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Fasting Before Surgery Falling Out of Flavor

November 26, 2014 12:18 pm | by Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune | News | Comments

Pushed by a new protocol developed in Europe, the midnight fast before surgery is gradually falling out of favor with American doctors and creating a potential sweet spot for one local company. ...       

Breast Cancer: New Insights Into Spread Could Yield Better Tests, Treatments

November 26, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

A study combining tumor cells from patients with breast cancer with a laboratory model of blood...

New Back Surgery Technology Gives Ailing Woman Promising Future

November 26, 2014 10:47 am | by Meghan Yost, WTNH.com | News | Comments

At the recent weddings of both her son and daughter, Julie Chasse danced the night away. “I...

New App Gives Family Piece of Mind During Surgery

November 26, 2014 10:14 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

There's no doubt surgery can be a stressful experience for not only the patient but family...

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Team Finds Drug Repurposing Signal In E-Health Records

November 25, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

With research and development costs for many drugs reaching well into the billions, pharmaceutical companies want more than ever to determine whether their drugs already at market have any hidden therapeutic benefits that could warrant putting additional indications on the label and increasing production ...

eShield Promises To Keep Gadgets Safe and Clean

November 25, 2014 11:19 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The use of electronics in the operating room, hospitals or doctors’ offices are becoming the norm with doctors and nurses carrying around many different types of gadgets to record patient information. How do they keep their gadget germ free and sterile in an environment that must remain sterile and safe? 

Wireless Electronic Implants Stop Staph, Then Dissolve

November 25, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Tufts University, in collaboration with a team at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, have demonstrated a resorbable electronic implant that eliminated bacterial infection in mice by delivering heat to infected tissue when triggered by a remote wireless signal ... 

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Adult Survivors of Childhood Eye Cancer Experience Few Setbacks

November 24, 2014 11:45 am | News | Comments

Adult survivors of retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer that usually develops in early childhood, have few cognitive or social problems decades following their diagnosis and treatment. That's the conclusion of a study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. ...

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. ...                           

Another Amazing Feat From the Cleveland Clinic

November 21, 2014 10:53 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

It's been nearly six years since the Cleveland Clinic performed an amazing near-total face transplant. About two months ago, the Clinic did it again.                  

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 ultrasound to penetrate bone or metal, using customized structures that offset the distortion usually caused by these so-called “aberrating layers.”      

After 35 Surgeries, Woman Will Get Life-Saving Bowel Transplant

November 20, 2014 11:27 am | by MyFoxPhilly.com | News | Comments

A Pennsylvania woman will undergo her 36th surgery Wednesday after landing on a donor list for a bowel transplant that doctors say will save her life. ...                        

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Surgical Products Presents ACS Post Show & Industry Trends

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.

New Treatment For Varicose Veins Performed

November 19, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

Michael Bardwil, M.D., at Texas Vein & Cosmetic Specialists has performed the first Varithena treatment in Houston, Texas.                          

Cleveland Clinic Performs Second Near-Total Face Transplant

November 19, 2014 11:01 am | by Angela Townsend, The Plain Dealer | News | Comments

The Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday used Twitter to announce some big news – that they successfully transplanted 90 percent of a patient's face, reported the Cleveland Plain Dealer ...            

3D Printing Could Revolutionize Burn Treatment

November 14, 2014 11:28 am | by Alexander Trowbridge, CBS News | News | Comments

Dr. Marc Jeschke, the head of one of Canada's largest burn treatment centers, had to admit the 3D skin printer in his hands didn't look revolutionary ...                       

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 ...

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3D Printing Provides Arm For 6-Year-Old Boy

November 14, 2014 10:15 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

For most of us, the ability to use two arms and two legs every day is a function we take for granted ...                           

Groundbreaking Surgery Could Help Arizona Man Walk Again

November 13, 2014 10:41 am | by Foxnews.com | News | Comments

Doctors hope a Scottsdale, Ariz. man who severed his spine in a dirt bike accident will regain the ability to walk after becoming the first-ever patient to undergo a groundbreaking new spinal cord surgery.      

Innovative Approach to Treating Pancreatic Cancer Combines Chemo and Immuno Therapy

November 12, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

VCU Massey Cancer Center and VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM) researchers discovered a unique approach to treating pancreatic cancer that may be potentially safe and effective. The treatment method involves immunochemotherapy - a combination of chemotherapy and immunotherapy, which uses the patient's own immune system to help fight against disease ... 

Migraine Linked to Defective 'Insulation' Around Nerve Fibers

November 11, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

A new study shows cellular-level changes in nerve structure and function that may contribute to the development of migraine headaches, reports the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) ... 

Molecular Breakthrough Could Halt Spread of Prostate Cancer

November 10, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

Scientists believe a new treatment, shown to be effective in mice, could halt the growth of tumors in patients with prostate cancer.                                              

New Approach Proposed for Single Ventricle Heart Surgery for Infants

November 6, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are proposing a new surgical intervention for children born with a single ventricle in their heart—instead of the usual two. The new approach would potentially reduce the number of surgeries the patients have to undergo in the first six months of life from two to just one ...

Granger Casualty Test Can Make Epilepsy Surgery More Affective

November 5, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

A new statistical test that looks at the patterns of high-frequency network activity flow from brain signals can help doctors pinpoint the exact location of seizures occurring in the brain and make surgery more effective, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Emory University School of Medicine ...

Surgery For Sleep Apnea Improves Ashthma Control

November 5, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

Surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids in children suffering from sleep apnea is associated with decreased asthma severity, according to the first large study of the connection, published in the journal PLOS Medicine ...          

Guidelines Published For The Treatment of Pediatric Hydrocephalus

November 3, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

The Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group is pleased to announce today's publication of "Pediatric hydrocephalus: systematic literature review and evidence-based guidelines," a supplement to the November issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics ... 

Heart's Own Immune Cells Can Help It Heal

October 31, 2014 12:03 pm | by Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

The heart holds its own pool of immune cells capable of helping it heal after injury, according to new research in mice at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Most of the time when the heart is injured, these beneficial immune cells are supplanted by immune cells from the bone marrow, which are spurred to converge in the heart and cause inflammation that leads to further damage ...

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 ...

Incisionless Procedure Improves Long-Term GERD Symptoms

October 30, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

EndoGastric Solutions (EGS) announced publication of US registry data showing that long-term gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) sufferers who underwent an incisionless procedure maintained symptom relief without the need to take proton pump inhibitor medicines for two years ...

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