'High-Intensity' Hospitals Save More Elderly After Surgery: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals that pull out all the stops to rescue surgical patients in crisis are slightly better at saving lives, but the cost of such heroism is questionable, a new study suggests.

Daytime May Be Better for Gallbladder Removal

FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who require gallbladder removal are more likely to have a minimally invasive procedure if they have the surgery during daytime rather than at night, a new study says.

Untreated Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Surgical Complications: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Screening and treating patients for obstructive sleep apnea before they have surgery may reduce their risk of cardiovascular complications by more than half, a new study suggests.

Varicose Vein Treatments All Work, but Aren't Quite Equal

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Three common treatments for painful varicose veins all ease symptoms, though there may be small differences in quality of life months later.

Blood Test Might Predict Speed of Recovery From Surgery: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Measuring the activity of a type of white blood cell immediately after surgery might reveal which patients are likely to recover quickly and those who won't, a preliminary study suggests.

Family Squabbles Can Derail Recovery From Cancer Surgery

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer patients burdened by stress and family conflicts before surgery may face a higher risk for complications following their operation, a new study suggests.

'Angelina Jolie Effect' Prompted More Testing for Breast Cancer Genes: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the months after actress and activist Angelina Jolie revealed last year that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy because of an increased risk for breast cancer, the number of women referred for genetic counseling went up dramatically, a new Canadian study shows.

Skin Cells Used to Create Heart Valve for Growing Kids

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While artificial heart valves have long been available to adults, making permanent valves for children has been challenging because kids' bodies keep growing.

Complication Rates Low With Mastectomy, Breast Reconstruction: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Complications are rare among breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy and reconstruction, a new study indicates.

Double Mastectomy Doesn't Improve Survival, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. women with early stage breast cancer are choosing to have both breasts removed as a precautionary step, although the double mastectomy provides no apparent survival advantage, researchers say.