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Teaching the next generation of orthopedic surgeons
Healio
Orthopedic residency programs are currently producing a group of orthopedic surgeons unlike any other. Today’s residents rely less on the traditional textbook and more on technology, they learn more surgical skills through simulation and they work within strict work-hour restrictions — all of which have affected residency program curricula and teaching styles.
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How data on patient outcomes can help clinicians improve care quality
FierceHealthIT
Using and comparing data about patient outcomes can help clinicians work to improve care, as well as start conversations about quality improvement, according to a case study published in eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to increase patient outcomes.) For the study, the researchers wanted to create a way to systematically detect or evaluate patient-level outcomes of care. They came up with ExPLORE Clinical Practice — an Internet-based tool on comparative outcomes.
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In head and neck cancer, surgeons need solid answers about tumor recurrence
Medical Xpress
Partnering with head and neck surgeons, pathologists at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center's Norris Cotton Cancer Center developed a new use for an old test to determine if a patient's cancer is recurring, or if the biopsy shows benign inflammation of mucosal tissues. In Pathology - Research and Practice, lead author Candice C. Black, DO explained how her team confirmed the utility of ProExC, an existing antibody cocktail commonly used for pathology tests of the uterine cervix.
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The wearable bandwagon: Should providers jump on?
Healthcare Dive
The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year is all about wearable technology, which the Consumer Electronics Association says represents a billion-dollar market in America. And as excitement over Apple's smart watch and other innovations brews, there's a lot of talk about the potential of mobile wearables and health-tracking mobile apps to improve consumer health by engaging people in their own health. However, while mobile tracking and cool-looking health gadgetry holds a lot of promise, can it really make a dent in what physicians must increasingly consider — quality improvement scores? And has the technology evolved enough for providers to incorporate wearables into their care strategy?
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CT scans performed during maxillofacial surgery are rapid
HealthDay News via Healthcare Professionals Network
Intraoperative computed tomography (CT) scans performed during maxillofacial surgery are quick, lasting an average of 14.5 minutes, according to a study published online Jan. 8 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. David A. Shaye, M.D., from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, and colleagues conducted a retrospective review to examine the time needed to perform intraoperative CT scans during maxillofacial surgery. Data were included from 38 maxillofacial reconstruction procedures that included intraoperative CT.
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Point/Counter: What are the advantages of having the same surgeon perform both femto and phaco?
Healio
Patients are usually most aware of who is doing the laser portion of the cataract procedure because he or she is less sedated and wears no drape to cover the other eye. It is the more frightening part of the procedure. Having a single surgeon perform all aspects of the procedure is the cleanest way to proceed because the patient has a bond with one surgeon and has little question as to who actually did the surgery.
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Uninsured rate falls to 12.9 percent
Becker's Hospital CFO
The uninsured rate among adults in the U.S. for the fourth quarter of 2014 averaged 12.9 percent, which is a significant drop from the uninsured rate for the same period one year ago of 17.1 percent, according to Gallup. The uninsured rate in the fourth quarter of 2014 was only slightly down from the 13.4 percent uninsured rate in the third quarter of 2014.
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Heart patients urged to exercise their calf muscles
Science Network WA via Medical Xpress
Scientists have a strange tip for heart disease sufferers: make sure you exercise your ankles. University of Western Australia sports biomechanics scientist Fausto Panizzolo studied the walking style of people suffering from chronic heart failure and compared their stride to healthy, age- and fitness-matched volunteers. His team found people with heart failure chose to walk at the same speed and in the same way as their healthy counterparts, except their ankle muscles work much harder to keep up.
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