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FDA Takes New Look at Problematic Surgical RobotsThe biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year — triple the number just four years earlier.

But now the high-tech helper is under scrutiny over reports of problems, including several deaths that may be linked with it and the high cost of using the robotic system. There also have been a few disturbing, freak incidents: a robotic hand that wouldn’t let go of tissue grasped during surgery and a robotic arm hitting a patient in the face as she lay on the operating table.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/04/fda-takes-new-look-problematic-surgical-robots

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Petitions Currently Circulating

(From We The People Petition)

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Recognize non-binary genders.

Legal documents in the United States only recognize “male” and “female” as genders, leaving anyone who does not identify as one of these two genders with no option. Australia and New Zealand both allow an X in place of an M or an F on passports for this purpose, and the UK recognizes ‘Mx’ (pronounced “Mix”) as a gender-neutral title.

This petition asks the Obama administration to legally recognize genders outside of the male-female binary, and provide an option for these genders on all legal documents and records.

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As of March 18th, 2013, 79,000+ signatures are still needed.

Should you wish to add your signature to this petition, click HERE.

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