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December 11, 2012
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  • Demand for hand transplants low due to cost, need for drugs
    So few patients have taken advantage of advances in hand transplantation technology that some medical centers have yet to perform their first procedure two years after launching programs. Costs, patient selection criteria and the prospect of lifelong treatment with immunosuppressants deter possible candidates, experts say. Researchers are seeking ways to prevent organ rejection that use fewer drugs. The Philadelphia Inquirer (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Practice Management 
  • Legal minefields can plague practice changes
    Many physicians are consolidating their practices or joining large medical groups and hospital staffs in an effort to relieve administrative burdens and financial stress. But legal and antitrust implications inherent to mergers and consolidations can be expensive and disruptive, experts say. This article outlines some legal pitfalls and offers steps physicians can take to avoid them. American Medical News (free content) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Health Quality & Advocacy 
 
  • State medical boards consider clamping down on medi-spas
    Many laws regulating the practice of medicine are out of date, leaving a gap in oversight of outpatient surgery clinics and medi-spas, experts say. Inadequately trained doctors and unlicensed practitioners have left some patients permanently disfigured, disabled or dead. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities is pushing states to increase oversight and regulation. Meanwhile, patients should check doctors' credentials and facilities' certifications before undergoing cosmetic procedures. USA Today (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Research & Technology 
  • Bovine scaffold helps heal difficult wounds in study
    More than 75% of the chronic or deep wounds debrided and treated with an acellular bovine dermal repair scaffold healed successfully, according to a retrospective review of 83 wounds. Nearly 64% reepithelialized, and 12% were closed with a skin graft. Some of the wounds involved exposed tendons and bone. Causes included pressure ulcers, trauma and diabetes. Medscape (free registration) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Ethicon unit's surgical sealant patch gains FDA approval
    The FDA has granted Ethicon Biosurgery, an Ethicon unit, approval for its EVARREST system designed to help control problematic, surgery-related bleeding. The fibrin sealant patch, which is used with manual compression, has been approved as an ancillary tool to hemostasis for soft tissue bleeding in patients undergoing pelvic surgery and other procedures. BeckersASC.com (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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