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Docphin Leads List of Top 10 Medical Apps

November 21, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

Many of the best apps for the medical community fly under the radar, says Scott Lorenz of Westwind Communications. ...                           

2014 ESP Award Winner - First Place, MIS Products, Minimally Invasive Devices Robotic FloShield

November 21, 2014 11:22 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Robotic FloShield, is a new standard in maintaining unparalleled visual clarity during...

New Technique Allows Ultrasound To Penetrate Bone, Metal

November 20, 2014 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows...

Gastric Sleeve Patient Sues After Botched Surgery Costs Both Legs

November 20, 2014 10:57 am | by Joel Christie for the MailOnline | News | Comments

A Texas man is suing four doctors and a hospital for $10 million over a botched bariatric sleeve...

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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.

Xerox and HealthSpot to Expand Telehealth Access in the US

November 18, 2014 10:57 am | News | Comments

In a move that expands patient access to care, Xerox is investing in HealthSpot Inc., a pioneer in patient- and provider-driven healthcare technology. The investment enables groundbreaking telehealth to be delivered to patients in convenient locations nationwide. ...

Federal Government Health Websites Fall Short

November 18, 2014 10:30 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

With many seniors facing high medical bills, a congressional investigation has found that federal government websites meant to give Medicare patients basic consumer tools instead fail to provide adequate information on out-of-pocket costs, and even quality of care.       

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Organ Sales Prove Costly to People of Nepal

November 14, 2014 11:50 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a fraction of the money promised to him by a shady broker in Hokshe, a village of tiny farms and mud huts that has been the center of the illegal organ trade in Nepal for more than a decade ...

Medline's Quiet Kits Improving Patient Care, Staff Culture

November 14, 2014 10:59 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Product Releases | Comments

In March of 2013, Dignity Health began using Quite Kits from Medline Industries to improve patient experience in its healthcare facilities. Since its debut, “Quite Kits” has improved quietness and cleanliness scores, provided patients with comfort, and helped change the culture among hospital staff ...

Indian Doctor Arrested, Denies Role in Sterilization Deaths

November 13, 2014 9:49 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The doctor who conducted sterilization procedures after which 13 women died in central India was arrested, but insisted he didn't do anything wrong — even though he said he used to perform up to 10 times more surgeries a day than allowed ...  

2014 ESP Award Winner - Second Place, Best of Show, NDS ExpandOR Streaming Device

November 12, 2014 11:33 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

NDS Surgical Imaging was honored with second place in the Best of Show category for the 2014 ESP Awards for its ExpandOR HD video/audio streaming device. In an interview with Surgical Products, ExpandOR discusses what makes ExpandOR one of the industry's best ...

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 ...              

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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.                 

Republicans Can No Longer Blame Harry Reid for Failing to Repeal ObamaCare

November 11, 2014 10:57 am | by Dr. Jane M. Orient | Blogs | Comments

The time for Republican self congratulation is over, and the work needs to begin. It appears that the majority of the voting population recognizes that our country is in dire condition. Time is running out to fix it. Are Republicans going to work for our country, or just shift money around to different special interests? 

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.   

TIDI Products Announces Acquisition of CFI Medical Solutions

November 7, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

TIDI Products, LLC, a leading manufacturer of clinically differentiated, single-use, medical devices, has acquired CFI Medical Solutions of Fenton, Mich., a diversified medical device manufacturer and engineering resource for hospitals, distributors, and global original equipment manufacturers ... 

Weight-Loss Surgery Has Low Complication Rates

November 7, 2014 10:40 am | by Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter | News | Comments

People with type 2 diabetes who undergo a weight-loss procedure called laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery have a low risk for complications or death, according to a new study.                      

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Study: Bariatric Surgery May Alter Taste Buds

November 6, 2014 11:09 am | News | Comments

Stomach-shrinking bariatric surgery may also foster changes in a person's taste buds, which could help them lose weight and keep it off, according to a new study.                    

September/October 2014

November 4, 2014 5:09 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

This is the digital version of the September/October 2014 issue of Surgical Products magazine.

Stryker to Pay $1.43 Billion in Hip Replacement Lawsuit

November 4, 2014 10:59 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical implant maker Stryker will pay at least $1.43 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits from patients who had to have surgery to remove problematic hip implants, under a deal announced Monday. The agreement, brokered by a New Jersey Superior Court judge, resolves state and federal lawsuits against the maker of orthopedics ...

Surgery for Spinal Stenosis All Over the Map

November 4, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

When it comes to surgical interventions for spinal stenosis, patients across the country are subject to an "accident of geography" that makes spinal decompression surgery more than 8 times as likely in Tacoma, Washington, than the Bronx, New York, and spinal fusion surgery 14 times more frequent in Tyler, Texas, than Bangor, Maine ... 

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 ...

Couple Marries After Losing 380 Pounds Through Weight Loss Surgery

November 3, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

A Detroit-area couple who met in a support group for weight loss surgery patients exchanged wedding vows after losing a collective 380 pounds. Crysta Danaher, 34, of Windsor, and Bill Anderson, 44, of Allen Park, were married Saturday at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, where they had bariatric surgery and later met, the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1GdnjeH ) reported ...

Scientists Trigger Self-Destruct Switch in Lung Cancer Cells

October 31, 2014 11:51 am | News | Comments

UK scientists have found a drug combination that can trigger the self-destruct process in lung cancer cells - paving the way for new treatments, according to research that will be presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool next week ...

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 ...

Medicare Bought Meds For Dead People

October 31, 2014 10:11 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead. The problem was traced back to a head-scratching bureaucratic rule that's now getting a second look. A report released Friday from the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general says the Medicare rule allows payment for prescriptions filled up to 32 days after a patient's death ...

ACS Report: Multi-Procedural Technology Drives Innovation and Profitability

October 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

Walking the halls of the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress & Expo offers a number of opportunities. Embedded within the clamor of the show floor and pictured in part by the varying HD, 4K and 3D displays, are an array of new products promising to push the OR forward ....

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 ...

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