Robotic thoracic surgery associated with less pain

A recent article reports a small cohort of patients who underwent robotic thoracic surgery has decreased LOS, chest tube usage, and post-op pain compared to open thoracotomy. Is robotic surgery the way of the future? http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/151917/robotic-surgery/shorter-hospital-stays-robotic-thoracic-surgery

Robotic thoracic surgery associated with less pain

A recent article reports a small cohort of patients who underwent robotic thoracic surgery has decreased LOS, chest tube usage, and post-op pain compared to open thoracotomy. Is robotic surgery the way of the future? http://www.mdedge.com/acssurgerynews/article/151917/robotic-surgery/shorter-hospital-stays-robotic-thoracic-surgery

New device shows promise for treating opioid withdrawal symptoms

This week, the FDA approved a wearable device that could reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms by up to 84.6%.  The NSS-2 BRIDGE device’s microneedle arrays target the user’s cranial nerves to provide relief in as little as 60 minutes. Full article: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171116006111/en/FDA-Clearance-Breakthrough-Opioid-Addiction-Withdrawal-Treatment/

New device shows promise for treating opioid withdrawal symptoms

This week, the FDA approved a wearable device that could reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms by up to 84.6%.  The NSS-2 BRIDGE device’s microneedle arrays target the user’s cranial nerves to provide relief in as little as 60 minutes. Full article: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171116006111/en/FDA-Clearance-Breakthrough-Opioid-Addiction-Withdrawal-Treatment/

Coming to a hospital near you: Gene editing

Gene therapy has long been studied as a potential treatment for many previously incurable diseases.  For the first time, a patient at UCSF this week received an infusion of corrective genetic material designed to cure Hunter syndrome. Full article: https://apnews.com/4ae98919b52e43d8a8960e0e260feb0a/AP-Exclusive:-US-scientists-try-1st-gene-editing-in-the-body

Coming to a hospital near you: Gene editing

Gene therapy has long been studied as a potential treatment for many previously incurable diseases.  For the first time, a patient at UCSF this week received an infusion of corrective genetic material designed to cure Hunter syndrome. Full article: https://apnews.com/4ae98919b52e43d8a8960e0e260feb0a/AP-Exclusive:-US-scientists-try-1st-gene-editing-in-the-body

Access to Technology Drastically Impacts Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates

This article discusses the available technology in the high-morbidity and high-mortality areas of Africa and Asia for maternal and infant outcomes. Predictably, the accessibility of childbirth-related health technology plays a role in avoidable maternal and newborn harm. Full Article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3637084/

Access to Technology Drastically Impacts Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates

This article discusses the available technology in the high-morbidity and high-mortality areas of Africa and Asia for maternal and infant outcomes. Predictably, the accessibility of childbirth-related health technology plays a role in avoidable maternal and newborn harm. Full Article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3637084/

Is your BP too high?

New guidelines from the American Heart Association redefined hypertension as a blood pressure of 130/80 rather than 140/90. Is your BP high? Read more here. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/11/13/blood-pressure-of-130-is-the-new-high-according-to-first-update-of-guidelines-in-14-years/?utm_term=.a6f4cb56ec3a  

Is your BP too high?

New guidelines from the American Heart Association redefined hypertension as a blood pressure of 130/80 rather than 140/90. Is your BP high? Read more here. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/11/13/blood-pressure-of-130-is-the-new-high-according-to-first-update-of-guidelines-in-14-years/?utm_term=.a6f4cb56ec3a  

Mobile Apps Provide Support to Underserved Rural Communities

Mobile apps for rural underserved communities in developing nations can play a pivotal role in maternal health and education in both the prenatal and postnatal period. The apps can also provide instruction to health care providers in circumstances with maternal

Mobile Apps Provide Support to Underserved Rural Communities

Mobile apps for rural underserved communities in developing nations can play a pivotal role in maternal health and education in both the prenatal and postnatal period. The apps can also provide instruction to health care providers in circumstances with maternal

Video Recording in the Operating Room

With recent stories of patients secretly recording what is said in the operating room while they are under anesthesia, should we consider adding standard video recording to every operating room? This excerpt from a Harvard patient safety conference discusses the

Video Recording in the Operating Room

With recent stories of patients secretly recording what is said in the operating room while they are under anesthesia, should we consider adding standard video recording to every operating room? This excerpt from a Harvard patient safety conference discusses the