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Maintaining empathy while mastering medicine
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Medical students are selected as much for their character as for their knowledge. The trait most valued (or that should be the most valued) is empathy. Ironically, studies show an erosion of empathy during medical school. Why does this happen, and what can we do about it? More



Checklists raise performance in operating-room crises
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Using checklists during operating-room crises can improve surgical care, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. More

Surgeon, optical scientist collaborate on surgery camera
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Dr. Mike Nguyen, a urologist and University of Arizona associate professor of surgery, and Hong Hua, a University of Arizona professor of optical sciences, have teamed up with the goal of creating a camera that will allow surgeons to view both wide angle and high-resolution, close-up images simultaneously using a single, integrated probe. More

New brain monitor aims to alert doctors when patients wake during surgery
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Dr. Giulio Tononi, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, believes that the electrical signals — sight, sound and pain — spreading across the brain create consciousness. During surgery, anesthesia stops the signals from spreading, making a person completely unconscious. Tononi's new awareness monitor stimulates the brain with an electrical current and then looks to see whether the signal has spread. More

Mussels' stickiness inspires surgical adhesive
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The lowly — but very tenacious — mussel has helped researchers develop new medical adhesives for sealing surgical incisions and other wounds. More

'Doctor Google' isn't replacing actual doctors any time soon
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As much as we can accomplish over the Internet these days, sometimes there's just no substitute for IRL. Case in point: That mysterious rash that won't disappear no matter how much lotion you apply. A study released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project says that while 59 percent of Americans have looked online for some sort of health information, only 35 percent have turned to the Internet with the specific aim of diagnosing themselves or someone else online. More

Mining electronic records for revealing health data
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Over the past decade, nudged by new federal regulations, hospitals and medical offices around the country have been converting scribbled doctors' notes to electronic records. Although the chief goal has been to improve efficiency and cut costs, a disappointing report published by the RAND Corp. found that electronic health records actually may be raising the nation's medical bills. More

For women, things really haven't changed — even in medical school
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Brooke Sachs, an early-career social entrepreneur, third-year medical student and FutureMed alum at Singularity University, shares her thoughts on the medical school experience. "For years, I insisted that the world had changed. That violence against women was decreasing. That I'd never felt it; never had it affect my life. I wasn't shouting from the rooftops that I was stronger than the other women around. I just thought we were winning battles. Soon, the war would be over." More


 

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