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Wearables could help surgeons maintain healthy posture during lengthy procedures

Editor's Note Wearable technology is a useful means of mitigating the risk of musculoskeletal disorders in surgeons by providing biofeedback on posture during lengthy operations, according to a recent study in Journal of Nuerosurgery: Spine. In an April 22 report, AZO Sensors details how researchers from Baylor College of Medicine collaborated with…

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By: Matt Danford
May 8, 2024
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Interview with US News & World Report: The journey to introduce new ambulatory surgery center ranking

Healthcare continues to evolve at a fast pace with advancements in technology and treatment, which is a big reason why finding the right medical care is a daunting task. Nowadays, patients seeking healthcare services are facing several choices, each promising the best care possible. How accurate is that promise? Determining…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 8, 2024
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Robotic-assisted total knee replacements: Improved outcomes, higher costs

Editor's Note A new study from UT Southwestern Medical Center shows that total knee replacements performed with the aid of surgical robots generally yield better outcomes compared to traditional manual procedures, but at a higher cost, UT Southwestern’s Newsroom May 7 reports. Published in the Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 8, 2024
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Study: Bariatric surgery improves kidney transplant eligibility for patients with obesity

Editor's Note Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy improves eligibility for kidney transplants in patients with obesity as well as advanced chronic kidney disease, according to a Mayo Clinic study. According to a May 2 report on the results, the surgical weight-loss procedure also reduces the risk of cardiovascular conditions, such as diabetes…

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By: Matt Danford
May 7, 2024
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Physician opinions on generative artificial intelligence reverse course, trend positive

Editor's Note Nearly 7 in 10 physicians responding to a recent Wolters Kluwer Health survey report that their views on the healthcare benefits of generative artificial intelligence (AI) have shifted in a positive direction during the past year. Detailed in an April 16 report, the survey also reveals that 40%…

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By: Matt Danford
May 3, 2024
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Study explores link between diverticulitis and colorectal cancer

Editor's Note Using data from the Gastrointestinal Quality Improvement Consortium registry, this 2024 study provides new insights into the practice of recommending colonoscopy following diverticulitis episodes to rule out colorectal cancer (CRC), Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology April 24 reports. This study, which analyzed over 4.5 million colonoscopies performed in the…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 1, 2024
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Data cast doubt on recommendation to delay weight-loss meds prior to surgery

Editor's Note A recent analysis of insurance claims data suggests weight-loss medications like Ozempic (semaglutide), Trulicity (dulaglutide), and other glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists do not increase risks associated with undergoing anesthesia. As reported April 22 in MedPage Today, these finding that contradicts a June 2023 recommendation from the American Society of…

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By: Matt Danford
April 29, 2024
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Surgical site infections often caused by preexisting bacteria

Editor's Note Most healthcare-associated surgical site infections are not caused by pathogens acquired in the hospital, but by previously harmless bacteria already present on patients’ skin prior to being admitted, according to a study published April 10 in Science Translational Medicine. Surgical site infections account for the highest annual costs…

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By: Brita Belli
April 29, 2024
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FDA announces class 1 recall for disposable biopsy needle kit

Editor's Note Microscopic stainless steel debris on the insides of biopsy needles prompted the FDA to issue a class 1 recall—indicating risk of death or serious injury—for Elekta Instrument’s Disposable Biopsy Needle Kit, which is used with the Leksell Stereotactic System for brain tissue sampling during neurosurgery, the disposable biopsy…

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By: Matt Danford
April 29, 2024
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Death, hospital readmission less likely for women treated by female doctors

Editor's Note A new study showing women treated by female doctors are less likely to die or be readmitted to the hospital adds to the growing body of evidence that women and minorities tend to receive worse medical care than men and white patients, NBC News reported April 22. Published…

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By: Matt Danford
April 26, 2024
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