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Doctor shortage may swell to 130,000 with cap
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With a shortage of doctors in the U.S. already and millions of new patients set to gain coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, American medical schools are struggling to close the gap. One major reason: The residency programs to train new doctors are largely paid for by the federal government, and the number of students accepted into such programs has been capped at the same level for 15 years. More

Study: 1 in 10 surgical patients readmitted with post-op complications
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About 1 in 10 general surgery patients return to the hospital, mostly due to postoperative complications, according to a study published in the September Journal of the American College of Surgeons. More

First simultaneous robotic kidney transplant, sleeve gastrectomy performed
University of Illinois at Chicago via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Surgeons at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System are developing new treatment options for obese kidney patients. Many U.S. transplant centers currently refuse to transplant these patients due to poorer outcomes. By simultaneously undergoing two procedures — robotic-assisted kidney transplantation and robotic-assisted sleeve gastrectomy — patients have only one visit to the operating room and one general anesthesia. Surgeons can utilize the same minimally invasive incisions. More

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Australian woman gets world's 1st bionic eye implant
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In a world's first, Australian researchers have implanted a bionic eye that has 24 electrodes in a patient who has severe vision loss. The patient, Dianne Ashworth, has retinitis pigmentosa — a condition where the retina is damaged. More

Surgeon, officials review Ohio kidney transplant mistake; program on hold, may affect hundreds
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Health officials and a consulting surgeon are reviewing a living-donor kidney transplant program that's been temporarily suspended by a northwest Ohio hospital, where a donated kidney apparently was put with medical waste instead of going to the intended recipient in what medical experts describe as a rare accident. More

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Covidien wins FDA clearance for surgical stapler system
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Covidien said it had won clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its iDrive Ultra powered stapling system, a tool used during surgery. This comes a week after the medical device and products maker recalled its Duet product, which was used to reinforce tissues after stapling. After reports of complications, Covidien said it would stop manufacturing the product. More

Do athletes make better doctors?
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It may not be the first quality that most programs evaluate in their applicants, but a new study suggests athletic achievement could be the best indicator of how well a doctor-in-training will do as a resident. More

FTC order could give physicians a way out of noncompete deals with hospitals
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Health law experts say a Federal Trade Commission order allowing some cardiologists in Reno, Nev., to be exempt from their employment contracts' noncompete clauses is an indication of the increased scrutiny the agency is paying to medical industry consolidation. It also points to a potential strategy for physicians — particularly those in very concentrated hospital markets — looking for a way around noncompete clauses. More

Addressing the problem of infections after surgery with new antibacterial coating for sutures
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Responding to an urgent need for better antibacterial coatings on surgical sutures, scientists are reporting the discovery of a new coating that is almost 1,000 times more effective than the most widely used commercial coating. Their report appears in ACS' journal Langmuir. More

Heart surgeries to save babies pose problems years later
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The first generation of patients to have historic, lifesaving heart surgery as newborns or children is now in their 20s and 30s and presenting doctors with a puzzle: What some thought were cures for serious heart defects are breaking down. More

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