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January 4, 1992
Birtcher Medical Systems Inc. said Friday that it has won a permanent injunction to protect its patent on a surgical device. The court victory is a boost to Birtcher, as sales of its device--the Argon Beam Coagulator--generated more than one-fifth of the company's total revenue last fiscal year. A federal jury in Colorado had ruled in October that Beacon Laboratories Inc. of Denver had violated Birtcher's patent on the coagulator, but declined to award Birtcher damages.
August 27, 2011 | Amina Khan
Forget those old, bulky electrodes of the past. Researchers have created a device that can track your heart, brain and muscle activity as effectively as conventional monitoring systems -- and is thin enough to be laminated onto the skin like a temporary tattoo. Down the line, such electronic patches could be used to monitor vital functions, aid in physical rehabilitation or perhaps be deployed in covert military operations. John Rogers, a materials scientist with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discussed the research and its potential future uses.
Out on the edge of the Pacific, on a patio stretching below the swank Ritz-Carlton hotel, the groom smiled nervously. His bride looked radiant, hair encircled with flowers, wedding dress trailing behind as she stepped slowly down the aisle, father at her side. In most ways, the Saturday fete was like any other wedding. Except one. The bride is paralyzed from the chest down. But she was able to stride delicately across the bricks because of the ingenuity of the man she was marrying.
March 27, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Thousands of military veterans are waiting to find out if they were exposed to infectious diseases by government clinics that performed colonoscopies and other procedures with equipment that wasn't properly sterilized. Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Katie Roberts said officials are working to determine if mistakes that may have exposed patients to infections at medical centers in Tennessee and Florida and a clinic in Georgia could have happened at other VA facilities too. The VA recently warned some veterans who had colonoscopies as far back as five years ago at its hospitals in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
More than 1,000 hypodermic needles washed ashore at Huntington Beach on Thursday afternoon, forcing the closure of more than two miles of shoreline, authorities said. The first needles were discovered by a city lifeguard at about 3:30 p.m. Soon the devices were surfacing hundreds at a time, prompting Orange County health officials to declare the beach off-limits and order it roped off with yellow police tape.
November 19, 1989 | DIANNE KLEIN
When I went to see Lorraine Rothman earlier this week, she was still a little jetlagged after a flight from Spain. She and another woman from the Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers had been the guests of the Spanish government at the State Congress on Family Planning in Seville--the only Americans there. The Europeans, Rothman says, were extremely receptive to what she had to say about redefining women's sexuality and empowering women to care for themselves.
September 1, 2003 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
County officials are learning it's one thing to build a new County-USC Medical Center -- it's quite another to pay for the bedpans and other furnishings. The start-up costs for the hospital, whose construction expenses alone are expected to top $800 million, may add as much as $240.5 million to the price tag. The problem is, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has yet to put aside any money to cover the extra costs. The medical records system will cost up to $100 million, said David E.
American soldiers and Marines are moving so rapidly and in such huge numbers as they reposition themselves along the front, they are running ahead of crucial medical supplies to treat casualties. The Army Surgeon General's Office says it has caught up with and "corrected" the persistent problem insofar as getting necessary supplies and equipment to rear staging areas of the war zone--but not always to the forward combat hospitals.
August 1, 2001 | From Associated Press
When workers dismantled an MRI machine recently at the University of Texas, they discovered dozens of pens, paper clips, keys and other metal objects clustered inside. Each had sailed through the air from a pocket or a folder, drawn to the huge magnet that powers the MRI's medical scanner. Much less common is the kind of accident that killed 6-year-old Michael Colombini last weekend.
Like taco stands, they popped up across Southern California in the second half of the 1980s. They mushroomed in the basements of hospitals and rolled across freeways in giant trailers to do duty in the parking lots of hospitals that rented them by the day. "Imaging centers" have been one of the hottest new businesses in Los Angeles in recent years, fueled by a powerful and pricey medical technology called magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI.
September 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The government paid more than $1 billion in questionable Medicare claims for medical supplies that showed little relation to patients' conditions, including blood glucose strips for sexual impotence and special diabetic shoes for leg amputees, congressional investigators say. Billions more in taxpayer dollars may have been wasted over the last decade because the government-run health program for the elderly and disabled paid out claims with blank or invalid diagnosis codes, such as a "?"
August 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The government is putting millions of Medicare dollars at risk by authorizing fictitious sellers of wheelchairs, prosthetics and other medical supplies to submit reimbursement claims with only limited review, congressional investigators say. A Government Accountability Office study, obtained by the Associated Press, sought to follow up on oversight gaps that have plagued the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services since at least 2005.
March 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Abbott Laboratories won U.S. approval of a glucose-monitoring system for people with diabetes that provides minute-by-minute and trend information to help patients manage the disease. The system, called the FreeStyle Navigator, measures blood sugar through a sensor in the back of the upper arm or through the abdomen. The information can help manage treatment, although traditional blood tests must be performed before therapy can be adjusted, the company said. From Times Wire Services
March 3, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
After a series of surprise inspections in Los Angeles County, Medicare fraud investigators found persistent corruption among medical equipment suppliers who set up phony offices that billed the government $21 million over one year, prompting officials to call for stronger enforcement efforts, according a report to be released today. Investigators checked 905 suppliers. Their offices should have been filled with wheelchairs, crutches, bedpans and other medical equipment.
November 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Abbott Laboratories' experimental heart stent should be cleared for sale because it worked as well as devices already on the market to prop open clogged arteries, a U.S. advisory panel said. Outside experts for the Food and Drug Administration voted 9 to 1 to recommend that the stent, called Xience, be approved. The panel also said the Abbott Park, Ill.-based company should do long-term studies on whether the drug-coated device causes potentially deadly blood clots.
November 12, 2007 | Linda Marsa, Special to The Times
People with chronic kidney failure face a bleak future. Conventional dialysis cleanses the blood of only about 17% of the toxic chemicals that a healthy kidney removes. And donor organs are scarce. The 300,000 Americans who depend on dialysis to stay alive are crippled by an array of complications caused by the buildup of dangerous poisons in their blood, and only one-third survive more than five years. Experimental devices in development could help turn this situation around.
October 23, 1999 | (Robin Fields)
A federal judge has dismissed Amway Corp.'s lawsuit accusing Irvine-based Nikken U.S.A. Inc. of copying patented designs for pain-blocking magnets. Amway, headquartered in Ada, Mich., filed the suit in Nashville in June. The direct marketing giant alleged that shortly after it introduced a line of magnetic pads that purportedly block pain signals from reaching the brain, Nikken did too. Nikken countersued in U.S.
January 11, 1988 | Compiled from Times staff and wire reports
Although not all doctors may agree, a new study indicates that stitches can--and apparently should--get wet. Dr. Joel M. Noe, an assistant professor of plastic surgery at Harvard Medical School, conducted a study involving 100 patients who had lesions removed from their skin at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and then had their incisions closed with nylon stitches. All the patients were asked to wash the wounds with soap and water twice a day, beginning the morning after surgery.
November 2, 2007 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
When doctors told John Kanzius he had nine months to live, he quietly thanked God for his blessings and prepared to die. Then 58, he had lived a good life, with a loving wife, two successful adult daughters and a gratifying career. Now he had leukemia and was ready to accept his fate, but the visits to the cancer ward shook him. Faces haunted him, the bald and bandaged heads, bodies slumped in wheelchairs, and children who could not play.
October 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Edwards Lifesciences Corp. reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings on higher sales of its replacement heart valves, but it said the U.S. launch of its latest valve would be delayed. Irvine-based Edwards had expected to introduce its next-generation tissue valve, called the Magna mitral valve, in the fourth quarter, but said it was responding to questions from U.S. regulators and was no longer confident of that timeline. Third-quarter net income rose to $29.
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