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Study: Trauma teaching for surgeons may hurt patient care
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In the era of the 80-hour workweek, having surgical residents involved in trauma care might have an adverse effect on patient outcomes, researchers reported. In a retrospective study, admission to teaching trauma centers was associated with an increased rate of major complications compared with centers that do not teach resident physicians, according to Dr. Marko Bukur and colleagues at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. More

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64-year-old orthopedic surgeon heads to Iraq
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When orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Bone heard the Army had a great need for surgeons, he made the decision to put himself in harm's way to help men like his son, who was injured in Iraq. More

Swedish doctors announce 2 mother-to-daughter uterus transplants
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Surgeons in Sweden say they have performed the world's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants "without complications." Doctors from the University of Gothenburg said two women in their 30s received wombs from their mothers in surgical procedures on Sept. 15 and 16. More

Study compares duodenal switch vs. gastric bypass for morbid obesity
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A study comparing bariatric surgical procedures for obesity suggests that even though undergoing the less commonly used biliopancreatic diversion/duodenal switch may be associated with higher early risks compared with gastric bypass, the DS appears to achieve better weight loss and control of co-existing illnesses, especially among patients whose body mass index was more than 50, according to a report in the Archives of Surgery. More


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Study: Decrease seen in global perioperative, anesthesia-related mortality
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Over the last five decades, there has been a decrease in perioperative and anesthesia-related mortality, according to a study published in The Lancet. Dr. Daniel Bainbridge from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, and colleagues conducted a systematic review to examine whether the risk of perioperative and anesthesia-related mortality had decreased over the last five decades. They also assessed the differences in the rates of decline in developed and developing countries. More

Surgeons offer procedures through belly button
Akron Beacon Journal via Phys.org    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rather than using just their hands to guide instruments through multiple incisions, some surgeons are performing remote-controlled procedures through the patient's belly button. The single-port, robotic-assisted gallbladder removal is the latest step in the push to make minimally invasive procedures even less invasive. More

PAs and FPs join together to increase the primary care workforce
Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recognizing the need for more primary care providers, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Physician Assistant Education Association met in February 2011 to develop a joint policy paper called "Family Physicians and Physician Assistants: Team-based Family Medicine" and another in April 2012 called "Educating Primary Care Teams for the Future: Family Medicine and Physician Assistant Interprofessional Education" scheduled for publication in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education. More

How transparency can empower patients and fix healthcare
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The closed door culture of medicine prevents consumers from gaining the tools to make vitally important health decisions, argues Dr. Marty Makary, who attacks the corporatized hospital culture contributing to unreasonably high rates of medical errors in "Unaccountable," from Bloomsbury Press. A surgeon and professor of public health at John Hopkins University who has already made innovations in the improvement of patient care, Makary draws on his years of experience — and leverages his influential position in medicine — to step forward as a whistle-blower. More
 

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