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A bid to expand eligibility for weight-loss surgery
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel last month recommended allowing doctors to use the Lap-Band, a less...
A surgeon’s hands or a robot’s?
Hundreds of thousands of patients across the country to undergo robotic surgery in recent years. Since the first device...
Less blood is really more, transfusion critics say
Long dominated by Jehovah’s Witnesses — whose faith forbids blood transfusions — bloodless surgeries...
Hospitals examining risks of older blood
Facing surgery? You could receive blood that's been stored for a week, or three weeks, or nearly six — and...
Earliest tests for finding breast cancer are prone to error
Monica Long had expected a routine appointment. But here she was sitting in her new oncologist’s office, and he...
His ailing heart was in the right place
Jim Meis' survival following a heart attack in March is the story of a community with a rare combination of medical...
Gallbladder removed through mouth in new surgical technique
As part of the trend in developing surgeries without external wounds, surgeons last week removed a woman's gallbladder...
Enormous Surgical Variation Found in California
Charts released by California state health planners Monday show enormous frequency variation in four surgical...
Outpatient surgeries triple since '96
The number of surgical procedures performed on an outpatient basis in the United States tripled from 1996 to 2006, when...
Hospitals seek to limit use of transfusions
Rising blood costs and mounting safety concerns about transfusions are leading hospitals to adopt stricter measures to...