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Medical Journal Looks Back on First American Female MDs
In its November 2016 issue, Dotmed Healthcare Business Daily looks back in history on the opening of the first medical school for women in the United States in 1848. The school was called Boston Female Medical School, the first institution to train women for the medical field. The first woman to attend medical school in the U.S. was Elizabeth Blackwell, in 1847. While women were working as family doctors prior to Blackwell’s admission, they faced significant challenges in getting proper education. Classes for the new med school were held initially in a private home, with the inaugural class of 12 women travelling to the school from several Northeastern and Midwestern states. Among those first 12 women graduating with medical degrees in 1850 was Dr. Rebecca Lee, the first African-American female doctor in the United States.
Duracon Uni-Knee Implants $9m Judgement Overturned in Appeals
After winning $9 million from TIG Insurance in 2014 for acquired company Duracon Uni-Knee, Strkyer ended back up in U.S. appeals court only to find the decision reversed. Stryker had brought the suit against TIG after problems arose with the implant that resulted in a payout of $7.62 million in liability suits. TIG refused to cover these losses, contending that Stryker settled the suits before getting TIG’s consent. As a result Stryker sued and won reimbursement in 2014 with a subsequent judgement in May 2015 that included interest and penalties. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit overturned this judgement on Nov. 18, due to the TIG policy that required Stryker to obtain consent from the insurer before finalizing any settlements.
FDA Clears Allengen’s Xen Gel Stent
Allergan’s Xen glaucoma treatment system, which includes Xen45 gel stent and the Xen injector, has recently been cleared by the FDA. The system is a treatment that lowers inner eye pressure and is used to manage refractory glaucoma, as an option following failed surgical treatment. The device is implanted through a procedure call the ab interno approach. This is a done with a cornea incision and vasodilation of the Schlemm canal. The tissue is disintegrated by applying bursts of high and low heat energy, which creates a new drainage channel with a permanent implant that reduces inner eye pressure.
Manufacturer Admits to Selling Contaminated Ultrasound Gel
On July 6, 2016, New Jersey-based company Pharmaceutical Innovations, Inc., pled guilty to criminal charges and resolved a civil lawsuit arising from the company’s distribution of ultrasound gel contaminated with bacteria. The devices at issue are gels that doctors and hospitals use to take ultrasound scans, sonograms, EKGs and similar procedures. “Pharmaceutical Innovations shipped defective products that exposed hospital patients to dangerous bacterial contamination,” said U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman for the District of New Jersey. “Today’s plea agreement and civil settlement require Pharmaceutical Innovations to accept responsibility for the contamination and take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening again.”
Hospital Mobile Devices Improve Workflow, Pose Risks
As mobile devices become a more common tool for hospital settings, questions about leakage of confidential patient information arise. Mobile devices have been on the increase as hospitals realize the return on their investment by facilitating faster communication between nurses, doctors, and other hospital staff. However, cyber-security breaches are also a concern, as about one-quarter of breaches occur with mobile devices. While hospitals are not lessening the increased reliance on mobile devices as medical communication tools, continuing efforts to keep the highest level of security possible are expected.
New report details pre- and postnatal brain defects from Zika virus
FDA approves first MRI-guided focused ultrasound device to treat essential tremor
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first focused ultrasound device to treat essential tremor in patients who have not responded to medication. ExAblate Neuro uses magnetic resonance (MR) images taken during the procedure to deliver focused ultrasound to destroy brain tissue in a tiny area thought to be responsible for causing tremors.
“Patients with essential tremor who have not seen improvement with medication now have a new treatment option that could help them to avoid more invasive surgical treatments,” said Carlos Peña, Ph.D., M.S., director of the division of neurological and physical medicine devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “As with other treatments for essential tremor, this new device is not a cure but could help patients enjoy a better quality of life.”
SonoSim, GE Healthcare re-up ultrasound training deal
Ultrasound education focused SonoSim said this week it is extending a collaboration with GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) to cover ultrasound training and education for GE’s women’s health and urology divisions.
Through the extended collaboration, Sonosim will offer its SonoSim 365 for GE Healthcare to clients in the women’s health and urology fields who own qualifying ultrasound systems with the goal of accelerating adoption of bedside ultrasound.
Mobile ultrasounds take a step forward with image-sharing
A portable ultrasound device recently used in Africa is making its way to the U.S., giving clinicians the ability to conduct, store and share images at the point of care.
The device is a collaboration between Fujifilm SonoSite and Trice Imaging, whose Tricefy sharing, collaboration and routing software has been integrated with Fujifilm's iViz portable ultrasound unit.
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ISUOG International Symposia
ISUOG’s (International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology) International Symposia are designed to encourage the broader exchange of research and information worldwide. These meetings are specifically targeted to the needs of members in the host region.
12th International Symposium
17-20 February 2016
Miami, Florida (USA)
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