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Surgeons warming up to use of 3-D technology
A new study out of Germany finds surgeons warming up to the idea of wider use of 3-D technology. In the study, 50 surgeons were asked to compare four different screen systems during a test in which they were to make 10 stitches with a needle and thread to close a wound in a model abdominal cavity. They compared 2-D, 3-D with and without glasses, and a mirror apparatus that served as the "ideal" 3-D model, according to an announcement.
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2 trials explore on-pump versus off-pump bypass surgery
Two large trials presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting in San Francisco and published simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine provide important new information about the ongoing debate over whether CABG should be performed with or without cardiopulmonary bypass.
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Nonmembers can find out what it takes to be a surgical physicians assistant and determine which field would suit them best. Members will enjoy the peace of mind of knowing exactly what is going on in the association at any given time. AASPA is proud to go mobile and encourages current and potential members to download this app for more information.
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Are institutional recommendations and guidelines good for patients?
By Mike Wokasch
It depends on the level of scrutiny and expertise applied by the prescribing physician in assessing the information used to support the recommendations and guidelines. Institutional assessments are most helpful when driven by clinically meaningful patient benefits resulting from comprehensive reviews of clinical data by therapeutic area experts — assuming they are unbiased with no conflicts of interest. This is a rather idealistic perspective when you consider most clinical data are from trials designed for regulatory approval and do not necessarily performed to reflect real-world clinical practice or typical patients.
Most US doctors would limit patient EHR access
Many physicians are willing to let patients update their own medical records, but don't want to give them full online access, says Accenture study.
Toronto lung transplant surgeon leading innovations to boost donor organ pool
The Toronto Star
Toronto surgeon Dr. Shaf Keshavjee's innovations are transforming how lung transplants are done. He has lead the development of the Toronto XVIVO Perfusion System, which treats and improves high-risk donor lungs so they can be safely used for transplant.
Infections with 'nightmare bacteria' are on the rise in US hospitals
Federal officials warned that an especially dangerous group of superbugs has become a significant health problem in hospitals throughout the United States.
These germs, known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, have become much more common in the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the risk they pose to health is becoming evident.
The renaissance of bioplastics: A not-so-natural process
By Igor Catic
In 2011, the world production of bioplastics was less than 0.5 percent of total plastics production. But when you read news articles, you get a somewhat strange impression that the most important materials now and in the future are eco-friendly bioplastics. Bioplastics are not a new invention. The celluloid eco-baby doll is about 150 years old. In fact, the first bioplastic — based on casein — is more than 500 years old. What is the difference between synthetic plastics and bioplastics? Just the input into the process.
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Hospitals crack down on tirades by angry doctors
The Washington Post and Kaiser Health News
At a critical point in a complex abdominal operation, a surgeon was handed a device that didn't work because it had been loaded incorrectly by a surgical technician. Furious that she couldn't use it, the surgeon slammed it down, accidentally breaking the technician's finger. "I felt pushed beyond my limits," recalled the surgeon, who was suspended for two weeks and told to attend an anger management course for doctors.
Demand for doctors soaring as cuts loom
As House Speaker John Boehner has said, the Affordable Care Act is the "law of the land." The Supreme Court has upheld it. The 2012 election reaffirms it. Whether you love it or hate it, the law is being implemented. The law is welcoming 27 million Americans into the healthcare system and urging them to find a doctor — a regular source of care. Why? Because research is clear: People with a regular source of care have better health outcomes.
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