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Hospital Controls Avian Flu With Preparedness Measures

January 5, 2015 11:38 am | News | Comments

A proactive infection prevention plan implemented widely in a Hong Kong healthcare system was a significant factor preventing the spread of influenza strain A H7N9, otherwise known as Avian flu. ...          

Surgery Center Safety Continues to Be Scrutinized

January 5, 2015 10:25 am | by Sandra G.Boodman, Washington Post | News | Comments

Wendy Salo was alarmed when she learned where her doctor had scheduled her gynecologic operation -- at an outpatient surgery center. "My first thought was 'Am I not important enough to go to a real hospital?'" recalled Salo, 48, a supermarket department manager who said she felt "very trepidatious" about having her ovaries removed outside a hospital. ...   

51 Years After Wreck, Surgery Finds Car Part in Man's Arm

January 2, 2015 12:21 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm. ...     

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Woman Wakes Up During Brain Surgery

January 2, 2015 12:05 pm | News | Comments

A teenager woke up while undergoing brain surgery in Poland and began speaking to doctors about cats and how the surgery was going. ...                    

Predicting Superbugs' Countermoves to New Drugs

January 2, 2015 11:11 am | News | Comments

With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades -- such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections -- are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics. ...       

For Facial Transplant Patients, Blink Assessment Essential

December 30, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Face transplantation can dramatically enhance a patient's quality of life after severe facial trauma, but lack of attention to eyelid function and vision can leave patients with impaired vision, corneal exposure, eyelid retraction that occurs when the upper or lower eyelid pulls away from the eyeball, and other eyelid-related complications. ...   

Breast Reconstruction Using Patient's Own Tissues Yield Better Results

December 30, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

For women who have undergone mastectomy, breast reconstruction using the patient's own tissues--rather than implants--provides higher satisfaction scores, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ...   

Weight-Loss Surgery Not an Easy Way Out

December 30, 2014 10:28 am | by Jen Rini, The News Journal | News | Comments

Craig Gilbert had estimated he had about 10 years left to live. At 363 pounds he had diabetes, sky-rocketing blood pressure and cholesterol so high it actually had begun to block the coronary artery in his heart. ...        

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Scientists Help Put Bed Bugs to Bed - Forever

December 29, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

The world owes a debt of gratitude to Simon Fraser University biologist Regine Gries. Her arms have provided a blood meal for more than a thousand bedbugs each week for five years while she and her husband, biology professor Gerhard Gries, searched for a way to conquer the global bedbug epidemic. ...   

Protein Could Target Ebola, Other Infections

December 29, 2014 11:28 am | News | Comments

A protein called GRP78 could be a universal therapeutic target for treating human diseases like brain cancer, Ebola, Influenza, Hepatitis and superbug bacteria such as MRSE and MRSA, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University-led pre-clinical study published this month in the Journal of Cellular Physiology. ...   

South Korean Cosmetic Surgery Staff Partied While Operating

December 29, 2014 10:40 am | by The Guardian | News | Comments

South Korean health authorities have said they are investigating a cosmetic surgery clinic in Seoul after photographs emerged online apparently showing medical staff partying in an operating theatre. ...        

Skin Patch Could Help Heal, Prevent Diabetic Ulcers

December 23, 2014 3:49 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine say they have developed a safe and effective skin patch to deliver a drug that enhances the healing of diabetes-related ulcers. The patch, which they tested in mice, may also serve as a way to prevent ulcer formation. ...   

Opportunities Open to Develop Targeted Drug Therapy For Cardiac Arrhythmia

December 23, 2014 3:26 pm | News | Comments

In an orchestra, each instrument plays an important role in creating a beautiful piece of music. If just one instrument falls out of rhythm, a world-class symphony could sound more like a middle-school orchestra practice. Similarly, the heart is controlled by a complex system of electrical signals. If any of the signals fail, the results can be fatal. ...  

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Emerging Health Threats to be Explored at MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS 2015

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

Even though TIME magazine named “the Ebola fighters” as the 2014 Person of the Year, the Ebola outbreak proved the health care community has work to do. At the MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS (MWA) 2015 conference and expo, industry leaders will collaboratively discuss this and other pressing health care challenges, lessons learned and breakthrough innovations they can implement immediately. ...   

Chinese Doctors Punished For Surgery Selfies

December 23, 2014 11:11 am | by Naomi Ng, CNN.com | News | Comments

Senior executives and a team of medical staff from a Chinese hospital in the northwestern province of Shaanxi have been punished for taking group photos next to apparently unconscious patients after surgery, state media reported on Monday. ...     

Johns Hopkins Develops Suit to Fight Ebola

December 22, 2014 11:44 am | by GE Reports.com | News | Comments

Here’s an idea for a smarter business suit, if your business is fighting Ebola or some other deadly infectious disease. ...                      

Chinese Hospital Snapped Photos During Surgery

December 22, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

Chinese health authorities put a hospital president on probation and fired three other supervisors following public outrage over photos posted online of smiling medical staff posing with patients in the middle of surgery. ...        

Near 700-Pound Woman Prepares for Gastric Bypass Surgery

December 19, 2014 12:06 pm | by Dana Dovey, Medical Daily | News | Comments

Amber is 24 years old and weighs nearly 700 pounds. She is one of the newest individuals to share her struggle with weight on TLC’s My 600-Pound Life. The show will follow Amber as she prepares to undergo a risky gastric bypass surgery in a desperate attempt to lose weight and save her life. ...

U.S. Laparoscopic Device Market Will Reach Over $4.3 Billion by 2023

December 19, 2014 10:56 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Decision Resources Group finds that the laparoscopic device market in the United States will increase to a value of over $4.3 billion by 2023. Growth will be primarily driven by expansion in the large direct energy device market. In particular, premium-priced advanced direct energy devices will be increasingly adopted due to the advantages they offer and as new products are launched. ...  

Oxygen Suction Can Reduce Risk of Surgical Fires in Dental Procedures

December 19, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

The oxygen-enriched environment of surgical procedures creates the risk of fire. As many as 600 operating room fires occur each year in the United States despite a decline in the use of flammable anesthetics. To ensure the safety of dental surgical procedures, a new study investigated the use of suction to prevent combustion. ...    

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 location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes, according to a study published online recently in the Journal of Neurosurgery. ...     

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."...   

Promising Treatment Could Fight Cancer, Other Diseases

December 17, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

Promising treatments known as biologics are on the market and under development for many serious illnesses such as cancer, but some of them come with high risks, even lethal ones. ...           

Veteran Finally Gets Simple Surgery After Year-Long Wait

December 17, 2014 10:42 am | by Melissa Blasius, KUSA News | News | Comments

Thomas Amabile had cataract surgery Tuesday after a yearlong ordeal with the Denver VA Hospital, which highlights ongoing lapses in patient scheduling. ...                 

Operating Tunes: How Music Helps Surgery

December 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Julie Beck, The Atlantic | News | Comments

The third episode of the hospital comedy Scrubs starts with a tense moment in the operating room between attending surgeon Dr. Wen and his intern Dr. Turk. ...                

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