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How Bariatric Surgery Effects Youth Patients

May 22, 2015 2:28 pm | by American College of Surgeons | Blogs | Comments

ACS bariatric experts talk about how youth react to bariatric surgery. 

Telemedicine Proven to Save Thousands

May 22, 2015 9:52 am | by University of California - Davis Health System | News | Comments

A study compared telemedicine to phone consultations, and found it saved thousands of dollars....

Recent Releases: New Lighting, Patient Positioning Options Released

May 22, 2015 9:28 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Blogs | Comments

Lights and magnifiers, patient positioning and urology all have new options available. 

Focused Treatment Means Better Outcomes

May 22, 2015 9:01 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

Surgeon Dr. Cary Kaufman, FACS, wanted to see if this tool, which could help him better indicate...

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Thought Controls Robotic Arm

May 21, 2015 2:47 pm | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

While the design of the robotic arm still has some tweaks to be worked out, it is controlled with thought by surgically placed electrodes. 

Experts Deliver a How-To Guide for Implant Placement

May 21, 2015 2:31 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Their article shares exquisitely detailed anatomic color photographs, along with step-by-step descriptions of two alternative routes for neurosurgeons performing these demanding implant procedures.

Real-Time Patient/Doctor Feedback for Implanted Medical Devices

May 21, 2015 1:52 pm | by Mark Russell, Senior Global Market Manager, Medical Electronics, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The greatest challenge facing the development of connected medical devices is the desire to gather information beyond simply how the device is functioning. 

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Magnetic Stimulation Helps Map Motor Skills

May 21, 2015 10:27 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

This method helps identify if any injuries occurred during surgery.

MIS Approach has Proven Success

May 21, 2015 9:41 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

Neurosurgeon Dr. Gustavo Pradilla explains his upfront hesitancy about the minimally invasive system, which turned to enthusiasm once he saw the positive impact it had on patients. 

Predicting Hep C Complications to Reduce HAIs

May 21, 2015 9:22 am | by University of Michigan Health Systems | News | Comments

Screening for hepatitis C has become a standard, but a new model of tests and evaluations could help find which patients are more likely to have complications.

Potential Secret of Chemo Resistance Identified

May 20, 2015 5:34 pm | by University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center | News | Comments

The study found a biomarker may boost ovarian cancer chemotherapy response. 

New Antibiotic Gives Drug-Resistant Bacteria a Tough Fight

May 20, 2015 5:27 pm | by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital | News | Comments

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have created a promising second-generation antibiotic to combat bacteria that are a common cause of respiratory and other infections, including gonorrhea. This is the second time they've developed a promising antibiotic in recent years.

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Squishiness Tied to Tumor Aggressiveness

May 20, 2015 10:03 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

USC engineers have created a backpack-sized instrument that can gently smush a wide range of materials, accurately quantifying the Young's modulus - the scientific way to say "squishiness." 

Pre-Op Chemo Improves Surgical Outcomes

May 20, 2015 9:59 am | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

Women with advanced ovarian cancer have fewer side effects and tend to have a better quality of life if given chemotherapy before surgery, according to a Cancer Research UK study published in The Lancet. 

Risk Could Be Reduced for Infant Patients

May 19, 2015 5:23 pm | by American Society of Anesthesiologists | News | Comments

Experts have long examined the effects of anesthesia on infants and toddlers, and many believe infants who undergo general anesthesia in their first year of life may be at higher risk of developmental and learning issues.

Precision, Stability are Goals of Stapler

May 19, 2015 11:26 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

“As a thoracic surgeon, I can’t stress enough that intraoperative control is critical. Injury intraoperatively could lead to serious post-op complications,” an expert said.

EuroPCR 2015: Advances in Mechanical Thrombectomy Warrant Call to Action in Acute Stroke

May 19, 2015 9:28 am | by EuroPCR | News | Comments

Seven clinical trials in the past six months have demonstrated that intracranial thrombus retrieval or lysis is feasible and safe, and yields significant improvements.

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'Imperfect Drug Penetration' Speeds Pathogens' Resistance, Study Finds

May 19, 2015 9:15 am | by San Francisco State University | News | Comments

Not all drugs can reach all parts of the body, a situation known as "imperfect drug penetration." 

Designing Better Medical Implants

May 19, 2015 9:01 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Biomedical devices that can be implanted in the body for drug delivery, tissue engineering, or sensing can help improve treatment for many diseases. However, such devices are often susceptible to attack by the immune system, which can render them useless. 

Stem Cell 'Wild West' Takes Root Amid Lack of US Regulation

May 18, 2015 2:17 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer   | News | Comments

It's quackery, critics say. But it's also a mushrooming business — and almost wholly unregulated.

Study Suggests Need for Renal Protective Care in Pediatric Lung Transplant Patients

May 18, 2015 9:53 am | by American Thoracic Society | News | Comments

The study, believed to be the first to look at CKD in children who have received lung transplants, also found that those children with high levels of tacrolimus circulating in the blood and those who experience at least one episode of acute kidney injury during their recovery also appear to be at greater risk for CKD.

Newer Post-Op Oxygen Delivery Method Compares to Standard Approach

May 18, 2015 9:48 am | by The Jama Network Journals | News | Comments

A relatively new, easier to implement, and better-tolerated method to provide supplemental oxygen to patients at risk of respiratory failure after surgery did not result in a worse rate of treatment failure compared to a more commonly used method, a study reports.

VeinViewers

May 15, 2015 1:14 pm | by Christie Medical Holdings | Videos | Comments

VeinViewer projects a real-time, digital full field image of a patient's veins directly on the surface of the patient's skin. It is proven to improve peripheral IV starts and patient satisfaction scores by up to 100 percent.  

Fee-For-Service Healthcare May Lead to Higher Risk For Robotic Prostate Surgery Patients

May 15, 2015 9:59 am | by Henry Ford Health Systems | News | Comments

Now the most common surgical method for treating prostate cancer in the U.S., RARP allows a surgeon to remove the diseased prostate by manipulating robotic arms holding undersized instruments through tiny incisions in the patient's skin.

Automated System Would Identify Life-Threatening Bleeding

May 15, 2015 9:47 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | News | Comments

"While the clinical information that ambulance crews call in to trauma centers was sufficient to determine the presence of a life-threatening hemorrhage in about half the patients we studied, many other patients were in a 'grey area' and may or may not have been at risk of bleeding to death," an expert said. 

Bandages Could Enter Electronic Age

May 15, 2015 9:40 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Skin wounds that are slow to heal are a clinical challenge to physicians all over the world. Every year, the NHS alone spends £1 billion on treating chronic wounds such as lower limb venous and diabetic ulcers.

Future of Using 3D Printing in ORs is Defined by Materials

May 15, 2015 9:20 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

What two industry experts said was interesting; it isn’t the printers themselves that are the future - it’s the materials the printers can use  and the applications of  3D printing that will be revolutionary.

Research Shows How Antibodies Produce Vaccine-Like Effect Against Tumors

May 14, 2015 9:22 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

It was unknown which Fc receptor was involved, or how the tumor killing led the immune system to generate memory T cells against these same antigens, in case the tumor producing them should return.

Octopus Arm Inspires Future Surgical Tool

May 14, 2015 9:09 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

The new tool concept has been inspired by the eight highly flexible arms of the octopus which have no rigid skeletal support and can thus easily adapt to the surrounding environment by twisting, changing their length or bending in any direction at any point along the arm.

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