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Month: July 2012

Minimally Invasive Spine System Approved

The FDA has provided 510(k) marketing clearance for a cannulated pedicle screw system (Securis, Custom Spine) for fully seating screws in the bone during rod insertion. The system features a chromium-cobalt rod and a cannulated...

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BMI Predicts Postoperative 30-Day Mortality

Researchers at the University of Virginia have found that BMI appears to significantly predict 30-day mortality following surgery, even after adjusting for surgery type and expected risk of death. Study participants with a BMI...

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Analyzing Preventive CRT in the Elderly

Published studies have shown that the prevalence of congestive heart failure (CHF) increases as people age, rising from 2% to 3% in the total population to 10% to 20% after patients reach age 75. When compared with younger...

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Managing Low-Functioning Schizophrenics

Research suggests that one-third to one-half of patients with schizophrenia continue to experience residual symptoms or have intolerable adverse effects relating to their treatment. The effect of medications on functional...

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Our Broken Healthcare System – Feeding the Fat Cats

We have a cat. He’s fat. His name is Zander, but we call him “Cat,” “Kitty,” “Loaf of Bread” (because that’s what he looks like when he lies down and his fat spreads), Lard Butt, and “Fatso Catso.” In the picture above he is...

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