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Is medical tourism ever safe?
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Another horror story involving medical tourism came out of the Dominican Republic recently. A woman from New York went down to the island nation for a tummy tuck and apparently died on the table. While details are murky at this point, there are a few lessons that can be drawn from this situation.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


New sepsis study shows danger of dormant viruses in the body
Dorothy L. Tengler
Every year, severe sepsis strikes about 750,000 Americans. It's been estimated that between 28 percent and 50 percent of these people die — far more than the number of deaths in the United States from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. Now, a provocative new study links prolonged episodes of sepsis to the reactivation of otherwise dormant viruses in the body.
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3 professional perspectives on treating acne scars
Yahoo
Acne, one of the most stubborn and difficult skin conditions to treat, is also one of the most common. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 85 percent of people suffer from breakouts at some point in their lives. To add insult to injury, those pesky pimples often leave scars.
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Blood sucking beauty: Get your vampire facial now
The Chronicle
The cosmetic medical procedure being called the "vampire facial" promises rejuvenation of the skin by taking the patient's blood and reinjecting the plasma into areas of the face, neck or hands.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


The OR of the future
Outpatient Surgery
The ideal operating room of the future will feature an awe-inspiring array of cutting-edge technology, but it will also have another vital feature: It'll be designed to cultivate and support a perfect marriage of humans and machines, a union designed to bring out the best in each.
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Pennsylvania issues new guidelines for prescribing painkillers
KYW-TV
Pennsylvania has issued new guidelines for medical professionals on the use of opioid painkillers in an effort to stem the rising tide of prescription drug addiction. The painkiller guidelines are the work of a task force created by the governor to examine ways to treat chronic non-cancer pain.
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How and why to start a laser practice
Dermatology Times
Laser and light device treatments are infiltrating cosmetic and medical dermatology, causing many in the specialty to consider starting or growing laser practices. While the decision to go into the laser side of dermatology works out well for many, it can be a costly mistake for those who don't do their homework, experts warn.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Trailblazing rural physician program launches in South Dakota
KELO
The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in July launched a trailblazing rural healthcare initiative called FARM: Frontier And Rural Medicine. The goal: Send six third-year medical students to rural hospitals for nine months of intensive training at a single hospital to help them understand the opportunities and conditions of practicing medicine in a small-town setting.
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A trend toward patient-driven healthcare
Communities Digital News
Ezekiel Emanuel, a medical doctor and former chief health policy adviser to President Barack Obama, has a pretty good idea of what we can expect to see in healthcare over the next decade — things like the end of insurance companies as we know them, an increased focus on treating the chronically and mentally ill, the emergence of digital medicine and the transformation of medical education.
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Time to look at best wireless healthcare facilities
mHealthNews
We have the nation's Most Wired Hospitals, and we also have America's Most Beautiful Hospitals. Plus we have a national ranking system for hospitals based on their patient engagement efforts. It's time to look at the nation's hospitals and their wireless capabilities, thanks to the advent of m-health technology and an ever-more-connected consumer population.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Platelet-rich plasma therapy popular for sports injuries, whether it works or not
The Washington Post
Platelet-rich plasma therapy involves injecting concentrated platelets, taken from the patient's own blood, into the site of injury to speed recovery, and stories of PRP's use by high-profile athletes have turned it into a lucrative business.
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Pre-hab therapy
Herald-Tribune
When Bradenton resident Maria Ferraro, 65, had a second knee replacement surgery last November, her recovery was remarkably fast. She was released a day early from the hospital and, within a week's time, was able to ditch the walker and cane and ambulate on her own. She thinks performing the specific exercises prescribed by her orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Adam Bright, several weeks before surgery made a notable difference in how quickly she bounced back.
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Moxibustion may alleviate arthritis knee pain
Medscape
The practice of moxibustion, a therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine, may safely relieve pain and improve function for up to 18 weeks among patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, according to a new study published online June 24 in Arthritis Research and Therapy.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Creating a distinctive medical tourism experience
International Medical Travel Journal
In today's highly competitive international healthcare market, providing a "good" experience and merely satisfying your patients is not enough. Maggie Ozan Rafferty, the Chief Experience Officer for Dignity Health's Nevada market, believes customized care is the key to delivering a positive patient experience.
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Deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa reaches historic levels
Joan Spitrey
There have now been 888 confirmed cases of Ebola with 539 deaths in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization. The outbreak has spread to three countries thus far — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — and is the most severe ever recorded.
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Princeton study details surge in global antibiotic use; discussions abound
Meatingplace
Global use of antibiotics is rising rapidly, especially in developing countries, driving increased resistance to drugs used to combat both common and rare illnesses, according to Princeton University researchers who studied a decade's worth of pharmacy sales data for 71 countries.
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