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Accreditation of bariatric surgery centers contributes to improved safety for patients
Patients who underwent weight loss operations in recent years, when most bariatric surgical centers were accredited, had fewer postoperative complications and were 2.3 times less likely to die in the hospital than patients who had bariatric procedures performed before a national movement toward facility accreditation was taking place, according to new study findings.
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Novel microneedle patch may improve collagen delivery
Dermatology Times
A small adhesive patch topped with microneedles may allow clinicians to deliver collagen more deeply and without pain to the patient.
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High-volume surgeons lead use of robotic procedures
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
From 2003 to 2010 there was widespread adoption of robot-assisted radical prostatectomy, especially among high-volume surgeons, according to a study published online in BJU International.
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Lifestyle interventions for obesity and weight-related complications
The Clinical Advisor
Primary-care clinicians in the United States see the majority of overweight or obese patients in their practices, yet studies find significant barriers to the diagnosis and management of obesity in primary care. Behavioral strategies for sustainable weight loss can significantly improve clinical outcomes in obese patients.
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Boston Children's Hospital preps surgeons with custom 3-D printed models
3-D printing has taken root in a variety of disciplines, and medicine is no stranger to leveraging its tool kit. At Boston Children's Hospital, surgeons are using printed models to prep for the operating room. "With 3-D printing, we're taking a step that allows experienced doctors to simulate the specific anatomy of their patients and allows the best of the best become even better," says Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD.
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APIC releases infection control certification study guide
Infection Control Today
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has released the fifth edition of the Certification Study Guide to assist candidates preparing for the Certification in Infection Prevention and Control exam. Rewritten by a team of infection prevention experts, this guide features 630 practice questions that review the six content areas identified by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology.
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The study you never heard of: Small practices aren't dead yet
Kevin MD
According to a new Commonwealth Fund sponsored study published in Health Affairs, "Small Primary Care Physician Practices Have Low Rates Of Preventable Hospital Admissions," the smallest independent primary care practices, that are physician owned, provide better care at lower overall cost.
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Should students be concerned about the new MCAT?
Lauren Swan
The Medical College Admission Test is changing in 2015, and students who want to avoid taking it are running out of time to do so. The new MCAT, which is projected to remain unchanged for the next 15 years or so, is both longer and more challenging, with added science sections as well as larger study requirements.
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Education, telemedicine initiatives target rural healthcare gap
Fierce Healthcare
Struggling rural health organizations hope to use two initiatives to attract healthcare providers, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. FARM, implemented in July, involves third-year students at the Sanford School of Medicine working in rural hospitals for a nine-month period, hoping to pique their interest in practicing in a rural community.
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Conference to focus on improving rural health
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
The University of Nebraska Medical Center will host a national conference to explore the role of physician assistants in addressing the challenges of providing healthcare in rural areas. Among the topics to be covered will be the unique challenges of rural primary care, quality improvement strategies in rural health care delivery and building and sustaining rural primary care using physician assistants.
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The Apple watch could spark a healthcare revolution
New Republic
One of the biggest problems with healthcare today is the lack of ongoing, continuous care, particularly for people with chronic conditions. It means doctors, nurses and the rest of healthcare system spend a lot of time treating people with serious, sometimes urgent problems, rather than keeping them healthy in the first place. Mobile devices that monitor and then transmit vital signs can help fix that.
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What is Rolfing and can it fix my running injuries?
The Guardian
If physiotherapy, acupuncture or massage isn't doing it for you, a technique that focuses on correcting the positioning of the myofascial layers in your body might be worth a try.
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PARS technique enables surgeons to better repair torn Achilles tendon
In most surgeries, damaged tissue is cleaned out before surgeons make the necessary repairs. However, a new minimally-invasive surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon actually uses the damaged tissue to help repair the tear.
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Acupuncture provides better quality of life for breast cancer patients
The New Times
Use of electroacupuncture (EA) - a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles - produces significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in as little as eight weeks for early stage breast cancer patients experiencing joint pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to treat breast cancer.
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Under the veil? Plastic surgery popularity grows in Dubai
Dubai has dethroned Lebanon as the plastic surgery capital of the Middle East. There are nearly three times as many plastic surgeons in Dubai today as there were in 2006.
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Puerto Rico to become medical tourism destination
Fox News
Puerto Rico recently presented its strategy for promoting itself as a medical tourism destination, especially among the Hispanic population of the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States.
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No kidding: Overseas medical tourism is well worth the trip
Surgery was on his bucket list, but Bruce Ryan didn’t want to wait until he retired to repair his debilitating and painful rotator cuff injury. The 59-year-old construction manager in Northern California could have traveled the six hours to Stanford Medical Center, considered one of the top facilities in the United States. Instead he went to France, where all expenses were paid by his employer because of the money they saved by avoiding the U.S. insurance repercussions.
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