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Board Rules Hospitals Can Still Perform Angioplasty Without License

December 19, 2014 12:30 pm | by Susan K. Livio, NJ.com | News | Comments

A New Jersey state health board voted today to continue to allow 11 hospitals to perform the artery-clearing procedure known as angioplasty without holding a license to perform heart surgery. ...             

Cells That Enhance Tumor Growth Identified

December 19, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

A study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists has identified the population of...

New Technology Advances Eye Tracking For Brain Injuries

December 18, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed new technology that can assess the...

Tailor-Made Cancer Treatments? New Technique Paves the Way

December 18, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

In a development that could lead to a deeper understanding of cancer and better early-stage...

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Lottenberg Talks About Successful RSS Prevention

December 18, 2014 11:10 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

Surgical Products recently talked to Dr. Lawrence Lottenberg, MD FACS, University of Florida College of Medicine, about two systems, the RF Assure Detection System and the RF Assure Delivery System, being used across the country to reduce RSS events in the OR. With this breakthough in technology, Lottenberg said the future in RSS prevention "looks bright."...   

Laparoscopic Surgery For Bladder Cancer Leads to Good Long-Term Control

December 18, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

Long-term survival rates following laparoscopic surgery for bladder cancer are comparable to those of open surgery, according to a study published in BJU International. ...                   

Study: Growing Shortage of Stroke Specialists

December 17, 2014 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Although stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, there's an increasing shortage of neurologists who specialize in stroke care. ...             

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Intra-Arterial Treatment For Clot Removal Is More Effective At Treating Stroke

December 17, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Study results released today in The New England Journal of Medicine gave the world of stroke care more evidence that physicians are winning the battle against this debilitating disease, which affects as many as one in six people. ...       

Mayo Clinic: High-Definition Scopes Accurately Assess Polyps

December 16, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

It may not be necessary for experienced gastroenterologists to send polyps they remove from a patient's colon to a pathologist for examination, according to a large study conducted by physician researchers at the Jacksonville campus of Mayo Clinic. ...      

Top Blood Transfusion Complication More Common Than Previously Reported

December 16, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Two studies published in the January issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), shed new light on the prevalence of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) and transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), the number one and two leading causes of blood transfusion-related deaths in the United States. ...

Insurers Ease 'Obamacare' Deadline to Pay Premiums

December 16, 2014 10:06 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama's health care law, the insurance industry said Tuesday it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January. ...        

Potential New Tool For Cervical Cancer Diagnosis

December 15, 2014 11:46 am | News | Comments

Cervical cancer is, in many ways, a shining example of how successful the war on cancer can be. Thanks largely to the advent of Pap smear screening, U.S. cervical cancer deaths decreased dramatically, by more than 60 percent, between 1955 and 1992. ...      

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Two Minute Delay in Cutting Cord Leads to Better Newborn Development

December 15, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

A study conducted by University of Granada scientists (from the Physiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Departments) and from the San Cecilio Clinical Hospital (Granada) has demonstrated that delaying the cutting of the umbilical cord in newborns by two minutes leads to a better development of the baby during the first days of life. ...  

Signaling Mechanism Could Be Target For Brain Cancer Growth

December 15, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

UT Southwestern Medical Center neurology researchers have identified an important cell signaling mechanism that plays an important role in brain cancer and may provide a new therapeutic target. ...         

Robotic Surgery Leads to Organ Preservation For Kidney Cancer Patients

December 11, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

Patients with operable kidney cancers were more likely to have a partial nephrectomy -- the recommended treatment for localized tumors -- when treated in hospitals that were early adopters of robotic surgery, according to a new study. ...       

Drug Proves Effective Against 'Superbugs'

December 10, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

A treatment pioneered at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) is far more effective than traditional antibiotics at inhibiting the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, including so-called "superbugs" resistant to almost all existing antibiotics, which plague hospitals and nursing homes. ...    

Research Shows Promise in Reducing Complications of Gastrointestinal Surgery

December 10, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

ACell, Inc. announced recently that a peer-reviewed study, "Esophageal Reinforcement with an Extracellular Scaffold During Total Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer," was published in the October, 2014 issue of Annals of Surgical Oncology, featuring its MatriStem Surgical Matrix PSM device. ...

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New Approaches Key to Reducing Surgical Site Infections

December 10, 2014 11:13 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

Surgical Products recently talked to Charles E. Edmiston Jr., PhD., CIC, Professor of Surgery & Hospital Epidemiologist - Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee about the importance of reducing surgical site infections and how the use of a surgical care bundle is aiming to improve patient care across the country. ...  

Patients With Problems After Surgery Should Go Back to Same Hospital

December 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

When patients have complications after surgery, it’s best to go back to the hospital where the operation was done, a new study suggests. Patients who go instead to a hospital that didn’t do the original operation have a higher risk of death, the researchers found. ...     

Study: Affordable Care Act Leaves Many Children Without Important Benefits

December 8, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

An article published in the Health Affairs December issue is the first ever comprehensive analysis to investigate the Affordable Care Act's Essential Health Benefit (EHB) as it relates to children. The study found that the EHB has resulted in a state-by-state patchwork of coverage for children and adolescents that has significant exclusions, particularly for children with developmental disabilities and other special health care needs. ...

Hack-A-Thon Attacks Ebola With Robots, Software, Remote Controls

December 8, 2014 11:33 am | by GE Reports.com | News | Comments

Treating an infectious disease like the Ebola virus is fraught with dangers for both victims and their caretakers. Ebola’s fatality rate can reach 70 percent and an errant drop of blood, vomit or other bodily fluid can turn a nurse or a doctor into a patient. That’s why engineers and technologists started looking for ways that would allow hospital staff to limit their exposure to the virus when treating the sick. ...

Malnutrition Predictor of Long-Term Survival for Whipple Patients

December 8, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

Malnutrition is an important factor predicting long-term survival in older patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) (commonly called the Whipple procedure) to treat benign tumors and cysts of the pancreas as well as pancreatitis, according to  new study results published in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. ...     

Recent Studies Link Metabolic Syndrome to Urinary Problems

December 8, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

Metabolic syndrome is linked with an increased frequency and severity of lower urinary tract symptoms, but weight loss surgery may lessen these symptoms. The findings, which come from two studies published in BJU International, indicate that urinary problems may be added to the list of issues that can improve with efforts that address altered metabolism.     

Breast Cancer Screening on 'Threshold of an Incredible Exciting Stage'

December 5, 2014 12:22 pm | by GE Reports.com | News | Comments

Some 40 percent of women in the U.S. have what physicians call “dense breast tissue,” which can mask the visibility of tumors on a traditional mammogram. ...                

3-D Printed Heart Could Reduce Surgeries in Children

December 5, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

New 3D printed heart technology could reduce the number of heart surgeries in children with congenital heart disease, according to Dr. Peter Verschueren who spoke on the topic today at EuroEcho-Imaging 2014. ...       

Medication Error Killed Woman Following Surgery

December 5, 2014 10:08 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oregon hospital is acknowledging that it administered the wrong medication to a patient, causing her death. ...                                 

Engineer Applies Robot Control Theory to Improve Prosthetic Legs

December 4, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. ...                     

Thirty-Five Hospitals Designated Ebola Treatment Centers

December 4, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

An increasing number of U.S. hospitals are now equipped to treat patients with Ebola, giving nationwide health system Ebola readiness efforts a boost.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health officials have identified and designated 35 hospitals with Ebola treatment centers, with more expected in the coming weeks. ...

New Camera Technology Provides 'Fantastic Voyage' Into Future

December 4, 2014 10:59 am | by Ralph Basile, Vice President of Marketing, Healthmark Industries | Blogs | Comments

Years ago, surgical instruments were relatively simple tools, designed for cutting, spreading, chiseling and closing. Thankfully for most "consumers" of surgical services, those days are long past. ...                     

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