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A looming US doctor shortage
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the Affordable Care Act's insurance mandate takes effect in 2014, some 30 million newly covered patients — people generally treated in emergency rooms now — will be shopping for doctors. That's a problem because the U.S. has 15,230 fewer primary-care physicians than it needs, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More

Doctors grow ear on woman's arm for reconstructive surgery
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Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore have successfully implanted a new ear on a woman who lost one due to cancer. But this was no simple transplant — doctors had to build her ear using cartilage pulled from other parts of her body, then surgically implanted it on her arm to allow it to grow skin before re-attaching it to her head. More

Knee surgeries double as hospital stays drop, readmissions rise
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The number of total knee replacements has significantly increased over two decades, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Despite a shorter length of stay after knee replacements, readmission and infection rates rose during the 20-year period. More

Experimental gadgets do job, then dissolve in body
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists reported that they succeeded in creating tiny medical devices sealed in silk cocoons that did the work they were designed for, then dissolved in the bodies of lab mice. It's an early step in a technology that may hold promise not only for medicine but also for disposal of electronic waste. More

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Techniques, advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery
Becker's ASC Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dr. Michael Gleiber is the founding partner and president of his spine surgery practice, which has locations in Jupiter and Boca Raton, Fla. Gleiber discusses the minimally invasive surgical techniques he uses in his practice and where the field of spine surgery is headed in the future. More

Simple technique aids alignment of calcaneal varus deformity
MedwireNews via News-Medical    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A novel intraoperative bone wedge resection technique for Dwyer calcaneal osteotomy to correct calcaneal varus deformity is simple, accurate and reproducible, restoring normal tibia calcaneal alignment, concludes a team of U.S. investigators. More

Optics Express publishes new paper on smart micromanipulation aided robotic-surgical tool
Optical Society of America via News-Medical    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By harnessing a specialized optical fiber sensor, a new "smart" surgical tool can compensate for this unwanted movement by making hundreds of precise position corrections each second — fast enough to keep the surgeon's hand on target. More

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What makes surgeons happy?
St. Michael's Hospital via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lack of control over operating rooms and other resources as well as a lack of work-life balance are among the main reasons general surgeons may be dissatisfied with their jobs, a new study has found. More

Affirmative action: High court may rewrite med school admission policies
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Medical schools say they have made significant strides enrolling and graduating racially and ethnically diverse students in recent years. But a case before the U.S. Supreme Court could change how the schools weigh the characteristics of applicants and could hinder efforts to attract minorities to the profession. More

Where surgery comes with a 90-day guarantee
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Geisinger Health Group of central Pennsylvania is betting on standardizing practices to improve care, and they're winning. How? Standardization. Geisinger strengthened their odds by overriding their cardiac surgeons' individual operating styles with 40 set best-care guidelines that everyone, every time, had to follow. More

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