Other

Trying little-known option to seal a leaky lung

(AP) -- The final straw came when Guy Vance's chest, neck and face ballooned, little air bubbles in his skin crackling to the touch - all because of a leak somewhere in his lung.

Surgery

Guideline adapted for surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis

(HealthDay)—An adapted clinical practice guideline (CPG), published online Nov. 3 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, has been developed for surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis (SAP), using two validated tools.

Other

Restrictions on female plasma may not be warranted

Three years after the U.S. blood banking industry issued recommendations that discourage transfusing plasma from female donors because of a potential antibody reaction, Duke University Medical Center researchers discovered ...

Cardiology

Heart attack shown to be 'systemic condition'

An acute heart attack should not be viewed in isolation – myocardial infarction is a "systemic" condition with an impact upon the whole body and engenders responses in other organs, such as liver and spleen. That is the ...

Surgery

Elderly discharged home do well after heart valve surgery

(HealthDay)—People over the age of 80 generally do well after aortic or mitral valve replacement surgery, especially if they are discharged home, according to a study published in the September issue of The Annals of Thoracic ...

Surgery

Mesothelioma surgery improves quality of life

Although surgery can prolong the lives of patients with an aggressive type of cancer called malignant pleural mesothelioma, many patients avoid the operation for fear it will degrade their quality of life.

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