Cardiology

Aortic valve replacement in elderly tied to high mortality

(HealthDay)—The 10-year mortality rate in elderly patients who receive surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) is considerable, according to a study published in the April 3 issue of the Journal of the American College ...

Cancer

Obesity linked to improved survival in male melanoma patients

Obese patients with metastatic melanoma live significantly longer than those with normal body mass indexes (BMI), according to a new study published in Lancet Oncology. The surprising association was mainly seen in male patients ...

Surgery

Study finds flatfoot reconstruction effective for older patients

When someone develops adult-acquired flatfoot deformity (AAFD), they are offered either a reconstruction or foot fusion depending on the severity of the flatfoot and their age. Typically reconstructions are performed in younger ...

Surgery

Examining preferences for centralizing cancer surgery services

Centralization of cancer surgery services aims to reduce variations in quality of care and improve health outcomes for patients, but it can also increase travel demands on patients and families. In a recent BJS (British Journal ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Growth rates of small renal masses highly variable early on

(HealthDay)—Among patients who opt for active surveillance of small renal masses, growth rates are highly variable early on and do not reliably predict adverse outcomes, according to a study published in the March issue ...

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