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Team-based care shown to be most effective way to control hypertension

Team-based care shown to be most effective way to control hypertension

Patients diagnosed with high blood pressure are given better control of their condition from a physician-pharmacist collaborative intervention than physician management alone, according to new research. [More]
Renewal wrinkles, high deductibles and decisions for employers: These and other health law implementation issues grab headlines

Renewal wrinkles, high deductibles and decisions for employers: These and other health law implementation issues grab headlines

News outlets report on a range of health law implementation issues that are causing challenges for consumers, employers and Obamacare advocates. [More]
Multi-center study compares clinical performance of AAA procedures in virtual environment

Multi-center study compares clinical performance of AAA procedures in virtual environment

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center and Simbionix recently launched a multi-center, randomized study comparing the clinical performance of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) procedures with and without prior rehearsal in a virtual environment for physicians. [More]
Longer looks: Limits on doctor training; a woman's campaign for end-of-life choices

Longer looks: Limits on doctor training; a woman's campaign for end-of-life choices

Dr. Dino Terzic got lucky the other day. In his seventh and final year as a neurosurgery resident at the University of Minnesota, the 32-year-old Bosnian got to operate on a rare type of brain aneurysm that required a special approach through the patient's forehead. As Terzic prepared to slice into the patient's scalp, he was asked if he'd ever seen this type of flaw in an artery, which occurs in just 2 to 3 percent of aneurysm cases. "On a video," Terzic replied with a chuckle. Terzic's hands-on experience shows why the nation's medical schools are beset by a nagging controversy over rules that limit the number of hours residents can work (Dan Browning, 10/8). [More]
Medina Embolization Framing Coil receives CE Mark for commercial distribution in Europe

Medina Embolization Framing Coil receives CE Mark for commercial distribution in Europe

Medina Medical announced today that it has received CE Mark (Conformitee Europeenne) authorization for its Embolization Framing Coil for commercial distribution in the European Union. [More]
Codman reaches exclusive distribution agreement with Pulsar Vascular to market PulseRider

Codman reaches exclusive distribution agreement with Pulsar Vascular to market PulseRider

Codman Neuro, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, today announced it has reached an exclusive distribution agreement with Pulsar Vascular to market and promote that company's PulseRider® in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. [More]
ESC Guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of aortic diseases published in European Heart Journal

ESC Guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of aortic diseases published in European Heart Journal

The first comprehensive ESC Guidelines on aortic diseases are published today. They are presented at ESC Congress 2014 by Task Force Chairpersons Professor Raimund Erbel (Germany) and Professor Victor Aboyans (France). [More]
New method could help doctors better understand how drug abuse affects the brain

New method could help doctors better understand how drug abuse affects the brain

A new method for measuring and imaging how quickly blood flows in the brain could help doctors and researchers better understand how drug abuse affects the brain, which may aid in improving brain-cancer surgery and tissue engineering, and lead to better treatment options for recovering drug addicts. [More]
Sequent Medical initiates patient enrollment in IDE pivotal trial of WEB Aneurysm Embolization System

Sequent Medical initiates patient enrollment in IDE pivotal trial of WEB Aneurysm Embolization System

Sequent Medical, Inc. announced today that it has initiated patient enrollment in an Investigational Device Exemption ("IDE") pivotal trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the WEB Aneurysm Embolization System ("WEB"). [More]
Surgeon explains who needs screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms

Surgeon explains who needs screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms

Bulges in body's major blood vessel can cause potentially lethal ruptures, blood clots. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a potentially life-threatening condition: If the body's major blood vessel ruptures, it can prove deadly. [More]
Trial to evaluate safety of FRED- flow diversion system for treatment of aneurysms

Trial to evaluate safety of FRED- flow diversion system for treatment of aneurysms

After Susan Wakulich was told she had an aneurysm, she figured an invasive brain surgery and lengthy recovery lay ahead of her. [More]
Study: Minimally invasive aortic repair procedure safer for patients

Study: Minimally invasive aortic repair procedure safer for patients

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have documented the safety benefits of aortic stent grafts inserted during minimally invasive surgery to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms - weaknesses in the body's largest artery that can rupture, causing potentially lethal internal bleeding. [More]
Lombard Medical exhibits Aorfix system at Critical Issues in Aortic Endografting symposium

Lombard Medical exhibits Aorfix system at Critical Issues in Aortic Endografting symposium

Lombard Medical, Inc, a medical device company focused on Endovascular Aortic Repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), exhibited its Aorfix Endovascular stent graft system at the 18th international experts' symposium, Critical Issues in Aortic Endografting, in Malmö, Sweden on June 27-28, 2014. [More]
High-risk surgery patients who visit primary care physician have lower risk of hospital readmissions

High-risk surgery patients who visit primary care physician have lower risk of hospital readmissions

Patients who have post-operative complications following high-risk surgery have a significantly lower risk of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days if they go see their primary care physician soon following discharge, a new study in JAMA Surgery shows. [More]
Research roundup: Role of primary care in reducing readmissions; air transport for wounded soldiers; hospital prices

Research roundup: Role of primary care in reducing readmissions; air transport for wounded soldiers; hospital prices

Follow-up with a primary care provider (PCP) in addition to the surgical team is routinely recommended to patients discharged after major surgery despite no clear evidence that it improves outcomes. [More]
Novel technology serves as "flight simulator" for neurosurgeons

Novel technology serves as "flight simulator" for neurosurgeons

NYU Langone Medical Center is now using a novel technology that serves as a "flight simulator" for neurosurgeons, allowing them to rehearse complicated brain surgeries before making an actual incision on a patient. [More]
Covidien launches Pipeline Flex embolization device at annual LINNC in Paris

Covidien launches Pipeline Flex embolization device at annual LINNC in Paris

Further strengthening its broad line of neurovascular products to treat unruptured brain aneurysms, Covidien plc announced the European launch of its Pipeline™ Flex embolization device at the annual Live Interventional Neuroradiology & Neurosurgery Course (LINNC), held in Paris June 23-25. This next-generation flow diversion device received CE Mark earlier this year. [More]
New study show direct link between depression and medication nonadherence

New study show direct link between depression and medication nonadherence

A new study led by Alan B. Ettinger, M.D., M.B.A., Director of the Epilepsy Center at Neurological Surgery, P.C., has found that many patients who fail to take their antiseizure medications are suffering from depression. [More]
1% of adults experience headaches associated with sexual activity, shows report

1% of adults experience headaches associated with sexual activity, shows report

About 1 percent of adults report they have experienced headaches associated with sexual activity, and that such headaches can be severe. [More]

Pulsar Vascular announces FDA approval of PulseRider IDE for intracranial bifurcation aneurysms

Pulsar Vascular, the innovator and developer of the PulseRider, a minimally invasive, aneurysm neck reconstruction device, announced today the United States Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) for the PulseRider. [More]