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The combination of CT imaging and 3D printing is allowing surgeons at Children’s National Medical Center to create models of patient’s organs, which are then used to prepare for procedures. Read more at the link below.

Choosing the right medical technology is a major undertaking for hospitals and health systems. In the short clip below, the ECRI Institute suggests several questions that must be asked when considering new technology.

The answer, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek article, is a resounding yes. Writer Charles Kenny argues that the path to improved health lies in keeping patients out of doctors’ offices and bolsters his assertion with some fairly compelling insights.

As organizations continue to debate the optimal recommendations for mammogram screening guidelines, it is easy for certain myths to take root in the public consciousness.

Support groups for patients with chronic conditions have been popular for years. The 21st century version of this phenomenon is moving online, where social media is connecting networks of patients so they can offer support and advice to one another.

It’s often said that the healthcare system in the U.S. is “broken.” But how exactly is it broken?

The non-standard approach to imaging reports no longer meets the needs of referring physicians, according to an editorial published in the May issue of General Surgery News. The editorialist called on professional societies and radiologists to follow in pathology’s footsteps and develop a synoptic approach to reporting. Read more at the link below.

Baxter announced results of its Phase III clinical study of immunoglobulin (IG). In the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center trial, IG did not meet its co-primary endpoints of reducing cognitive decline and preserving functional abilities in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease after 18 months of treatment. Given the findings, Baxter said it will re-evaluate its approach for its Alzheimer’s program.

As healthcare reform expands access to care, 30 million people will become covered by 2014, requiring more resources for primary health care training, according to a report from American Medical News.

Actor Alan Alda, famous for his timeless role as Hawkeye Pierce, MD, offered physicians and scientists a bitter pill. Plain language, says the former host of the PBS series "Scientific American Frontiers," will go far in advancing science and medicine. Alda’s latest gig is a founder and visiting professor of journalism at the Stony Brook University Center for Communicating Science, recently renamed it the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

Headlines about the sequester budget cuts over the last week have focused on airline delays and Federal Aviation Administration furloughs, but the impact of the cuts could be taking a much graver toll on Medicare patients with cancer.

The lay media often cast the screening mammo debate in black and white terms. It’s a disservice; breast imagers and physicians realize the issues are far more nuanced. Women’s right to screening is a highly emotionally charged issue, further complicating physicians’ attempts to educate women and often derailing stakeholders’ calls for targeted screening. Peggy Orenstein completed an incredibly detailed review of the risks and benefits of screening and treatment and the role of nonprofit marketing in an article published April 26 in The New York Times magazine. Check it out, and please consider sharing it.