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New Council Formed to Reduce Surgical Plume

February 27, 2015 12:05 pm | by International Council on Surgical Plume | News | Comments

A new non-profit council has recently formed with a mission to finally rid the world’s operating environments of surgical smoke plume once and for all.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer Device Focused on Tumor Tracking

February 26, 2015 1:36 pm | by Noble Hospital | News | Comments

A Noble Hospital breast surgeon is championing a new device that improves the treatment of...

3 Men First to Get Reconstructed Bionic Hands After Amputation

February 25, 2015 12:58 pm | by Maria Chen, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves...

Anticancer Virus Solution Provides an Alternative to Surgery

February 25, 2015 12:46 pm | by Okayama University | News | Comments

Researchers at Okayama University and the University of California in San Diego have...

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Lawmaker Asks if Swallowed Camera Can be Used for Female Exam

February 24, 2015 12:39 pm | by Kimberlee Kruesi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

An Alarming Problem with Medical Technology

February 24, 2015 12:13 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Articles | Comments

With regard to alarm fatigue, middleware helps to ensure the most important alerts get the necessary attention. However, it is a solution that needs to be implemented across an entire hospital landscape to be successful.

Embedded Technology: The Vital Organ of Wireless and Connected Health

February 24, 2015 11:59 am | by Chris Ault, Senior Product Manager, QNX Software Systems | Articles | Comments

Before we get too excited and blindly reliant on the exponential growth of medical apps on our smartphone devices we need to ask; can we rely on the same smartphone device that allows us to play Angry Birds to be trusted with our health and well-being?

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Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated at Texas Children's Hospital

February 23, 2015 1:36 pm | by Texas Children's Hospital | News | Comments

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata, conjoined twin girls born at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women in April 2014, underwent a successful separation surgery on Feb. 17 at Texas Children's Hospital.

3D Printed Guides can Help Restore Function in Damaged Nerves

February 23, 2015 1:30 pm | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

The device, called a nerve guidance conduit (NGC), is a framework of tiny tubes that guide the damaged nerve ends towards each other so that they can repair naturally.

800,000 HealthCare.gov Customers Given Wrong Tax Info

February 20, 2015 12:06 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday, and officials are asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns.

Five Winning Pediatric Device Innovators Receive Seed Funds

February 20, 2015 11:51 am | by Children's National Health System | News | Comments

$250,000 given to winners at second annual National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) Competition.

Does More Money Equal More Cures?

February 19, 2015 12:34 pm | by Mike Auerbach, Editor-In-Chief, Pharmaceutical Processing | Blogs | Comments

Everyone has been touched in some way by cancer. Fundraising for a cause makes us all feel good. It’s somewhat hard to believe that with all of the money thrown at this problem, we aren’t closer to better treatments and subsequent cures.

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Lab Tests, Ultrasound Identify Children Who Need Surgical Treatment for Appendicitis

February 19, 2015 11:31 am | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

New diagnostic approach can readily be adapted to other institutions’ practice settings according to new Journal of American College of Surgeons study.

Tumor Suctioned From Vein to Allow For Kidney Cancer Surgery

February 18, 2015 11:10 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Henry Ford Hospital surgeons successfully suctioned a cancerous tumor from a major vein in a patient with metastatic kidney cancer, clearing the way for him to undergo a minimally-invasive kidney removal. This allowed him to participate in a clinical trial using genetic material from his tumor to produce a vaccine.

3D Printing for Surgery Practice

February 17, 2015 11:47 am | by Sam Brusco, Medical Design Technology Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Models produced by 3D printers are proving to be valuable diagnostic and surgical tools. 3D imaging software is able to produce a physical representation of surgical sites, enabling surgeons to approach the surgery from several different perspectives.

Revolutionary Probe Finds Cancer Cells For Surgeons

February 13, 2015 11:45 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

The hand-held Raman spectroscopy probe enables surgeons, for the first time, to accurately detect virtually all invasive brain cancer cells in real time during surgery.

Drone Surgery and HoloLens: Hello 2015

February 13, 2015 11:35 am | by Zev Ginzburg, UX Research Copywriter, Codal Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The medical community embracing cutting edge tech is nothing new, the tech however, is constantly new. The connection between telerobotic and remote surgery just got a lot more accommodating, which means the one thing those in the medical world will need is an army of qualified developers.

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Radiotracer Helps Limit Biopsies in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

February 13, 2015 10:25 am | by ESTRO | News | Comments

The biopsy of the first lymph node to which a cancer spreads has lead to more accurate diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Now a team of researchers has been able to identify the sentinel node in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma using a novel tracer. It's a challenging task because there are up to 150 different lymph nodes in the neck.

Neurointerventional Surgery Could Reduce Stroke Mortality

February 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by New England Journal of Medicine | News | Comments

Two new clinical trials on the treatment of stroke demonstrate that neurointerventional surgery significantly increases the number of patients who are able to live independently without major neurological disabilities.

Customized Joint Implants Rising In Popularity Amongst Surgeons

February 11, 2015 12:17 pm | by AAOS | News | Comments

Provided that other factors are favorable, such as pricing, economics and availability, this demand will help facilitate growth of the market for custom implant instrumentation and cutting blocks.

Smaller Pre-Op Radiation Targets Reduce Side Effects

February 11, 2015 11:29 am | by Rush University Medical Center | News | Comments

Using advanced imaging technology to more precisely target radiation beams to treat soft tissue cancers (sarcomas) in the extremities significantly reduced long-term side effects without effecting survival rates.

The Future of Hernia Surgery

February 10, 2015 11:20 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Articles | Comments

Dr. Bruce Ramshaw has become one of the nation’s leading innovators in hernia repair surgery. In this exclusive interview with Surgical Products, Dr. Ramshaw looks at the current state of hernia repair, how it can improve and what lies ahead for a procedure that impacts millions of lives every year.

The OR Suite 2.0 … And Counting

February 6, 2015 8:03 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

Hospital and surgery center IT departments are being tasked with networking challenges related to more data flowing at higher transmission speeds. As the OR embraces new hybrid functionality, increased wireless connectivity and greater access to patient information, IT departments are in a constant battle to keep pace.

DoD-Funded Study to Tackle Chronic Amputee Pain

February 5, 2015 9:10 am | by Northwestern Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers are leading a new multi-center clinical trial to evaluate a unique surgical method, known as targeted muscle reinnervation, to treat chronic pain that can result from limb amputation. Amputees develop chronic pain in the remaining portion of their amputated limb, which can include phantom limb syndrome, and prevents many patients from using prostheses.

Robotic Hands Could Improve Cancer Treatments

February 5, 2015 8:36 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The development of a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper could help doctors perform remotely-guided surgical procedures, perform biopsies or create biodegradable, miniaturized surgical tools that could safely dissolve in the body.         

Education Key to Safer Electrosurgical Procedures

February 5, 2015 7:54 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

The effects of surgical smoke in the operating room can be hazardous to both medical personnel and patients. Recently, Surgical Products reached out to a number of experts in the field for their input on best practices for managing this element of electrosurgery, and for tips on how to avoid problems that are often overlooked.

Cryoablation and Intra-tumoral Injection Offer Promise as Cancer Treatment

February 4, 2015 11:43 am | by Image Guided Cancer Specialists | News | Comments

Research shows that cryoablation can be an effective treatment alternative for multiple cancer types. By itself, the technique can destroy tumors from the inside out. When combined with a pair of recently approved drugs, cryoablation can help stimulate the body's own immune response to seek out and destroy remaining cancer cells and prevent tumor regrowth.

A Closer Look at the Impact of Surgical Smoke

February 4, 2015 11:09 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

Recently, Surgical Products reached out to a number of experts in the field for their input on best practices for managing this element of electrosurgery and tips on how to avoid problems that are often overlooked.                              

FDA Clears 3D -Printed Titanium Bone Tether Plate for Bunion Surgery

February 3, 2015 12:34 pm | by MedShape | News | Comments

The Bone Tether Plate features a 3-D printed, medical grade titanium alloy for greater customization. The plate serves as the primary component in the FastForward Bunion Correction System, a new approach to surgically correct hallux valgus deformities.

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