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A program and reception for young urologists (and chief residents) was offered at the annual meeting in Monterey. The speaker was Christopher Kane, MD, Chair of the UC San Diego Department of Urology. His topic was 'Facing an Uncertain Healthcare Market: A View from the Trenches for Young Urologists.'
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Robotic Surgery: da Vinci Versus The Ideal
InformationWeek
When the da Vinci Surgical System was introduced in 2000 by Intuitive Surgical, it was heralded for ushering in a new era of robotic surgeries. The robot promised to make operations easier for the surgeon, reducing complications and pain while shortening time under anesthesia and time to recovery for the patient.
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Daily Text Messages Can Improve Diabetes Outcomes
Renal & Urology News
Patients with poorly controlled diabetes have improvements in hemoglobin A1c and medication adherence and fewer trips to the emergency room after receiving daily text messages, according to a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
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1st Symptom Predicts Urodynamic Diagnosis in MUI
medwireNews
Researchers have found that the first or most bothersome symptom in women with mixed urinary incontinence closely relates to the urodynamic diagnosis. The team, led by G Alessandro Digesu, says the findings could help guide diagnosis and treatment when urodynamics are inconclusive or cannot be performed.
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Elsevier Announces the Launch of a New Open Access Journal
The Sacramento Bee
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, recently announced the launch of a new open access journal: Urology Case Reports. Urology Case Reports is a new peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to publishing case reports in all areas of adult and pediatric urology.
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Doctors Complain They Will be Paid Less by Exchange Plans
Kaiser Health News
Many doctors are disturbed they will be paid less, often a lot less, to care for the millions of patients projected to buy coverage through the health law's new insurance marketplaces. Some have complained to medical associations, including those in New York, California, Connecticut, Texas and Georgia, saying the discounted rates could lead to a two-tiered system in which fewer doctors participate, potentially making it harder for consumers to get the care they need.
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Sacral Neuromodulation Stands Test of Time in LUTD
medwireNews
Follow-up of patients at a Belgian institution reveals that sacral neuromodulation is effective for the treatment of lower urinary tract dysfunction over the long term, but often requires reintervention. Frank van der Aa and colleagues from University Hospitals Leuven retrospectively analyzed the outcomes of 217 patients over a median of 46.9 months after SNM implant.
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Genetics Contribute to Increased Risk for End-Stage Renal Disease for African Americans with Chronic Kidney Disease
Medical Xpress
In the United States, African-Americans have approximately twice the risk of end-stage renal disease compared to white Americans, despite a similar prevalence in earlier stages of chronic kidney disease. A large study co-authored by George Washington University researcher Dr. Dominic Raj, identifies factors that mediate differences in the progression of chronic kidney disease between black patients and white patients, as well as among black patients, in order to reduce the excess burden of end-stage renal disease and its complications in black patients.
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Healthcare Industry Vested in Success of Obamacare
Los Angeles Times
President Obama's healthcare law, struggling to survive its botched rollout, now depends more than ever on insurance companies, doctor groups and hospitals — major forces in the industry that are committed to the law's success despite persistent tensions with the White House. Many healthcare industry leaders are increasingly frustrated with the Obama administration's clumsy implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
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Rise in AKI Admissions May Be Due Partly to BP Drugs
Renal & Urology News
Up to 15 percent of the increase in hospital admission rates in England for acute kidney injury over a four-year period was potentially attributable to more prescribing of ACE inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor antagonists, Dr. Laurie A. Tomlinson, of the University of Cambridge in the U.K., and associates reported in PLOS ONE.
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Why E-Scheduling May be Healthcare's Most Valuable App
HealthLeaders Media
Cheap, ubiquitous teleconferencing technology can turn any visit to a primary care provider into a patient-centered care team huddle, cutting weeks off the referral run-around and reining in costs. But it only works if the right team of providers, specialists, and the patient are available at an agreed-upon time.
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Hypogonadal Men with ED May Benefit from Testosterone Plus Vardenafil
Renal & Urology News
Combination therapy with testosterone and vardenafil is safe and effective in treating hypogonadal men with erectile dysfunction and who failed to respond to testosterone monotherapy, according to researchers. In a prospective study, 129 testosterone deficient men received intramuscular injections of long-acting parenteral testosterone undecanoate at three-month intervals.
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