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Study: MRIs might lead to more breast cancer surgeries
The Courant
The increased use of magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, might be leading to unnecessary surgeries in older women with breast cancer, a new Yale study shows. For the study, published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, researchers looked at the cases of 72,461 women, aged 67 to 94, who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 2000 and 2009.
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The 'gold rush' for 3-D printing patents
CNBC
The technology behind 3-D printing, which seems limited only by our imagination, could very well upend patent and intellectual property law. Goldman Sachs recently cited 3-D printing as one of eight trends poised to disrupt industries. From utilitarian processes to the final appearance of designed objects ranging from jewelry to spare machine parts, get ready for a patent land grab of 3-D intellectual property.
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2013 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
We hope you will join us Oct. 3-6 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Va., for our 13th Annual AASPA CME Meeting in 2013.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 13th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

This exciting, hands-on surgical meeting will be held at the fabulous Hilton Alexandria Old Town in the heart of historical Old Town Alexandria, Va.

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!
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Register for the 2013 FCCS — Fundamental Critical Care Support
Management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. Two day course - 16 hours of CME and Certificate of Completion and card.

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 will be held before the 13th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria. Register today!
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Med students who shadow surgeons keener on surgery
Medpage Today
Medical student interest in critical care surgery has fallen since the 1980s, but shadowing surgeons on a busy night bolstered enthusiasm in a small group, researchers found. Greater interest in pursuing a surgical match was reported by medical students after shadowing general and trauma surgeons for at least one night in an urban, level one trauma center.
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Real-time predictive analytics help cardiac surgeons improve patient outcomes, cut medical costs
Information Management
Cardiovascular surgeons at The Methodist Hospital System in Houston are working with data analysts and software engineers at Verdande Technology to develop a new type of decision-support system designed to evaluate patient risk, improve surgical outcomes and reduce the costs of a hospital stay.
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American College of Surgeons constructs surgical risk calculator
Healio
Researchers from the American College of Surgeons have created a Web-based Surgical Risk Calculator using information gathered from 400 different hospitals and 1.4 million patients across 1,500 surgical procedures in multiple specialties. The calculator was created as part of the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.
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Durable, bacteria-killing surface works in less than a minute
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Scientists at EPFL have developed a new method for making antimicrobial surfaces that can eliminate bacteria under a minute. The technology, now tested in a hospital, shows enormous potential for preventing hospital-acquired infections.One of the biggest problems for hospitals is maintaining a sterile environment and protecting its patients from acquiring what are known as nosocomial infections.

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3-D printed splint for toddler's windpipe saves his life
Medical News Today
Researchers from the University of Illinois, the Institute of Genomic Biology (IGB), and the University of Michigan developed a 3-D printed splint, which was sewn around Kaiba's tracheotomy tube in order to expand his collapsed windpipe and provide support for tissue growth.

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Doctor performs 1st Google Glass-equipped surgery
PC Magazine
Dr. Rafael Grossmann, of the Eastern Maine Medical Center, recently performed his first Google surgery with Google Glass in tow. As far as we can tell, it's also the first such Google Glass-equipped surgery in the device's history — complete with a corresponding Google...

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Vanderbilt developing robots to aid brain surgeons
The Tennessean
Researchers at Vanderbilt University are designing robots that may one day assist neurosurgeons in treating brain clots. The robots are part of an image-guided surgical system that would use steerable needles to penetrate the brain with minimal damage and then suction away blood clots.
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Clinical trial evaluates new minimally invasive rectal cancer surgery
UC San Diego Health System
Surgeons at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are evaluating a new, combined surgery technique to remove cancerous tumors from the rectum. The hybrid technique uses the body’s natural opening to remove malignancies and diseased tissue while also performing reconstruction.
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Slug glue eyed as alternative for sutures
Discovery News
Using stitches to bind skin together seems so primitive. Why not use a special slug glue that sticks to skin? Biologists working on that medical technology now think they could make surgical sutures and staples relics from the past.
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