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Surgery Improves Survival With GI Stromal Tumors

January 25, 2013 11:42 am | by Cole Petrochko, Staff Writer, MedPage Today | Articles | Comments

Imatinib therapy with surgical removal of residual tumors outperformed imatinib therapy alone among patients with recurrent and metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumors

Limited Lymph Node Removal Effective In Early Stage Breast Cancer

January 25, 2013 10:41 am | News | Comments

Women with early-stage breast cancer and one or two positive sentinel lymph nodes who undergo a procedure called sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND) fare just as well as those who have a more aggressive procedure called axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). In addition, the majority of women with small tumors could avoid ALND altogether if they elect to undergo breast-conserving therapy (lumpectomy and radiotherapy).

Woman Without Tongue Has Groundbreaking Procedure

January 24, 2013 1:15 pm | Videos | Comments

After a decade of seemingly ineffective treatments, a team of doctors finally decided to go for a more extraordinary option. In a process which required two operations, doctors expanded Silva's chin and jaw to create more space in the interior of her mouth. She also had to use braces for her teeth.


Image-Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery For Bilateral Nasal Polyps

January 24, 2013 12:45 pm | Videos | Comments

Live surgical footage from Dr. Robert Guida performed on a young woman to remove her nasal polyps. This image guided sinus surgery allows for exact precision with real time guidance.

Quadruple Amputee Undergoes Hand Transplant Surgery

January 24, 2013 12:30 pm | Videos | Comments

Four months after the dramatic surgery, a young woman can pick up small objects. Nine months post-op she is flexing her wrists and fingers, sensing hot and cold, but the use of steriods to help prevent rejection has resulted in a 40-lb. weight gain.

Monitor Shows When Patients Wake Up During Surgery

January 24, 2013 12:15 pm | Videos | Comments

The new device helps surgeons understand a condition termed "anesthesia awareness", where patients wake up during surgery but are unable to communicate this to surgeons and OR nurses.

Many Suffer Chronic Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery

January 23, 2013 11:57 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

About one-quarter of women who've had breast cancer surgery have significant and persistent breast pain six months after the procedure, a new study finds. Women with breast pain before surgery were most likely to have long-term breast pain after the operation, according to the study recently published in the Journal of Pain.

Interventional Treatment Can Save Mom, Prevent Hysterectomy

January 23, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

Using tiny balloons to temporarily block blood flow to the uterus during a high-risk Caesarean-section delivery can save the life of the mother while preventing hysterectomy and preserving fertility, suggests research being presented at the 25th annual International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET).


Bariatric Surgery In Obese Teens Can Help Undiagnosed Cardiovascular Issues

January 22, 2013 1:18 pm | News | Comments

High fidelity imaging using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) was performed on these patients in the months leading up to bariatric surgery and revealed heart abnormalities (such as increased left ventricular mass, left ventricular dilation, hypertension).

Tumor Surgery With High-Dose Stereotactic Radiosurgery Effective

January 22, 2013 12:59 pm | News | Comments

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.

High-Risk Childhood Cancer Could Benefit From New Drug Treatments

January 21, 2013 1:33 pm | News | Comments

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).

Alternative Medicine Use High Among Children

January 21, 2013 1:21 pm | News | Comments

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.

Tumors Evolve More Rapidly In Children, Leaving Fewer Targets

January 21, 2013 12:57 pm | News | Comments

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.


Mobile Devices 'On Call' In Hospitals

January 17, 2013 11:46 am | by New York Times | Videos | Comments

At hospitals around the country, mobile devices, including smartphones and tablet computers, are becoming critical to efficient and precise patient care.

Armless Baby Receives Prosthetic Limbs

January 17, 2013 11:36 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

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.

Hospital Uses Robots To 'Zap' Superbugs

January 17, 2013 10:56 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

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.

New Device May Repair Damaged Hearts

January 17, 2013 10:37 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

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.

Digiview 250

January 17, 2013 10:14 am | by Kubtec | Product Releases | Comments

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.

WIS1000 Wireless Video System

January 17, 2013 10:05 am | by Foreseeson | FSN Medical Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Patient Index Software

January 17, 2013 9:20 am | by Visensia USA | Product Releases | Comments

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.


January 16, 2013 3:10 pm | by Maquet Medical Systems | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Surgical Headlight

January 16, 2013 2:08 pm | by Cool-View | Cool-View | Product Releases | Comments

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.

How Secure Messaging, Email Benefit Patients And Improve Outcomes

January 16, 2013 9:14 am | by David Chase | Blogs | Comments

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.

Label Printers

January 15, 2013 9:47 am | by K-Sun | Product Releases | Comments

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

January 15, 2013 9:34 am | by PICIS | Picis | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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