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Study: Quicker surgery is better
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that longer surgery duration is associated with increased risk of blood clots forming in the leg and leading to a pulmonary embolism. What does this mean? Doctors found one risk factor is prolonged times in the operating room. You might think that if you have a surgical procedure, it's best if the surgeon is slow and methodical to avoid mistakes. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
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3-D printed skin: Designer streamlines medical training in sutures
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As 3-D printing breaks one boundary after another in medicine, not only are patients being given the enormous advantage of a better quality of life, but also doctors and those in the medical profession are being given tools that make their quality of life easier too — by having better technology and more advanced aids for efficiency, precision and training.
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Avoiding, treating fractional laser complications
Dermatology Times
Early recognition of fractional resurfacing complications can help patients avoid permanent scarring, says an expert.
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Clean hands save lives: A vigilance that must never falter
Christina Thielst
Hand washing in health care has long been associated with preventing the spread of disease, but frequent hand washing has its challenges.
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CMS's Tavenner to leave; Slavitt named acting administrator
HealthLeaders Media
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner will step down from her job at the end of February, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Jan. 16.
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7 ways doctors can attract patients on Facebook
MedPage Today
If you're like most health care businesses, you're wasting tons of money on marketing — and your strategy needs to go to rehab.
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Digital marketing for plastic surgeons
SDB Creative Group
Patients are researching for plastic surgery procedures online. They no longer have to come directly to a physician for information — they can find it online. If you aren't providing them with that information, then someone else will. Find out how you can use digital marketing for plastic surgeons through blogging.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


National action needed to advance telemedicine
Modern Healthcare
Telehealth, which has been around for four decades, lives in regulatory limbo, despite being one of the more promising technologies for improving patient outcomes and lowering costs. But this could be a breakout year for medicine at a distance if the federal government finally removes some longstanding legal, financial and regulatory impediments.
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Ophthalmic industry growing despite static reimbursements
Healio
The "good news" in 2015 is that ophthalmology is a growth industry, according to Kevin J. Corcoran, COE, CPC, FNAO.
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Surviving small: Challenges for rural health systems
The Gazette
The nation's health care systems are in transition. And while hospitals across the country are grappling with changes to payment systems and quality measures, the tiniest hospitals in rural areas must work even harder to keep up.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Therapeutic taping for chronic pain
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Therapeutic taping has taken the rehab world by storm over the past decade. Many people point to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens as the transformative event where this eye-catching, multi-colored tape first gained widespread notice.
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What the first 2 months post-surgery show about ACL reconstruction
Journal of Athletic Training
After anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, patients' subjective International Knee Documentation Committee scores at both 1- and 2-month follow-ups had fair but significantly positive associations with the over-12-month IKDC score.
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PT services: How to squeeze every drop from your marketing efforts
Jarod Carter
Busy practice owners need to get as many miles as possible out of every marketing effort. Give yourself a head start by using patient education tips to help them identify — and seek your services to treat — predispositions to injury.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


What is really happening on the Russian medical tourism market?
eTN
Russia has come far since the end of the Soviet Union in 1991, experiencing continued economic growth, especially recently based on high oil prices. This has created a vast "middle affluent class" of people with minimal costs and disposable income.
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Health City Cayman Islands among top Caribbean investments for 2015
Atlanta Black Star
Global News Matters, which produces the fortnightly Market Dynamics Caribbean newsletter, has listed Health City Cayman Islands as one of the top five Caribbean investment opportunities to watch in 2015.
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Plastic surgery seekers undeterred by unrest
The Daily Star
Zeina flew from Dubai to Lebanon a few months ago for a face-lift, treating as background noise the turmoil in Syria, the spillover of the nearly 4-year-old conflict into Lebanon, and ISIS's nearby advances to establish a hard-line caliphate.
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