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Rate of Latino Physicians Shrinks, Even as Population Grows

February 11, 2015 12:07 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | Comments

Researchers were surprised by the 22 percent drop in the rate of Latino physicians, a decline that was in stark contrast to the 49 percent increase in non-Hispanic white physicians over the same period.

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Most Effective Procedure for Extreme Obesity Comes With Warning

February 11, 2015 11:46 am | by University of Gothenburg | Comments

"Despite the greater efficacy of duodenal switch when it comes to weight reduction, our findings suggest that it should be used with caution, given the higher percentage of long-term adverse effects."

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Smaller Pre-Op Radiation Targets Reduce Side Effects

February 11, 2015 11:29 am | by Rush University Medical Center | Comments

Using advanced imaging technology to more precisely target radiation beams to treat soft tissue cancers (sarcomas) in the extremities significantly reduced long-term side effects without effecting survival rates.

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The Viability of Spinal Surgery in Patients Over 80

February 10, 2015 12:29 pm | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Comments

Between 2000 and 2010 the U.S. population, age 80 and older, increased 22 percent to 11.2 million, and approximately 47 percent of Americans age 60 and older have spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal due to the wear and tear associated with aging.

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Best Dressed: Doctor's Appearance Impacts Patient Perceptions

February 10, 2015 12:17 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

What should doctors wear? And how does something as simple as their choice of a suit, scrubs or slacks influence how patients view them? A new analysis takes a comprehensive look - and finds that the answer isn't as simple as you might think.

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U.S. Seeing Decline in Donor Hearts, Increase in Need

February 10, 2015 11:52 am | by American Journal of Transplantation | Comments

There was a significant decrease in donor heart acceptance from 44 percent in 1995 to 29 percent in 2006, and a subsequent increase to 32 percent in 2010. Older donor age, female sex and medical conditions predicted non-acceptance of hearts from donors.

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Test Shows Which Patients Benefit From Radiation After Prostate Surgery

February 10, 2015 11:46 am | by Journal of Clinical Oncology | Comments

GenomeDx Biosciences recently announced the publication of a positive validation study for a genomic test for prostate cancer. It showed that patients with low genomic risk may be optimally managed with observation after radical prostatectomy, while those with high genomic risk may be better managed earlier with adjuvant radiotherapy.

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Despite Recommendations, Mastectomy Patients Passing On Post-Op Chemo

February 9, 2015 1:13 pm | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

Only 65 percent of women are getting the recommended postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT). Since 2000, the National Cancer Institute and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have recommended PMRT, in addition to chemotherapy, for most breast cancer patients who opt for breast removal and have a high risk of tumor recurrence.

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Basing Trauma Center Designations On Population Needs

February 9, 2015 12:54 pm | Comments

At their core, trauma systems are developed to achieve care that is optimal for injured patients. The problem is that some areas are now seeing a perceived oversupply of trauma centers because the provision of trauma care can, in some instances, become highly profitable.

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You Get What You Pay For In Emergency Care

February 6, 2015 10:47 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

To those unfamiliar with healthcare policy debates, the finding might seem predictable. But in recent years some frequently cited studies have suggested that higher spending levels do not necessarily produce better levels of care. This study supports the notion of higher costs equating to better care.

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Hospital Report Cards Not Influencing Surgery Outcomes

February 6, 2015 10:34 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

Hospitals and doctors see how their overall performance stacks up against others, but this quality reporting, a recent report found, is not enough to accelerate the pace of improvement in surgical safety - nor cost savings. However, that doesn't mean such efforts should stop, or aren't worthwhile, it adds.

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ACS: New Colorectal Approach Cuts Time, Costs

February 6, 2015 8:34 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

"This study shows just how successful small investments can be at raising the quality of care for patients. I think in five years this will be the standard way that we are managing patients, because the results are so dramatic.”                                

Mixed Results in Five-Year Follow-Ups With Patients of BMIs Over 50

February 6, 2015 8:23 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch resulted in more weight loss and better improvement in blood lipids and glucose when compared with usual gastric bypass surgery, but duodenal switch was also associated with more long-term surgical and nutritional complications, according to a recent report.

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Hip and Knee Surgical Needs Continue to Rise

February 5, 2015 9:53 am | by iData Research | Comments

“Solid market growth here is largely driven by demographics. The majority of knee arthroplasty patients are aged 60 and above, and usually require a total knee replacement. By this stage, it is more likely that the entire knee is suffering from arthritis.”

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Surgery May Reduce Life Expectancy for Super Obese

February 5, 2015 9:36 am | by University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center | Comments

"For most patients with diabetes and a BMI greater than 35, bariatric surgery increases life expectancy. However, the benefit of surgery decreases as BMI increases. The patients with a BMI over 62 likely don't gain any life expectancy with surgery."

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