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Outpatient clinics should be alert to acute otitis media
PLoS One via MedwireNews
The authors of a new study say physicians should check the tympanic membrane for signs of acute otitis media in all pediatric outpatients, regardless of symptoms or patient history. Their study, which included 8,283 outpatient clinic visits in Sado Island, Japan, over a two-year period, showed that up to 5 percent of pediatric patients had acute otitis media, including those with no symptoms.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Seasonal surgical trend: Umbilicoplasty
The Reed Center for Plastic Surgery
In the aesthetic surgery field, summertime brings an increased focus on umbilicoplasty, according to The Reed Center for Plastic Surgery, an AAAASF Accredited facility in New York led by Dr. Lawrence S. Reed, M.D., an AAAASF trustee and a past president. While the outpatient belly button rejuvenation he offers serves an aesthetic purpose, it also leads to numerous umbilical hernia repairs.
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Surgeon's smart knife detects cancer cells in tumor operations
Medical News Today
A new technique based on an "intelligent knife" promises to remove the need for lab analysis and the accompanying delay, and it also helps avoid repeat surgeries.
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1st successful transplant of retinas made from embryonic stem cells
FierceBiotech
For the first time, scientists have successfully transplanted light-detecting cells in the retina, grown from embryonic stem cells, into mice — a feat that could hasten human trials of similar therapies using the artificial cells to treat degenerative eye diseases.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Medicare considers star ratings to make quality comparisons easier
MedCity News
Star wars may be coming to a hospital near you. Medicare is considering assigning stars or some other easily understood symbol to hospitals so patients can more easily compare the quality of care at various institutions. The ratings would appear on Medicare's Hospital Compare website and be based on many of the 100 quality measures the agency already publishes.
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Royal attention: Cosmetic dentistry soars as Kate Middleton smiles
SBWire
The number of women wanting cosmetic dentistry has increased by a massive 35 percent during the past year because of the large amount of press relating to Duchess of Cambridge, her pregnancy — and her dazzling pearly whites.
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Doubting the robots: Momentum slows for surgical droids
The Wall Street Journal
Intuitive Surgical Inc., the maker of expensive robotic-surgery systems that are facing questions about their safety and cost-effectiveness, already has warned about disappointing second-quarter results.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Lack of trauma facilities leads to more rural deaths than urban
Medical Daily
New research suggests that large cities are much safer than small towns. Even though the risk of homicide is higher in big cities, unintentional injury death is 40 percent higher in rural areas than in most urban areas, according to a new study. One reason: a shortage of trauma care facilities.
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Kansas senator introduces bill to preserve rural healthcare access
The High Plains Journal
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kans., a member of the Senate Rural Health Caucus, has introduced S. 1143, the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services Act, to make sure that rural and other patients have access to a full range of outpatient therapeutic services in their own communities.
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8 things you need to know now about ICD-10
Charlotte Bohnett
The United States is the last country in the world with modern healthcare to adopt ICD-10 diagnosis codes, but it will join the crowd on Oct. 1, 2014. This massive ICD-10 change is quickly approaching, and it affects all of us in the healthcare field. Thus, there is no time like the present to start your ICD-10 education. Here are the eight things you need to know now about ICD-10.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


A new model for low back pain and dysfunction
Massage Today
Chronic low back pain and spinal dysfunction are among the most prevalent contributors to human suffering and reduced quality of life. A clearer understanding of the variables related to these problems can lead to a better treatment model.
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Hypothermia making a comeback in medicine
The Boston Globe
Cooling patients who have suffered cardiac arrest can lessen damage to the brain; now researchers are looking for other ways to use induced hypothermia.
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Your patients deserve expertise, not 'good enough'
Mike Wokasch
Healthcare professionals may have a tendency to look at expertise in the narrow context of science and medicine. While the implications of expertise may differ, it is important to appreciate that expertise is not defined by academic achievement or job function.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Cancer care center focuses on total patient well-being
Astorga Clínica de Oncología
With 23 oncology specialists in the practice, Astorga Oncology Clinic in Medellín, Colombia, has become a leading cancer care center with a growing international profile. Accredited by AAAASF International, Astorga Oncology Clinic offers a range of services designed to meet the needs of patients on many levels.
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Hair loss: A new prevention trick during chemo?
The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal
Cancer patients cope with a range of issues while battling the disease. One of the most visible — and traumatic, some say — is losing their hair. But U.S. researchers are testing a new technique to see if "freezing" the scalp during chemotherapy could cut down on that loss.
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Medical tourism and the future of stem cell therapy
Sun-Star
Germany, Singapore, India and Thailand are just few of the countries that are known for rapid medical tourism growth over the years, providing unique medical and healthcare specializations. To compete in this market, the level of hospital services and healthcare, professional medical services, intensive care, hotel standards and services must be elevated to meet international criteria and requirements.
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