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Vein grown from stem cells saves 10-year-old girl
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Doctors in Sweden have replaced a vital blocked blood vessel in a 10-year-old girl using the first vein grown in a lab from a patient's own stem cells. The successful transplant operation, reported online in The Lancet medical journal, marks a further advance in the search for ways to make new body parts. More



FDA panel backs broader use of Edwards heart valve
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A panel of heart experts said the government should expand approval of the first artificial heart valve designed to be implanted without major surgery, despite limited information about some long-term side effects. More

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Discount deadline for the 12th Annual AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update is July 1
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We hope you will join us at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile in Chicago for our 12th Annual AASPA CME Meeting, Sept. 27-30.

Be sure to register by July 1 to receive a discount.

Join fellow Surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, Pre-PA Students and surgical industry leaders at the 12th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

If you are looking for a qualified Surgical PA, this is the ideal venue to fill that position. For industry exhibitors looking for "high touch face time" with Surgical PAs, this is the ideal meeting for you!

For more information, including on how to sponsor or exhibit at the meeting, go to www.aaspa.com.

Also, check out the new Chicago Like a Local blog! It's full of the latest and greatest in Chicago and updated daily!
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Fundamental Critical Care Support course
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According to the Society of Critical Care, this Fundamental Critical Care Support Course is a two-day comprehensive course addressing fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. It will prepare you for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged. It is also designed to assist the non-intensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient and to prepare nurses and other critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.

Course Purpose
• To better prepare the non-intensivist for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged
• To assist the non-intensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient
• To prepare house staff for ICU coverage
•To prepare critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.

Course Objectives
• Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill patient
• Select appropriate diagnostic tests
• Identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable patient
• Recognize and initiate management of acute life-threatening conditions
• Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer and prepare the practitioner for optimally accomplishing transfer

For more information and to register, go to our website.
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Now live tweeting: Play-by-play of a kidney transplant
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Kristofer Karol, public relations coordinator at Indiana University Health, told the Los Angeles Times that this isn't the first time a hospital has live tweeted a surgery — laying bare on a social media platform what goes on behind the closed doors of an operating room — but it's a first for Indiana. More

Florida man sues after surgery fire
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The hospital's attorney maintains that NCH Downtown Naples Hospital was not negligent because the surgeon who performed the operation was not a hospital employee. More

Women doctors paid less: reluctant to push for raises?
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Women physician-scientists are paid much less than their male counterparts, researchers found, with a salary difference that over the course of a career could pay for a college education, a spacious house or a retirement nest egg. More

In good health? Thank your 100 trillion bacteria
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For years, bacteria have had a bad name. They are the cause of infections, of diseases. They are something to be scrubbed away, things to be avoided. But now researchers have taken a detailed look at another set of bacteria that may play even bigger roles in health and disease: the 100 trillion good bacteria that live in or on the human body. More

New technique can restore hand function in patients with spinal cord injury
UC San Diego Health System via News-Medical    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dr. Justin M. Brown, reconstructive neurosurgeon at UC San Diego Health System, is one of only a few specialists who have pioneered a novel technique to restore hand function in patients with spinal cord injury. In a delicate four-hour procedure, Brown splices together tiny nerve endings, only 1 millimeter in width, to help restore hand mobility. Most patients return home 24 hours after surgery. More

Surgeon specialty, hospital volume important factors in patient outcomes
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer via News-Medical    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Outcomes of specific surgeries have been shown to improve when performed at high-volume centralized centers. Researchers from the Netherlands Cancer Institute wanted to understand if patients undergoing lung cancer resections would benefit from having their procedures performed in a high-volume specialized center. More


 

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