A doctor carries a transplant kidney during surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Keeping transplant livers on “life support” at body temperature preserves them better than the prevailing method of near-freezing, and could reduce the number of donor organs thrown away, a study said Wednesday. Currently most donor livers are stored in an […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with thinning of the calvaria and skull base, according to a study published online May 3 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Cyrus Rabbani, M.D., from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study of 1,012 patients who underwent a polysomnogram and had […]Continue Reading ...
Patients who used opioids daily prior to spine surgery had poorer outcomes such as longer hospital stays, higher disability and long-term opioid use, according to a new multicenter database study. Credit: iStock In a multicenter database study of adults who had undergone surgery for spinal deformities, researchers say that those who had used narcotics daily […]Continue Reading ...
France’s Franck Dufourmantelle was given less than a one-percent chance of survival after suffering burns to 95 percent of his body in a work accident. But he recovered thanks to skin grafts from his twin brother, Eric “Life”. For Franck Dufourmantelle the word tattooed on his charred arm in English was like “a nod from […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Music can reduce the anxiety and pain of invasive surgery, according to an analysis of all relevant randomized controlled trials published since 1980. Ninety-two trials with a total of 7385 patients were included in British Journal of Surgery analysis. Music interventions significantly decreased anxiety and pain compared with controls, equivalent to […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A Mayo Clinic study finds no evidence that children given anesthesia before their third birthdays have lower IQs than those who did not have it. A more complex picture emerges among people who had anesthesia several times as small children: Although their intelligence is comparable, they score modestly lower on tests […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—Bariatric surgery is associated with changes in relationship status, according to a study published online March 28 in JAMA Surgery. Gustave Bruze, Ph.D., from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and colleagues examined changes in relationship status after bariatric surgery in two cohorts: the prospective Swedish Obese Subjects (SOS) study, which included 1,958 patients who had […]Continue Reading ...
Produced by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and featuring a contribution from Dr Karen Hambly, a chartered physiotherapist and member of the University of Kent’s School of Sports and Exercise Sciences (SSES), the guidelines are intended to be used by orthopaedic physical therapists, academic instructors, clinical instructors, students and patients regarding the best current […]Continue Reading ...
A plastic surgery-themed magazine is displayed in a Brazil storefront. Credit: hollywoodsmile310, CC BY-NC-ND In the U.S., if you want a face lift or a tummy tuck, it’s generally assumed that you’ll be paying out of pocket. Insurance will tend to cover plastic surgery only when the surgery is deemed “medically necessary” and not merely […]Continue Reading ...
Good cosmetic results are an important factor—but not the only factor—differentiating positive versus negative reviews for plastic surgeons on Google, Yelp, and other online review sites, according to a special topic paper in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Factors such […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Surgeons progressively ‘warm-up’ as they repeat a procedure on their operating list, akin to the way athletes’ performance improves across a competition—according to new research. The authors of the study say surgeons should look at re-ordering their operating lists, starting their day with the simpler cases and building up to the […]Continue Reading ...
The researchers from left: Brant M. Wagener, Jean-Francois Pittet and Rakesh Patel. Credit: UAB Human blood from donors can be stored for use up to 42 days, and it is a mainstay therapy in transfusion medicine. However, recent studies looking back at patient records have shown that transfusion with older, stored blood is associated with […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—Knee replacement patients can continue to enjoy sports—such as skiing, tennis and dancing—without worrying that high-impact activities might compromise their new joint, a small, new study finds. The researchers tracked patients for between five and 15 years after knee replacement surgery, known as total knee arthroplasty. They found that sports participation had no significant impact […]Continue Reading ...
Cartilage template formation via engineered extracellular matrix Credit: Syam Nukavarapu/UConn A team of UConn Health researchers has designed a novel, hybrid hydrogel system to help address some of the challenges in repairing bone in the event of injury. The UConn Health team, led by associate professor of orthopedic surgery Syam Nukavarapu, described their findings in […]Continue Reading ...
Vanderbilt researchers studied the wings of cicadas to aid in developing a surgical planning tool to help restore speech for people with vocal fold paralysis. Credit: Vanderbilt University A swarm of cicadas that left thousands of insect carcasses across the Vanderbilt University campus in 2011 is leading to transinstitutional research at the Vanderbilt Institute for […]Continue Reading ...
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