Stryker Endoscopy Selects MedShare as Recipient of Surplus Medical Equipment Donations

Stryker Endoscopy Selects MedShare as Recipient of Surplus Medical Equipment Donations

Leading medical technology company partners with nonprofit to give medical equipment a second life.

Stryker Endoscopy, a division of Stryker Corporation, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, named MedShare their chosen partner for donating surplus medical equipment. This relationship will give these useable items a second life in developing countries.

Nanoscale Films Developed At MIT Promote Bone Growth, Creating A Stronger Seal Between Implants And Patients’ Own Bone.

Main Category: Bones / Orthopedics
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology;  Medical Devices / Diagnostics
Article Date: 23 Apr 2012 – 0:00 PDT

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Every year, more than a million Americans receive an artificial hip or knee prosthesis. Such implants are designed to last many years, but in about 17 percent of patients who receive a total joint replacement, the implant eventually loosens and has to be replaced early, which can cause dangerous complications for elderly patients.

‘Reforming Medicare In The Age Of Deficit Reduction’

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 23 Apr 2012 – 1:00 PDT

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American College of Physicians says stakeholders across health care spectrum must work together to protect Medicare for future generations.

A dozen recommendations to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have access to high-quality, coordinated care were provided today by the American College of Physicians (ACP). The new policy paper, ‘Reforming Medicare in the Age of Deficit Reduction’ *[PDF], was released at Internal Medicine 2012, ACP’s annual scientific meeting.

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Researchers Find Joint Failures Potentially Linked To Oral Bacteria

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Bones / Orthopedics;  Dentistry
Article Date: 20 Apr 2012 – 0:00 PDT

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The culprit behind a failed hip or knee replacements might be found in the mouth. DNA testing of bacteria from the fluid that lubricates hip and knee joints had bacteria with the same DNA as the plaque from patients with gum disease and in need of a joint replacement.

Surgical Procedures For Skin Cancer Via Medicare Examined

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Main Category: Melanoma / Skin Cancer
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP;  Cancer / Oncology
Article Date: 19 Apr 2012 – 9:00 PDT

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According to an evaluation of Medicare beneficiaries, there has been a significant increase in surgical treatment for nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC), from 2001 until 2006. The study, published in the April issue of Archives of Dermatology, states that the increase is primarily due to a doubling in the rate of Mohs micrographic surgery procedures.

Women At Greater Risk Of Knee Injuries

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Sports Medicine / Fitness;  Women’s Health / Gynecology
Article Date: 19 Apr 2012 – 1:00 PDT

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Women are more prone to knee injuries than men, and the findings of a new study suggest this may involve more than just differences in muscular and skeletal structure – it shows that males and females also differ in the way they transmit the nerve impulses that control muscle force.

During Medicare Coverage Gaps, Patients Often Stop Taking Heart Drugs

Main Category: Compliance
Also Included In: Heart Disease;  Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 19 Apr 2012 – 0:00 PDT

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Patients who paid for heart medications solely through Medicare were 57 percent more likely to not take them during coverage gaps compared to those who had a Part D low-income subsidy or additional insurance, according to research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

Cimzia Trial Shows Promise For Axial Spondyloarthritis And Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Clinical Trials / Drug Trials
Article Date: 17 Apr 2012 – 10:00 PDT

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According to UCB, certolizumab pegol achieved top-level results in a phase 3 study, which assessed the drug’s efficacy and safety in patients with adult-onset active axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA), a family of inflammatory rheumatic diseases, including ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

Professor Dr Iris Loew-Friedrich, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President at UCB explained: