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Jan. 1, 2013

Study: Surgeons' pressures may worsen shortage
Reuters
From June 20, 2012: Balancing work and personal responsibilities is a challenge for the majority of U.S. surgeons, and that struggle could lead them to cut back on their office hours or leave their practices altogether, according to a new survey.More

Use of surgical robots booming despite hefty cost
Seattle Times
From July 7, 2012: The da Vinci, a surgical robot costing up to $2.6 million, gives surgeons powerful new abilities in the operating room. But while some doctors tout shorter recovery times for patients and decreased risk of complications, others warn of high costs and the lack of a national training standard.More

Vein grown from stem cells saves 10-year-old girl
Reuters
From June 13, 2012: Doctors in Sweden have replaced a vital blocked blood vessel in a 10-year-old girl using the first vein grown in a lab from a patient's own stem cells.More

More men seeking vasectomy reversals
MSNBC
From June 8, 2012: A rising number of American men who underwent vasectomies — a procedure once considered permanent — are choosing microsurgeries to re-hook or reroute their reproductive tubes, effectively restoring their fertility, according to two leading urologists.More

Study: Trauma teaching for surgeons may hurt patient care
MedPage Today
From Sept. 17, 2012: In the era of the 80-hour workweek, having surgical residents involved in trauma care might have an adverse effect on patient outcomes, researchers reported. In a retrospective study, admission to teaching trauma centers was associated with an increased rate of major complications compared with centers that do not teach resident physicians, according to Dr. Marko Bukur and colleagues at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.More

Study: Surgeons don't make nearly as much as you think
USA Today
From June 8, 2012: Patients imagine surgeons make a lot more money, at least on a per-surgery basis, than they really do — and believe they deserve even more, according to a new study. The findings are especially striking since they involve orthopedic surgeons, who happen to be among the nation's best-paid doctors.More

Study: 1 in 10 surgical patients readmitted with post-op complications
Fierce Healthcare
From Aug. 29, 2012: About 1 in 10 general surgery patients return to the hospital, mostly due to postoperative complications, according to a study published in the September Journal of the American College of Surgeons.More

Scientists turn skin cells into beating heart muscle
Reuters
From May 22, 2012: Scientists have for the first time succeeded in taking skin cells from patients with heart failure and transforming them into healthy, beating heart tissue that could one day be used to treat the condition.More

Stem cell-powered implant set to revolutionize orthopedic surgery
Medical Xpress
From Sept. 3, 2012: Scientists at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, are working to harness the regenerative power of stem cells to improve orthopedic implant surgery. They are collaborating with surgeons at Glasgow's Southern General Hospital to develop a new type of orthopedic implant which could be considerably stronger and more long-lived than the current generation of products.More

The Best And Worst Master's Degrees For Jobs
Forbes
From June 8, 2012: Although there are too few doctors in the U.S. and too few seats in medical schools, those shortages are good for one segment of the population: people who get degrees as physician assistants.More