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Hospital Robot Helps Doctors Connect With Patients

February 7, 2013 10:02 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

With more and more patients in need of specialized care, doctors are turning to technology to help them be in more than one place at a time. Some are calling it one of the best advances in tele-medicine.

Medical GPS Helps With Heart Surgeries

February 7, 2013 9:55 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital are using cutting-edge technology to treat a the common heart condition known as atrial fibrillation. Surgery to treat the condition often leads to several x-rays during the procedure. That may no longer be necessary.

Video Game Lets Anyone Be A Heart Surgeon

February 7, 2013 9:43 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A surgical simulator recently created by a group of young men allows "players" to perform a heart transplant. It's not quite a video game, and it's not quite a training tool. See for yourself...

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FDA Clears Sculptor Robotic Guidance Arm For Unicompartmental Knee Replacement Surgery

February 6, 2013 12:59 pm | News | Comments

Partial knee resurfacing only replaces the parts of the knee that are worn out and painful rather than cutting away the entire joint. This preservation technique retains the natural ligaments around the knee, reduces surgical damage to tissue, and is less invasive compared to total knee replacement. Sculptor RGA utilizes a robotic guidance arm to assist the surgeon's operation of a cutting tool, limiting the removal of bone to a pre-defined safe area using  'Active Constraint' technology.

Blood In, Blood Out

February 6, 2013 9:35 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

A new device is designed to recover blood spilled during open-heart and major trauma surgery and concentrate the blood cells for transfusion back to the patient.

Workflow Management Software

February 5, 2013 10:06 am | by Steris | Steris Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The RealView Visual Workflow Management Software from Steris is designed to help create Lean, highly efficient perioperative environments. According to the company, improvements include an increase of up to 85 percent in OR utilization and a 146 percent improvement in surgical volume without adding ORs or overtime.

The Ethics Of EMR: How Unproven Technology Affects Patients

February 5, 2013 9:35 am | by Wes Fisher, MD | Blogs | Comments

We should acknowledge that there might be cause, ethically, to deploy a technology that truly benefits patients at some cost. After all, you have to break a few eggs to make a good omelet. If interoperability of EMR systems between facilities were commonplace and clinical data were shared with ease while patient privacy was vigorously upheld flawlessly, the cost of these systems might be ethically justified.

Some Abdominal CT Scans Unnecessary, Avoidable For Children

February 4, 2013 2:01 pm | News | Comments

A study of more than 12,000 children from emergency departments throughout the country in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) has identified seven factors that can help physicians determine the need for a computed tomography (CT) scan following blunt trauma to the abdomen.

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Pairing Surgical Ventricular Reconstruction And CABG Benefit Patients

February 4, 2013 1:04 pm | News | Comments

“In patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) plus surgical ventricular reconstruction (SVR), a survival benefit was realized compared with bypass alone in patients where the left ventricular volume was reduced below 70mL/m2."

Half Of Early-Stage Breast Cancer Patients Can Avoid Chemo

February 4, 2013 12:44 pm | News | Comments

The prospective, outcome-based study of 427 breast cancer patients used a genomic test that analyzes 70 key genes, accurately determines which patients are at low risk of breast cancer recurrence and can therefore safely choose not to undergo chemotherapy.

EMRs Could Help Prioritize ICU Resources

February 1, 2013 12:02 pm | News | Comments

A national shortage of critical care physicians and beds means difficult decisions for healthcare professionals in determining which of the sickest patients are most in need of access to the intensive care unit. Emerging health technologies – including reliable methods to rate the severity of a patient’s condition – may provide powerful tools to efficiently use health resources.

EASY-TAG Tracking System

February 1, 2013 9:51 am | by Scanlan International | Scanlan International, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Scanlan International offers the EASY-TAG Tracking System to meet the unique needs within hospitals.A custom print EASY-TAG will be developed and printed to the user's specific needs. A custom message, combined with the unique advantages of the EASY-TAG  Tracking System provide a cost-effective, secure method of tracking instruments, trays, equipment, and repairs through cleaning, decontamination, and sterilization processes.

The Smartphone: The Future Of Medicine?

January 31, 2013 10:23 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Dr. Eric Topol has long been one of the world's foremost cardiologists. He has now become the foremost expert in the exploding field of wireless medicine. This explosion, he says, is about to make healthcare better and cheaper. Watch what he does with his cell phone.

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A Universal Translator For Surgeons

January 31, 2013 9:19 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Laparoscopic surgery uses minimally invasive incisions -- which means less pain and shorter recovery times for patients. But Steven Schwaitzberg has run into two problems teaching these techniques to surgeons around the world -- language and distance. He shares how a new technology, which combines video conferencing and a real-time universal translator, could help.

Beer’s Bitter Compounds Could Help Brew New Medicines

January 30, 2013 12:25 pm | by Vince Stricherz, University of Washington | News | Comments

There is documentation that beer and its bittering acids, in moderation, have beneficial effects on diabetes, some forms of cancer, inflammation and perhaps even weight loss.

Sanofi Launches Breakthrough Technology For Cardiovascular, Vascular Surgery Procedures

January 30, 2013 11:36 am | News | Comments

Sanofi US announced the commercial launch of LeGoo, a biopolymer gel that allows surgeons to temporarily stop blood flow during surgery without the use of clamps, elastic loops or other conventional occlusion devices, which may increase risk of trauma to blood vessels. The atraumatic occlusion technique potentially provides clear visualization with less clutter while maintaining vessel integrity.

When Should Physicians Hire An IT Consultant?

January 30, 2013 9:49 am | by Rosemarie Nelson | Blogs | Comments

According to recent Medical Group Management Association surveys more than 50% of physicians used the services of a healthcare consultant or firm at least once in the previous 3 years. But did they have to? Was it a smart move?

Just 'Cause It's New And At Mayo Doesn't Mean It's Better

January 29, 2013 11:49 am | by Gary Schwitzer | Blogs | Comments

I’m a big fan of Minnesota Public Radio and usually a big fan of their healthcare news coverage. They’ve done some bold and innovative coverage in recent years. But when I heard (on the radio) and saw (online) MPR’s story, “Prostate cancer scan advance helps Mayo doctors with early detection,” I saw some red flags immediately.

Unified Approach To Non-Surgical Stroke Interventions

January 29, 2013 11:36 am | News | Comments

The first outcome-based guidelines for interventional treatment of acute ischemic stroke—providing recommendations for rapid treatment—will benefit individuals suffering from brain attacks, often caused by artery-blocking blood clots.

Less Invasive Treatment Improves Early Stage Cancer Survival

January 29, 2013 11:26 am | News | Comments

Patients with early stage breast cancer who were treated with lumpectomy plus radiation may have a better chance of survival compared with those who underwent mastectomy, according to Duke Medicine research. The study, which appears online in the journal Cancer, raises new questions as to the comparative effectiveness of breast-conserving therapies such as lumpectomy, where only the tumor and surrounding tissue is surgically removed.

Soldier Who Lost Four Limbs Has Double-Arm Transplant

January 29, 2013 11:08 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

On Facebook, he describes himself as a "wounded warrior...very wounded." Brendan Marrocco was the first soldier to survive losing all four limbs in the Iraq War, and doctors revealed Monday that he's received a double-arm transplant. Those new arms "already move a little," he tweeted a month after the operation.

Good Showing For Robotics In Gastric Cancer

January 25, 2013 6:28 pm | by Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today | Articles | Comments

Patients with non-metastatic gastric cancer had similar survival and other outcomes following robotic or conventional laparoscopic gastrectomy, according to a large retrospective series from Korea. Both surgical techniques led to a five-year survival of 94 percent and disease-free survival (DFS) of 92 percent.

New Target For Rheumatiod Arthritis

January 25, 2013 6:15 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery have identified a potential new target for drugs to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a protein known as IRHOM2.

Blocking Cancer Spread By Tissue Scarring

January 25, 2013 5:54 pm | News | Comments

What to fear most if faced by a cancer diagnosis is its spread, as this accounts for over 90 percent of deaths. Researchers at BRIC, University of Copenhagen have shown that the enzyme Lysyl Oxidase (LOX) can create a “scarred” microenvironment that enhances cancer spreading. By blocking LOX activity, researchers succeeded in decreasing metastasis in a model of breast cancer.

Half Of What We Teach You

January 25, 2013 11:52 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

We searched for information in older textbooks with trepidation, fearing encounters with long-discarded details and theories. We marveled that previous generations of physicians had never been taught tobacco and cancer were somehow linked to each other. How could they have not known? And then there were changes we encountered in surgery.

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