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Study: Significant Increase in Post-Surgical Complications

October 14, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, announced the publication in Critical Care of an analysis on the clinical and economic impacts of post-surgical complications in patients undergoing major surgery ...

Conjoined Twin Babies to Take First Step in Separation Surgery

October 13, 2014 10:55 am | by Amanda Orr, Reuters | News | Comments

Conjoined 6-month-old twin girls will begin to undergo tissue expansion this month to stretch skin that will be used to cover patches of their bodies when they are separated in a surgery planned for December. The tissue expansion for Knatalye Hope Mata and Adeline Faith Mata is expected to take six to eight weeks ... 

Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms Now a Reality

October 9, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities ...

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Siemen's Kulkarni Looks at Future of Hybrid ORs

October 8, 2014 10:22 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Sudhir Kulkarni, segment director of hybrid OR, Siemens Healthcare ...

Study: New Device Can Slow, Reverse Heart Failure

October 7, 2014 1:27 pm | News | Comments

A new, implantable device to control heart failure is showing promising results in the first trial to determine safety and effectiveness in patients, according to lead researcher Dr. William Abraham of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Results of the study are published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology Heart Failure ... 

New Technologies Could Replace Stitches For Wound Closure

October 7, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

The increasing reliability and versatility of adhesive approaches, and the growing need for better alternatives to surgical suturing and stapling, are ushering in a new era of wound repair devices that could one day replace stitches, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Black Diamond Video Talks Hybrid OR

October 7, 2014 10:57 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Devon Bream, MPH, FACHE, Vice President, Global Medical Sales and Marketing.

Camera That Takes Shots of Entire Body Could Help Doctors Spot Cancer Early

October 6, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer type in the United States, and it's also the deadliest form of skin cancer, causing more than 75 percent of skin-cancer deaths. If caught early enough though, it is almost always curable. Now a camera, capable of taking snapshots of the entire human body and rendering high-resolution images of a patient’s skin may help doctors spot cancer early and save lives ...

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Link Between Breast Implants And Cancer Under Investigation

October 6, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

An international research group including Viennese pathologist Lukas Kenner has reviewed cases of possible association between breast implants and a form of lymphoma that may develop tumors at a later stage. The researchers conclude that breast implants can cause a new subtype of the rare yet malignant lymphoma known as ALCL ...

A New Way To Extract Bone-Making Cells From Fat Tissue

October 6, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

Within our fat lives a variety of cells with the potential to become bone, cartilage, or more fat if properly prompted. This makes adipose tissue, in theory, a readily available reservoir for regenerative therapies such as bone healing if doctors can get enough of those cells and compel them to produce bone ...

Reseachers Discover Gene That Can Predict Aggressive Prostate Cancer

October 2, 2014 5:54 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have identified a biomarker living next door to the KLK3 gene that can predict which GS7 prostate cancer patients will have a more aggressive form of cancer. The results were reported in the journal of Clinical Cancer Research, a publication of the American Association of Cancer Research.

Discovery Could Help Prevent Brain Tumors in Children

October 2, 2014 5:45 pm | News | Comments

Scientists at the IRCM discovered a mechanism that promotes the progression of medulloblastoma, the most common brain tumor found in children. The team, led by Frédéric Charron, PhD, found that a protein known as Sonic Hedgehog induces DNA damage, which causes the cancer to develop ... 

Scientists Aim To Give Botox a Safer Facelift

October 2, 2014 11:50 am | News | Comments

New insights into botulinum neurotoxins and their interactions with cells are moving scientists ever closer to safer forms of Botox and a better understanding of the dangerous disease known as botulism. By comparing all known structures of botulinum neurotoxins, researchers writing in the Cell Press journal Trends in Biochemical Sciences on Oct. 1 suggest new ways to improve the safety and efficacy of Botox injections.

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Brain Surgery With Sound Shows 'A Lot of Promise'

October 2, 2014 11:27 am | by Molly Shen, KomoNews.com | News | Comments

In the first of its kind surgery in the world, doctors at Seattle's Swedish Neuroscience Institute used a specialized cap to direct more than a thousand ultrasound beams onto a metastatic tumor, deep in a patient's brain. Dr. Stephen Monteith was the lead surgeon and is a co-investigator on the trial examining the safety of using focused ultrasound to treat metastatic brain tumors....

'Smart' Bandage Emits Glow To Show Healing

October 1, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Conor L. Evans at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has created a paint-on, see-through, "smart" bandage that glows to indicate a wound's tissue oxygenation concentration ... 

Hybrid 'Patch' Could Replace Heart Transplants

September 30, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Because heart cells cannot multiply and cardiac muscles contain few stem cells, heart tissue is unable to repair itself after a heart attack. Now Tel Aviv University researchers are literally setting a new gold standard in cardiac tissue engineering ...

Sony Focuses On Latest In Hybrid OR Technology

September 30, 2014 11:18 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Evan Krachman, Sony Electronics, Medical Systems Division. Here are Krachman's responses:

New Tool Assesses Skill Development In Robotic Surgery

September 29, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

A new standardized assessment provides a useful tool for tracking surgeons' progress as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsurgery, reports a study in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Comtron Introduces Medgen Electronic Health Records System

September 29, 2014 11:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Comtron, a leading provider of healthcare systems, is optimizing medical documentation and reporting processes with its electronic health records system, Medgen EHR, by giving clinicians an easy-to-use interface. 

Philips Discusses Hybrid OR Innovations

September 29, 2014 10:28 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Susan Anderson, Sr. Field Marketing Manager, Philips iXR - Hybrid OR.

Mechanized System Could Improve Nerve-Damaged Hands

September 26, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted inside the body ...

Toshiba's Sloop Looks at Hybrid OR Integration

September 26, 2014 11:03 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. This week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature David Sloop, director, XRVL Business Unit, Toshiba America Medical Systems. Here are Sloop's responses:

Treatment Studied To Help Patients ‘Burned To The Bone’

September 25, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

According to a University of Michigan report released Thursday, an anti-inflammatory treatment, studied in the labs of regenerative medicine specialists and trauma surgeons, may prevent what’s become one of the war-defining injuries for today’s troops.

NDS Talks Hybrid OR Integration

September 25, 2014 11:45 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. This week, SP will run standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Jonah Post, Senior Product Manager, NDS Surgical Imaging. Here are Post's responses:

Black Diamond Video Is First To Market With Pre-Op Serenity

September 24, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

Black Diamond Video (BDV) on Wednesday announced  the release of Pre-Op Serenity™, an integrated solution that promotes surgical patient relaxation through calming audio and video. Black Diamond Video’s Pre-Op Serenity is a new feature of the company’s Integrated Digital Surgical Suite (IDSS), an all-digital video routing and display solution for operating rooms.

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