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Questions About A Popular Heart Procedure

March 13, 2014 9:57 am | by Paula Span | Comments

Our great-great-grandparents probably didn’t have to think much about the way the heart’s aortic valve slowly stiffens and narrows over decades, a condition called aortic stenosis. Most of them died before they could experience its distressing symptoms...

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Three Stories That Highlight What's Wrong With The Medical System

March 12, 2014 9:51 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

To me, the Affordable Care Act seems like a windfall for insurance companies and hospitals. Until we do something about controlling costs and unnecessary procedures like those I mentioned, the ACA will be a money pit...     

Televised Live Surgery: Would You Want To Be The Patient?

March 11, 2014 9:31 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

If most surgeons would not allow live broadcast surgery on themselves, then why should any patient be subjected to it? A major complication will inevitably occur during a live broadcast. No matter the reason, it will be blamed on the live video surgery...

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Five Questions To Ask About The Consolidation Of Healthcare

March 11, 2014 9:18 am | by Rhea Boyd, M.D. | Comments

The Affordable Care Act changes how we pay for healthcare and hospitals are realigning their relationships with each other and their referring clinics, to vie for your healthcare dollars. This new payment structure incentivizes collaboration between hospitals and clinics. But despite some obvious advantages, there are some important things to consider as we enter this new oligarchical era in medicine...

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How Can Healthcare Providers Cut Expenditure In Cardiology?

March 10, 2014 8:50 am | by Holly Ingram, Analyst, IHS Technology | Comments

Healthcare expenditure has been increasing throughout the last decade, and is beginning to become unmanageable. The American Heart Association has estimated that, in 2010, spending on cardiovascular disease (CVD) reached $273 billion dollars. However, there are numerous initiatives designed to reduce costs...

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The Societal Problem Of Opioid Addiction

March 7, 2014 10:24 am | by Albert Fuchs, M.D. | Comments

The risks and side-effects are substantial. Tolerance (diminished effectiveness with repeated use) is a common problem requiring dose escalation to maintain the same pain relief. Withdrawal symptoms are miserable (but not dangerous) and addiction is very common...

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Star Trek Healing Devices Are Coming To Your Hospital

March 6, 2014 6:41 am | by Allegra Sparta | Comments

Maybe we can transport patients with hover-stretchers and flying ambulances, too. Announcements like this are bound to raise a few eyebrows, but we live in a world where 3D-printed hearts and other highly advanced surgical procedures are slowly becoming commonplace...

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How To Select Surgical Residents: The Evidence

March 4, 2014 8:59 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

On Twitter a while ago, a medical student asked me how surgical program directors select new residents. Then a discussion arose among some academic surgeons on the same topic. Someone suggested that medical school grades were the best way to tell whether an applicant would be a successful resident. The fact is that we aren't really sure what the best way to choose residents is...

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Merging Healthcare With Modern Communications Technology

March 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Carrie Yang, Senior Healthcare Analyst, Results Healthcare | Comments

Modern communications technology is starting to have a real impact on the way patients are managing their diseases and the delivery of healthcare. By collecting and transmitting real-time data, it is now possible to get a much better picture of a patient’s health and how it is changing. Electronic health records, too, enable more accurate information to be available to each provider involved in a patient’s care...

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The Lesson Of Dr. Charles Dotter: Never Stop Innovating

February 28, 2014 9:56 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

It takes a certain type of person to challenge the status quo. It takes a truly exceptional person to make the status quo a thing of the past. Dr. Charles Dotter was blessed with both keen intelligence and a tremendous innovative spirit. His work, which includes performing the first percutaneous transluminal angioplasty 50 years ago this year, transformed the field of medicine. The effects are still felt by physicians and patients today...

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Gallbladder Surgery Goes Back To The Future In China

February 27, 2014 9:25 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

Chinese surgeons claim taking out just the gallstones without removing the gallbladder works well for most patients. There were 65 patients with gallstones, 61 of whom underwent successful minimally invasive surgery for removal of just the stones leaving the gallbladder in place...

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From The Other Side

February 26, 2014 10:40 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Surgical Products | Comments

From a medical standpoint, this past year proved to be an overly interesting one for my youngest daughter. In January she underwent a minor outpatient procedure to remove a small cyst from under her eye. Although there were no short-term issues, her ophthalmologist was concerned about long-term effects if the cyst continued to grow. My eight-year-old was a champ the whole time...

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We Are Training Physicians With An Eye Towards The Past

February 25, 2014 10:08 am | by Jon Coleman | Comments

How do you ask a person to be the last person to go through an education system that is failing them?  Yet we’re doing just that. Every day tens of thousands of medical student wake up to an education, and an education system, that is failing them...

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Evidenced-Based Guidelines Today, Malpractice Tomorrow

February 24, 2014 5:39 am | by Karen S. Sibert, M.D. | Comments

We hold these truths to be self-evident: A hospital administrator with a clipboard is in search of a physician who isn’t following “evidence-based guidelines. Furthermore, there are fads in medicine just as there are in fashion — today’s ”evidence-based guidelines” may be tomorrow’s malpractice...

Universal Medical Licensing For Doctors -- A Good Idea That Will Never Happen

February 24, 2014 5:14 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

Some well-intentioned people at the Center for American Progress say that the concept of individual state medical licenses is outdated, and states should recognize each others' licenses. Universal medical licensing is a great idea, but it will never happen...

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