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The inaugural Resident's Bowl captivated most of the attendees at the 89th Annual Meeting in Monterey. Three competing teams were from University training programs in the Western Section who answered questions at random by moderator Dr. Joseph Presti.The competition was held in the Exhibits area for all to enjoy.

Congratulations to these Resident Bowl Winners!
These residents ( in photo ) will team up to represent the Western Section AUA at the AUA's Residents Bowl in Orlando next May!

Dr. Hamed Ahmadi, USC
Dr. RJ Caras, Tripler Army MC
Dr. William Chu, Kaiser Los Angeles
Dr. Brian Cox, OHSU


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Think ObamaCare is Bad Now? It Gets Worse Next Year
Investor's Business Daily
"Substandard" and "cut-rate" is what President Obama calls the health plans that millions of Americans have lost, even though they wanted to keep them. Backpedaling on his promise that "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan," Obama is now telling Americans another whopper: The insurance they can get on ObamaCare exchanges is a better deal.
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Cognitive Computing for All: IBM Releases a Legion of Watsons
Popular Science
Watson is dead. IBM's 'Jeopardy'-winning computer, whose calculations resided on a custom-built bank of servers roughly the size of a master bedroom, is no more. But Watson has descendants. They're also called Watson, and they are legion. Some of those Watsons will grow up to be medical experts. Other Watsons will become health and wellness coaches, motivating humans to become better humans. Still other Watsons will strive to be the best, and most attentive of personal shoppers
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'Alarming' Physician Shortages Lie Ahead
HealthLeaders Media
While the reasons for the projected doctor shortage are clear—population health issues, shrinking physician reimbursements, workforce issues, and residency training insufficiencies—the path toward a solution is not. Perhaps you've seen reports saying that physician shortages may not be as bad as once feared. Maybe you believe that a greater push toward using mid-level providers is reason for hope among healthcare execs.
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Axitinib Active in Treatment-Naive Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma
Healio
First-line therapy with axitinib demonstrated clinical activity in metastatic renal cell carcinoma, and dose titration with axitinib is associated with a higher rate of objective response than placebo titration, according to results of a randomized phase two study. In the double blind, multicenter study, Dr. Brian I. Rini, of the department of solid tumor oncology at Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Institute, and colleagues compared the safety and efficacy of axitinib (Inlyta, Pfizer) dose titration vs. placebo titration in patients with previously untreated metastatic renal-cell carcinoma.
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Technology and Medicine: Applying Google Glass in the Medical Field
By Rosemary Sparacio
Every day, new strides in technology make headlines in all kinds of areas. Nowhere is it is more prevalent or exciting than in the medical field. And one of the most talked about new tech "gadgets" to come onto the scene and into the consciousness of just about everyone who follows the news is Google Glass. Proponents see the potential for the device's use over a wide range of medical applications, from cutting down the time a physician has to do paperwork — thus giving the physician more time to focus on the patient's problem — to assisting in surgery.

Survey: Would you use Google Glass in your practice?

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No Value for Renal-Artery Stenting in CORAL
Forbes
Previous small studies have failed to find any benefit associated with renal-artery stenting, but the trials have been small and were not powered for clinical outcomes. Now, the CORAL (Cardiovascular Outcomes in Renal Atherosclerotic Lesions) trial, presented at the American Heart Association meeting and published simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine, offers strong and persuasive evidence that renal-artery stenting is not beneficial.
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Managing Obesity: New Patient Guidelines
Renal & Urology News
Evidence-based recommendations for the management of overweight and obesity have been developed by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology; the guidelines were published in 'Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.' Dr. Michael D. Jensen, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues developed evidence-based guidelines to assist clinicians in primary care with the management of overweight and obesity in adults.
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The Dirty Little Secret of How to Choose The Best Surgeons
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Someone finally figured it out. How do you choose the right surgeon for your procedure? Online reviews? Statistical data in which it's unclear how the data was collected and what variables were used? As you may have gathered from these rhetorical questions, none of these methods is adequate in choosing the right surgeon. But a research group in Michigan has figured out how to choose the best surgeons for your surgery. Unfortunately, we don't have access to this method of choice.
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6 Technological Advances That Will Change Practice
Renal & Urology News
There are two main drivers moving health technology, according to Simon Karger, associate director of surgical and interventional devices at Cambridge Consultants: improving outcomes and lowering the burden on the healthcare system. "This may be reducing staff in the OR, or the time a patient needs to be in acute care,” he said. “Making interventions simpler with less risk and pushing control to the patient is part of that."
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