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Newswise: Vaughn A. Starnes Assumes Presidency 
of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery

Article ID: 712892

Vaughn A. Starnes Assumes Presidency of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

Vaughn A. Starnes, MD, became the 100th President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS). He officially succeeded David H. Adams, MD, in a ceremony at the AATS 99th Annual Meeting in Toronto.

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15-May-2019 8:45 AM EDT
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    6-May-2019 4:15 PM EDT

Article ID: 711905

Clinical Trial Concludes Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Can Be Considered for Patients in All Surgical Risk Classes

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

A new clinical trial finds transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to be equivalent or potentially preferable to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) for low risk patients.

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25-Apr-2019 9:55 AM EDT
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    6-May-2019 10:15 AM EDT

Article ID: 711894

Trans-Catheter Aortic Valve Replacement Can Improve Outcomes in Low-Risk Surgical Patients

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

A new study examines the effects of TAVR with a balloon-expandable valve for low-risk patients.

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25-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Newswise: New Model Improves Staging and Risk Predictions for Esophageal Cancer Patients
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    6-May-2019 8:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 712255

New Model Improves Staging and Risk Predictions for Esophageal Cancer Patients

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

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.

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2-May-2019 7:05 AM EDT
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    5-May-2019 4:55 PM EDT

Article ID: 711893

Clinical Trial Shows Promise for Increasing Lung Transplant Patients’ Life Expectancy

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

A new study shows that a potential treatment for ischemia- reperfusion injury is safe for humans. Building upon three decades of preclinical animal studies, this NIH-funded trial demonstrated, for the first time, the safety of Regadenoson (an adenosine 2A receptor agonist) in human lung transplant patients.

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25-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT
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    4-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 711904

A New Technique for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Lung Cancer – Ultrasonic Device is Safe and Effective for Lung Vessel Sealing in Minimally Invasive Lobectomy

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

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

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25-Apr-2019 9:55 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712253

AATS 99th Annual Meeting Tip Sheet

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery 99th Annual Meeting takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, Canada, May 4 - 7, 2019.

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2-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT
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    1-May-2018 7:35 PM EDT

Article ID: 693437

For Patients with Esophageal Cancer, Status of Lymph Nodes After Preoperative Therapy Determines Survival

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

According to a new study, the status of lymph nodes rather than the status of the primary tumor following preoperative neoadjuvant chemotherapy or chemoradiation therapy is the most important factor that determines whether patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer will survive. The study presented at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery’s 98th Annual Meeting indicates that while preoperative chemotherapy and radiation therapy improve the survival of patients with esophageal cancer, patients with malignant lymph nodes following therapy were less likely to survive than patients with no cancer in the lymph nodes.

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25-Apr-2018 9:05 AM EDT
Newswise: Opioids Over-Prescribed After Hiatal Hernia Surgery
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    1-May-2018 4:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 693436

Opioids Over-Prescribed After Hiatal Hernia Surgery

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

The increase in opioid deaths in the last 20 years led a medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School and colleagues to look at excessive opioids prescribed to treat acute surgical pain following various procedures. Alyssa A. Mazurek presented a study during the American Association for Thoracic Surgery’s 98th Annual Meeting that assessed patterns of opioid prescribing for open and laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair (HHR) and found that patients used far fewer opioids than were actually prescribed.

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25-Apr-2018 9:05 AM EDT
Newswise: Surgery Soon After Clinical Staging of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Reduces Cancer Progression and Improves Likelihood of Cure
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    30-Apr-2018 8:10 PM EDT

Article ID: 693435

Surgery Soon After Clinical Staging of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Reduces Cancer Progression and Improves Likelihood of Cure

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

Significant upstaging or reclassification to a more advanced stage due to cancer progression in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) can occur with each successive week from initial clinical staging to surgery, according to data presented at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery’s 98th Annual Meeting. The same study showed that early intervention after completion of clinical staging leads to increased survival rates.

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25-Apr-2018 9:05 AM EDT

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