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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Surgical Revision of Vagus Nerve Stimulation Electrodes in Children.

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Jan;144(1):123-124.

Surgical Revision of Vagus Nerve Stimulation Electrodes in Children.

University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, USA.


Use of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has increased in the past decade, resulting in frequent revision cases for device failure. The authors report their series of children who underwent reimplantation of the VNS device after removal of old electrodes and leads. Patients with medically refractory seizures who underwent revision of VNS electrodes were included (n = 23). Twenty patients had high lead impedance and underwent removal of the device and replacement of the VNS electrodes during the same procedure. In 3 patients, electrodes and the device had been removed previously at an outside institution because of infection. None of the patients experienced any major complications. Mean operative time was 2.3 ± 0.9 hours. The reimplanted device worked well in all patients, and seizure control was similar to or better than that reported with the previous device. Thus, implantation of the VNS electrodes is reversible, and it appears that the electrodes can be removed or replaced safely if the device is not functioning properly.

PMID: 21493401 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


Friday, April 8, 2011

Seafarer Awarded $5 Million Defamation Verdict

I came across the following news release which I thought might be of interest to you as it is certainly of interest to me and possibly a warning to those who with seeming impunity feel free stating falsehoods while thinking they are safe hiding behind an anonymous screen name.

April 07, 2011 11:53 AM Eastern Daylight Time

 Seafarer Awarded $5 Million Defamation Verdict

TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seafarer Exploration Corp. (OTCBB: SFRX) announced a Hillsborough County Jury rendered a verdict on April 5th 2011 at 4:45 pm in favor of Seafarer for $5,080,000.00 in compensatory damages. After two days of evidence had been presented in court, a jury determined that hundreds of on line posts written by Sean Murphy under the screen name of "Floridatreasurecapt" were false and caused a decrease in market price. Seafarer believes collecting any or all of the damages will be difficult to do, but will continue to try to collect until paid in full.

"We and our client are weighing the approach to take toward punitive damages in this case to dissuade others from doing this."
One of the Board Directors for Seafarer, Pelle Ojasu, stated, "We are pleased with the verdict rendered by the jury and I am very happy our CEO maintained his vigilance to prosecute those who would maliciously hurt the Company and its' personnel through relentless false postings over the last year. Now that the truth has finally come out, we can continue our focus on building shareholder value and executing our business plan." Lead trial attorney, Craig A. Huffman stated, "Mr. Murphy is going to be an example of what should happen to people who sit behind screen names and negatively, falsely, impinge the lives of people and of good companies. We are not done with him yet. This will set a precedent for small market companies to fight back." Co-counsel, David Chalela, stated, "We and our client are weighing the approach to take toward punitive damages in this case to dissuade others from doing this."


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