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Blog Posts in February, 2015

  • FDA Issues Safety Alert About Infection Risks With Duodenoscopes

    The FDA recently issued a safety communication about potentially serious health risks associated with the use of ERCP endoscopes (also called duodenoscopes). These medical devices are "flexible, lighted tubes that are threaded through the mouth, throat, stomach, [in order to reach] the small intestine [or duodenum]." Their use "allows the injection of contrast dye [for imaging] or the insertion of ...
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  • Study in JAMA Urges Caution In Patients Over 50

    On February 19, 2015, the Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology published an investigation on the use of power morcellators and the prevalence of hidden uterine cancer in women who undergo myomectomy. The lead researcher, Dr. Jason Wright, is the Division Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Columbia University, New York City, and an internationally recognized expert in gynecologic ...
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