St. Petersburg, FL-A new peer-reviewed online medical reference covering all aspects of adult and pediatric urology is now available free of charge at www.emedicine.com. More than 200 separate chapters are written by physician experts and include multimedia presentations integrating photographs, tables, charts, drawings, anatomical illustrations, x-rays, and audio and video clips with each chapter. Authors are able to update their information at any time and are required to update their chapters at least once a year.
Bothell, WA-Data Critical Corp. offers the PocketChart handheld tool for patient charting, billing, and filing. With the product, physicians can create complete, legible documents using simple point-and-tap menus to record all elements of a patient encounter, the company says.
Knoxville, TN-DeRoyal has added three new products to its line of safety devices.
Washington-MDLinx now offers www.urologylinx.com, a web site featuring news about general urology and urologic subspecialties. The site's subspecialties include adrenal glands, erectile dysfunction, infertility, kidney, pediatric urology, penis, prostate, stones, testis/scrotum, ureter, urethra, urinary bladder, uroradiology, voiding dysfunction, basic science/genetics, economics of medicine, and popular press.
Palo Alto, CA-Urologists have heard more than once from detractors who have said that measuring PSA is not useful as a predictor for prostate cancer. You may now add Thomas A. Stamey, MD-the first investigator to show that the level of serum PSA was proportional to the volume of prostate cancer-to the list of naysayers.
Washington-As negotiations intensify in Washington to develop
a patients' bill of rights that can be passed and signed into law, insurance
industry and business opponents are attempting to convince physicians that
they are in danger of being confronted with a new source of lawsuits themselves
if such legislation is enacted.
Research and understanding of lower urinary tract symptoms and associated clinical BPH have evolved tremendously over the past years. Detailed analyses of data from the Olmsted County Study of Urinary Symptoms in Men has taught us that it is not symptom severity and frequency alone that prompt men to consult a physician. Rather, issues such as bother, interference with daily activities, embarrassment about urinary conditions, and worry about the possibility of malignancy all very significantly contribute to the decision to see a physician.
New Orleans-Scientists from two Cleveland institutions have identified
a chromosomal region they believe contains a gene or genes associated with
aggressive forms of prostate cancer. Tests for molecular markers of genetic
abnormalities in this region could some day identify men with prostate cancer
who warrant aggressive therapies, as well as spare some men from treatment.
Palm Harbor, FL-Sempermed offers the SemperCARE Nitrile Powder-Free Exam Glove to eliminate the potential for aerosolization of glove powder and associated transfer of chemical allergens. The non-latex glove is ergonomically designed and made from a low modulus synthetic polymer, which maximizes comfort, tactile sensitivity, and protection from blood-borne pathogens, according to the company. Its textured surface provides better gripping, while the light blue color optimizes visibility.
Minneapolis-American Medical Systems has received FDA approval for InhibiZone, an antibiotic surface treatment used on its AMS 700 series penile prostheses. The treatment is impregnated through a patented process into the tissue-contacting surfaces of the prostheses. In laboratory testing, the device elutes the drugs from the surface when exposed to a warm, moist environment, providing antibiotic action both on the surface and in a zone surrounding the treated device, according to the company.