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Circulite R Synergy R Pocket Circulatory Assist Device To Be Featured At ASAIO And PEDS Conference

CircuLite® , Inc. will be participating at the 2009 American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) conference in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems & Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Perfusion (PEDS) held May 28 - 30, 2009 in Dallas, with a booth display featuring it's Synergy® Pocket Circulatory Assist Device. Synergy is the first micro-pump designed for long-term, partial circulatory support to improve the quality of life for a broad range of chronic heart failure patients. Company representatives will be available at booth #115 to demonstrate and answer questions about the Synergy technology.

Why Don't All Insurance Plans Cover Ankle Replacements When The FDA Has Approved Them?

It's been a decade since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first total ankle-replacement system for patients with severe ankle arthritis. But several insurance companies still deny coverage, Loyola University Health System orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Michael Pinzur writes in a FootForum commentary in Foot & Ankle International, the official journal of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. "It seems curious that the FDA agrees with the [foot and ankle society] that total ankle replacement is a reasonable treatment option. .. while several insurance providers do not find ankle replacement as a reasonable treatment option for ankle arthritis, " Pinzur writes in the June issue.

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Major International Conference On Biomedical Ontology To Be Hosted By Buffalo

Whether and how medical personnel and their digital systems can talk to one another in a meaningful way is a subject pertinent to the health of patients about whom they "converse." Internationally recognized ontologist Barry Smith, Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Professor and Julian Park Professor of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo, points out, however, that these electronic systems frequently do not employ the same ontology -- or system of meaning -- which results in harmful, and even fatal, consequences for patients. This problem will be addressed by a vast array of philosophers, biomedical researchers and informatics scientists July 24-26 at what Smith calls "one of the most important meetings on this subject in years": the International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO), hosted by UB.

Indian Health Service Loses Equipment At Alarming Rate

The Associated Press reports that "the Indian Health Service is continuing to lose equipment at an alarming rate despite efforts to better account for the agency's property, according to congressional investigators. In a report issued Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office said the government agency lost about 1, 400 items worth $3.5 million between October 2007 and January 2009 - including $37, 000 in lab equipment at a Navajo health care facility and a $7, 300 trailer in Nashville, Tenn. Those losses came after an estimated $15.8 million in equipment was unaccounted for between the 2004 and 2007 budget years. Those losses were reported by the GAO in June 2008, when investigators also charged that the Indian Health Service had falsified documents to cover up some of the missing property.

Better Outcomes With Computer Aided Surgery - High Costs As An Obstacle To Broad Use

There are many indications that computer aided surgery has a major role to play in improving results in orthopaedic surgery, says Dr. Stefano Zaffagnini, who has played a pioneering role in the use of this technology and who moderates a symposium on this theme at the Congress of the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT), taking place from June 3 to 6 in Vienna, with more than 8, 000 participants from around the world. This technology should allow total knee prosthesis using minimally invasive surgery to become a standard procedure within a decade. Osteotomy and hip operations are only two of the many other fields where computer aided surgery can also markedly improve results for patients, experts state at the EFFORT Congress in Vienna.

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Team Uncovers The Molecular Basis For The Regulation Of Blood Clotting

By applying cutting-edge techniques in single-molecule manipulation, researchers at Harvard University have uncovered a fundamental feedback mechanism that the body uses to regulate the clotting of blood. The finding, which could lead to a new physical, quantitative, and predictive model of how the body works to respond to injury, has implications for the treatment of bleeding disorders. A team, co-led by Timothy A. Springer, Latham Family Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston, and Wesley P. Wong, Rowland Junior Fellow and a Principal Investigator at the Rowland Institute at Harvard, reported its discovery about the molecular basis for the feedback loop responsible for hemostasis in the June 5th issue of Science.

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