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Fitbit In Healthcare: Is More Data Better?

July 23, 2014 | by Kevin R. Campbell, MD | Comments

For scientists and researchers who are developing new treatments for disease, data is power. For patients, data can mean empowerment. Devices that track health indicators are readily available and in use to track heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar and even respiratory rate and body temperature ...           

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Another Amazing Feat From the Cleveland Clinic

November 21, 2014 10:53 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Comments

It's been nearly six years since the Cleveland Clinic performed an amazing near-total face transplant. About two months ago, the Clinic did it again.                  

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It's a Matter of Life and Breath

November 17, 2014 9:56 am | by Vangie Dennis, Administrative Director, Spivey Station Surgery Center | Comments

There is a quote that immediately comes to mind when the topic of surgical smoke comes up in discussion that I heard years ago in a physician based training session, “There is no such thing as safe smoke.”  Smoke is smoke.  So why does the medical industry seem to differentiate smoke produced from a laser from smoke created from electrosurgery?

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3D Printing Provides Arm For 6-Year-Old Boy

November 14, 2014 10:15 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Comments

For most of us, the ability to use two arms and two legs every day is a function we take for granted ...                           

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Republicans Can No Longer Blame Harry Reid for Failing to Repeal ObamaCare

November 11, 2014 10:57 am | by Dr. Jane M. Orient | Comments

The time for Republican self congratulation is over, and the work needs to begin. It appears that the majority of the voting population recognizes that our country is in dire condition. Time is running out to fix it. Are Republicans going to work for our country, or just shift money around to different special interests? 

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ACS Report: Multi-Procedural Technology Drives Innovation and Profitability

October 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Walking the halls of the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress & Expo offers a number of opportunities. Embedded within the clamor of the show floor and pictured in part by the varying HD, 4K and 3D displays, are an array of new products promising to push the OR forward ....

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First Time at ACS an Eye-Opener

October 28, 2014 10:33 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Comments

On Monday, I saw many of the products we feature in the magazine and online, up close and personal. It was great to finally see what we've been covering in action and talk to many of the surgeons, product managers and PR representatives who are extremely passionate about their products. I even had the opportunity to test out a couple ...

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U.S. Prepared for Ebola—10 Patients at a Time

October 13, 2014 12:04 pm | by Dr. Jane M. Orient | Comments

Have you wondered why Ebola patients are being sent to Omaha, Nebraska? It’s because one physician, Dr. Philip Smith, had the foresight to set up the Nebraska Biocontainment Patient Care Unit after the 9/11 attacks as a bulwark against bioterrorism ...

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Bills Can Provide Sticker Shock After Surgery

September 24, 2014 11:01 am | by Attorney Bryan Smith | Comments

I have represented hundreds of clients who underwent surgery as a result of injuries.  Most of these clients had no idea how expensive their surgery would be, and were often shocked when all of the bills arrived. I use the word “bills” because numerous providers in the operating suite (not just the surgeon) separately bill for their services, including the anesthesiologist, hospital, assistant surgeon, and sometimes the surgical nurses ...

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Is There a Provider In The House?

September 16, 2014 11:03 am | by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. | Comments

Physicians have a proud heritage. We can boast Dr. Benjamin Rush, a founding father, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Surgeon General of the Continental Army, and opponent of slavery. And Dr. James Derham, born a slave in 1762, who grew a successful practice that included freeman and slaves.

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Cosmetic Surgery Regret Is On The Rise

September 5, 2014 11:24 am | by PRWeb | Comments

According to New York City Facial Plastic Surgeon Sam Rizk, “At this point, about fifty percent of the procedures I perform are revision surgery. Although rhinoplasty has historically been the number one revision procedure, patients are also seeking secondary facelifts, neck lifts and blepharoplasties (eyelid surgery) in record numbers.”

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Florida Prostate Cancer Specialist Challenges Robotic Surgical System

August 28, 2014 3:47 pm | Comments

In an extensive article http://www.urologyweb.com/robotic-prostate-cancer-surgery-a-public-health-nightmare/, Urologist Dr. Bert Vorstman details “Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery: A Public Health Nightmare”, the story behind prostate cancer and the industry that has been built around it.

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Doctors Must Discuss The Cost Of Care With Their Patients

July 16, 2014 11:36 am | by Peter Ubel, MD | Comments

Dr. Peter Ubel has been writing a bit lately on the need for healthcare providers to talk with their patients about healthcare costs, if for no other reason than to enable patients to determine whether they can afford to pay for the healthcare that their doctors are recommending them to receive...

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A Critical Question For Doctors: What Is Health?

July 15, 2014 9:38 am | by Dr. Jocelyn Lowinger | Comments

Recently I went to a physician and left pondering the question: “What is health anyway?” This is an interesting question, especially one for a doctor to ask...                         

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Surgery In Space: I Foresee Problems

July 14, 2014 10:27 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

According to NASA, a miniature robot capable of assisting in surgery has been developed, tested in pigs and is soon to be trialed in a weightless environment. The robot, which weighs less than 1 pound, can be inserted into the abdomen via the umbilicus and controlled remotely...

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VA Apologizes To Whistleblowers Facing Retaliation

July 9, 2014 8:03 am | by Matthew Daly, AP | Comments

James Tuchschmidt, the No. 2 official at the Veterans Health Administration, apologized on behalf of the department. "I apologize to everyone whose voice has been stifled. That's not what I stand for. I'm very disillusioned and sickened by all of this."

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