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New Victory in the War against Cancer

Amazing progress has been made this year toward prolonging the lives of patients with advanced skin cancer.  In March the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Bristol-Myers Squibb’s injectable drug Yervoy, which was found to extend the lives of end-stage melanoma patients an average of 10 months.  In a study which was presented on June 5 at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, another drug, vemurafenib, was revealed to have a 63% reduction in the risk of death compared to patients given the chemotherapy drug dacarbazine.

Unlike chemotherapy, which attacks cancer cells with chemicals, Yervoy belongs to a novel class of immuno-therapy drugs that work by mobilizing the body’s immune system to destroy the cancer. Vemurafenib is a so-called targeted therapy which counteracts the effect of a mutation in a gene called B-RAF that causes tumors to grow and spread.

More than life extension
Some observers believed that prolonging the life of patients with metastatic melanoma as much as two years is not significant.  “Two years is nothing when you’re 30,” said Dr. Anna C. Pavlick, head of the melanoma program at New York University.

However, many doctors and patient groups welcomed the progress because until now treatment of melanoma that had spread beyond the skin to other organs was uncontrollable.  “Late-stage melanoma is devastating, with very few treatment options for patients, none of which previously prolonged a patient’s life,” Richard Pazdur, MD, director of the FDA’s cancer drugs office, said in a news release.

The number of melanoma cases has been rising steadily, unlike for many other types of cancer.  Doctors say this is because of unprotected sun exposure and the proliferation of tanning salons.  More than 68,000 people in the United States and 160,000 worldwide are diagnosed with melanoma each year, according to the American Cancer Society.  The five-year survival rate for the aggressive cancer is just 15%.

First in a Series
These two new drugs, with possible rare exceptions, do not cure melanoma.  More than half of patients with the disease will not be helped much or at all by either drug.  Experts say more needs to be done, especially since melanoma affects more young adults than many other types of cancer.

However, Tim Turnham, director of the Melanoma Research Foundation told the Associated Press, “Clearly this is not a home run, but it’s a solid base hit, and because we see other things in the pipeline, we think this is the first in a series of important new therapies for melanoma.”


Brand-new Schiller AT-2 Plus EKG at an amazing price of $1,999.00 – while supplies last. 
Alphanumeric keyboard 6/12 channel representation of all 12 simultaneously acquired leads; large, high resolution backlit monitor for easy preview of ECG quality; automatic and manual mode; fullsize 8 ½” x 11” reports; integrated rechargeable battery lasts up to 3 hours or normal use.  Read more.

GE MAC 1200 EKG machine (pre-owned) $2,200
Resting ECG system whose true one-button operation makes it especially suitable for routine use in private practice, emergency medicine or hospitals; standard, built-in battery; independent battery operation together with the electrode application system KISS with device-integrated suction pump (optional); brilliant graphic display where 12 leads can be displayed quickly in 3-lead sequences. Read more.

Burdick ATIRA 3100 EKG machine (pre-owned) $3,500
Automatic, manual or 12-lead rhythm operation for maximum flexibility; advanced functionality in a compact package; easy-to-use keyboard and menu driven interface; optional, powerful interpretation algorithm based on five clinically significant criteria, as well as pediatric analysis and pacemaker enhancement.  Read more.

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From Opium to Ether: The Evolution of Anesthesia

Have you ever heard the comment “I don’t mind, as long as they put me under?”  Today, when we think of potentially painful surgery we immediately assume we’ll have the use of anesthesia on our side to get us through with little or no pain.  Surgeons perform amazing and intricate surgeries – heart bypasses, transplants, brain surgery – but would find it difficult without anesthesia.

Needles and soporifics
The Chinese were probably the first to use a form of anesthesia, acupuncture, as a means of relieving pain during surgical procedures.  The earliest text on the medical use of acupuncture, the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Inner Medicine, dates back to 200 B.C., but the practice itself has its roots to Taosim which originated in the 4th century B.C.

The inventive and industrious Romans pioneered the use of soporifics such as opium and mandrake to perform operations.  Across the Atlantic, Incan shamans had their patients chew coca leaves and drilled holes in their heads to let the bad spirits escape.

Here in the U.S. we’re all fairly familiar with the use of alcohol as an anesthetic, thanks to Gabby Hayes and John Wayne.  Good old whiskey was used around the world in modern times, but side effects of vomiting, addiction, and sometimes death made this method undesirable.

The advent of modern anesthetic practices

Modern techniques to reduce surgical pain began when the English scientist Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) discovered that inhalation of nitrous oxide might relieve pain.  However, the watershed event for medicine and surgery came when William Thomas Green Morton (1819-1868), a Boston dentist, publically demonstrated the application of ether to remove a tumor from the neck of his patient.  Morton had rightly concluded that Priestly’s idea was right, but the gas was wrong.

In the early 20th century ether and chloroform were replaced by halogenated hydrocarbons such as halothane, which is still used.  Today we have a “balanced anesthesia” approach: a “cocktail” of drugs to induce loss of consciousness and eliminate pain.

Save money on Ganim Medical’s selection of pre-owned anesthesia machines

Drager Narkomed 2A Anesthesia Machine (Pre-Owned) $6,995
K-Package: O2 analyzer, tidal volume monitor, alarms; three vaporizers; AVE ventilator; standard hypoxic guard;
standard O2 and N2O; E-cylinder and central gas connections standard; AVE ventilator (electronic) standard; can be configured with ascending (A-of-F style) or descending bellows. Read more.

Drager Narkomed 2B anesthesia machine (pre-owned) $7995
Three 19.1 vaporizers; AVE electronic ventilator; absorber and scavenger; oxygen analyzer;  breathing pressure monitor; respiratory volume; centralized alarm and data; oxygen ratio controller; pressure limit controller; weight: 400 lbs (181.4 kg); max dimensions: 40” L x 68” H x 25” W (101.6 x 172.7 x 63.5 cm); top shelf: 32” L x 52” W (81.3 x 132.1 cm); table top: area 271 in2.  Read more.

Ohmeda Excel 210 SE anesthesia machine (pre-owned) $7,200
Accommodates three gases and two vaporizers; powerful ventilation and monitoring capabilities for secondary anesthetizing locations; integrated oxygen, volume, airway pressure monitoring; enclosed, non-interchangeable pneumatic circuitry; differentiated pipeline, cylinder gauges; master on/off switch activates electronics and pneumatics. Read more.

Ohmeda Modulus 2 Plus Anesthesia Machine (Pre-Owned) $7,000
Comes standard with a 7810 ventilator that integrates oxygen, volume, and pressure monitoring; optional pulse oximetry and endtidal CO2 modules; great for university and research facilities; double-flow meter tubes (O2 & N2O) and flow meter protection shield, link-25 hypoxic guard and touch-coded oxygen knob. Read more.

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