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The robots of medicine: Do the benefits outweigh the costs?
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In theory, the great benefit of surgical robotics is that it can assist us big, clunky humans with tasks that we have trouble with, or are simply incapable of. "Robotics is a tool, albeit the most technologically advanced and expensive one, but a tool nonetheless," says Dr. Bernard Park, the chief of thoracic surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center. "No technology will ever replace the critical importance of a skilled, thoughtful surgeon." More




Laparoscopy offers benefits in select hepatic CRC patients
The Oncology Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Laparoscopic resection of hepatic colorectal cancer offered short-term benefits over open resection and equivalent cancer control in a propensity matched cohort study of 173 patients. "The oncologic outcomes are really not affected at all by the performance of the minimally invasive procedure," lead author Robert Cannon said. The ability to achieve microscopically negative margins was significantly higher in the laparoscopic group, at 97 percent, compared with 81 percent in the open group. Mortality at 90 days was similar at 0 percent versus 0.7 percent, respectively. More

InTone stimulates pelvic muscles to help with urinary incontinence
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InControl Medical received FDA clearance for its InTone device, a muscle stimulator that strengthens pelvic floor muscles for treatment of female urinary incontinence. The system is an electric stimulator with a pressure sensor that detects whether the muscles are responding properly. The device guides the user using voice commands and the whole procedure takes about 10 minutes, alleviating the need to visit the clinic for similar treatment. More

The minimally invasive cervical biopsy.
SpiraBrush CX, is the patient-friendly and easy-to-use, FDA cleared alternative to punch forceps for cervical biopsy. The unique, stiff-bristled, spiral-shaped design of the SpiraBrush CX makes possible the removal of a full thickness transepithelial tissue sample of the ectocervix with less pain, less bleeding and less recovery time. 949-226-8414 spirabrush.com more


Risk of 3 types of ovarian cancer higher in women who have endometriosis
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Several small studies have suggested that endometriosis, which affects about 10 percent of women of reproductive age, is a risk factor for epithelial ovarian cancer. Now, a study published in The Lancet Oncology provides definitive evidence of this link and highlights the risk of specific subtypes of ovarian cancer. More

Pap smears improve cervical cancer survival
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Regular Pap smears improve the chances of surviving cervical cancer, according to Swedish research confirming the life-saving benefits of screening every three years during a woman's 20s, 30s and 40s. The findings about the benefits of widespread testing every three years are particularly relevant for women in the U.S., where the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that healthy women 21 to 65 undergo a Pap smear every three years, rather than continuing to make the test an annual medical ritual. The task force noted that overtesting has enormous financial and physical consequences for women. More




Parents' wishes sway doctors' choices on preterm deliveries
HealthDay News via DoctorsLounge    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When making decisions or counseling families on how to manage very premature deliveries, obstetricians are strongly influenced by parents' wishes, especially when the parents want everything done to save their baby's life, a new study finds. The study also found that since there often is no formal policy on how to manage very early deliveries, obstetricians' decisions can vary significantly — even among doctors working at the same hospital. More

Vitamin D tied to fewer stress fractures in girls
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In a new study, girls and young women who got lots of vitamin D through their diet and supplements were half as likely to suffer a stress fracture as those who didn't get much of the vitamin. Stress fractures are especially concerning in teen girls because bone strength at that age is tied to the risk of osteoporosis and more serious injuries later in life. Still, the findings can't prove that the vitamin prevents fractures, since it's possible there were other differences between girls who ate high- and low-vitamin D diets that the researchers couldn't measure. More

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Severe PMS may last longer than thought
HealthDay News via The Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For years, women with the severe form of premenstrual syndrome known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder were told that their symptoms should subside the day menstruation begins. Now, new research suggests that these symptoms, which can include serious mood swings, start about four days before menstruation and can linger through the first three days of menses. More

Nicotine patches fail most pregnant smokers
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Nicotine replacement therapy is widely used to help smokers kick the habit, but new research raises major doubts about its effectiveness during pregnancy. The largest clinical trial ever to examine the use of nicotine patches in this setting found little evidence that the treatment helps pregnant women stop smoking. Adherence with therapy was very low, with fewer than 1 in 10 women still wearing the patches after one month. More



How to screen for intimate partner violence: Tools from ACOG
OBGYN.net (free registration required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than one-third of women in the United States will experience some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime. Signs of IPV can range from acute traumatic injuries to nonacute presentations of abuse. Obstetricians and gynecologists are uniquely positioned to assist women who experience IPV not only because of the intimate quality of the physician-patient relationship, but also because of the many opportunities for intervention over the course of the patient's life. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that healthcare providers screen all women for IPV at periodic intervals. More

Study cautions digital records may not cut health costs
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Computerized patient records are unlikely to cut healthcare costs and may actually encourage doctors to order expensive tests more often, a new study concludes. Modern electronic health records are meant to give doctors an integrated view of a patient's care, including medical history, treatments, medications and past tests. But research found that doctors using computers to track tests, like X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging, ordered far more tests than doctors relying on paper records. More
 
 
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