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Timing Isn't The Main Thing, It's Everything!
Daniel Pink's new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, presents a wealth of new data demonstrating how timing affects healthcare delivery. We do not realize how our biological clocks determine the outcomes of our actions. Seconds, hours and weeks are human inventions — fences our ancestors built to corral time. When should be make important decisions? Morning or in the afternoon?

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Private Tutorials Are About Convience, Convience, Convience
Private Tutorial Experience
Dae, a physician from Chicago, IL, attended a private tutorial session with Advanced Health Education Center's faculty to review OB/GYN Ultrasound. Dae currently serves as an OB Physician in an underserved community and performs a full range of OB care in all specialties and age groups. Dae chose AHEC's private tutorial sessions because of the flexible scheduling as well as the one on one experience with our faculty. He is highly skilled in his field and wanted to improve on his skills and techniques in specific areas.

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Industry News

Study: Half Of Doctors Sued By Age 55
Family Practice News
By age 55, nearly half of physicians have been sued for malpractice, with general surgeons and obstetricians-gynecologists facing the highest lawsuit risks, according to data from the America Medical Association.

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FDA Authorizes Marketing of First Blood Test To Aid in the Evaluation of Concussion in Adults
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today permitted marketing of the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), commonly referred to as concussion, in adults. The FDA reviewed and authorized for marketing the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator in fewer than 6 months as part of its Breakthrough Devices Program.

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Special Report: Hospitalist, Emergency Physicians, and Cross-Subsidization
Emergency Medicine News
In early November, Memorial Network, which operates two hospitals in the western Illinois towns of Bellevue and Shiloh, announced that it would switch from CEP America to TeamHealth for its emergency department contract. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Memorial told CEP America that it would not renew its emergency department staffing contract on Nov. 6, and three days later, CEP responded by terminating the hospital's contract for hospitalist and intensivist services, effective Feb. 8.

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The $10 Ultrasound Upgrade
Duke University
Technology that keeps track of how your smartphone is oriented can now give $50,000 ultrasound machines many of the 3-D imaging abilities of their $250,000 counterparts — for the cost of a $10 microchip.

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Ultrasonic Probe Could Detect Stroke, Brain Damage in Young Babies
If you've ever found yourself in an MRI machine, you know keeping still isn't easy. For newborns, it's nearly impossible. Now, a portable, ultrasonic brain probe about the size of a domino could do similar work, detecting seizures and other abnormal brain activity in real time, according to a new study. It could also monitor growing babies for brain damage that can lead to diseases like cerebral palsy.

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Ultrasound Tip of the Month
In doing a FAST exam there are 4 areas that should be investigated in the RUQ: 1. Morrison's pouch, 2. Tip of liver/inferior pole of the kidney, 3. Under the diaphragm and 4. Over the diaphragm. To evaluate for pleural effusion, just look above the diaphragm. When the lung is filled with air it will not transmit the ultrasound beam well and should not visualize the spine in the chest. It is normal to see the spine below the diaphragm in the abdomen. If the spine is visualized about the diaphragm something is abnormal in or around the lung. Often times, this is caused by pleural effusion seen as anechoic (black) fluid above the diaphragm. Fluid allows for easy transmission of the ultrasound wave. Visualization of the spine in the chest area is referred to as the Spine Sign and has a greater sensitivity and specificity for identification of pleural effusion than a chest x-ray.

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