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Perfecting the hands for bride's perfect selfie
The New York Times via Herald-Tribune
It was the stuff of Marie Valencis' dreams: a 3.9-carat, princess-cut, platinum engagement ring with a diamond band — which her fiance picked out by himself. But after the initial elation, a more practical matter popped into her head: What about the selfies she would invariably post on Facebook, Instagram and elsewhere? Dermatologists say they are seeing more newly engaged women come in with the selfie in mind.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


For Korean Americans, a popular surgery shrouded in shame
Seattle Globalist
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is one of the most common procedures for the 1 in 5 Korean women who have sought some type of cosmetic surgery. But what is shared openly — and even celebrated in Korea as self-improvement — is a huge taboo in the U.S.
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Are you prepping skin properly? Test yourself with this quiz
Outpatient Surgery
Surgical skin asepsis is like many areas of medicine: fraught with misconceptions that are often in error but seldom in doubt. Want to start a great debate? Ask your surgeons and nurses to defend their skin prepping preferences and beliefs. Here are 10 questions to get the discussion going, followed by their AORN-approved answers.
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FDA approves new antibiotic to combat MRSA
Bloomberg
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. has won U.S. approval for its antibiotic Sivextro to treat acute bacterial skin infections, including potentially fatal MRSA.
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Can data from your Fitbit transform medicine?
The Wall Street Journal
Many runners and fitness fanatics have been quick to embrace wearable wireless tracking devices for measuring physical activity and calories burned. Now, a growing number of physicians are formally studying whether such "wearables" can improve patients' health by spurring people to get moving.
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What issues is your dental practice facing?
Jill Nesbitt
How's your office going these days? Are your schedules full? Everybody paying on time? Insurance all caught up? Beyond these everyday challenges, there are big changes facing the dental field that affect almost everyone. Let's take a closer look at a few issues facing the dental field.
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CDC reassigns director of lab behind anthrax blunder
Reuters
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reassigned the director of the bioterror lab behind the potential anthrax exposure of dozens of scientists and staff, sources told Reuters, as the anthrax controversy intensified.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Making the case for state Medicaid expansion
Maria Frisch
Medicaid is a joint federal- and state-funded program that provides healthcare for more than 60 million low-income Americans. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid was expanded to cover people from 19 to 65 years old with incomes of no more than 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Not all states are taking part in the expansion — but maybe they should be.
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Rural clinics turn to telemedicine
The Associated Press via The Columbian
Although so-called telemedicine has been around for at least two decades, the practice is fast becoming a standard feature in many small communities, even as other public services such as police and fire protection decline.
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Youth Trauma Camp organizers hoping to spark interest in rural medical field
KHAS-TV
Rural medicine is an ongoing crisis across Nebraska, where there's an aging population with not enough caretakers. But one camp in Grand Island is hoping to change that.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


6 ways aquatic therapy enhances hip replacement recovery
HydroWorx
Aquatic therapy can offer some distinct advantages to those recovering from hip surgery. Not only does it add variety to standard land therapy, but also it has been shown to enhance recovery.
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Knowing your value as a therapist: Introduction to pricing
Essentials for Health
One thing most providers have in common is the desire to heal or help people. Many caregivers traditionally tend to be less comfortable with talking money or business. Does that sound like you? Before we look at how to price ourselves, it's useful to think about how we (and our prospective clients) value our services.
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How to rate your current physical therapy billing system
Charlotte Bohnett
If claims go out the door and money comes back in, you assume your accounts receivable — your billing — and all of its associated systems, processes and software are totally fine. But how do you genuinely know whether you're doing a good job? Here are some tips for scoring your current billing system.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Healthy Travel Media launches 3rd edition of Patients Beyond Borders guide
PRWeb via IT Business Net
Healthy Travel Media, publishers of Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody's Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Travel, recently updated and expanded their best-selling consumer guide to medical tourism and international health travel. This impartial, easy-to-navigate print and e-book reference gives health travelers the road map required to make safe, cost-effective decisions about traveling abroad for healthcare.
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'I'm having my operation overseas': What to say when you hear this
MedScape
Dr. Joanna Gaines with the Travelers' Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discusses medical tourism and how healthcare providers can help patients prepare to undergo medical procedures overseas.
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Ministry to promote dental care before medical treatment
The Yomiuri Shimbun via The Japan News
Japan's health ministry is working to increase cooperation between medical and dental clinics to ensure that patients receive optimal care by undergoing dental treatment before other treatments for diseases.
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