Misc. Surgery News

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10/3/2008
Gestational Diabetes Risk Higher for Asian-White Couples

Pelvic size may also play role in further chance of Caesarean delivery, study finds

10/3/2008
Extended Work Absences May Signal Risk of Death

Problems tied to surgery or circulatory or psychiatric troubles a red flag, study suggests

10/3/2008
Gradual Exercise Best After Joint Replacement

Trying to get back in the game too soon can undo benefits of surgery, study says

10/1/2008
Beta Blockers May Cut Mortality in COPD Patients After Surgery

Preoperative use was well-tolerated without adverse respiratory effects, study finds

9/29/2008
Heart Pump Helps Children Waiting for Transplant

Device approved in Europe, still in clinical trials in U.S.

9/29/2008
Seniors in Poor Areas More Likely to Die After Surgery

Study raises questions about disparities in outcomes, but offers no concrete answers

9/25/2008
Surgery May Not Help Most People With Narrowed Brain Artery

Intensive medical treatment can prevent stroke, study says

9/25/2008
Surgery Unneeded in Most Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis Cases

Study says drug therapy better option for 95% of patients, since stroke risk is low

9/24/2008
Drug Coated Stents Better After Heart Attack

Death rate lower than for bare-metal devices, study shows

9/22/2008
Cholesterol Drugs May Raise Post-Op Delirium Risk

Patients on statin medications 30% more likely to experience trouble, study finds

9/21/2008
Breast Cancer Survivors Report High Quality of Life After Treatment

Even 15 years after lumpectomy, radiation, less than 5% complain of pain, survey finds

9/19/2008
Health Tip: Is LASIK Right for You?

Guidelines for the ideal candidate

9/17/2008
New Noninvasive Device Could Control Diabetes

Intestinal liner leads to significant drops in blood sugar levels, researcher says

9/16/2008
Researchers Suppress 'Hunger Hormone'

Minimally invasive procedure in pigs produced effect similar to bariatric surgery

9/15/2008
Diabetics Less Likely to Lose Weight After Gastric Bypass

Study finds change in med use, improper stomach pouch size are likely causes

9/12/2008
Bye, Bye Back Fat?

Technique removes loose skin, but downside is scar hidden under the bra line, expert says

9/12/2008
Weight-Loss Surgery Weighed as Diabetes Rx

Studies show it works but cost, long-term effectiveness unclear

9/10/2008
Surgery for Knee Osteoarthritis No Better Than Therapy, Meds

Study found results for both were same 2 years later

9/10/2008
Special Dyes and Lighting Kill MRSA, Research Shows

But new technologies don't replace basic infection control procedures, expert says

9/6/2008
2 Techniques Found Effective in Carotid Artery Narrowing

Angioplasty with stenting and endarterectomy successful in preventing ipsilateral stroke

9/5/2008
Health Tip: Healing After a C-Section

Activities that should be avoided

9/3/2008
Defibrillators Don't Diminish Quality of Life

But the shocks they produce can signal danger, researchers say

8/29/2008
Cataracts World's Leading Cause of Vision Loss

Age a key factor, but group cites other risks during August disease awareness month

8/28/2008
Bunion Surgery Patients Need 6 Weeks Before Driving

Study finds reaction, brake response times were better than they had been before procedure

8/27/2008
Angioplasty Scoring System Predicts Risk of Death

Clinicians use 7 simple variables to gauge in-hospital mortality after coronary intervention

8/25/2008
Finding May Allow Some Women to Stop Blood Thinners

It details risk factors for recurrent blood clots

8/25/2008
Taking Codeine While Breast-Feeding May Harm Infant

Nervous systems of babies of women with certain genotype more affected, study finds

8/22/2008
Smokers More Likely to Bleed After Throat Surgery

Understanding link may help doctors better counsel patients before operations

8/22/2008
Gastric Band Weight-Loss Surgery Can Boost Reflux

Obese patients with GERD may choose gastric bypass instead, experts say

8/21/2008
Face Transplants Show Promising Results

2 cases demonstrate efficacy of surgery, but tissue rejection must be monitored, reports say

8/21/2008
Drug Stops Bone Loss From Breast Cancer Chemo

Zoledronic acid stabilized mineral density in premenopausal women, study finds

8/19/2008
Imaging System Lets Doctors 'See' Cancer During Surgery

Fluorescent dyes light up diseased tissue on video monitors, helping spare healthy cells

8/19/2008
Reaching the Heart Through the Wrist

Though procedure is used less often, it reduces bleeding problems, study finds

8/18/2008
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery

It appears to act as 'sham feeding' that stimulates digestive nerves, U.K. study suggests

8/18/2008
A Hope: Contaminant-Free Synthetic Heparin

Team of chemists makes blood thinner in lab, but hopes for large-scale production

8/15/2008
Older Adults Reluctant to Question Surgical Treatment

They only raised about half their concerns, so doctors should listen carefully, study says

8/12/2008
Post-Surgical Epidural May Boost Survival

New study supports the safety and effectiveness of the spinal shot

8/12/2008
Surgery Helps With Prostate Cancer, Sometimes

New study fails to settle question about best treatment for the disease

8/12/2008
Health Tip: Prepare Yourself for Surgery

Be mentally and physically ready

8/8/2008
New Technique Removes Gallbladder Without External Incisions

Endoscope was inserted through 1-inch cut behind uterus and into woman's body cavity

8/6/2008
GI Bleeding After Stroke Raises Death Risk

Triples mortality rate while still in hospital, study finds

7/31/2008
Eradicating Gut Bacteria Improves Stomach Cancer Outcomes

Removing H. pylori left patients two-thirds less likely to suffer recurrence

7/31/2008
Researchers Test New Source for Blood Platelets

Japanese study in mice generates viable particles from embryonic stem cell lines

7/30/2008
New Treatment Lessens Heart Attack Damage

Transplant drug cyclosporine limits injury from blood rushing back to heart, researchers say

7/28/2008
Surgical Errors Cost Almost $1.5B a Year

Insurers paid thousands more per patient for avoidable mistakes, U.S. study finds

7/25/2008
Warm-Up Reduces ACL Injury in Female Soccer Players

Program of stretching, strengthening and agility drills cut knee ligament damage, U.S. report says

7/23/2008
Simple Procedure Improves Male Fertility

Correcting varicose veins in scrotum boosts sperm count, motility, study finds

7/23/2008
Alcohol Use Frequently Overlooked Before Surgery

Patients with a problem 3 to 4 times more likely to face complications, study says

7/22/2008
More Cancer Lymph Nodes Analyzed at Specialty Centers

If too few are tested, patient's treatment and prognosis may be affected, study says

7/21/2008
Lung Cancer Trial Targets Asbestos-Related Disease

Chemo-radiation therapy looks to kill cells on organ's surface, spare surrounding tissue