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Raynham, MA-Omnitape, from Mpathy Medical, was designed by a surgeon to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women. The sling is constructed from physiologically compatible, ultra-lightweight Smartmesh for optimal integration, collagen growth, and near-zero erosion rates. FDA recently granted 501(k) clearance to market to the product, which will be available in the U.S. in November.

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Prostate biopsy book is current, comprehensive reference

Totowa, NJ-Prostate Biopsy: Indications, Techniques, and Complications, edited by J. Stephen Jones, MD, is a compendium of topics related to the diagnosis of prostate cancer, including risk factor assessment, indications for biopsy, techniques, complications, and emerging technologies, PSA, pain prevention, and prediction models. International specialists provide expert opinions on prostate cancer diagnosis. The 345-page hardcover, published by Humana Press, contains 77 illustrations; an electronic version also is available.

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Injectable drug prevents postoperative nausea, vomiting

Woodcliff Lake, NJ-Eisai Corp. of North America, its U.S. subsidiary, MGI PHARMA, and Helsinn Healthcare SA, have received FDA approval for palonosetron hydrochloride (Aloxi), a 5-hydroxytryptamine-3 receptor agonist indicated for prevention of postoperative and chemotherapy-related acute and delayed nausea and vomiting. In a double-blind, phase III clinical trial in 574 patients undergoing gynecologic or abdominal surgery, the agent successfully produced complete response for up to 72 hours compared with placebo, with comparable adverse reactions. The most frequently observed side effects were electrocardiogram QT prolongation, bradycardia, headache, and constipation.

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Disposable surgical device improves visibility, irrigation

Strongsville, OH-Lumitex Medical Devices' VersaLight single-use surgical device features improved suction, a new cable management system, and uniform, cool, shadowless light. Extra relief holes increase suction so surgeons can wipe tissue dry while preventing tissue grab, and the finger-controlled aspiration hole allows the user to regulate suction. The product uses existing light sources and produces a more uniform spot light for improved visualization in deep cavity surgery. The new cable management system features spiral wraparounds, bundling cables and tubing together, yet permitting easy application, removal, and repositioning during surgery. The ergonomic four-in-one design delivers suction, irrigation, retraction, and light to deep cavities, small openings, under flaps, and in lateral margins.

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