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Healthcare law fails to lower prices for rural areas
The New York Times
As technical failures bedevil the rollout of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, evidence is emerging that one of the program's loftiest goals — to encourage competition among insurers in an effort to keep costs low — is falling short for many rural Americans.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Troops turn to surgery to pass body-fat test
The Associated Press via The Columbus Dispatch
Some military personnel are turning to liposuction to remove excess fat from their waists in a desperate attempt to pass the Pentagon's body-fat test, which relies on measurements of the neck and waist and can determine their future prospects in the military.
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Restoring surgeons' sense of touch during minimally invasive surgery
Today's Medical Developments
A small, wireless capsule can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift from open to minimally invasive surgery.
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Survey: Women averse to crow's feet, willing to try botulinum toxin lotion
Healio
Recent survey results announced by Anterios Inc. found that 67 percent of women aged 45 years and older identified themselves as having crow's feet, and approximately 40 percent were bothered by the wrinkles. Of those, two-thirds say they would try a botulinim toxin lotion if it received FDA approval.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Study: Most ambulatory docs able to exchange prescription, lab data
EHR Intelligence
A majority of office-based physicians can view lab results and send medication data electronically, according to a new study by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
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Life sentence for physician at center of hepatitis C outbreak
Outpatient Surgery
Dipak Desai, MD, co-owner of the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas and the man at the center of the largest hepatitis C outbreak in U.S. history, was sentenced to life in prison in October, with parole possible at 18 years.
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From uninsured to covered: PAs at the forefront of the ACA
Maria Frisch
The largest and most important provision of the Affordable Care Act is the so-called "individual mandate," which will effectively require all Americans to purchase health insurance by taxing those who do not do so by the 2014 deadline. What does all of this mean for physician assistants?
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Last act: Final days of a rural hospital
Mark Huber
Small country hospitals are going away. By 2020 as many as one-third of U.S. hospitals may be gone, predict healthcare futurists David Houle and Jonathan Fleece. For many in these communities, the nearest emergency and trauma care is getting farther and farther away.
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Health officials: Lack of access contributing to high state infant mortality rate
Medcity News
Alabama babies born to uninsured mothers died at more than twice the rate of those born to women with health coverage last year, a recent state health report shows.
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3 important things to know when choosing a telemonitoring provider
Irina Gorovaya
Before you implement a telemonitoring system, there are choices to be made and multiple factors to deliberate. Three key factors should be considered before you choose a telemonitoring service provider.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


5 things to consider to improve patience compliance
PutMeBackTogether.com
It is paramount that patients follow a treatment plan to get better and stay better. To improve compliance, consider these five factors.
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Study: Compression therapy as effective as complex decongestive therapy
Law Firm Newswire
Compression therapy works as well as more expensive therapy in the treatment of early lymphedema, according to "Randomized Trial of Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy for the Treatment of Lymphedema in Women With Breast Cancer," published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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Alston Brook touts new physical therapy system
The Dispatch
In recognition of October being National Physical Therapy Month, Alston Brook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lexington, N.C., is spotlighting its new OmniVR, a computer-generated virtual reality system that provides interactive exercise for seniors and those with physical limitations.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Laser surgeries help clinic correct vision for patients of all ages
Clínica Oftalmologica de Antioquia/Clofán
Clínica Oftalmologica de Antioquia/Clofán, an AAAASF International accredited facility, is advancing eye and vision care in Colombia through the use of its laser-equipped operating rooms. A team of surgeons, ophthalmologists and support professionals help guide patients through diagnosis, treatment and follow-up visits. For international patients, logistics are arranged in advance to ensure a smooth, efficient experience.
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As medical tourism industry grows, clinics, travel agencies work together
The Japan Times
A number of hospitals and travel agencies have started promoting medical tourism to cater to a growing demand overseas for the thorough physical examinations and advanced medical treatment perceived as available in Japan.
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Scientists call for better community engagement to fight polio
Vaccine News Daily
The international health community should move away from a leader-centric approach to polio eradication campaigns in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to two articles recently published in PLOS Medicine.
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