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How is brain surgery like flying? Put on a headset to find out
Osamah Choudhry looked up and saw a tumor. Walking gingerly around a conference room in a hotel near New York University's Langone Medical Center, the fourth-year neurosurgery resident tilted his head back. It wasn't ceiling tiles he was examining. Rather, peering into a bulky black headset strapped to his head, he slowly explored a virtual space.
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In high-tech world, low-cost simulation can advance resident training
AMA Wire
Simulation exercises can help strengthen resident skill acquisition and competency assessment, but certain exercises — especially those intended to closely mirror realistic clinical settings — can be costly to implement. That's why authors of a perspective piece in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education recommend cost-effective ways to simulate clinical events in training.
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Computer simulation reveals how quickly infections spread through hospital wards
Daily Mail
Hospital patients being cared for in single rooms have less chance of catching an infection than those in wards, scientists have warned. By creating a new computer simulation of how infections spread, experts have calculated healthcare workers' hands are 20 percent more likely to be contaminated in a four-bed ward, than in a single room. They estimate that preventing the spread of infections, such as MRSA, could cut costs for the NHS.
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3-D printing keeps showing off
Health Imaging
More good news continues to roll out about the 3-D printing market and its applications within healthcare. Analysts from Research and Markets issued a pair of recent reports on the subject, the first taking a global look at the market. While other industries, notably aerospace and the auto industry, have more mature 3-D printing initiatives, use of the technology is set to see its highest growth within the medical and healthcare industry over the next five years.
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Clinicians demand more from optical devices
Euro Photonics
Optical technologies have a long history of providing a rapid and noninvasive way of diagnosing, imaging and operating that other methods simply cannot match. It's little wonder then that the health care sector continues to call for fresh ideas from the optics industry. From novel therapies to adding new functionality to existing devices, in addition to exploiting the huge growth of products in the consumer market, the opportunities for innovation are extensive.
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How to prepare for tomorrow's ob/gyn images
Comtemporary ob/gyn
As obstetricians and gynecologists, we must know not only obstetrics and gynecology but also a significant amount of internal medicine, general surgery and radiology. Knowing which radiologic test to order is not enough; many of us routinely make clinical decisions and perform procedures based solely on our own ultrasonographic findings.
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Study: Bad manners among doctors may damage patient care
The Washington Post
Consider the emotionally charged atmosphere of a hospital's neonatology unit, where critically ill newborns typically need 24-hour, highly specialized care from a team of professionals. That's the environment in which researchers from Tel Aviv University tested whether everyday rudeness can hurt the quality of health care.
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What will the future of healthcare look like with 3-D printing
Business Solutions
Richard Jelesky, business development manager for ScanSource, discussed the impact 3-D printing is having on healthcare — and healthcare VARs — in an exclusive interview with Business Solutions president Jim Roddy at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit. Jelesky said 3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is used now in healthcare for modeling and for education, but he pointed out the industry is testing 3-D printing for other uses.
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Montreal Children's Hospital practices emergency response in 'Code Orange' simulation
Montreal Gazette
Dozens of injured patients streamed on to the MUHC Glen site, injured after a tanker train filled with hazardous materials collided with a school bus and several other vehicles. Victims arrived with open wounds and broken bones, at least one was blinded by debris and many were exposed to hazardous materials that required decontamination. Thankfully, the 64 screaming patients were all actors.
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