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The calendar year is coming to a close, and COA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer COA Dispatch subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Tuesday January 6, 2015.

L'année 2014 tire à sa fin, et l'ACO saisit cette opportunité pour souhaiter à ses membres, partenaires et autres professionnels de l'industrie, de joyeuses fêtes de fin d'année.

En jetant un regard rétrospectif sur l'année écoulée, nous souhaitons offrir aux abonnés de 'Dépêche de l'ACO' l'opportunité de passer en revue nos articles phares en 2014. En d'autres termes, au cours des deux prochaines semaines, nous allons vous proposer les 20 meilleurs articles de l'année !

La publication de votre bulletin d'informations reprendra normalement le mardi 6 janvier 2015.





10. Breakthrough could prevent hip implant replacement
Medical Xpress
From Oct. 15, 2014: Hip implants rely on the normal functioning of bone cells to achieve fixation of the implant with the bone. However, small metal particles released from hip implants, due to friction between the moving surfaces, have been shown to be toxic to the surrounding bone cells. This causes the implant to loosen in the bone and often leads to patients requiring second surgery to replace the failed implant.
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9. Le meilleur et le pire des hôpitaux montréalais
24h Montréal
From April 8, 2014: Retourner à l'hôpital en raison de complications à la suite d'une chirurgie peut s'avérer un véritable calvaire pour le patient. Le journal 24h a compilé les données en lien avec les taux de réadmission de deux interventions fréquentes (hanche et genou) dans les établissements de santé de Montréal.
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8. Toronto doctor reveals secrets of hospital slang
Canada.com
From April 29, 2014: Dr. Brian Goldman had just finished his first exhausting night on call as a resident at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children when the senior resident asked with seemingly genuine sincerity how many patients Goldman had "boxed" that night, meaning put into a coffin. He was joking. But the moment marked Goldman's initiation more than 30 years ago into what he describes as one of medicine's darkest and most enduring secrets, the slang and coded words used by the healing profession to describe certain patients and situations.
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7. Some patients may benefit from hip resurfacing over replacement
Washington University in St. Louis
From March 4, 2014: When a person loses mobility because of arthritis, surgeons can replace the faulty hip joint with a new one. A new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that a different procedure called hip resurfacing may be a better option for some patients, particularly those who are young and active.
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6. Canadian invention to clean hospital rooms may save 10,000 lives a year
CTV News
From March 18, 2014: It's being called a silent epidemic, killing about 8 — 10,000 Canadians each year. Hospital rooms that aren't able to get completely clean between patients are responsible for people getting what are called hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA, C. difficile and E. coli among other infections. And it isn't a small problem, it affects about five per cent of patients. But Canadians may just have the solution.
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5. New hip and knee centre opens in Regina
The Leader-Post
From Oct. 28, 2014: The province and the health region are hoping five examination rooms and one exercise room will go a long way in helping to improve the lives of patients, while helping to reduce surgical wait times. The new Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) Hip and Knee Treatment and Research Centre in theRQHR Surgical Assessment Centre, located at 1621 Albert St. has been called the one-stop shop for knee and hip replacement by some at the official opening.
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4. How a football injury led (eventually) to health care's top job
Toronto Star
From May 27, 2014: The framed degrees are gone from the walls. The decoy ducks that lined the windowsill are already up the road at Queen's Park. Shelves jammed with medical and leadership texts are waiting to be packed. It's Dr. Bob Bell's second-last day on the job as president of the University Health Network — one of the largest teaching hospital corporations in North America.
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3. Help for herniated discs: Doctors testing new ozone treatment
CTV News
From July 22, 2014: Doctors in Vancouver are testing an experimental treatment approach that they hope will help the thousands of Canadians with herniated discs. "Slipped discs," as they are sometimes called, occur when one of the soft cushions that rests between the bones of the back ruptures and slips out between the vertebrae. The disc material can then push on spinal nerves, sending pain down the back and legs.
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2. Canadian invention to clean hospital rooms may save 10,000 lives a year
CTV News
From March 18, 2014: It's being called a silent epidemic, killing about 8 – 10,000 Canadians each year. Hospital rooms that aren't able to get completely clean between patients are responsible for people getting what are called hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA, C. difficile and E. coli among other infections. And it isn't a small problem, it affects about five per cent of patients. But Canadians may just have the solution.
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1. Toronto doctor smacks down U.S. senators' myths about Canadian health care
Toronto Star
From March 18, 2014: Danielle Martin's cellphone has been vibrating non-stop. That's because the Toronto doctor's name has been trending on social media ever since her bold appearance before a U.S. Senate subcommittee where, according to the Los Angeles Times, she set one "smug" senator straight about the myths and misunderstandings surrounding Canada's health system.
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