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WVU researcher studies new treatment for pancreatic cancer
If the American Cancer Society's projections prove accurate, more people will die from pancreatic cancer than from breast, brain, ovarian or prostate cancer this year. (2019-06-14)
Rutgers scientist creates 'virtual biopsy' device to detect skin tumors
Using sound vibrations and pulses of near-infrared light, a Rutgers University scientist has developed a new 'virtual biopsy' device that can quickly determine a skin lesion's depth and potential malignancy without using a scalpel. (2019-06-13)
More men undergo plastic surgery as the daddy-do-over trend rises in popularity
Just as women can turn to a suite of procedures, known as the 'Mommy Makeover,' more men are embracing their own set of treatments, the 'Daddy Do-Over,' to boost their confidence and improve their physical appearance. (2019-06-12)
Inducing seizures to stop seizures
Surgery is the only way to stop seizures in 30 per cent of patients with focal drug-resistant epilepsy. (2019-06-11)
Heart valve procedure safe for patients with common heart defect
A new analysis conducted by investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute shows for the first time that patients with a common heart defect who undergo catheter-based valve replacement procedures have the same survival and complication rates as patients without the defect who undergo the same procedure. (2019-06-11)
Researchers develop tool to predict postoperative delirium severity
A new tool seeks to predict the severity of patients' postoperative delirium and help practitioners more effectively care for patients as they recover from elective surgery. (2019-06-11)
Weight-loss patients at higher risk of death from substance use disorders
The death rate from drug- and alcohol-related causes in people who've had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is nearly triple that of the general public. (2019-06-07)
Gall bladder removal may reduce stroke risk in patients with gallstones
Previous research indicates that gallstones are linked with an increased risk of stroke. (2019-06-05)
Does weight loss surgery help relieve acid reflux?
Individuals who are obese often experience heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux. (2019-06-05)
Biomarker predicts which pancreatic cysts may become cancerous
A multicenter team led by investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2019-06-05)
Children's brains reorganize after epilepsy surgery to retain visual perception
Children can keep full visual perception -- the ability to process and understand visual information -- after brain surgery for severe epilepsy, according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health. (2019-06-04)
Nationwide study finds breast cancer patients unaware of surgical options
The majority of women who underwent lumpectomy or mastectomy surgeries for breast cancer report that the scars from those surgeries negatively affect their daily lives. (2019-06-03)
High body fat (but not BMI itself) linked to four-fold increase in mortality risk after heart bypass surgery
New research presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia congress in Vienna, Austria (June 1-3, 2019) shows that mortality in patients who had undergone heart bypass surgery was over 4 times higher in individuals with a high body fat mass, while body mass index (BMI) by itself was not associated with an increase in mortality. (2019-06-02)
Blood transfusion during liver cancer surgery linked with higher risk of cancer recurrence and death
Receiving a blood transfusion during curative surgery for the most common type of liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) is associated with a much higher risk of cancer recurrence and dying prematurely, according to new research being presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia congress. (2019-06-02)
App helps improve pain control and reduce opiate use after surgery
Patients who underwent total knee replacement and used a smartphone app (PainCoach) at home after surgery consistently reduced opiate painkiller use and improved pain control, according to new research being presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia Congress (the annual meeting of the European Society of Anaesthesiology) in Vienna, Austria (June 1-3). (2019-06-01)
ASCO: Finally, a tool to predict response to chemotherapy before bladder cancer surgery
'The idea is that for any individual tumor, its gene expression could tell us whether the cancer will respond to a certain kind of chemotherapy,' says Thomas Flaig, MD. (2019-05-31)
Wrong side surgical errors substantially underreported and totally preventable
Performing a procedure on the wrong side of a patient's body, although rare, may be more common than generally thought. (2019-05-31)
International team identifies potential therapeutic target for sepsis
An international collaboration led by scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center has identified a potential new therapeutic target for sepsis. (2019-05-30)
NHS commissioners are ignoring guidelines by rationing cataract surgery
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England are ignoring clinical guidelines by rationing access to cataract surgery, The BMJ has found. (2019-05-29)
New evidence supports surgery for rare type of brain lymphoma
Through a systematic review of published studies going back 50 years, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have identified a distinct subtype of primary central nervous system (PCNS) lymphoma that should be considered for surgical removal, suggesting a major shift in how this type of tumor is evaluated and managed. (2019-05-28)
Signalling protein discovery may lead to drug-based therapies to treat hyperparathyroidism
Singapore researchers discover protein that protects parathyroid glands from excessive growth, suggesting potential drug-based strategies to treat hyperparathyroidism and other relevant tumours. (2019-05-28)
Bariatric surgery can be safe and effective for adolescents
Pediatricians are often reluctant to recommend bariatric surgery for teen-agers, but a Rutgers-led study concludes it is a justifiable treatment for adolescents with persistent extreme obesity if they can maintain a healthy lifestyle afterward. (2019-05-28)
Surgery patients are getting older every year
A new BJS (British Journal of Surgery) analysis reveals that people undergoing surgery in England are getting older at a faster rate than the general population. (2019-05-22)
What's the right amount of 'zapping' in epilepsy laser surgery?
A multicenter trial of minimally invasive laser surgery to treat epileptic seizures reveals approaches for better seizure control with fewer side effects. (2019-05-21)
Brain network activity can improve in epilepsy patients after surgery
Successful epilepsy surgery can improve brain connectivity similar to patterns seen in people without epilepsy, according to a new study published in the journal Neurosurgery. (2019-05-16)
Early weight-loss surgery may improve type 2 diabetes, blood pressure outcomes
Despite similar weight loss, teens who had gastric bypass surgery were significantly more likely to have remission of both type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, compared to adults who had the same procedure. (2019-05-16)
Stem cell scientists clear another hurdle in creating transplant arteries
Recent work highlights a better way to grow smooth muscle cells, one of the two cellular building blocks of arteries, from pluripotent stem cells. (2019-05-09)
New model improves staging and risk predictions for esophageal cancer patients
A new nomogram for assessing metastatic risk in esophageal cancer patients shows promise for more accurate risk-stratification, which is particularly relevant for stage T2 patients. (2019-05-06)
Trans-catheter aortic valve replacement can improve outcomes in low-risk surgical patients
A new study examines the effects of TAVR with a balloon-expandable valve for low-risk patients. (2019-05-06)
Tip sheet: Studies on opioid-prescribing practices
Although opioids play a key role in reducing pain when recovering from surgery, some patients transition to chronic users and become dependent on them. (2019-05-06)
Clinical trial shows promise for increasing lung transplant patients' life expectancy
A new study shows that a potential treatment for ischemia- reperfusion injury is safe for humans. (2019-05-05)
New technique for minimally invasive lung cancer surgery -- ultrasonic device safe, effective
According to a new study, an ultrasonic vessel-sealing device can improve patient outcomes by reducing the incidence of thoracotomy conversion for VATS/robotic anatomical lung resection. (2019-05-04)
Stephenson Cancer Center physician is senior author on major study
A gynecologic oncologist at the Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine was a national leader of a newly published research study that reveals good news for women with ovarian cancer -- longer survival times plus a treatment option that causes fewer difficult side effects. (2019-05-03)
Less-invasive mastectomy safe for more breast cancer patients, Mayo Clinic study finds
A less-invasive mastectomy that leaves the surface of the breast intact has become a safe option for more patients, including those whose breast cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes or who have risk factors for surgical complications, a Mayo Clinic study shows. (2019-05-02)
New approach to managing surgery will speed patient recovery but challenges current practices
A review in CMAJ challenges historical surgical practices that are not research-based, outlining a multidisciplinary approach called enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) that will help patients recover more quickly from surgery. (2019-04-29)
Radiotherapy doubles survival for patients with mesothelioma
Mesothelioma patients are twice as likely to survive for two years or longer, if they are treated with a high dose of radiation to the affected side of the trunk, according to research presented at the ESTRO 38 conference. (2019-04-28)
Women who have undergone weight-loss surgery may be at greater
Women who have undergone weight-loss surgery appear to be at higher risk of developing complications during pregnancy, and their babies seem more likely to be born prematurely, small for gestational age, have congenital anomalies and be admitted to intensive care, according to the most comprehensive assessment of how bariatric surgery affects pregnancy outcomes. (2019-04-27)
Vascular surgery after firearm injury associated with increased morbidity and mortality
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) found that among all hospitalizations that were due to firearm injury, patients who underwent surgical repair of their major blood vessels had the highest injury severity score (predictor of in-hospital death). (2019-04-25)
Imaging system helps surgeons remove tiny ovarian tumors
Researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a way to improve the accuracy of surgery to remove ovarian tumors. (2019-04-24)
Pre-op daily life disability may predict poor outcome after hip replacement
A new Johns Hopkins Medicine study looking at medical records of more than 43,000 US adults with hip-joint damaging osteoarthritis suggests that those who cannot perform daily activities independently before total hip replacement surgery are more likely to have poorer outcomes after surgery. (2019-04-23)
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