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Newswise: For Weight-Loss Surgery Patients Who Quit Smoking, Relapse is Common
Released: 18-Feb-2020 12:25 PM EST
For Weight-Loss Surgery Patients Who Quit Smoking, Relapse is Common
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Although 1 in 7 adults smoke cigarettes the year prior to undergoing weight-loss surgery, nearly all successfully quit at least a month before their operation. However, smoking prevalence steadily climbs to pre-surgery levels within seven years, according to new research.

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Released: 21-Feb-2020 11:55 AM EST
Bariatric surgery effective against early-onset obesity too
University of Gothenburg

Surgical treatment of obesity is as effective for individuals who developed the disorder early, by the age of 20, as for those who have developed obesity later in life, a study from the University of Gothenburg shows.

Newswise: How Surgeons Are Working to Improve Outcomes for Patients with Pancreatic Cancer
Released: 21-Feb-2020 10:00 AM EST
How Surgeons Are Working to Improve Outcomes for Patients with Pancreatic Cancer
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

While researchers pursue scientific insights into the pancreatic cancer and develop new therapeutic approaches, surgeons on the front line of patient care are also working hard to improve outcomes. Hari Nathan, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of surgery at Michigan Medicine, explains.

Released: 21-Feb-2020 10:00 AM EST
Guidelines for Thyroid Surgery Published in Annals of Surgery
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

The first set of comprehensive, evidence-based clinical guidelines for surgical treatment of thyroid disease – developed by an expert panel assembled by the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) – was published today by Annals of Surgery. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 20-Feb-2020 2:25 PM EST
Bundled Payments Have Not Led to ‘Cherry-Picking’ of Patients for Joint Replacement Surgery
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

A pilot program introducing bundled payments for hip and knee replacement (HKR) in Medicare patients hasn’t led hospitals to “cherry-pick” healthier patients at lower risk of complications, reports a study in the February 19, 2020 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio in partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

Newswise: John Theurer Cancer Center Launches Clinical Trial of Personalized Cancer Vaccine Using New Gene-Based Technology for High-Risk Melanoma
Released: 20-Feb-2020 10:55 AM EST
John Theurer Cancer Center Launches Clinical Trial of Personalized Cancer Vaccine Using New Gene-Based Technology for High-Risk Melanoma
Hackensack Meridian Health

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is the only site in New Jersey and one of just 17 in the country participating in a multicenter international Phase II study of an innovative personalized cancer vaccine being evaluated in combination with pembrolizumab immunotherapy in patients with melanoma that has been surgically removed but has a high risk of coming back. The hope is that the vaccine can prime a patient's immune system to be more responsive to immunotherapy and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.

Newswise: University Hospitals recruits Alejandro Rivas, MD, as the New Division Chief of Otology/Neurotology
Released: 18-Feb-2020 3:05 PM EST
University Hospitals recruits Alejandro Rivas, MD, as the New Division Chief of Otology/Neurotology
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

University Hospitals (UH) has appointed Alejandro Rivas, M.D., to be Division Chief of Otology/Neurotology in the UH Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He joins UH on June 1, 2020 from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., where he is Director of Endoscopic Ear Surgery Dr. Rivas is one of the foremost pioneers of endoscopic ear surgery in the world. He has performed and taught endoscopic ear surgery and cochlear implant surgical approaches across the globe, including Colombia, Italy, Argentina, Japan, and Australia. This type of surgery results in less invasive procedures for patients with chronic ear disease.

Released: 18-Feb-2020 11:50 AM EST
GI societies issue updated colorectal cancer screening recommendations
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)

Patients at average risk of colorectal cancer who have a normal colonoscopy do not need to repeat screening for 10 years.

Released: 18-Feb-2020 11:15 AM EST
From breast cupcakes to breast surgery
Beaumont Health

Angela used her experience with breast cancer treatment at Beaumont to help her family, friends and surgeons see the benefits of infusing treatment with humor.



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