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Frequency of Blood Tests in Heart Surgery Patients May Lead to Anemia, Transfusions

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Laboratory testing among patients undergoing cardiac surgery can lead to excessive bloodletting, which can increase the risk of developing hospital-acquired anemia and the need for blood transfusion

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Heart Valve Repair Significantly Improves Emotional Wellbeing in Patients with Mitral Regurgitation

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Patients with severe mitral regurgitation (MR) often suffer from psycho-emotional symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, but after undergoing mitral valve repair surgery patients experience a marked improvement in emotional and physical wellbeing

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Anderson Algorithm Increases Surgical Success with Advanced Ovarian Cancer

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A surgical algorithm developed and implemented by ovarian cancer specialists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center dramatically increases the frequency of complete removal of all visible tumor – a milestone strongly tied to improved survival.

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Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Advances Understanding of Surgical Treatment Options for Genitourinary Cancers

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Helping to advance scientific and clinical knowledge to combat cancers that affect the bladder, kidneys, urinary tract and male reproductive organs, physician scientists at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are presenting their latest research in this area at the 2015 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. At focus are studies examining radical cystectomies and patients with uncontrolled diabetes and a look at how laparoscopic and robotic surgeries have evolved in adrenal cancers.

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One Year Later, Preoperative Quit-Smoking Program Still Shows Benefits

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Patients receiving a brief intervention to help them quit smoking before surgery are still more likely to be nonsmokers at one-year follow-up, reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

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New Scoring System Helps Predict Risk of Chronic Pain After Surgery

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There are many variables that contribute to a patient’s risk of chronic pain after surgery; however, until recently, physicians had no way to systematically identify those variables prior to surgery.

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Questionnaire Helps Identify Patients’ Risks of Disability After Surgery

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Freedom from disability is one of the most important patient-centered outcomes after surgery, but there is currently no validated instrument to measure postoperative disability.

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Henry Ford Hospital Urologists Perform Microsurgery for Fertility in “Sterile” Men

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A microsurgical technique credited with revolutionizing treatment of men once thought to be infertile was recently performed Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, a first for southeast Michigan.

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17-Month-Old Girl From Hawaii Receives New Heart

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In the second pediatric heart transplant in Rady Children’s history, a team of surgeons successfully implanted a heart in 17-month-old Jahaziel Faualo from Oahu, Hawaii.