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Major Study Shows Dissatisfaction Following Robotic Prostatectomy

Major Study Shows Dissatisfaction Following Robotic Prostatectomy

A major study of patient satisfaction and regret following open prostatectomy and robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy provides some important lessons for surgeons.*
The research, recently published in the European Journal of Urology, shows 19 per cent of patients regretted their treatment choice and patients who had robot-assisted surgery were most likely to be dissatisfied.

The authors suggest the regret is “possibly because of higher expectation of an ‘innovative procedure'”.

Their conclusion is one for all urological surgeons to note. “We suggest that urologists carefully portray the risks and benefits of new technologies during preoperative counselling to minimise regret and maximise satisfaction.”

In recent years, the treatment of prostate cancer has been a rapidly developing field, providing patients with a wide range of different choices.

Brachytherapy and HIFU offer non-surgical options and for those who want surgery, there are open, laparoscopic and nerve-sparring options, depending upon your diagnosis and treatment provider.

At the same time, patients are becoming increasingly proactive, using the internet to research and consider the different options themselves, as well as the traditional consultation with the urologist.

Increased choice is without doubt a positive benefit for patients, but as urology centres – both private and NHS – seek to attract patients, we have a responsibility to carefully counsel them about the advantages and disadvantages of treatments.
There is a distinctive risk when a procedure is perceived to be new and especially “innovative”. The media will always be interested in the next “pioneering operation”, particularly one which involves robots.

A newspaper article will tend to portray the new procedure as an immaculate solution, which corrects all the risk and disadvantages of other procedures.
As surgeons, we have a responsibility to provide patients with a more sober and informative picture, acknowledging limitations as well as benefits.

The patient satisfaction study was based on the responses of 400 men who had undergone retropubic radical prostatectomy (RRP) or robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy between 2000 and 2007 in the US.

The report’s authors also examined patients urinary domain scores, hormonal domain scores and found scores were independently linked with regret.

It is still early days for robotic surgery in the UK. In prostate cancer surgery, there are currently six Da Vinci robotic machines in the UK, compared with 350 in America.

There is no current evidence that robotic surgery provides better outcomes for patients, in terms of urinary symptoms, post operative sexual function or post-operative risks and complications.
It seems certain that robotic surgery will increase within the UK during the next decade, with NHS and private centres purchasing the Da Vinci machines.

This will provide even more choice for patients, which is in principle, a positive development.

It is however vital that patients are given accurate and comprehensive information to enable them to make an informed choice, rather than simply being over-sold a new product.

The California Civil Service Exam Study Secrets

The California Civil Service Exam Study Secrets

If you are sitting for the California Civil Service Exam, you most likely have a particular job that you are interested in. There is nothing more important than properly preparing for a test when a job is on the line. Therefore, you should take the time to study for the test. Studying will help to ensure that you will be the one selected for employment and not someone else.

There are several secrets to helping pass the exam. By knowing and understanding what you need to do in order to get a high score, you will be a step above the others sitting for the exam.

First, make sure you know what you will be tested on. You might be surprised at the number of people that just show up to take an exam that they know nothing about. Many are just too lazy to try to figure out what they will be tested on. You should check the agency website and see if they have the subject areas on the exam listed. If not, give them a call and ask. This will help you to focus on what you should study instead of wasting time studying for things that wont be on your test.

Secondly, setup a study plan. Figure out how much time you will need for each area and spread it out over that time. Dont try to cram for the test the night before. Youll be much better off giving yourself a few weeks if at all possible.

Third, take a practice test similar to the California Civil Service Exam. Figure out what are your strong and weak areas and then spend more time studying the areas that you didnt do so well on. Track your progress. This will help you to increase your overall score.

Geometry Study Tips

Geometry Study Tips

Geometry is the study of figures. We can segregate geometry into three parts – plane geometry, solid geometry, and spherical geometry. Plane geometry deals with objects like the point, line, circle, triangle, and polygon. Solid geometry deals with objects like the line, sphere, and polyhedron. Spherical geometry deals with objects like the spherical triangle and spherical polygon.

Starting with a few accepted truths (axioms and postulates), it builds up true statements by using a systematic step-by-step proof.

When students start studying geometry, at first they find it difficult because this is the first time they are learning the subject and they need to prove their answers. But just like all other subjects, when they learn it with patience and perseverance, they are able to master the subject.

Study Tips for Geometry

It has some accepted truths (axioms and postulates), so make sure you know them. Learn them thoroughly. Based on these axioms you will be proving many other theories.

Know all the geometry terms. To study geometry you must be familiar with its terminology. If you don’t know a term, don’t ignore it, look for its meaning and understand it.

Understand all the figures, and don’t just look at them and try to understand them. Always learn them by drawing them.

Make flashcards to remember formulas. Because during exams you should be very familiar with them.

Pay attention in the classroom. Try to understand as much as you can. Raise questions if you don’t understand anything. Asking questions increases understanding of the subject.

Don’t just complete your homework by copying it from someone, do it on your own by understanding it. It may take time, but you will understand everything and this will help you in the exams.

Problem solving is the key to learning mathematics so solve as many problems as you can. If you are not able to solve a problem, take it as a challenge and try to solve it.

Study in groups, it increases confidence levels. It also makes learning interesting.

Follow all these steps to ace geometry. If you still find it difficult and classroom geometry tutoring is not helping you, then look for online resources to get help with geometry. There are many online geometry help websites which provide study material, solved problems, unsolved problems, and geometry tutors too. You can download unsolved problems and practice them. You can also contact an online tutor if you are not able to understand the concepts. An online tutor will not only teach you but also provide you with geometry homework help.

Why free education is a must

Why free education is a must

In a developing nation like India with over a billion populations, it is important to have facility which provides free education to poor children. Even the economy is growing fast, though sometimes the markets get into bullish mode, but overall its every where declared that India is the future global leader, a thing that makes every Indian feel proud. But if some one cares to look around, then one grows a little skeptic about the development one gets to hear of. You can notice lots of poor people around who are not getting those basic facilities that we usually take for granted. The condition that strikes terror in anyones heart are the poor children of these poor people whose future as well as the present is so dark.

With no financial support or a proper place to live, without the guarantee of three time food, they have to start working at a very early age, when they should have been in some school. Those who are not working or begging for living are left for the day by their parents in the street to fend for themselves. Their parents too dont have an option other than these. Sending to school to receive the primary education is adopted by few parents, but most of them ignore this and put their kids to work some where. Life has not allowed these children to have a choice to choose the way of education. But does that mean those of us who have given the opportunity to help someone turn a blind eye on this problem saying that its not our headache to provide for others who are less fortunate than us. Its the work of the state administration. After all we dream of making this world a better place to live. So, start lending help in achieving that target.

To start with, it would be better if we start concentrating towards providing free education to those who cannot afford it. Setting up education societies would be a very good idea where poor children will be provided with free education and other facilities like medical facilities, sports kits, stationery and clothing kits for free which lead to an all round development of the children.

Whether you are living in India or abroad, your contribution in some good and dedicated charitable organization working for providing free education would bring cheers in the life of lots of little children who would be living a miserable life other wise. Guru Nanak Garib Niwaj Education Society is founded by Baba Amar Singh Ji is working towards this goal.

How To Choose Desk And Study Lamps

How To Choose Desk And Study Lamps

Buying desk or study lamps can be almost as personal as choosing a pair of glasses. This is because of all of the lamps that you could possibly purchase these lamps must be easy on your eyes. Your ideal type of desk lamp would be dependent on the condition of your eyes as well as your study or reading habits.

As you might notice, many study lamps and desk lamps on the market have halogen bulbs fitted in them. But halogen bulbs, which are one of the brightest bulbs around, are not the most suitable type of light for everyone. For one thing halogen bulbs are so bright that they can cause contrast and glare to be a problem when you are studying print. You might even see spots of green and red if the glare on the page highlights too much contrast. This is not good for your retinas over the long term and subjecting yourself to this type of eye strain could cut your study time in half. Also some people find that the halogen lamp has a subtle, barely discernible flicker that also strains the eyes.

Yet another problem with study lamps that have the halogen bulbs is that the light is very concentrated and is only really good for shining on one page of a book and not necessarily the contents of your entire desk. But the supporters of halogen lamp cite the advantage that these lamps provides in facilitating focus on reading area while visually blacking out other areas that might distract.

If you find that the glare of halogen bulbs is hard on your eyes then there are thousands of study and desk lamps on the market that take ordinary incandescent bulbs, or energy saving bulbs. If you like a really bright light when you study but don’t like halogen bulbs, you can also try using a full spectrum of light bulb in your desk or study lamp. That way you get the brightness of daylight without the headaches that can be caused by halogen light.

Desk and study lamps with regular bulbs are also available in numerous styles. The design element that seems to mostly define a study lamp or desk lamp is the bendable neck or adjustable arm that is usually made out of plastic or metal. This helps you focus the light where you need it most, however unlike halogen lamps, these more old fashioned lamps also have a bit of a soft glow that helps light up the rest of the room.

Not all desk lamps or study lamps have adjustable arms. A commonly found traditional style that is available in almost every lighting or hardware store has a squat, curved neck. Usually an oblong shade, made of brass or green glass, sheds light on the surface of the desk. This type of study or desk lamp is reminiscent of something that belongs in crime writer Raymond Chandler’s office and definitely has a classic air about it.

Practical Guide On Adult Education

Practical Guide On Adult Education

There are some learning programs in which matured people can participate. These programs, regardless of your creed in life, are particularly helpful if you have had quite some crisis with education growing up. Take your time to pick a course that you love and enjoy; you will be the better for it.

Adult education is a kind of program in which the student populace gets to dictate what gives. If they are not ok with a certain part or portion of the agenda they can opt to change it. Sure students in other programs can do similar things, but not quite in the same league.

Countless matured people dont want to go back to school. Its like that because they feel too old for it, and besides they have way too many functions. Well, I think you are not being very responsible if you pass up the chance to improve your chances of a better lot in life.

To candidates who hold a university degree, there are few professions that are inconceivable. Some of them still aspire for bigger jobs and do not mind going further in their studies. Although they may have gotten past the normal age for it, they go on still. Thats the spirit that anyone should have who is really serious about moving up in life.

Any kind of schooling you have to do after you have become an adult is adult education. Don’t ever let anybody tell you different. And if there are people around you who have done it before or are still doing it, so can you. And why not? It only makes you better, doesn’t it?

It could be any degree that you want. Having missed out on education when you were yet young, still doing school might not look like a good option. But, there are so quite a lot of adult education programs around, it would spin you in the head just thinking of it. You dont have to give up on your dreams, thanks to adult education.

It could be any degree that you want. Having missed out on education when you were yet young, still doing school might not look like a good option. But, there are so quite a lot of adult education programs around, it would spin you in the head just thinking of it. You don’t have to give up on your dreams, thanks to adult education.

Whether your education stopped at that time when you were younger, you can pick up from there now that you are older. Several institutions specialize in training matured people with skills and other such interests. So your business is merely to find the institution that offers what you want and enroll provided you can pay the fees.

Education Partnerships Award Grants Totaling Over $225,000

Education Partnerships Award Grants Totaling Over $225,000

January 3, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Houston, TX January 3, 2012 The National Education Alliance has partnered with corporations nationwide. By partnering with these companies the National Education Alliance is able to provide employees with very beneficial educational grants. By working together with these groups, the National Education Alliance seeks to establish programs that meet the diverse needs of adult learners of all levels. The National Education Alliance works with each corporation to create a custom educational benefit program that best fits the needs of their employees. In 2010 and 2011, the National Education Alliance has awarded 243 grants to employees of corporate partners totaling $226,914.
Numerous corporations and businesses have chosen to take part in the opportunity to provide their employees with the benefits negotiated by the National Education Alliance. By partnering with the National Education Alliance, employees are eligible to receive:
Tuition discounts from prominent universities, colleges, and education service providers.
Grants and scholarships sponsored by the National Education Alliance and its affiliates.
Access to innovative educational programs that meet the needs of working adults.
Opportunity to participate in approved workforce development programs.
This initiative is part of a broader effort to support the career ladder of employees and elevate the employees voice and contribution in their industry. Online distance learning classes will give the flexibility employees need to complete programs while working full-time, allowing them to advance their careers while earning full-time wages.
“The National Education Alliance is a growing network providing robust learning experiences through multiple venues that allows the student to benefit from a multi-faceted learning experience. We are honored to collaborate with corporations that put focus on the future of their employees,” says Shara Wright, President of the National Education Alliance.

About The National Education Alliance
The National Education Alliance is an advocacy group for adult learners that is committed to providing individuals with the opportunity to pursue their education in the most affordable fashion. By collaborating with institutions of higher learning, employers, professional associations and sponsors, the Alliance seeks to establish programs and negotiate discounts on college tuition to meet the diverse needs of adult learners.

Contact:
National Education Alliance
Shara Wright, President
800.230.7565 x1400

www.NationalEducationAlliance.com

Maori Education The Path to Our Future

Maori Education The Path to Our Future

Figures recently released by the Ministry of Education show that there has been a steady growth in Maori tertiary enrolments. However, although there has been growth in enrolment figures, this growth has been attributed primarily to growth in attendance at Wananga and educational institutes that empower Maori to embrace not only the learning of their history and culture, but teach mainstream educational courses in a manner that appeals to the style and formality of the Maori culture itself.

However, the figures also indicate that Maori are less likely to enrol in tertiary education facilities during the core tertiary ages of 18 to 24. According to the University of Waikato, a number of factors have been identified as affecting the successful participation of Maori students in tertiary education. These include the transition and adaption to unfamiliar environments and learning procedures, inappropriate support systems, financial barriers and a lack of social and academic support. A number of studies have highlighted the high number of students who are first generation participants in tertiary education, for whom adjusting to the practices and rules of a new environment without the support of whanau (family) is difficult.

Nonetheless, the emerging signs and trends of increasing Maori participation in tertiary education institutes are encouraging. Further research into the role of Maori education has highlighted the need to tailor the learning style, experience and environment to suit the aspirations of the Maori culture and the value of the whanau.

According to a review of Maori education conducted by MAI in 2007, the further education of the individuals, both young and old, is essential for the continued development and future prosperity of Maori and the culture. With a better educated population base, the review proposes that Maori will be better able to determine their own futures and prosper, both economically and socially. Marginal educational records and enrolments affect the future prospects of the individual and the whanau. However, several initiatives are proving very successful in respect to enrolment and completion rate of Maori students. These include empowering Maori in the community to take on leading roles in education institutions, developing role models that young Maori aspire to replicate.

Leading tertiary providers in New Zealand have realised these facts and have created tertiary environments that not only cater for the general public, but provide specific learning styles, teachings and learning environments that are conducive to the continued promotion of Maori education. Those who are serious about Maori education have gone so far as to provide customary Maori buildings, such as the marae, which is not only the focus of the whanau, but learning and education. Plus some institutions provide a”Manaakitanga” programme designed to support students’ success in their studies.

How a Fat Camp can Provide Education and Support

How a Fat Camp can Provide Education and Support

Losing weight and gaining a healthy body is one of the most important things you could probably do, but you know it’s hard. You may have tried several options and still have not been able to achieve the results you want. The fact of the matter is that what works for some people just might not work for you. One option you may not have considered is to attend a Utah fat camp. Before you reject the idea, push aside your preconceived notions about attending fat camp. You need to consider the pros and the cons of the idea before you really you make a decision. Going to a camp in order to lose weight is a commitment, and that might be good for you, but it might not be. You just need to learn what these camps could provide for you.

Support

One of the best motivators to lose weight is knowing that you have support. Losing weight is just as emotional as it is physical-if you don’t have a good support group standing by your side, the process will be that much harder. A fat camp can provide support for you in this endeavor in a way that no other place can. Not only will you have counselors and teachers, you will also be surrounded by others who have the same goals that you do. Working toward the same ends as another person can create a great bond, and gives you common ground. Nothing works better to help you through the emotional struggle.

Education

Aside from support, another important factor that can greatly contribute to your ability to lose weight is knowledge. At a Utah fat camp, trainers and counselors can teach you how to lose weight as well as how to maintain these healthy habits when you leave. Without a good education, all the progress you could make will be lost. If you find that you need a better understanding on how to move forward, you might look into joining a camp nearby to help you.

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