AASPA Newsline
Jul. 30, 2013

3-D helmet for surgeons turns complex surgery into call of duty
Laparoscopic surgery lets surgeons use tiny "keyhole" incisions and micro-sized 3-D cameras to operate on internal organs without leaving big, slow-healing scars. It's already considered a revolutionary procedure, and now Sony is introducing a 3-D helmet display that advances the tech even further. It's like Oculus Rift for your appendectomy.More

2013 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update

We hope you will join us Oct. 3-6 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Va., for our 13th Annual AASPA CME Meeting in 2013.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 13th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

This exciting, hands-on surgical meeting will be held at the fabulous Hilton Alexandria Old Town in the heart of historical Old Town Alexandria, Va.

If you are looking for a qualified surgical PA, this is the ideal venue to fill that position. For industry exhibitors looking for "high touch face time" with surgical PAs, this is the ideal meeting for you!More

Top 4 surgical advances our hospitals should know about
Healthcare Global
Surgery is an ever-changing field. Keeping abreast of these advances is a vital part of offering the most up to date care to patients across all disciplines. Which surgical fields have made interesting advances that you should know about lately?More

C-sections take longer for obese women
Cesarean sections take longer, on average, when new mothers are obese, according to a recent study. More time isn't necessarily a bad thing and may indicate that the doctor was taking extra care not to damage the woman's tissues, said lead author Dr. Shayna Conner. More

First computer assisted tumor navigation surgery in India
Money Control
Healthcare Global Enterprises Ltd, The Specialist in Cancer Care, organized a press conference on performing the 1st Computer Assisted Tumor Navigation Surgery for bone cancer in India. The CATS was performed on Shreyas, 19 year old engineering student, diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, tumor weighing 900 grams and 20 centimeters in length, the size of a baseball. More

3-D printed splint for toddler's windpipe saves his life
Medical News Today
Researchers from the University of Illinois, the Institute of Genomic Biology (IGB), and the University of Michigan developed a 3-D printed splint, which was sewn around Kaiba's tracheotomy tube in order to expand his collapsed windpipe and provide support for tissue growth.More

Doctor performs 1st Google Glass-equipped surgery
PC Magazine
Dr. Rafael Grossmann, of the Eastern Maine Medical Center, recently performed his first Google surgery with Google Glass in tow. As far as we can tell, it's also the first such Google Glass-equipped surgery in the device's history — complete with a corresponding Google...More

Mussel sticky threads can open new era of bones, tendons repair
Counsel & Heal
Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have announced that they uncovered the secrets behind the stickiness of the fine filaments and expect to use the mussel's technology in areas like bone and tendon repair, and even replace stitches. The study was conducted by Zhao Qin, a civil and environmental engineer at the MIT. According to him, byssus threads are composed of soft, stretchy material on one end and a much stiffer material on the other.More

Most physician assistants plan to delay retirement
Cardiovascular Business
Of the 4,142 PAs who met the study criteria, most said they planned to delay retirement an average of 12 years, with most planning to continue practicing another 10 to 25 years. Although both sexes expressed a similar intent to retire after age 65, and believed they would have a sufficient income at retirement, significantly more women said they were unsure about their future financial security.More

Computer-assisted navigation and surgical guides aid TAA procedures
Computer-assisted navigation and patient-specific surgical guides helped improve the accuracy of total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) implant placement, based on results of a study presented at the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Annual Meeting.More

New technology to test orthopaedic designs
Medical Xpress
Safer and longer lasting hip and knee replacements are expected from new technology to be developed at The University of Auckland's bioengineering institute. "Our expertise is in creating models of the musculoskeletal system that can estimate muscle and joint loads that can be used to determine the loads placed on implants", says Dr. Besier who is a Senior Research Fellow at the ABI and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Engineering Science. More

Who should solve the doctor shortage?
When 25 million people are added to the ranks of the insured under the Affordable Care Act, there may not be enough primary care physicians waiting to see them. The Association of American Medical Colleges has projected a shortage of 90,000 physicians over the next ten years, a problem some think an expansion of nurse practitioner and physician's assistant roles can solve.More

5 inspirational TED talks every healthcare professional must watch
MedCity News
Healthcare is a dynamic and constantly changing practice. The various ways medical professionals approach and treat diseases are evolving as quickly as ever, especially due to advances in biomedical technology. But it’s not just technological innovation that is revolutionizing the medical field – it’s the ideas from which these innovations are born. The future of medicine has been dictated by the men and women who dare to think outside the box. In this article, we will review the most inspirational, moving and innovative TED talks about medicine and healthcare. More