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Inflammatory abdominal aortic aneurism: Still a quandary
HCP Live
Inflammatory abdominal aortic aneurysm (IAAA) is rare — approximately 10 percent of abdominal aneurysm present sheathed in peri-aneurysmal and retroperitoneal fibrosis, thick aortic walls and dense adhesions involving adjacent abdominal organs. Life-threatening, IAAA has been a puzzle for decades. When patients have a simple abdominal aortic aneurysm, surgeons try to prevent or correct a rupture using open or endovascular repair; the procedures used are well-studied.
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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.

Register today!


A look ahead: Most women physicians feel financially prepared
By Cait Harrison
For women physicians, life never slows down. Patient appointments, lab results, medical records, prescription refill requests — it's all in a day's work, and the list could go on. And that's not including the kids and household chores when you get home. But one day it won't be as busy — if you can dream far enough into the future to retirement, that is. Have you thought about that?
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Many breast cancer patients still opt for mastectomy over lump removal
HealthDay News
Breast cancer surgeries have advanced so that surgeons can often remove the tumor while safely conserving the breast, in what's known as lumpectomy. But a new study shows that even though this breast-conserving surgery has a high success rate, many patients who are eligible for it still choose to have the entire breast removed.
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Bariatric surgeons aim to reduce readmissions
General Surgery News
With the risk for death from bariatric surgery now as low as that for knee replacement surgery, the bariatric surgery community has set its sights on a new goal: reducing readmissions after bariatric surgery. “Our next horizon is targeting readmissions, specifically, reducing readmissions within 30 days by 20 percent nationally,” said John Morton, M.D., president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and director of bariatric surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, in Stanford, California.
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Medical 3-D printing will 'enable a new kind of future'
The Huffington Post
Advances in 3-D printing and medical technology will soon make it possible to construct human tissue in a lab, implant it in a patient and watch it grow into the body. Tissue engineering, as it's called, was just one of the exciting new technological advances researchers and doctors have made in the medical 3-D printing field, a potentially revolutionary industry that was on full display during the Inside 3-D Printing Conference and Expo in New York.
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Technology creates 'blind spot' in physician credentialing
MedPage Today
When a patient suffered a cascade of complications after robotic surgery, his lawyers thought the doctor, the hospital, and the device maker should be liable. But in a malpractice case involving the da Vinci Surgical System, the courts disagreed. The 2013 decision that Intuitive Surgical, the maker of da Vinci, was not responsible for the action of a poorly trained doctor may be good news for the medical device makers.
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Survey shows spine surgeons would elect to undergo surgery due to high pain, limited activities
Indications for decompressive spine surgery due to a herniated disc differ with each patient; therefore, a survey of International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery members was conducted to see when the surgeons would opt to undergo a surgical procedure themselves. Results were presented by a speaker during the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery Annual Meeting.
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For lower-grade brain blood vessel malformations, surgery has 'excellent clinical outcomes'
Medical Xpress
Interventional treatments — especially surgery — provide good functional outcomes and a high cure rate for patients with lower-grade arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) of the brain, reports the May issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
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Medscape General Surgeon Compensation Report 2015
Medscape (free login required)
General surgeons who responded to this year's Medscape compensation survey described their compensation, number of hours worked, practice changes resulting from healthcare reform, and how they have adapted to the new healthcare environment.
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