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The 89th Annual Meeting in Monterey offers an easy 14-mile bike ride, one way, to Pebble Beach on the recreational trail along the beautiful Peninsula coastline. Take the bus back (or ride if you wish) through the 17-mile drive and experience some of the most breathtaking sights on earth! This is a perfect family event and one of the many reasons you don't want to miss the 89th Annual Meeting of the WSAUA. To register and/or make hotel reservations (rooms sell out fast) please click on the photo!

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More Experts Take The Stage At WSAUA's Monterey Meeting
Keynote Lecture presented by:
Dr. Andrew Vickers, Research Methodologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Craig Comiter, Stanford University, speaking on "Evaluation and Management of Post Prostatectomy Incontinence: Is There Anything New?"

Panel Discussion/Case Management with:
Dr. Sia Daneshmand, USC; Dr. Maxwell Meng, UCSF and Dr. Jonathan Wright, University of WA discuss "High Risk Superficial Bladder Cancer."

Expert Debate with:
Dr. Jaime Landman (Partial), UCI, and Dr. Jonathan D. Harper (Radical), University of WA, debate "Radical Versus Partial Nephrectomy."

State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Peter R. Carroll, University of California San Francisco, speaking on "Active Surveillance for Early Stage Prostate Cancer — Who Now, Who in the Future"

Panel Discussion presented by:
Dr. Michael Albo, University of California San Diego and Dr. Christian O. Twiss, University of Arizona analyze "Urodynamics: Do They Matter?"

State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Thomas S. Lendvay, Seattle Children's Hospital, speaking on "Surgical Simulation Pre-op, Warm-up: New Credentialing Tools?"

Special Update on AUA Practice Guideline featuring:
Dr. Kirsten L. Greene, University of California San Francisco

Just Added! State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Catherine deVries, University of Utah, speaking on "Supporting Urology Development Internationally."

New! Point/Counterpoint presented by:
Dr. Christopher Amling and Dr. Sandy Srinivas on "Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy vs. Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer."

New! The Changing Economics and Regulation of Health Care
presented by: Dr. Larry Van Horn, MPH, MBA Associate Professor of Management (Economics), Director Office of Sustainable Health Care Finance Vanderbilt School of Medicine

New! State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Thomas J. Walsh, University of Washington, speaking on "Testosterone Replacement."

New! Panel Discussion/Case Management with:
Dr. Brian K. Auge, St. Lukes, Boise, Dr. Matthew Dunn, USC, Dr. Blake D. Hamilton, University of Utah, and Dr. Trevor Schuler, University of Alberta discuss the "Management of Difficult Stone Cases."

New! Resident Educational Program featuring: Dr. Jonathan E. Perley, Harbor UCLA, Dr. Mark T. Edney, Peninsula Urology Associates, Salisbury, Dr. Eugene Y. Rhee, MBA, Kaiser Permanente San Diego, Dr. David Y. Josephson, Tower Urology, Los Angeles

New! Special Update on Important Changes to the Journal of Urology featuring: Dr. Mike M. Nguyen, MPH, USC

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Date Event
Sept. 13 Presentation Submission Deadline
Sept. 20 Hotel Reservations — Sellout Expected


Don't Be Scared If Your Surgeon Is Wearing Google Glass In The Operating Room
FastCo Exist
For most people, Google Glass still seems like little more than a gimmick. But in healthcare, doctors are already finding uses for the technology that could one day save your life. Five years down the line, don't be surprised if surgeons are wearing Google Glass in the operating room. In fact, some surgeons — in San Francisco, naturally — are early adopters of the technology already.
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Surgery Risk Calculator Predicts Complications
HealthLeaders Media
For the first time, surgeons have a sophisticated risk calculator said to accurately predict the chance of death or a number of other bad outcomes, such as renal failure or infection, for nearly any surgical procedure done in a U.S. hospital.
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Putting The Best Foot Forward: ICD-10, Interoperability And You
By Charlotte Bohnett
With everyone who's covered under HIPAA preparing to transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 14, 2014, there's a lot of information out there on the both the positive and less-than-positive aspects of the change. One of the main benefits that the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, World Health Organization and other healthcare organizations are citing about the new diagnosis codes is improved interoperability — quite the innovative concept. Outside of these massive government groups, though, folks have their reservations.
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Calling For Behavioral Health Apps
Healthcare IT News
The Office of the National Coordinator on Aug. 27 opened a new application challenge, this one designed to arm patients with technology that helps them manage behavioral healthcare and extend treatment to more patients. "The intent of the challenge is to showcase innovative applications that use evidence-based strategies to empower consumer self-management of behavioral health disorders," Adam Wong, a program analyst at ONC, wrote on the HealthIT Buzz blog.
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Studies Shed Light On Mechanism Of Aggressive PCa
Urology Times
Two new studies provide insights into aggressive prostate cancer that may suggest novel approaches to treatment. In one study, researchers from the University of California-Davis, UC San Diego, and other institutions have identified a key mechanism behind aggressive prostate cancer. The study shows that two long noncoding RNAs (PRNCR1 and PCGEM1) activate androgen receptors, circumventing androgen-deprivation therapy, as reported online in Nature. In their active state, these receptors turn on genes that spur growth and metastasis, making these cancers highly treatment resistant.
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Kidney Donors Show Signs Of Mild CKD
Renal & Urology News
Kidney donors have some of the abnormalities typically associated with mild chronic kidney disease six months after donation, researchers concluded. These abnormalities include a decline in kidney function, increased parathyroid hormone and uric acid levels, and lower hemoglobin levels, researchers reported in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
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Urologists Don't Agree With Bloomberg's Bathroom Philosophy
Recently, Mayor Bloomberg offered some pearls of wisdom about his own success, and how he abused his bladder to get it: "Take the fewest vacations and the least time away from the desk to go to the bathroom or have lunch. You gotta be there," he said during his weekly radio address. Urologists aren't on board with his advice though.
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Why Doctors Are 'Constantly Encouraged To Do Bad'
HealthLeaders Media
The motivation to properly care for patients "has been sapped by poorly designed incentives," one economist says. Pay-for-performance models, capitation, and bundled payments "often fall short of their goals and must be re-examined."
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