Researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have found that tumor "separation surgery" followed by high-dose hypofractionated stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) or high-dose single-fraction SRS is safe and effective in controlling spinal metastases, regardless of the radiosensitivity of the particular tumor type that has invaded the spine.
Research led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists has identified a possible lead in treatment of two childhood leukemia subtypes known for their dramatic loss of chromosomes and poor treatment outcomes. The findings also provide the first evidence of the genetic basis for this high-risk leukemia, which is known as hypodiploid acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
Children who regularly see specialists for chronic medical conditions are also using complementary medicine at a high rate, demonstrates recently published research from the University of Alberta and the University of Ottawa.
Striking the peripheral nervous system, neuroblastoma usually appears as a solid tumor in a young child's chest or abdomen. It comprises seven percent of all childhood cancers, but causes 10 to 15 percent of all childhood cancer-related deaths.
At hospitals around the country, mobile devices, including smartphones and tablet computers, are becoming critical to efficient and precise patient care.
Doctors can't explain why a 9-month-old baby named Jameson was born without arms. However, they have given him a chance to live a relatively normal life by developing prosthetic arms. His new arms help with hand-eye coordination, distance, and vision depth.
Robots are hard at work killing superbugs at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland. When a patient infected with one of these types of superbugs leaves the hospital, the robots are brought into his or her room to disinfect it.
A Cleveland hospital is testing out a new experimental device that stimulates a nerve and can possibly improve heart function. So it not only keeps the patient's heart beating, it actually accomplishes more than a typical pacemaker.
Kubtec announces the Digiview 250, a flat panel detector. This low dose, high-resolution detector is ideal for neonatal, pediatric and extremity imaging. The Digiview 250 weighs less than seven lbs., has a high resolution - 96µ pixel size, 14 bit contrast with a 20 cm x 25 cm active imaging area and integrates with any existing X-ray source.
Foreseeson’s WIS1000 Wireless Video System is designed to display uncompressed 60GHz HD images with zero latency. It eliminated the need for cross-room cables in medical work areas. The WIS1000 supports high quality 1080p video, and mounts to a variety of surfaces.
Visensia USA has introduced the Visensia Patient Index Software into the US healthcare marketplace. The Visensia Index is a patented, FDA approved, algorithmic software which automatically analyses and interprets a patient’s vital signs and then fuses the data to generate a predictive, numerical index.
MAQUET MEDICAL SYSTEMS has introduced the CardioHelp, a portable heart-lung support system providing extracorporeal life support to replace or support a patient’s circulation and respiration. The CardioHelp System is designed to be carried by one person and compact enough to be transported anywhere within the hospital or even in a helicopter or vehicle.
Cool-View’s Model 1400 is one of the first surgical and medical exam lights offered worldwide that features energy-efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) as opposed to halogen or xenon lamps.
Physicians underestimate the fact that opening up a digital channel to facilitate post visit, post-surgery, etc. comments and questions can and does provide a very real ROI if you dive into the typical workflow pattern that evolves when a patient calls with questions.
K-Sun is introducing the new PEARLabel 270 and PEARLabel 360 label printers with an unrivaled lifetime warranty, mobile printing app, wider formats, new intuitive software, and expanded bar coding including QR and Data Matrix.
PICIS PreOptimize is a web-based solution that provides patients who are scheduled for surgery the convenience of entering their medical history securely online. PreOptimize also generates preoperative clinical considerations that help guide clinicians through better adherence to evidence and consensus-based and hospital preoperative protocols.
Atlas Vac Machine, LLC unveils the industry’s first medical tray sealer with an all-electric press. This new model, which is available with single or dual shuttle configurations, features a servo drive system to apply, measure, and control direct force output far more accurately and with greater repeatability than standard pneumatic versions.
The resulting databases of clinical information are gold mines for medical research. The monitoring and analysis of electronic medical records, some scientists say, have the potential to make every patient a participant in a vast, ongoing clinical trial, pinpointing treatments and side effects that would be hard to discern from anecdotal case reports or expensive clinical trials.
A team of surgeons and scientists at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have developed a new technique that will allow surgeons to identify during surgery which lymph nodes are cancerous so that healthy tissue can be saved.
A new tool that could allow for faster, more comprehensive testing of brain tissue during surgery successfully identified the cancer type, grade and tumor margins in five brain surgery patients, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women's Hospital study.
Surgeons routinely need to review medical images and records during surgery, but stepping away from the operating table and touching a keyboard and mouse can delay the procedure and increase the risk of spreading infection.
Berchtold's TELETOM Equipment Management System is a completely customizable boom solution that allows facilities to create the boom they need for any clinical application and healthcare environment. The suspension system, placement of services, accessories, lights and shelves can all be custom selected to optimize the available space, enhance workflow and accommodate future equipment and service requirements.
VTI offers the new Flexible Drop-In Doppler probe for use in laparoscopic and robotic procedures for positive identification of vasculature. During laparoscopic procedures the probe is manipulated by the surgeon using a standard grasper, while in robotic surgery, the console surgeon directly manipulates the VTI Flexible Drop-In Doppler via a robotic arm.
The AspireAssist stomach pump pulls food out of the user's belly before the body can fully digest it. It is inserted into the patient's stomach through a minimally-invasive endoscopic procedure.
A majority of Americans (72 percent) say the new Congress and the President should take action to expand medical research within the first 100 days of the 113th Congress. Public support for increased government spending on medical research holds particular relevance as Congress considers whether to further delay, eliminate or permit "sequestration," a budget cutting process that - if it moves forward - would mean drastic cuts in funding for medical research.