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Cara Livernois
News Writer
As a News Writer at TriMed Media Group, Cara covers breaking news across several facets of the healthcare industry for all of TriMed's brands.

Practicing complex surgical procedures on cadavers can be expensive. In an article in Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, researchers outlined an improved method of practice for surgeons by combining 3D printing with special effects.

Scientists at the University of Leuven in Belgium have gained a new view into the complex workings of the uterus using 3D endometrial cultures grown in a laboratory dish. An article published in Development describes how a lab-grown endometrial organoid improved understanding of uterine diseases.

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CMS has proposed rules in updating the reporting of clinical quality measures (CQMs) and Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. CMS has also released a request for information regarding the newly proposed rules.

Cost efficiency is a major concern for any healthcare provider, always searching for a more affordable, effective method of treatment. Medicaid has not been able to cash in the savings after reported having lost out on $1 billion in saving on prescriptions if cannabis were legalized. 

Rates of chronic conditions across populations are key data points in improving people health. While electronic health records (EHRs) are able to offer real-time standardization of health information, chronic disease surveillance is low. A study, published by eGEMs, reports how the New York City (NYC) Macroscope could improve the status quo.

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Respiratory virus infections commonly lead to hospital admissions, costing health systems time and resources. A recent study, published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine, examined how point-of-care testing (POCT) for respiratory infections can reduce unnecessary antibiotic use and length of stay while improving detection and treatment.

Central line infections in pediatric cancer patients pose life-threatening risks. A study, published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, reviewed how providing parents with simulation training can help prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs).

Leica Microsystems, developers of microscopes capable of viewing microstructures and nanostructures, has introduced its augmented reality imaging technologies for surgical microscopes at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting 2017. The GLOW800 supports surgeons in making decisions and teaching students on complex neurosurgical procedures.

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Falls by elderly individuals oftentimes result in hospitalization—and a lack of methods to predict balance impairment doesn’t help. A study, published in Scientific Reports, found the use of virtual reality (VR) can identify imbalance in patients and prevent falls.

In complex surgical cases, planning ahead could mean the difference between success and failure. A recent study in Neuromodulation utilized 3D models as a way of allowing surgeons to practice on a patient with a previously untreated spinal condition.