WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Resective epilepsy surgery yielded favorable long-term outcomes with respect to both seizure frequency and psychosocial factors in the majority of adult patients who participated in a recent survey.
WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patients who underwent a robotically assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy required significantly more postoperative analgesia than did those who had a conventional laparoscopic hysterectomy.
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Surgery is a safe option for elderly women who have endometrial cancer, significantly extending life with a low rate of surgical complications, findings from a small study showed.
The Food and Drug Administration will recommend that products containing the narcotic hydrocodone be reclassified from Schedule III drugs to the more restrictive Schedule II, the agency announced.
WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Annual case volume appears to be falling out as a safety factor in bariatric surgery, Dr. Oliver Varban said at the annual clinical congress of the American College of Surgeons.
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A patient body temperature higher than 99.5° F (37.5° C) at the end of elective pancreaticoduodenectomy predicted a fourfold increased risk of postoperative pancreatic fistula in a retrospective study of 123 patients.
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A 1-day course with simulated intraoperative handoffs improved the rate of failed communications from 30% before the course to 17% immediately after the course, with a further improvement 1 year later to a 13% failure rate in a study of 10 anesthesiology residents.
MELBOURNE (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The benefits of bariatric surgery in people with type 2 diabetes are significantly reduced with longer disease duration at the time of surgery and with time since surgery, a long-running, prospective, controlled study has found.
The massive number of injured patients from the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings overwhelmed electronic medical records and information systems in some Boston emergency departments.
WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Cardiac and vascular surgery patients are at higher risk for deep vein thrombosis than are general surgery patients, according to data presented at the annual clinical congress of the American College of Surgeons.
MELBOURNE (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Gastric banding can achieve significant weight loss and remission of diabetes in patients with type 2 diabetes who are overweight but not obese, suggesting that a lower body mass index threshold could be considered for the procedure, according to results from a randomized controlled trial.
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Pregnancy occurred in more than half of infertile women who had a segmental laparoscopic bowel resection for endometriosis.
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Complications developed with 3% of 298 intracranial pressure monitors inserted by trauma surgeons and with 0.8% of 112 monitors placed by neurosurgeons in patients with traumatic brain injury, a statistically insignificant difference.
An abrupt and unexpected increase in pump thrombosis has occurred since March 2011 in patients with advanced heart failure who received the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device, according to a report published online Nov. 27 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Small employers seeking health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s small business marketplace will have to wait another year to enroll online.
ATLANTA (IMNG) – Gastric bypass was associated with the lengthening of telomeres, an indication that surgical weight loss may reverse aging in obese patients.