Oncology & Cancer

Treatment beneficial for nonagenarians with lung cancer

(HealthDay)—Receiving treatment is associated with better survival for nonagenarians with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), with the greatest survival benefit for stage I patients, according to a study published online ...

Surgery

Substance use disorder ups risk for death after IE valve surgery

(HealthDay)—Patients with infective endocarditis (IE) and substance use disorder (SUD) have a more than twofold risk for dying following valve surgery compared with patients without SUD, according to a study published online ...

Cardiology

No indication of 'July effect' in context of cardiac surgery

(HealthDay)—In the context of cardiac surgery, there is no indication of a "July effect," describing worse outcomes in the first month of training, according to a study published online July 25 in the Annals of Thoracic ...

Cardiology

Brain health not affected by major heart surgery

Patients who undergo heart surgery do not experience major memory changes—either better or worse—when compared with those who have a much less invasive, catheter-based procedure, according to a study published online ...

Neuroscience

Cuts in epilepsy drugs boost children's post-op IQ

(HealthDay)—Withdrawal of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in children is tied to higher IQ post-epilepsy surgery, according to a study published online April 21 in the Annals of Neurology.

Oncology & Cancer

Researchers use infrared imaging to detect lung tumors

Penn Medicine researchers are now able to identify cancerous tumors of the lung using infrared imaging that makes hidden tumors glow during surgery. In a pilot study, researchers performed the first in-human demonstration ...

Cardiology

New onset, post-op atrial fibrillation ups mortality

(HealthDay)—New onset postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is associated with worse patient outcomes, including increased risk-adjusted mortality, according to a study published in the August issue of The Annals of ...

Cardiology

Conserving blood cuts transfusions in aortic valve surgery

(HealthDay)—A blood conservation strategy (BCS) reduces red blood cell (RBC) transfusions in patients undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR) without increasing mortality or morbidity, according to research published ...

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