Richard R. Kerr
New device streamlines PCNL procedures
Cook Medical has introduced LithAssist, a new device aimed at simplifying percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) procedures.
Robotic surgery complications may be under-reported
The current system of reporting complications paints an unclear picture of the safety of robotic surgery, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, who suggest that robot-related complications may be under-reported.
Catheter-associated UTI cost estimate: $896 per case
Total annual costs for major health care-associated infections (HAIs) were estimated at $9.8 billion in a recent study, with catheter-associated urinary tract infections representing <1% of that amount.
New consensus: PSA cuts PCa deaths in men 50-69
For men aged 50–69 years, PSA testing reduces prostate cancer-specific mortality and the incidence of metastatic disease, according to a new multinational consensus statement on early detection of prostate cancer, which also calls for prostate cancer diagnosis to be unlinked from treatment for the disease.
UK experience with NPs may be harbinger for U.S. urology
If the urologist shortage reaches a critical stage in the United States as many predict, the United Kingdom may offer a glimpse of what the future holds. Urologists in that country rely heavily on nurse practitioners to shoulder the workload, including performing the UK’s most commonly performed urologic procedure, flexible cystoscopy.
Urologist shortage or identity crisis?
Hitting all the highlights of an event as large as the AUA annual meeting is nearly impossible. But since returning home from San Diego, three topics have stuck with me as especially relevant.
Like it or not, urology is a business
Sifting through the data that came out of Urology Times' recently released "State of the Specialty" survey, it's clear that the issues most concerning to urologists relate to the business side of practicing medicine.
An enhanced content strategy for 2008
As we welcome the New Year, I would like to take this opportunity to announce an important editorial initiative from Advanstar Communications, the company that publishes both Contemporary Urology and Urology Times.

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