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Biggest cardiology stories of 2012
Heartwire via Medscape News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What made headlines in 2012? Everything from FREEDOM to the Riata lead recall, renal denervation to PCSK9 inhibition. Reporters from Heartwire called up cardiologists across all cardiac subspecialties to ask them what they thought the biggest news was in their field this past year. Some also gave us their best guesses for hot-button topics in the year to come. More

Study: Omega-3 supplements don't increase surgical blood loss
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements do not correlate with higher perioperative blood loss during spinal fusion procedures, according to a study published in the European Spine Journal. More

Indiana surgeon uses iPod during joint replacement procedures
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A doctor in Indiana is 1 of 4 in the nation who is using an iPod to help with joint replacement procedures. The iPod system helps make sure the joint replacement implants are well balanced and well aligned when they are put in. More

Spain remains world transplant leader
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Spain continues to be the world leader in organ donations and transplants despite the country's economic woes, according to the director of the National Transplant Organization. With the figures available up to November, Spain maintains its world leadership after beating its own record last year with a total of 4,212 transplants. More

Medical interpreters help patients, medical staff communicate
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Going to the doctor can be an uncomfortable and intimidating experience. But imagine if you couldn't communicate with your doctor or nurse to describe your symptoms or explain your medical history. As the nation becomes more diverse, demand for trained, skilled interpreters to help doctors and patients communicate — and avoid potentially deadly misunderstandings — is growing. More

As doctors grow older, hospitals begin requiring them to prove they're still fit
Kaiser Health News via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A distinguished vascular specialist in his 80s performs surgery, then goes on vacation, forgetting he has patients in the hospital; one subsequently dies because no doctor was overseeing his care. An internist who suffered a stroke gets lost going from one exam room to another in his own office. A beloved general surgeon with Alzheimer's disease continues to assist in operations because hospital officials don't have the heart to tell him to retire. More

Heart surgeon gives patients infection when glove rips
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A heart surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center accidentally gave cardiac infections to five patients because his latex gloves tore during surgery, hospital officials confirmed. Of the five patients who were diagnosed with endocarditis, or an infection of the heart chamber lining and valves, four of them had to return to the hospital for a second operation, according to a story first published in the Los Angeles Times. The patients survived and are still recovering. More

Top 5 hurdles physicians face in 2013
Becker's Hospital Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Physicians have faced many changes in their profession in 2012, including the growing trend of employment, increased utilization of electronic medical records and more responsibility as they take the lead in care teams as the healthcare community strives to become more coordinated. These changes, and their effects, will carry over into the new year. The Physicians Foundation has the identified five issues that will likely have the largest impact on physicians in 2013, based on research studies and policy papers. More


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