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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.
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SCIENCE
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SCIENCE
December 30, 2009 | By Shari Roan
Millions of Americans receive implanted cardiovascular devices such as pacemakers and stents, but many of the devices are not subjected to rigorous safety and effectiveness research before being approved for use, according to a study released Tuesday. It's common for such devices to receive Food and Drug Administration approval based on information from only a single study, which "raises questions about the quality of data on which some cardiovascular device approvals are based," said the authors, from UC San Francisco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1999 | KAREN ALEXANDER and LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
February 18, 1991 | JOHN BALZAR and MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
May 10, 1992 | SUSAN MOFFAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SCIENCE
September 2, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
An implantable device that shocks an erratically beating heart and works to keep both ventricles beating synchronously reduced hospitalizations for heart failure by 41%, according to results reported Tuesday at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The results, reported online in the New England Journal of Medicine, were significantly better than preliminary results announced in June, when the trial was halted prematurely because of its success. "This is a real breakthrough" for patients with mild to moderate heart disease, said Dr. Leslie Saxon, a cardiologist at USC's Keck School of Medicine, one of the study sites.
SCIENCE
August 9, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
The abrupt shutdown of two aging nuclear reactors that produce a radioisotope widely used in medical imaging has forced physicians in the U.S. and abroad into a crisis, requiring them to postpone or cancel necessary scans for heart disease and cancer, or turn to alternative tests that are not as accurate, take longer and expose patients to higher doses of radiation. Because of limits on testing produced by the shortage, some patients will undergo heart or cancer surgeries that could have been prevented by imaging, and others will miss needed surgeries because of the lack of testing, said Dr. Michael Graham of the University of Iowa, president of SNM, formerly the Society of Nuclear Medicine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2009 | Tony Barboza
The California Nurses Assn. filed a complaint with state regulators Thursday alleging that UC Irvine Medical Center has been using faulty pain control pumps that have caused at least five patients to receive an accidental overdose of narcotics.
NATIONAL
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.
SCIENCE
November 15, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Don't place headphones for portable MP3 music players in your front shirt pocket or drape them over your shoulder if you've got a pacemaker or defibrillators, says a Harvard scientist. The results can be shocking. There was detectable interference for 15% of pacemaker patients and 30% of those with defibrillators when headphones, including those for Apple Inc.'s iPod and iPhone, were placed within an inch of the heart devices, according to a study reported Sunday at the American Heart Assn.
BUSINESS
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 "?"
HEALTH
July 24, 2006 | Susan Brink, Times Staff Writer
In the leap of faith that is surgery -- counting backward from 100 to oblivion, waking to the faces of kindly strangers -- one can only hope everyone in the operating room gets the sponge count right. In a rare but distasteful complication in about 3,000 of the 40 million surgeries performed in the United States each year, somebody forgets something inside someone. The majority of forgotten items, about two-thirds, are surgical gauze sponges.
BUSINESS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Drug developer Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. said Friday that it would sell its wound therapy and surgical care unit for $4.1 billion to two private equity firms. The company will sell the ConvaTec unit to Nordic Capital and Avista Capital Partners. Proceeds from the sale will help fund Bristol-Myers' strategy of shifting its focus to biopharmaceuticals. That strategy has already resulted in the $525-million sale of the New York-based company's medical imaging unit as well as plans to sell 10% to 20% of its Mead Johnson Nutritional unit.
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