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Surgeons perform most carotid stenting procedures in US
In the United States, the majority of carotid stenting procedures are performed by surgeons. However, volume of cases performed by a surgeon or interventional cardiologist may be a stronger predictor of patient outcomes than specialty of the provider performing the intervention, according to a new report. The number of vascular surgeons performing carotid stenting has increased in recent years. Previously published data from the CREST trial, for example, demonstrated that carotid stenting yielded similar outcomes to carotid endarterectomy.
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2015 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
We hope you will join us Oct. 1 – 4, 2015 at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, for our 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 15th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

This exciting, hands-on surgical meeting will be held at the fabulous Hilton Suites Chicago in the heart of incredible Chicago.

If you are looking for a qualified surgical PA, this is the ideal venue to fill that position. For industry exhibitors looking for "high touch face time" with surgical PAs, this is the ideal meeting for you!

Register now for the 2015 FCCS — Fundamental Critical Care Support
Management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. Two-day course — 16 hours of CME and Certificate of Completion and card.
    Course Purpose
  • To better prepare the nonintensivist for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.
  • To assist the nonintensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient.
  • To prepare house staff for ICU coverage.
  • To prepare critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.
Course will be held before the 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile.

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New technology helps surgeons better map the brain
Fast Company
Dr. Lloyd Zucker, a Florida-based brain surgeon, likens his job to flying a plane. When he goes into someone's skull to operate, he has to navigate the nerve fibers, and like a pilot flying by buildings, he wants to avoid damage. To avoid a crash, Zucker uses brain scans as maps. To figure out the best pathway, he works with a radiologist to interpret the MRI, a process he likens to something like "flying blind" — not a very encouraging metaphor to hear from someone operating on people's brains.
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Hand hygiene increases incidence of dermatitis among healthcare workers
The Medical News
A new study from The University of Manchester has revealed that the incidence of dermatitis has increased 4.5 times in healthcare workers following increased hand hygiene as a drive to reduce infections such as MRSA has kicked in. Researchers from the University's Institute of Population Health studied reports voluntarily submitted by dermatologists to a national database which is run by the University (THOR), between 1996 and 2012. Sixty percent of eligible U.K. dermatologists used this database which is designed to report skin problems caused or aggravated by work. They found that out of 7,138 cases of irritant contact dermatitis reported 1,796 were in healthcare workers.
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Telemedicine connects patients and plastic surgeons
Skin Inc
Telemedicine is more than just a buzzword, it’s the future of health care and the future is now. The ability to remotely connect with doctors for consultations, diagnosis and monitoring is here to stay. You can expect to see the number of patients using a remote monitoring device at home reach 19 million by 2018, according to Med City News. Facial plastic surgeons are helping to lead this charge, according to American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) President Stephen S. Park, M.D., FACS.
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Spinal stenosis: When is surgery the best option?
U.S. News & World Report
Spinal stenosis is one of the most common age-related back problems. And it isn’t pleasant. It usually results from years of osteoarthritis, a thickening of the body’s ligaments that connect the bones to the spine and a deterioration of the cushioning between disks in the vertebrae — all of which cause the spinal canal to narrow. As a result, nerves that travel down to the legs can become pinched near the bottom of the spine, causing pain and an inability to walk properly. The condition affects 8 to 11 percent of Americans, mostly those over age 50, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
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Report: Patients prefer to connect with providers in person, over the phone
Despite the plethora of technologies available to help patients connect with their care providers, most still prefer to communicate in person or over the phone, according to Salesforce's "2015 State of the Connected Patient" report. The survey of 1,700 adults with health insurance and a primary care physician (PCP) found that 76 percent of respondents set up appointments by phone and 25 percent did it in person; that's in stark contrast to the 7 percent who did so through the Web and 6 percent who set up an appointment through email.
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Snorers: Robotic surgery deemed safe, effective
Detroit Free Press via USA Today
A robotic surgery has been deemed safe and effective for the removal of soft tissue in the mouth and throat. That's the tissue that can collapse during sleeping, closing off the airways and preventing the sleeper — struggling for breath — from falling into a deep, rejuvenating slumber, said St. Joseph Mercy Health System's Paul Hoff, MD, who led a nearly-four year clinical trial examining the procedure.
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Stem cell transplants more effective than mitoxantrone drug for people with severe MS
The Medical News
Stem cell transplants may be more effective than the drug mitoxantrone for people with severe cases of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study published in the Feb. 11, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. In this phase II study, all of the participants received medications to suppress immune system activity. Then 12 of the participants received the MS drug mitoxantrone, which reduces immune system activity. For the other nine participants, stem cells were harvested from their bone marrow. After the immune system was suppressed, the stem cells were reintroduced through a vein. Over time, the cells migrate to the bone marrow and produce new cells that become immune cells. The participants were followed for up to four years.
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9 out of 10 surgeons believe advanced surgical energy devices could revolutionize surgery in the future (News-Medical)
Survey: Patient engagement continues to face challenges (By Scott E. Rupp)
How to reduce anxiety and pain during surgery with small talk and stress balls (Medical Daily)

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