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Novel Non-Surgical Temporary Balloon Device Approved for Obesity Treatment
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted approval for the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System (ReShape Dual Balloon) to treat obese adults without the need for invasive surgery.
Americans undergo approximately 90,0000 ventral hernia repairs annually. Those who contract methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections face a difficult course, and clinicians often struggle to eradicate this tenacious infection.
The latest research has confirmed bariatric surgery or lifestyle modifications could significantly diminish levels of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in obese patients.
Does timing really make an impact when it comes to treating back pain? A new study weighed in on the importance early initiation of therapy in this patient population.
Telemedicine has brought up the issue of whether some visits could be better achieved by an in-person visit or a tele-visit. However, when it comes to unnecessary visits, the best option is eliminating them altogether.
An EHR executive says the healthcare industry needs will have its "own Internet" within the next five years. That story tops this week’s PMD Critical List. Also on the List: Concerns that physicians are failing to adequately advise new mothers and a new CDC report which finds a small percentage of physicians are largely responsible for the overabundance of antibiotic prescriptions.
Healthcare personnel are increasingly dependent on smart phones and other mobile devices. Yet, bringing a smartphone into the operating room can lead to myriad problems. What to do?

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