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Stem cell-powered implant set to revolutionize orthopedic surgery
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Scientists at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, are working to harness the regenerative power of stem cells to improve orthopedic implant surgery. They are collaborating with surgeons at Glasgow's Southern General Hospital to develop a new type of orthopedic implant which could be considerably stronger and more long-lived than the current generation of products. More



'Male lumpectomy' emerges as new option in prostate cancer
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Prostate-specific antigen testing often detects small-volume tumors, but it cannot determine the aggressiveness of the cancer. This leaves patients with a difficult decision between active surveillance and definitive treatment with surgery and/or radiation. An emerging technique known as targeted focal therapy now offers some patients with localized prostate cancer a middle ground between these two options, according to Dr. E. David Crawford, professor of Surgery and Radiation Oncology, head of the Section on Urologic Oncology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. More

Eliminate sterile processing stigma to enhance patient safety
Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While surgeons, operating room nurses and anesthesiologists have more visibility in providing safe and high-quality surgical care, central sterile processing staff also plays a critical role in delivering excellent patient care. Without sterilized instruments, properly organized and available in trays, patients would be at risk for surgical site infections, and cases would be delayed as nurses search for the appropriate tools. More

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Physician assistant role to expand with value-based purchasing
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The value-based hospital purchasing program set to launch in October will give physician assistants more opportunity to improve care and reduce readmissions, according to a commentary in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. More

Study: Some late-day surgeries as safe as earlier ones
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People who have late-day prostate and kidney surgeries fare just as well as those who have their procedures earlier in the day, according to a new study. Previous research has hinted that morning procedures — including colonoscopies and surgeries to insert a stent — might be safer or more successful than those done later in the day. More


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Study: Anti-clotting therapy may be used too often following orthopedic surgery or trauma
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Men and women who undergo joint replacement procedures, as well as those who have significant fractures, tend to be at an increased risk of developing pulmonary emboli, blood clots that travel to the lungs where they may cause serious complications and even death. Patients are often aggressively treated with anticoagulants, or blood thinners, to help prevent the clots from forming, but a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons indicates that some blood clots being identified by today's sensitive testing methods may not require aggressive treatments. More

Novel surgery removes rare tumor, rebuilds face and jaw
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Using a novel surgical approach, it's possible to rebuild a functional lower jaw and mouth and preserve a patient's ability to eat and speak after removing an invasive facial tumor, according to a new report from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. More

Boomers retiring to rural areas may not find doctors
The Associated Press via Modern Healthcare    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As record numbers of baby boomers go into retirement, many are thinking about moving from the places they needed to live to make a living, and going someplace warmer, quieter or prettier. If they choose small towns, they could well have a hard time finding a family doctor willing to take Medicare, even supplemental plans, rather than private insurance. More
 

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