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Obamacare marketplaces open, despite glitches and shutdown
Kaiser Health News
After three years of political strife that intensified into a government shutdown on the eve of implementation, the engineers of the Affordable Care Act slipped the keystone of the law into place Oct. 1, offering health coverage to uninsured millions with no certainty how the public will respond.

Related: 50 states, 50 views of health exchanges (News-Medical)
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


How many cosmetic procedures can be done at once?
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Patients often ask how many cosmetic procedures can be done at once. The short answer is, "It depends." But let's delve into the long answer, exploring the factors that contribute to a patient's surgical plan, such as which procedures are requested, how much recovery time the patient has allotted and — not least — the surgical team's comfort level with multiple goals.
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Scientists uncover important wound-healing process
Infection Control Today
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered an important process by which special immune cells in the skin help heal wounds. They found that these skin-resident immune cells function as "first responders" to skin injuries in part by producing the molecule known as interleukin-17A, which wards off infection and promotes wound healing.
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Research: Will a nose job make you feel better about yourself?
Reuters Health
Getting that nose job could boost your self-esteem and quality of life, according to a new report in JAMA Dermatology. But the evidence is a bit shaky, researchers looking at studies of people who had plastic surgery found.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


How to operate a successful urgent care center
Dorothy L. Tengler
In a growing trend, consumers are increasingly turning to walk-in clinics and urgent care centers for treatment of minor ailments and injuries. Urgent care centers are a win-win situation for owners and their communities, but they are not immune from the business start-up statistics — 50 percent of small businesses fail in the first five years because of management mistakes.
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Professor's app breaks the mould to create a new one
Medical Xpress
"Dentistry is pretty market-driven, and a lot of what I'm doing is trying to make clinical dentistry better for the patient and the dentist," says Les Kalman, a professor at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. His latest idea, the Virtual Facebow app, is a digital companion for the diagnosis and treatment-planning phase of dentistry.
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How common is anesthesia awareness?
Outpatient Surgery
Anesthesia awareness might occur more often than the surgical team realizes, say researchers. But it might not be conventional consciousness.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Nurse practitioners, physician assistants will have larger role under new law
Yuma Sun
With a shortage of doctors already in Yuma County, Ariz., who will treat the thousands of new patients who potentially enroll in health plans through the Affordable Care Act? A way to address the projected shortage of primary-care physicians and specialists is through the expanded role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
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Oklahoma state medical board adopts policy following Skype case
The Oklahoman
Two weeks after a doctor in eastern Oklahoma who used Skype to treat mental health patients was placed on probation for two years, the state medical board adopted a policy meant to clarify guidelines of the relatively new practice of telemedicine.
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Cambridge students look to create fingerprint scanner for rural healthcare
Techworld
Cambridge University students are aiming to raise money to make a biometric device that could enable health workers in rural areas to locate patient records more easily.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Surgery, physical therapy results similar for cervical radiculopathy
HealthDay News via HCP Live
Surgery with physical therapy results in a more rapid improvement during the first postoperative year for patients with cervical radiculopathy, compared to physical therapy alone, but similar outcomes are seen at two years, according to a study published in the Sept. 15 issue of Spine.
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Gentle exercise helps rewire nerves
Health Canal
New research from the University of South Australia could change the way physical rehabilitation takes place, with findings showing that exercise improved the ability of participants' brains to rewire nerve connections.
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With aging population comes need for a paradigm shift
Westchester County Business Journal
Chronic conditions and prolonged illnesses are healthcare realities that come with longer life expectancy and an aging population. There's a growing need for palliative care: treatment that focuses on easing pain and suffering rather than looking to cure a disease, illness or condition.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


US companies look to overseas medical tourism to cut costs
ABC News
A growing number of U.S. companies say they will give employees all-expenses paid trips for outsourced surgeries in places like Costa Rica and Colombia, where healthcare costs are a fraction of what patients would pay in the U.S.
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Facility's outreach program gives children a reason to smile
IQ InterQuirófanos
As part of its ongoing focus on social responsibility, AAAASF International-accredited IQ InterQuirófanos has developed an outreach program called "IQ Loves You." Twice each year, IQ's 22 staff surgeons and network of additional providers hold surgical workdays, offering free treatment to dozens of children from low-income families. Procedures range from plastic surgery to ENT procedures and more.
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India seeks to regulate its booming 'rent-a-womb' industry
Thomson Reuters Foundation via Reuters
India's booming surrogacy industry sees thousands of infertile couples, many from overseas, hiring the wombs of local women to carry their embryos through to birth. But a debate over whether the unregulated industry exploits poor women prompted authorities to draft a law that could make it tougher for foreigners seeking babies made in India.
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