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In severe, asymptomatic aortic stenosis, early surgery may help

(HealthDay)—Early aortic valve replacement (AVR) may improve survival in patients with severe, asymptomatic aortic stenosis, according to a study published online March 20 in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

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New rules for lung transplants lead to unintended consequences

A donated lung suitable for transplant is a scarce resource. For this reason, the national policy determining which patients on the lung transplant waiting list will receive such an organ has provoked significant discussion ...

Medications

Women getting C-sections best judge of own pain medication needs

When doctors ask, women scheduled for cesarean sections know in advance whether they will need low, medium or high levels of pain medication, and are happier with their pain-management experience if given a choice about it, ...

Surgery

Digital replantation seems better than revision amputation

(HealthDay)—For patients with a distal single finger or three or more digits amputated, patient-reported outcomes (PROs) seem better with replantation versus revision amputation, according to a study published online April ...

Surgery

Real-time WhatsApp advice aids surgery in rural Malawi

In remote, rural corners of Malawi, hospitals are often faced with life-and-death decisions. Women in need of emergency caesarean sections, older people with hernias, and children with appendicitis need surgery. But should ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Risk factors identified for patients undergoing knee replacements

In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the Musculoskeletal Research Unit at the University of Bristol have identified the most important risk factors for developing severe infection after knee replacement. Patients ...

Surgery

Two lives saved in rare 'paired' liver donation

(HealthDay)—In a North American first, an anonymous living liver donation led to a rare paired living liver donor exchange in Canada last summer that saved the lives of two people with failing livers.