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Attacking MRSA with metals from clay
Infection Control Today
In the race to protect society from infectious microbes, the bugs are outrunning us. The need for new therapeutic agents is acute, given the emergence of novel pathogens as well as old foes bearing heightened antibiotic resistance. Shelley Haydel, a researcher at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute, has a new approach to developing effective, topical antibacterial agents — one that draws on a naturally occurring substance recognized since antiquity for its medicinal properties: clay.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


MicroRhinoplasty: Less invasive technique reduces nasal hump
HealthNewsDigest.com
MicroRhinoplasty is an advanced technique in nasal surgery that allows surgeons to reduce a hump or bump on the nose in a less invasive manner compared to traditional osteotomy, which requires general anesthesia, longer recovery and complications such as swelling and bruising.
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How ergonomic ORs ease the pain of laparoscopic surgery
Outpatient Surgery
Laparoscopic procedures are a pain to perform, period. Surgeons' necks ache, backs stiffen and forearm muscles scream from overuse. There's no magic bullet when it comes to improving laparoscopic ergonomics, but there are steps you can take to ease the physical toll of surgery's most technically demanding specialty.
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New alloy improves X-ray visibility of medical device implants
Metal Powder Report
Engineers from the Materials and Surface Science Institute at the University of Limerick, Ireland, have invented a new metal alloy that will make medical devices inside the body more visible under X-ray.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Protect your practice's online identity: 4 things ASC physicians should know
Becker's ASC Review
Physicians and surgeons are acutely aware of the effect public image has on their reputations, but online presence is a relatively new concept. In the past 10 years, physicians have leapt at the growing trend of online marketing, but in the rush to get there many did not stop to learn some necessary information.
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Hydrogel prevents human body rejecting medical implants
Manufacturing Digital
Engineers from the University of Washington have created a synthetic substance that fully resists the body's natural attack response to foreign objects such as medical implants.
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A closer look at keratoconus
Dorothy L. Tengler
In keratoconus, the normally round cornea becomes thin and irregular or cone-shaped. When this occurs, the abnormal shape prevents the light entering the eye from being focused correctly on the retina, resulting in distortion of vision. The risk of developing keratoconus may be higher in individuals who have certain inherited diseases or genetic conditions, such as Down syndrome, Leber's congenital amaurosis, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or osteogenesis imperfecta. Over the last several years, significant progress has been made in identifying genetic risk factors for keratoconus.
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Orthopedic-driven ASCs: By the numbers
Becker's ASC Review
VMG Health's 2011 Intellimarker survey offers 15 statistics that illustrate the fiscal health and caseload of orthopedic-driven ASCs.

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OBS makes for a better plastic surgeon
BuildMyBod
The journal Management Science showed two surgeons achieved better outcomes when they worked in operating rooms where they felt comfortable.

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Critical C's of surgical safety: Confirm before cut
AAOS
These six critical components of surgical safety identified by Calvin C. Kuo, MD, and William J. Robb III, MD. can minimize surgical harm.

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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Medical robot lets doctors beam in to check on patients
The Sacramento Bee
On any given day inside Mercy San Juan Medical Center's neuro-intensive care unit, a 5-foot-6-inch-tall robot with a computer screen can be seen roaming the halls. The robot, named RP-VITA (Remote Presence Virtual Independent Telemedicine Assistant), is equipped with videoconferencing capabilities so doctors can beam in when there is an emergency.
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Human services deserts
Rural Assistance Center
In the past several years there have been many discussions about food deserts, or places in which nutritious food is unavailable. While the discussion of food deserts in rural America is something familiar to many of us, perhaps we should also be considering "human services deserts."
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Medical home transition long but worth it
MedPage Today
The path to becoming a patient-centered medical home is long, rough and varies for each practice, but getting there is essential to providing high-quality, affordable healthcare to all Americans, researchers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality concluded.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Upper extremity splints: Classifications and documentation
ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Custom fabricated thermoplastic splints have a multitude of applications in the rehabilitation of upper extremity injuries and conditions. Therapists need to be familiar with the many types of splints that can aid in a patient's recovery and the proper way to document and classify each specific splint.
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Holding steady: Adaptive techniques to treat essential tremor
TodayinPT.com
Essential tremor is less well-known than Parkinson's disease, but it is eight times more common, according to the International Essential Tremor Foundation. While essential tremor is not life-threatening, it can cause severe disability. Offer patients some strategies to cope with the condition.
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Recovery in motion
The Spokesman-Review
To Susana Soth, the scar tissue from her mastectomy six weeks ago feels like a rubber band wrapped tight around her chest. But the band is loosening, she said, thanks to help from her physical therapist.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Refractive surgery abroad: FAQs and innovations
Clinica 20/20
Clinica 20/20, an AAAASF International Accredited facility, has become the first ophthalmology center in Central America to incorporate the new Laser Lensx equipment into its practice. Patients who travel to the Costa Rica facility for refractive surgery get the benefit of cutting-edge technology and a focus on patient education, with a Frequently Asked Questions library designed to inform and reassure.
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Surgeons say social media is fueling increase in cosmetic procedures
Counsel & Heal
A recent poll conducted among plastic surgeons from the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery has found a significant increase in the number of people who go under the knife in order to look better on social media.
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Afghanistan marks milestone as first cosmetic surgery clinic opens
The Harley Medical Group
Afghanistan's first-ever cosmetic surgery clinic has opened in Kabul — marking what some see as a huge change in Afghan society. The country's newly emerging middle-class women — and many men — are flocking to the clinic for nose jobs, eyelid lifts, tummy tucks, breast lifts and other procedures.
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