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  • Writer's pictureDr. Troy Miles

5 on Friday: The Week's Best Health News

If you have recommendations for articles I should include in next week's roundup, let me know. You can reach me on Twitter at @TAMiles.

Doctors and nurses make the best administrators.

Healthcare administration is a hot topic right now, and Dr. Suneel Dhand has a strong opinion about who makes the best hospital administrators. The internal medicine physician says he's noticed that the most inspirational administrators and the most respected administrators tend to be physicians or nurses who also happen to be working on the front lines of medicine. Does this line up with what you've experienced?

Ever wonder what surgeons listen to in the OR?

Surgeons are people, too, and it turns out we all have different tastes in music. Over at QUARTZ, reporter Katherine Ellen Foley gathered the data and discovered that 53% to 72% of operating rooms play music. (To be honest, I thought that figure would be higher.) The practice has been going on since 1914, when physicians discovered that music in the operating room helped ease patients going under anesthesia.

3D printers are being used to make prosthetic bones.

The number of uses for 3D printers is incredible. One of the greatest innovations I've seen lately is the use of 3D printing to repair bones damaged by cancer. Multiple patients at the National Institute of Rome Tumori Regina Elena in Italy have received 3D printed titanium implants. I hope that we can continue following these patients, and that this advancement is just a jumping off point for continued research in the field.

Wearable airbags for seniors.

This is another article that falls into the realm of e-health. A company called ActiveProtective has come up with a belt that automatically inflates airbags over the hip when sensors detect a fall. The hope is that so-called "wearable airbags" could help seniors live independently for a longer period of time. I'd have to learn more before giving this device any seal of approval, but I certainly see this as an interesting avenue for medical device firms to explore.

All the right questions to ask before surgery.

This article from the AAOS has been around for some time, but I always like directing patients to it as they educate themselves on hip replacement or knee replacement surgery. The AAOS website is a treasure trove, with all kinds of information about preparing for a variety of orthopaedic surgeries in Redding and beyond. I highly recommend taking a look at this checklist as you prepare your questions to ask before surgery.

Did you like one of these articles? Do you have any others to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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