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Heart surgeons see innovation in tiny new pumps
McClatchy Newspapers via The Times-Tribune
A new generation of cardiac devices scheduled for human trials in Europe and the United States next year has heart surgeons talking about a possible sea change in the treatment of patients suffering from the most severe level of heart failure, which affects 150,000 to 200,000 Americans a year and kills thousands.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Plastic surgeons: Link between marijuana, gynecomastia is real
MedCity News
Speculation that men who smoke pot are prone to develop abnormal breast tissue or "man boobs" has been around for decades. But is there clinical proof of such a link?
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Advances in arthroscopy equipment
Outpatient Surgery
Like tablets and smartphones, today's new and improved arthroscopy equipment will seem old and outdated in a few months when the next innovation comes along. The latest systems improve outcomes thanks to improved visualization and increased stability at the operative site.
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Plastic surgery: It's a guy thing, too
Business Mirror
Women in recent years have been trending toward minimally invasive cosmetic treatments such as Botox and Restalyne, but the fastest-growing cosmetic procedures for men are surgical.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


CVS: How walk-in clinics are changing the healthcare business
Forbes
In response to the aggravations of full-service primary care offices and high-cost of ERs, the walk-in clinic has become a rapidly emerging trend. Andy Sussman, president of Minute Clinic and senior vice president/associate chief medical officer of CVS Caremark, believes the new model will ease the healthcare shortage problem.
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Tennessee-based medical developer makes six-state push in October
Nashville Business Journal
Nashville-based healthcare real estate developer Oman-Gibson Associates, commonly known as OGA, opened outpatient facilities in three states and began construction in three more last month, according to a news release.
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Shift change handover at bedside reduces medical errors, satisfies patients
Medical News Today
At shift change, incoming and outgoing nurses transfer accountability by exchanging information about the patients under their charge. Called bedside handover, this process empowers patients and allows them to become active partners in their own care.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Rural residents have fewer choices for Medicare Advantage plans
The Medical News
A new analysis from HealthPocket examines enrollee options for Medicare Advantage plans and finds that rural residents have fewer plan choices and higher premiums and out-of-pocket maximums than their non-rural counterparts.
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In search of more primary-care doctors
The Wall Street Journal
Amid a looming shortage of primary-care doctors in the U.S., medical schools and innovators try to entice more students to enter the field.
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Telemedicine transforms rural care
InformationWeek
Telemedicine is a useful tool for anyone, but it's vital in a rural setting. From mobile apps that diagnose skin conditions to medical kiosks stationed at malls, the opportunities for remote treatment are growing.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


No-shows: The bane of a therapist's existence
Heidi Dawson
Anyone who works with members of the public on an individual appointment basis will understand the frustration created when people don't show up when they say they will. What's the best way to handle last-minute cancellations and no-shows? There are differing thoughts and opinions regarding the best way to reduce the impact this has on your business.
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Trial: Efficacy of adding Kinesio Taping in low back pain
BioMed Central
Clinical practice guidelines show that many interventions are available to treat patients with chronic low back pain, but the vast majority of these interventions have a modest effect in reducing pain and disability. An intervention that has been widespread in recent years is the use of elastic bandages called Kinesio Taping.
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Rutgers-Camden nursing scholar develops tool for ostomy care
Rutgers University via Science Codex
Nurses caring for ostomy patients will now be equipped with an essential new tool that provides them with the first comprehensive guide to optimize ostomy management and enhance patient safety.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Overseas and under the knife
Men's Journal
Until a few years ago, most Americans going abroad for medical care were either uninsured or wealthy and traveling for cosmetic surgeries. But what you pay your insurance company, as much as 30 percent in some cases, has made going abroad a worthwhile option for a lot more people.
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Thomas Rees, plastic surgeon who treated Africa, dies at 86
The New York Times
Dr. Thomas D. Rees, an innovative New York plastic surgeon who helped found the Flying Doctors Service of East Africa, a charity that employs a fleet of small planes to provide medical care and save lives deep in the African bush, died Nov. 14 at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 86.
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Hospital hosts weekly open house events
Hospital PARAVIDA
Hospital PARAVIDA, a facility accredited by AAAASF International, has launched an innovative program designed to generate public awareness of the importance of medical care. Every Thursday, the hospital hosts an open house, offering:
  • 10 percent discount on clinical laboratory services
  • 10 percent discount on cardiology tests
  • Free cytology
  • Free dental consultations
The focus on outreach fits the facility's mission of "being an institution that provides comprehensive health services with a human approach, appropriate technology and skilled personnel to various sectors of society."

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