

Scientists believe a new treatment, shown to be effective in mice, could halt the growth of tumors in patients with prostate cancer.                                              

Insurance, Income, Education Tied to Survival After Lung Cancer Surgery

November 10, 2014 10:36 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

How long patients survive after surgery to remove lung cancer may depend on factors like insurance, income and education, according to a new study.                         

Obamacare Faces Higher Bar In Second Sign-Up Season

November 10, 2014 10:12 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

With a bright look to its rebuilt website, version 2.0 of President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul represents another chance to win over a skeptical public. But more than possible computer woes lurk as HealthCare.gov's second open enrollment season begins Nov. 15.   

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Treatment for Amputees Remains a Challenge

November 7, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

Army doctors in the First World War were helpless to stop soldiers who lost limbs from suffering in pain, according to researchers. A century on, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have made the loss of limbs common among military casualties once again, but while prosthetic technology has improved dramatically, there is still a shortage of effective treatments for pain caused by damaged nerves ... 

Radiation a Risk For Brain Tumors in Young People

November 5, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

In people under age 30, radiation is a risk factor for a type of brain tumor called a meningioma, a Loyola University Medical Center study has found.                                        

Granger Casualty Test Can Make Epilepsy Surgery More Affective

November 5, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

A new statistical test that looks at the patterns of high-frequency network activity flow from brain signals can help doctors pinpoint the exact location of seizures occurring in the brain and make surgery more effective, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Emory University School of Medicine ...

Mexican Boy to Have Tumor Surgery in U.S.

November 5, 2014 12:04 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

An 11-year-old Mexican boy suffering from a massive tumor, who drew international attention after U.S. Homeland Security Investigations helped him get treatment in New Mexico, is scheduled to have a series of surgeries in Albuquerque to remove the large growth on his shoulder ...    

Researchers Discover Why Anesthetics Can Cause Long-Term Memory Loss

November 4, 2014 11:19 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine have shown why anesthetics can cause long-term memory loss, a discovery that can have serious implications for post-operative patients ...                  

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Pain, Depression Put Older Adults at Risk of Delirium Following Surgery

November 3, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

New research reports that preoperative pain and depressive symptoms in older adults place them at greater risk of delirium following surgery. According to the findings published today in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, both pain and depression are independent and interactive risk factors for delirium, suggesting a cumulative effect ... 

More Than Half of Obese Drop Out of Bariatric Surgery Despite Being in Publicly-Funded Healthcare Program

November 3, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

Researchers from the University Health Network in Toronto are hoping to improve the operational efficiency of bariatric surgery programs to increase access to care. Studies have shown that bariatric operations can alleviate chronic health issues like diabetes and arthritis for extremely obese people ...

Guidelines Published For The Treatment of Pediatric Hydrocephalus

November 3, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

The Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group is pleased to announce today's publication of "Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines," a supplement to the November issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics ... 

Heart Valve Surgery Grows For People In Their Nineties

October 31, 2014 11:04 am | by Larry Husten, Forbes.com | News | Comments

As people continue to live longer physicians are increasingly confronted with very elderly patients who have serious conditions that might benefit from surgery but who are at high risk for surgical complications. Published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, doctors at Mayo Clinic reviewed their experience with 59 patients age 90 or older who had severe aortic stenosis and underwent surgical or transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

Study: Elderly Face No Added Risk From Cosmetic Surgery

October 31, 2014 10:39 am | by Josh Brown, Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Senior citizens are at no higher risk for complications from cosmetic surgery than younger patients, according to a recent study by plastic surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The doctors analyzed data from more than 129,000 patients during a five-year period and found no significant difference in the rate of complications for individuals older or younger than 65 ...

Incisionless Procedure Improves Long-Term GERD Symptoms

October 30, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

EndoGastric Solutions (EGS) announced publication of US registry data showing that long-term gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) sufferers who underwent an incisionless procedure maintained symptom relief without the need to take proton pump inhibitor medicines for two years ...

Mild Depressive Symptoms Weaken Spinal Stenosis Surgery Outcome

October 30, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Even mild depressive symptoms can weaken the outcome of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. Patients with depressive symptoms had a weaker functional capacity post-surgery even five years after surgery ...

Patients Do Better After Surgery If They 'Prehab'

October 30, 2014 11:02 am | by Katherine Hobson, NPR | News | Comments

People are often told to follow a rehabilitation program following surgery to speed recovery. But starting weeks before going under the knife might help them regain function even faster. So-called "prehabilitation" to prepare someone for an upcoming stressful event has been used quite a bit in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Julie Silver, a physiatrist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, tells Shots ...

Breast And Colorectal Cancers Remain More Aggressive in Children

October 30, 2014 10:24 am | News | Comments

Breast and colorectal cancers rarely occur in children, but when they do, these conditions are more precarious, according to a pair of National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) studies presented this week at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons ... 

Prostate Cancer Medications Linked to Heart-Related Causes

October 29, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

A new study has found that certain prostate cancer medications are linked with an increased risk of dying from heart-related causes in men with congestive heart failure or prior heart attacks. Published in BJU International, the findings will help doctors and patients weigh the benefits and risks of the drugs.

Most Internet Sources on Prostate Cancer Disagree With Expert Panel

October 29, 2014 8:24 am | News | Comments

Only 17 percent of top-ranked consumer health websites advise against screening for prostate cancer, a recommendation made more than two years ago by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), according to a study presented at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Many Older Patients Would Benefit From Palliative Care

October 27, 2014 9:14 pm | News | Comments

Half of older adults who sustain injuries severe enough that they could die in the hospital or become unable to function independently are not asked in the intensive care unit (ICU) if they wish to speak with palliative care specialists about their preferences for end-of-life care, a new study finds ...

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