Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Medical Approval Challenge

News articles tend to introduce (incomplete) information that make good search challenges.

Here's an example from the Wichita Eagle posted on Sept. 6: Robot surgery now offered for head, neck procedures

The part of the article that ping'd my search radar was this:
"The da Vinci surgical system is now approved for use in surgeries of the head and neck."
Search for the missing information. Who approved it and when?

This search requires a keyword query, browsing, a deep web query of a specialized database and careful reading.

Post your answers in the comments: Who approved the device (I left a clue in this post) and (here's the real challenge) WHEN was approval granted? Provide an official date.

What problems do you encounter in this search?

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