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1 in 8 surgeries 'research ready'
Health Service Journal
Roughly one in eight doctors’ surgeries are now “research ready” after signing up to an initiative encouraging GPs and their patients to get involved in primary care research. There are now 1,006 GP practices signed up to the Royal College of General Practitioners scheme. The GP practices have completed an online self-assessment designed to make clear their responsibilities, both to themselves and their patients, when taking part in research.
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Halted after deaths, kids' heart surgeries resuming
Joequetta Lewis got to hold her newborn son for 53 days. "And then the next day," she said, "he was gone." Rayshawn Lewis-Smith was one of five babies known to have died within 11 months of undergoing heart surgery at Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington — surgeries that, nationally, babies usually survive. "He was born, and he looked as healthy as any of my other children," said Sarah Moore, whose son Jaxon was the first to die. "I held him. And then three weeks later, I was burying him."
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First bionic eye surgeries happen in Michigan
It sounds like science fiction, but the first surgeries to implant a type of bionic eye into patients have happened here in Michigan. Surgeons at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center performed the surgeries in January. The FDA approved the 'Argus Retinal Prosthesis system' last year. The device can help people with late stage Retinitis Pigmentosa, a condition that causes vision loss.
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Male plastic surgery procedures see a 106 percent increase since 1997
Digital Journal
In a recently released infographic Dr. Steinbrech of Men's Plastic Surgery Manhattan revealed that Male Plastic Surgery is as popular as ever today. Apart from the 106 percent increase in the last 2 decades, statistics have shown that more than 1,000,000 male individuals received cosmetic surgical procedures. Dr. Steinbrech, however, does not find the results so astonishing. "Men are doing it for job reasons, to look good, to become male models."

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Can big data and mobile make healthcare more effective?
Mobile and big data are good medicine for health care. Providers are leveraging big data to more effectively inform decisions while taking advantage of the immediacy and convenience that mobile device technology has to offer. For example, aetnahealth’s Epocrates Bugs + Drugs, which was downloaded 100,000 times in its first month of release, puts critical information about bacteria types and resistance patterns in communities throughout the United States into clinicians’ hands.

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CMS decision allows CED for percutaneous image guided lumbar decompression
A recent decision by CMS permits Coverage with Evidence Development status for percutaneous image guided lumbar decompression in the treatment of patients with lumbar spinal stenosis who are enrolled in such studies. “We are very pleased with the decision of CMS to allow [Coverage with Evidence Development] CED for this very promising technology,” Earl R. Fender stated.

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Study reveals staggering costs of ventral hernia repair complication
General Surgery News
The cost of a mesh infection after ventral hernia repair can reach six figures for a single patient’s care in the year following surgery, according to a study presented at the 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). An analysis of the cost of complications in ventral hernia repair showed that a patient who develops a mesh infection after surgery will incur inpatient hospital charges of $44,000 plus an additional $63,400 in follow-up costs in the next year. Total expenses associated with a mesh infection came to $107,000.
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New microsurgery robot is five times as precise as a human hand
Medical Xpress
A very steady hand and a lot of concentration: carrying out highly precise operations – for example to repair blood vessels or nerve fibers – places such high demands on surgeons that few are able to do it successfully. That means long waiting times for patients who need operations, for example after a serious accident or for the removal of a tumor. Mechanical engineer Raimondo Cau has developed a new robot specially for microsurgery. It enables surgeons to operate shaking-free with five times greater precision than by hand, so waiting lists can be shortened.
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New procedures to reduce open-heart surgeries
El Paso Inc.
Dr. Abe Gonzalez, a cardiologist at the El Paso Heart Center on the city’s West Side, is excited about two relatively new treatment options: trans-arterial valve implantations, and stent grafts for aneurysms. The former, which he termed a “catheter aortic implantation,” is used on patients with very narrow aortic valves and has been in the research stage for the past five years or so. It corrects these narrow aortic valves.
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Improving training in minimally invasive Ob/Gyn surgeries
Medscape (free subscription)
Andrew Kaunitz, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, discusses the training in minimally invasive surgeries. "Looking over the horizon to 2014 and beyond, an issue that looms for those who perform gynecologic surgery involves what may appear to be conflicting goals: assuring quality of gynecologic surgical services while maintaining and improving access."
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Huge increase in men and women undergoing liposuction and other plastic surgeries
The Huffington Post
Are we becoming more accepting of our bodies? Far from it, suggest recent figures. The number of women undergoing liposuction has risen 43 percent in the last year, while among men there has been a 28 percent jump. New data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), which represents most plastic surgeons working privately, shows a 17 percent rise overall in the number of cosmetic operations in the U.K. in 2013, now reaching 50,122.
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