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The smartest things spine surgeons are doing this year
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Brian Gantwerker, M.D., FAANS, writes: I think the smartest thing we have done in the past year has been advocating for repeal of the IPAB. The IPAB is an unelected, unaccountable cabal of people who do not practice, nor understand the mechanisms by which our practices operate and care for our patients. Their rulings are arbitrary and non-appealable. They are shrouded in mystery and there is no way of holding them responsible for their actions.
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FDA approves OxyContin for kids 11 to 16
The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the powerful narcotic painkiller OxyContin for children as young as 11. While physicians who treat young cancer patients hailed the approval, others expressed concern that prescribing OxyContin to children could put them at risk for addiction. OxyContin, an extended-release version of the painkiller oxycodone, has gained notoriety in recent years because of its frequent abuse. People addicted to painkillers crush the pills so that they can be snorted or injected, producing a powerful high.
Customize your medical resume for greater career opportunities
By Monica Gomez
Your medical resume is your first introduction to potential healthcare employers. At a basic level, a great resume must have a clean look, be free of spelling and grammatical errors, and present all of the information pertinent to your skillset, according to U.S. News & World Report.
However, it is also important to tailor your resume and curriculum vitae (CV) to not only the healthcare industry, but also to the specific position to which you are applying, as Carrington College notes in its infographic below. In many cases, these one or two pages of writing are the only thing standing between you and a promising career caring for others.
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Minimally invasive robotic surgical tool feels for tumors
Tumors often look identical to healthy nearby tissue, but they tend to feel different. Surgeons often use their fingers to feel the size and shape of what's to be resected, but palpation is essentially impossible when relying on minimally invasive access. A team of researchers have developed a robotic arm, compatible with the da Vinci robotic surgical system, that can sense how hard or soft a tissue is.
PA PAC — Advancing the PA profession
Find out how you can help the only federal healthcare political action committee (PAC) dedicated to advancing the PA profession — the American Academy of Physician Assistants' PA PAC — on PAs Connect. Read about this and more on PAs Connect, the only blog for and by PAs.
Knee replacement may 'turn back the clock' for arthritis pain
Knee replacement surgery may significantly ease pain and improve leg function and quality of life in patients with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, a recent study suggests. While surgery doesn’t restore the same level of comfort and function patients had in their younger years, before they developed arthritis, the authors write in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology that knee replacement can serve as a time machine of sorts, turning back the clock to a point when patients were less disabled.
New endoscopic system differentiates between malignant and benign tumors in gastrointestinal tract
The Medical News
Cancer or no cancer? This question can usually only be answered after a days-long wait for a histological examination. With the use of a mass spectrometric technique, the answer may soon be available in real time. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, a team of researchers has now introduced an endoscopic system that can differentiate between malignant tumors and benign polyps in the gastrointestinal tract based on the characteristic mass spectra of different layers of tissue.
Silk scaffold to push long microneedles deep into brain tissue
Today’s brain interfaces that sense electrical activity and deliver chemical compounds tend to be rigid devices based on microneedles that can’t penetrate very deep without destroying tissue on the way. The needles are hard and so can only work on the outside periphery of the brain. Researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan have taken an interesting approach to overcome this problem by creating very thin needles that can behave as rigid when entering tissue but become soft once inside, allowing them to penetrate deeper without causing much damage.
Increase in chest CT scans leads to more incidental findings
The percentage of incidental pulmonary nodules identified increased from 2006 to 2012, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Researchers examined recent trends in pulmonary nodule identification. Members of an integrated health system, who had nodules measuring 4 to 30 mm, were identified through electronic health records and natural language processing.
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