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Artificial disc surgery offers neck, back pain relief
U-T San Diego
In recent years, approximately half of adults in the United States have reported having neck or low back pain. Among patients with low back pain, the most common diagnosis is disc degeneration. When medication and physical therapy prove insufficient, treatments such as spinal fusion surgery have been the traditional approach to care. More recently, artificial disc technology is becoming a promising alternative for qualified candidates.
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Healthcare costs: Another top 1 percent issue
MedPage Today
In the U.S., the top 1 percent of patients ranked by their healthcare expenses accounted for 21 percent of total healthcare expenditures in 2010, with an annual mean expenditure of $87,570, according to 2010 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Rockville, Md.
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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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Surgeons' course helps saves limbs in poor nations
San Francisco Chronicle
Dr. Zamir Soomro was among 50 orthopaedic surgeons from 17 developing nations gathered at San Francisco General Hospital to learn surgical techniques and wound care that could help them save limbs in such cases. Wound management can be a critical step in salvaging a leg or arm, but many of the surgeons in the group don't have that training.

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iPad app helps surgeons in the operating room, gives digital overlays of key blood vessels
MedCity News
As augmented reality technology improves, you're going to see it in use everywhere — including the operating room. German research institute Fraunhofer MEVIS has created an app that lets surgeons use the iPad as a...

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Surgeons develop app to practice surgery
BBC News
Trainee surgeons are using tablet computers as a way to practise surgery outside the operating theatre. The surgery app was designed by four surgeons in London and can be downloaded on a variety of devices. Dr Advait Gandhe, one of its developers said they wanted to take surgical education to "another level". The app has been downloaded worldwide more than 80,000 times in less than six months.

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Chicago breast reconstruction surgeons compare 2 effective techniques
Opensource Magazine
Each year, more than 100,000 women in the U.S. undergo a mastectomy to remove cancerous breast tissue or prevent the possibility of breast cancer. The majority of mastectomy patients — over 91,000 in 2013 — choose breast reconstruction surgery to recreate the breast, begun either in conjunction with the mastectomy or in a later procedure.
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How new digital diagnostic tools can help repair healthcare
Venture Beat
Hospital misdiagnoses lead to as many as 40,500 patients dying annually. A panel of pioneering health entrepreneurs share how they are tackling this problem and discuss some of the challenges in building a health startup. "For us and other hardware-based digital health companies, there are great signs," said Erik Douglas, a founder of CellScope. "People are interested in using these sorts of devices and willing to engage with technology in different ways."
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Healthcare organizations will increasingly use smartphone-based mobile health services
FierceMobileIT
In the next five years, healthcare organizations will increase significantly the availability of smartphone-based mobile health services, such as remote patient monitoring and mobile ultrasound services, predicts Juniper Research. The research firm estimates that by 2018 there will 96 million users of app-enabled mobile healthcare and mobile fitness devices, a six-fold increase from the 15 million users this year.
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Costly robotic surgeries no safer than regular procedures
FierceHealthIT
Increasingly troubling news about robotic surgery continues to emerge. After identifying women who underwent robotic or laparoscopic surgery for benign disease in 2009 and 2010, and using propensity scores based on in-hospital complications, hospital length of stay, and hospital changes, the study authors have determined that the perioperative outcomes are similar between the two modes of surgery, but that robotic surgery costs close to $2,500 more to a hospital, per patient.
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Mishaps from robotic surgeries are 'vastly underreported' according to new data
The Verge
The safety of an increasingly popular surgical robot is yet again being called into question, with new research revealing that some mishaps associated with the system are going unreported. Called the da Vinci system and made by Intuitive Surgical Inc., the multi-armed robot has been introduced in more than a quarter of U.S. hospitals since first being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000.
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Minimally invasive treatment options for more comfortable living
St. George News
Many people develop pain due to overuse or injury (bursitis, tendonitis, sprains and strains), or from conditions brought upon by age, like osteoarthritis. Fortunately, in modern medicine, there are many ways to diagnosis and treat most of these painful bone and joint issues. Appropriate treatment starts with the appropriate diagnosis.
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